Yossi was sick and Skyped me this morning.
He thought that he could share the pain, but I was having none of it. I’ll do a lot for friends, but taking on a nasty bout of food poisoning is right over the line.
However, Yossi DID succeed in dropping a bomb on me. He very casually said, “Oh by the way, did you know that Sandmonkey is down?”
Whoa.Â Sandmonkey is ‘off the air’?
I couldn’t believe it.
To have an Arab writer with as much attitude as Sandmonkey‘s… well, itÂ is incredible to behold and always worth celebrating. He’s funny. He thinks ‘outside the box’. He hasÂ a great sense of the absurd.Â He supports Israel. Can you get more awesome than that?Â
Here is how heÂ describes himself:
Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off.
Support the Neo-con American Right-wing Zionist Christian Imperialist Conspiracy in the Middle-east!Â
An ArabÂ writer that describes himself like this? Give me more!
The only problem that I’ve had withÂ him is that he’s quite, um… crude.Â So, I haven’t been able to recommend his writing to everyone and have found it more than a Little difficult myself. (Living in the world that we do, oftenÂ requires the making ofÂ a fewÂ compromises.) Â Â
Today is going to be the day that I’ve been dreading for quite sometime now. Today is the day I walk away from this blog. Done. Finished.
There are many reasons, each would take a post to list, and I just do not have the energy to list them. As anyone who has been reading this blog for the pastÂ month, I think it is apparent that things are not the same with me. There are reasons for that:
One of the chief reasons is the fact that there has been too much heat around me lately. I no longer believe that my anonymity is kept, especially with State Security agents lurking around my street and asking questions about me since that day. I ignore that, the same way I ignored all the clicking noises that my phones started to exhibit all of a sudden, orÂ the law suit filed by Judge Mourad on my friends, and instead grew bolder and more reckless at a time where everybody else started being more cautious. It took me a while to take note of the fear that has been gripping our little blogsphere and comprehend what it really means. The prospects for improvement, to put it slightly, look pretty grim. I was the model of caution, and believing in my invincibility by managing not to get arrested for the past 2 and a half years, I’ve grown reckless. Stupid Monkey. Stupid! […]
Read the rest of hisÂ post here: http://www.sandmonkey.org/2007/04/28/done/
He also offers a postscript here: http://www.sandmonkey.org/2007/05/02/the-next-step/Â
The good thing is that hisÂ previous posts are still active. We’ll see if they remain that way.Â
Sandmonkey also promises a book, so keep an eye out for it. I’ll try to let y’all know when the book hits the shelves.Â Any book that heÂ writes will be controversial and…
…extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled…
And, it will support…Â
…the Neo-con American Right-wing Zionist Christian Imperialist Conspiracy in the Middle-east!
Let’s hope that he continues to find ways to do so.
YouÂ can still find Sandmonkey’s blog here: www.sandmonkey.org.