Egypt Notebooks

Writer’s diary from travels in Egypt researching a novel. “Overwhelming impression of Cairo is not its antiquity, its Easternness, or the heat. It’s the traffic. To cross the street I position myself on the other side of an Egyptian, preferably a woman who looks like somebody’s mother, and I cross when she does, hoping she’ll block for me. In my walks I find a single pedestrian crossing signal; when it turns green, the little man-figure runs for his life” (3,689 words)

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