Throughout history, poets in countries across the Middle East have been jailed, exiled or worse — killed. Unfortunately, this is a continuing trend in the fight against free thought.
“Mediterranean noir” fiction shows we postmoderns how to take solace in these listless times.
The northern shore of the Mediterranean is often marketed to vacationing outsiders as a modern paradise full of beaches, good food, better wine and a focus on easy living that lures, like the Sirens did Odysseus, tourists by the millions to pre-packaged vacation destinations stretching from Portugal to Greece. Catering to an infinite