From The Washington Post:
For decades, writers stirred the conscience of a dejected Arab world by producing prose written from a position of defeat. Today, new generations of Egyptian writers are retreating to more personal and even provocative topics, writing poetry and novels about drug use, abortion and homosexual love. They say they are tired of — and even hostile to — the stale and predictable topics of earlier generations. They also have modern tools to spread their voices. Despite a wave of religious conservatism in the Arab world, the young generation of Egyptian poets and novelists is seeking ways to circumvent censorship, using the Internet and satellite television to disseminate their works.