When I first spoke with Maged Zaher he was in a Manhattan taxicab going about his business as an engineer. He had heard of Pressed Wafer and wanted to know if we might be interested in his work. He sent a manuscript and we were interested.
A few years ago copies went out to over thirty librarians and others in his hometown of Seattle in the hopes they might choose his book to be read by all or some of the good folks of that city. No dice. But the thought counted.
Leonard Schwartz describes the book in these words, “If Frank O’Hara had been an Arab and a Coptic Christian living in late capitalist Seattle, he would have been called Maged Zaher.”