Giovanni Vimercati is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.
When Hollywood recently lined Rami Malek up as the next Bond villain, following his Oscar win, the Lebanese-Iraqi satirist Karl Sharro ironically saluted the event on Twitter, noting that this is the film industrys highest honor for an actor of Middle Eastern origin: cast[ing] them as a Bond villain.
For those who havent succumbed yet to resentment or despair, a feeling of impotence might be peeking out from behind their weary consciousnesses. While the neoliberal fairytale of eternal prosperity hardly lulls anyone to sleep, our waking hours dont seem to offer much of an alternative.
- Thief of Baghdad: Arabs in World Cinema by Giovanni Vimercati