So this is what I’ve been working on recently. Introducing (drum roll please):
My attempt at entering the podcasting world, several years after it has become unfashionable. To listen to the first 2 episodes just point your browser at http://www.samishah.com/howibecameasuicidebomber. Not available on iTunes yet, that will happen as soon as I get some time to figure out how to do so.
First and foremost, this is a work of fiction. Let me say that again: FICTION! These are the kind of disclaimers you have to give out in this crazy world we live in. Basically, after the demise of News Weakly some months back (which you can still watch old episodes of at youtube.com/newsweakly), I started to cast about for what to do next. I’ve always wanted to write a novel and decided no time like now. This is the result of that decision. It is also my attempt at keeping myself interested in the writing process and experimenting with turning writing into a performance.
Each episode of HOW I BECAME A SUICIDE BOMBER (a work of Fiction, I can’t say that enough times), is recorded from the unedited, first draft. I am writing this as I record it. Currently I am maybe a few thousand words ahead of the podcast, 2 episodes ahead at best. It keeps the pressure and gives it the deadline feel that I tend to work best under.
The story basically follows the pathetic and (hopefully) hilarious life of the world’s worst Suicide Bomber. Now, before you get all riled up, let me clarify one thing; this is not offensive to victims of suicide bombing. If anyone, it should be offensive to people who believe that suicide bombing is a good thing. I would be quite happy with that result. Living in Pakistan I am as full of rage and frustration at the destruction caused by these martyrdom-fetishists. Maybe this is my way of processing that anger.
Either way, go to http://www.samishah.com/howibecameasuicidebomber and listen.
Feedback can, as always, be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is a work of FICTION!