Sep 27, 2010
My new narrative non-fiction piece on Islamophobia and Muslim identity is now up on Tablet Magazine (a Jewish website).
P.S - There is also an interview with me over at Fake Plastic Souks (a great blog based in Dubai, run by my friend Alexander McNabb) about my film Wedding Night. READ IT!
Wedding Night is a short film that explores themes of arranged marriage, feminism... and sex. It is a low budget, independent film produced for a little less than $2,000. Wedding Night was written, directed and produced by Sabina England.
Director of Photography: Jerry Martin
Sound Location: Dan Neves
Music: David Ferrara
Cast: Alpa Banker ("Rozina"), Sanjiv Bajaj ("Kareem")
Produced in 2010.
Sep 20, 2010
artwork done by John Vestevich
The Blurb: Sex Scene: An Anthology aims to decontextualize sex, asking the reader to look at the act itself as not only a form of art, but also as the very basest of human urges. The result is a cacophony of unique perspectives, cultures, styles and scenes—from soft and romantic to deranged and hardcore—that invites you to leave any hang-ups behind and actively engage in conversations about the all-too-often taboo topic, showing that, perhaps, we are not so different after all.
Where to read it: Sex Scene: An Anthology on Lulu
How much?: FREE AND AVAILABLE FOR ALL.
Why should you read it?: if you're a fan of Sabina England's works, you must add this to your reading collection. If you're a fan of erotica and spirituality, Islamic Orgasm: Fucking in the 99 Names of Allah is a must-read. If you're a fan of Manuel Ferrara, the world's greatest porn star who hails from France, there is a mention of him in Islamic Orgasm: Fucking in the 99 Names of Allah. If you support underground authors and believe in the revolutionary spirit of radical literature, Sex Scene: An Anthology is something for you. If you like to support un-repped authors, then you must download Sex Scene: An Anthology and encourage others to read it.
Who's involved: Sabina England, Robert James Russell, Penny Goring, Dan Holloway, Sarah E. Melville, Remittance Girl, Leah Peterson, Kristy Logan, Sarah Lippman, and many more amazing, talented authors from United Kingdom and United States.
Update (September 21, 2010)
British author Cody James has posted a great review of Sex Scene: An Anthology and mentioned Islamic Orgasm. Here is the following excerpt:
[...] On the whole, I was definitely surprised by this anthology. OK, there were a couple that had me instinctively wanting to flip past them, but not because they were poorly written. This collection carries literary competence through every page. What made me want to flip past them was that the authors did exactly what was asked of them: they wrote a sex scene, nothing more, nothing less.
But! But but but... there were four outstanding stories in this anthology that I simply adored. Remember, this is Cody talking about erotica - adored is a huge deal for me.
Firstly, there is one called Islamic Orgasm by the always iconoclastic Sabina England. What she does here is take a sex scene and use it to rip a new one for the hypocrisy surrounding women and religion. It's fierce and passionate, intelligent and brave; for me it fits perfectly within the Sufist tradition.
[...] And you know what? I absolutely recommend this erotic anthology - take it from someone who hates erotica.
Sep 16, 2010
It's good many, many people out there care about social justice for Deaf & Native American people. I'm glad the First Nations & Native American community in Seattle and Vancouver are not alone in their outrage over Williams' death.
John T. Williams. photo courtesey of Chief Seattle Club
I wanted to let you know that I am working on a formal cover letter which will be forwarded to Mayor Mike McGinn (the mayor of Seattle) and to the Office of Professional Accountability in Seattle, to investigate the killing of John T. Williams and to order the Seattle Police Department to re-train their police officers in dealing with potential suspects who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. It's also a grave reminder that police are in fact, trigger-happy, and rely too heavily on their guns. Williams' death could have been spared if Officer Ian Birks (the cop who killed Williams) had used a mace spray, taser, or another form of weapon that would subdue, but not kill, the suspect.
Lastly but most importantly - the fact of the matter is, I wanted to spread awareness to the public that Deaf people are rendered vulnerable when approached by police. I want to send this out as a plea to future police officers not to react so quickly or violently, and to warn Deaf people to be aware their lives could be at risk if they are ever confronted by police.
I get nervous every time I am approached by police who aren't aware that I'm Deaf. In some cases, police have turned more hostile when they found out I'm Deaf, even when I've done nothing wrong. I don't want to fear for my life if a police officer doesn't get a reaction out of me and then decides to take his gun out and shoot me as I cross the street, minding my own business.
John T. Williams, you will never be fogotten. Your unfortunate death was a severe warning and reminder to the Deaf community that we are not safe around the police. I send my deepest condolences to the First Nations & Native American community in Seattle and Vancouver who have lost a very phenomenal artist who was a master of the woodcarving craft.
Rest in Peace, John T. Williams.
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Please visit the shortlist to see who else have been nominated for the Chris Al-Aswad Award.
Please check out who's contributing to the Chris Al-Aswad Award.
Find out about Chris Al-Aswad (who founded Escape Into Life) and why the award has been established in his memory.