“I come from a very troubled part of the world. I don’t really see myself as being from Saudi Arabia. I see myself as being from the Arab world, which is going through a lot of conflict and wars right now. I’m praying that things get better while trying to find a way to do my part to make it so.” “Are you doing anything in particular?” “I’m in grad school, but sometimes I blog. I mostly read and write. One of the hardest things I had to do before coming here was decide which books to take with me. I like to read Arabic literature. I find it very provoking and poetic. When you read poems or articles written in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s as if they are talking about today. It’s funny and frustrating at the same time. We seem to be going in circles.”
"I did 8.5 years on an attempted murder charge." "What happened?" "Some thirty year old dude kept harassing my twelve year old sister. He’d wait outside her school and invite her to parties. So I tried to kill him."