"It’s not my job to populate my books with particular types of characters that I imagine other people might find relatable. It’s my job to write about whatever comes into my head, to the best of my ability. If as a reader you want to exercise control over the kinds of things that are depicted in novels, try writing one. That’s what I did and it worked for me."
– Sally Rooney
"A lot of the play that I used to do as a child doesn’t qualify as a full game. One of these hybrid things that I did as a kid was called “being wolves,” and there were rules to being wolves, and the rules were also changeable, and the goal was always to change the rules in a way that would make being a wolf more exciting but without ceasing to be a wolf. I don’t know why it was so easy to occupy that shared space and sort of understand with whoever you’re playing with which things violated the rules and which didn’t, but I think that on my own as a writer, I sort of do both sides of that when I write by myself. I propose something to myself, and then the other part of me shuts it down or takes it up."
Kayfa ta is a non-profit Arabic publishing initiative that uses the popular format of how-to manuals (kayfa=how, ta=to) to respond to some of today’s pertinent needs; be they skills, thoughts, sensibilities, emotions, tools or other.
Everyday we express a need to think differently about the tools that we have, the bodies that we inhabit, the houses, communities, economies, geographies and histories that shape and are shaped by us. While how-tos are most commonly used as a strict transmitter of technical and practical knowledge, we aim to commission and publish manuals that attempt to open up a space for a different kind of reading and readership within this mostly technical and didactic genre. Kayfa ta wishes to periodically approach a diverse range of practitioners, discuss with them the urgency of the moment, and the issues and situations that would benefit from a specific “manual”.
What is the symbolism of the logo for Kayfa ta كيف تـ ? It looks like a trojan horse.
It is a Trojan horse. Kayfa ta كيف تـ uses a camouflage, an outer shell, the “how-to” format with its familiar general approach, title formats and public appeal, to pass through it more experimental, non-prescriptive writings.
(from an interview on Public Parking)