The Boursa Exchange (henceforth TBE) serves a perceived but not necessarily real need to observe and comment on daily life in downtown Cairo. It started as a subscriber-only e-newsletter in the heady days of February 2009 (with one super-rare issue sent out previously). The e-newsletter took as its subject the primary obsessions of its creator, namely life in the pedestrian area anchored by Cairo’s stock exchange and the surrounding streets and avenues, American hip hop and other genres of music, literature, and the Arabic language, with occasional diversions into other topics.
In less guarded moments, TBE likes to think of itself as notes from an ongoing novel about living in Cairo. Much of it is composed of minutia and marginalia, as the reader will certainly notice, and may not be of particular interest to those whose primary view Egypt or the Middle East as a political or social problem to be solved. For readers interested in Cairo as a lived experience, albeit not a representative one (if such a thing can be said to exist), it may prove invaluable.