PAMELA OLSON: “Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland” A conversation about her new book
A conversation with PAMELA OLSON about her new book
“Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland”
"Fast Times in Palestine" is the true story of a physics major / ex-bartender from small-town Oklahoma who stumbled into the Holy Land in late 2003, "frightened and ignorant but deeply curious." Pam Olson: "With dizzying speed I found myself working as a journalist based in Ramallah, coordinating the foreign press for a Palestinian presidential candidate, sharing a holiday dinner with a suicide bomber’s family, tour-guiding Israeli friends around the West Bank, dating a Palestinian from a conservative Muslim village, being held at gunpoint and injured by a stun grenade, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip..."
“I realize that without knowing it, I have long waited for this book, although I could not have imagined its lyric magic in advance of reading.” — Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton and UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories
Pamela Olson lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She’s published stories and articles inCounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Israel’s Occupation Magazine.