One of the best things about browsing magazine racks and bookshops in cities like Beirut, Cairo, Algiers and Dubai these days is that a growing variety of publications from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been taking pride of place next to successful independent publications such as Apartamento, Kinfolk and the latest offerings from rarefied international imprints. Beautifully designed and thoughtfully edited, a good number of these titles are being published by women. Their subjects of interest may vary (ranging from architecture and design to food and literature) but they all share an
objective - to serve audiences who are tired of stale narratives about and from their part of the world. In issue two of Riposte we spoke to some of the women behind these publications to find out more about their approach and this recent rise in independent publishing in the region. These women include Negar Azimi, editor of Bidoun; Joanna El Mir, editor at Samir Éditeur; Rawan Gebran & Jade George, co-founders of The Carton; Selma Hellal, co-founder of Les Éditions Barzakh; Meitha Al Mazrooei, founder of Watad; and Huda Smitzhuijzen-AbiFares, of the Khatt Foundation for Arabic Typography.
A lot has been written about Deborah Sussman, about her incredible talents and her brilliant career in the last week since the news of her death broke, but we at Riposte wanted to tell a different story. For our second issue, writer Joy Yoon spoke intimately with Deborah about her life, her home, the people she loved and the items she surrounded
herself with, which told the story of her life. What was supposed to a relatively short phone interview, turned into conversation over several nights filled with laughs, surprises and unforgettable stories. Here Joy shares her personal experience of talking to the legend that was Deborah Sussman.