The Holy Fool: Editor’s Note

We must occasionally find pleasure in our folly, or we cannot continue to find pleasure in our wisdom.  —Friedrich Nietzsche1 …

Zero

Danna Grace Windsor is an award-winning Israeli animation artist. She explores our surreal existence through dreamlike visuals with dystopian themes. Her …

Introduction

Ya ghorbati fi buldan y nass. O my exile in the land of others.  Jama imen idjuz igoul hadi brania. Where they …

L’Orientale | Line Monty

Line Monty was born in Algiers in 1926 as “Éliane Serfati”—a striking last name that, in the Maghreb, means “French,” …

Ala Srir Ennoum | Habiba Msika

Tunisian singer and actor Habiba Msika was a legendary figure in Tunis’s 1920s art scene. Msika’s bold nonconformity and tragic …

Abiadi Ana | Zohra Elfassia

When I think of Zohra Elfassia’s “Abiadi Ana,” I think of my paternal grandmother, Lea Elkeslassy. I vividly remember her …

Rimoun Rametni | Salim Halali

Another song from Salim Halali’s repertoire is “Rimoun Rametni,” a classical Andalusian song.1 The original likely dates back to the …

Coda

Like all projects, this one was as much about process as anything else. With this in mind, we wanted to …