The Sounder

FANTAGRAPHICS
The latest offering from Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books, the legendary indie-alt comics and graphic novel publisher, is from one of Beirut’s very own illustrators: Mazen Kerbaj. Beirut Won’t Cry, Kerbaj’s seminal visual diary of the summer 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, is an updated English version of his blog from the time, previously only available in French. Though known in Arab and Fr ...
Sep '17
AND STAY WOKE
I originally penned this piece before the events in Charlottesville and US President Donald Trump’s foul and stomach-turning comments defending white supremacist neo-Nazis and equivocating the racis ...
Sep '17
EVERYONE SHOULD READ
A little bit of history for you – the term ‘magazine’ first arrived as a description for printed publications back in 1731 with the launch of Gentlemen’s Magazine in London from one Edward Cave. Previously the word, a version of the Arabic term for a storehouse, had been used to describe actual and metaphorical hoards of treasure and, in a literary sense, books containing lots of usef ...
Sep '17
A WORK OF PERFECT BEAUTY
We won’t bang on. This isn't a long piece about the art of the photography, Magnum snapper Harry Gruyaert’s history, or his friendship with fellow legends Henri Cartier-Bresson or Sebastião Salgado. You can read all about that elsewhere. No, the Belgian photographer’s images from his new two-volume publication Harry Gruyaert: East/West speak for themselves. One volume contains his images o ...
Sep '17
WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS
Savannah Whiting, communications coordinator for literature in translation website Words Without Bo ...
Sep '17
MIXTAPE 2 – HIP HOP HOORAY
It’s been 30 years since Eric B. and Rakim’s seminal debut album Paid In Full was released. This issue we celebrate the influential record and the golden age of music it was part of. To quote Mele Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The original concept of hip hop was to find something hip and hop on it.” KRS1 formerly of Boogie Down Productions argues hip hop is about that but ...
Sep '17