On Friday the 13th, the Beirut community welcomed Rusted Radishes’ fourth issue, “Trans-,” with open arms in a cozy, and humble artsy setting in l’appartement. The evening was a reminder that art is and will always be a safe sanctuary. The launch party was a great success, with people standing around the room, listening to the readers, chomping on some appetizers, and sipping on wine.
Offering the audience a glimpse of what was inside the journal, every reading, whether it was Nur Turkmani’s dense poem “Ana Katel Nafsi” or Maya Ayache’s brave non-fiction piece, “Toilet Bowl,” touched the audience in a distinct way. Other readings included Christie Chouieri’s “XX” and Lina Mounzer’s translation of Chaza Charafeddine’s fiction piece, “A Dream Devouring Itself.” The night ended with Reem Chalaan’s reading of “Mango Sorbet” (so nice to meet you, Reem!) and Doyle Avant’s — always sultry — reading of his latest script.
The journal was toasted with wine and refreshments, accompanied by low-key music from the talented Jean Pierre Abillama notably known as JP and booming vocals of Ghida El- Badri, and guitarist Zafer El-Hassan. For those who couldn’t find a seat up at the front and couldn’t hear properly standing in the back, we apologize for the muffled sound system!
It was awesome that we ran out of all 160 journals we brought to the event. That was unexpected! Thanks to our student designers, Chantal Kassarjian and Diana Bou Dakka, for designing our tote bags. Pretty, pretty!
It was refreshing to have a couple of hours dedicated to passionate self-expression and strangers from the Lebanese community gathering for one cause, to support and celebrate the fourth issue — to celebrate art.
Thank you to our sponsors IXSIR and AUB, and to our loyal readers and curious newcomers for celebrating the fourth issue “TRANS-“ with us, and a special thank you to the contributors whose work is showcased in the issue!
We hope to see you again next year and we are eagerly looking forward to receiving new pieces for the fifth issue from old and new writers and artists! Issue five will focus on the theme, “The Political City.” Please check here for more submission details.
For those who missed the launch, journals will be on sale locally by Friday the 28th, and internationally by the end of the year. Here’s where we sell ’em.
A massive thank you to Bahaa Ghoussainy and Wiem Ben Rim for capturing our special night in pictures!