We spoke about both Guapa and Marco as well as his contribution to the science fiction anthology Palestine+100. We also spoke about his connection to Fernando Pessoa’s the Book of Disquiet while living in Pessoa’s city, Lisbon. We spoke about identity and its relationship to languages, the circumstances around his move to Lisbon from London, his struggle with his own Queer Arab identity and our complicated relationship to what we call ‘home’. Saleem also asked me about my passion for James Baldwin which I was happy to answer.
Quick disclaimer: our conversation on Marco contains spoilers so I’d urge you all to first watch it on YouTube. It’s around 20 minutes long and I promise you that you’ll enjoy it. Another disclaimer is that the Pessoa essay that Saleem wrote contains mention of suicide so please take your mindset into consideration when reading it, which you definitely also should!
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