Podcast: Why I stopped writing about Syria (With Asser Khattab)

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This is a conversation with Asser Khattab, a Syrian writer who has reported on Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq for various international news outlets. We spoke about his essay for New Lines Magazine, “why I stopped writing about Syria.” This is episode 97 of The Fire These Times podcast.

Topics Discussed:

  • How Asser started writing about Syria
  • Pigeonholing as Arab journalists
  • Why Asser stopped writing about Syria
  • Us leaving Lebanon at the same time
  • Picturing safe spaces
  • What is ‘normal’?
  • The role of Twitter in journalism
  • The dangers of living in Lebanon as an undocumented Syrian
  • Survivor’s guilt and imposter’s syndrome

Resources Mentioned:

Recommended Books:

  • Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
  • God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou

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