Egyptian writers use history to highlight the present

Muhammed Magdy | Al-Monitor

Abdulatif, 39, who wrote “Hossn al-Turab” (“The Earthen Fortress”), is already known in the literary world as a prominent Spanish translator. He said that working as a translator had enabled him to learn new skills that helped him as a writer. “I am first and foremost a novelist and my mission in life is to look at the world and describe it,” he said. “Translation widens the author’s perspectives, just like reading. But it can damage [the authentic style of an] author as well because he has to [use the words and style] of another writer while translating.”

Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/young-egyptian-writers-use-history-for-present.html

This workshop inspires young writers in a new way: What does sandstone taste like?

Reuben Wadsworth | St George News

Washington County’s incomparable landscape, which includes places such as Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and many others, has been inspiring writers for over a century. A new workshop in the area applied the power of the region’s majesty and complexity to challenge students to see things in a new way and then translate their observations into writing creatively.

Read more: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2018/03/03/raw-this-workshop-inspires-young-writers-in-a-new-way-what-does-sandstone-taste-like/

Razzies 2018: ‘The Emoji Movie’ wins award for worst film

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper | CNET

The Razzies also named Tom Cruise as worst actor for “The Mummy,” and Tyler Perry claimed the worst actress award for “BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween.” Kim Basinger won worst supporting actress for “Fifty Shades Darker,” and Mel Gibson won worst supporting actor for “Daddy’s Home 2.” The “Baywatch” film received the award for the “Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It.”

Read more: https://www.cnet.com/news/razzies-2018-the-emoji-movie-wins-four-awards/