Pin It
Favourite

The Sheikh's Batmobile 

Richard Poplak (Penguin)

In his latest, The Sheikh's Batmobile, Richard Poplak documents his bizarre two-year pilgrimage through the Middle East, where he investigates the fate of Western pop culture when it winds up in the Muslim world. The result is a humorous, astute and vivid account of Poplak's misadventures.

Poplak discovers the spirit of punk through an Indonesian band called Disease of the Cock, immerses himself in the white-toothed, tight-skinned world of plastic surgery reality TV in Lebanon, falls face-first in the dirt as he's body-slammed by a young Afghani WWE enthusiast and stumbles into many equally unusual situations. He makes a motley crew of new friends along the way, including Palestinian hip-hop artists from DAM and Ramallah Underground, Egyptian metalheads who risk arrest to rock out to grindcore and a wily Texan manufacturing American dreams in the Dubai desert.

The Sheikh's Batmobile will leave you itching to travel, giggling and glued to YouTube, looking up references. The book is less about how Muslims view Americans as it is about discovering a shared lexicon between two cultures. Poplak's view of popculture is nuanced, as it emerges as a mutating entity crossing national and ideological boundaries.

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Survey Asks

What’s the scariest Halifax ghost story?

  • Sidewalk closed: please use other side
  • We used to date
  • Why I’m leaving Nova Scotia
  • Closed early for private event
  • Route on detour
  • Does anyone have a truck I can borrow?

View Results

Art Attack

More »

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 21
October 19, 2017

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.