Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Taking A Swim on the Wild Side.

Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave, and let the sea be you. ~ Rumi I did not wait. ~ A.S. At times you long for the sea and long for its embrace. You decide to walk away on … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s Sexual Virgins.

Months ago, Our Man In Beirut published an interesting post entitled “Sex, but no sex,” whereby he depicted with great wit the acute schizophrenia that Lebanese (Arab, “Oriental,” or whatever) women suffer from. Sexually provocative outside, “virgin” inside; sluttish looks, … Continue reading

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On the Joys of Religious Life.

I went to buy a missing ingredient for lunch today, without suspecting that a surprise awaited me on the corner of Ashrafieh’s tiny streets. As I walked across the buildings, a sweet odor of butter and ghee lightly touched my … Continue reading

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The Maronite Cross.

[“Culture générale“ on the menu today ;)] It is a fact that 90% of the Maronites happen not to know what a Maronite cross looks like. I went to quite a few Christian stores everywhere on the Lebanese soil (including Harissa) … Continue reading

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Two dirty words on Egypt.

[I am moody today.] Friday February 11, 2011. Mubarak resigns. Second Arab despot so far who won’t be regretted (regardless of whether Islamist democracy is better than military dictatorship). The best part about that are some Lebanese who were overexcited … Continue reading

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Review of the Film “Stray Bullet” (Rsasa Taysheh).

I went to see Stray Bullet (Lebanese title: Rsasa Taysheh رصاصة طايشة) last Sunday. I usually have a positive prejudice about any Lebanese film I decide to watch (a shrink told me that it’s a sign of patriotism (just an example … Continue reading

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The Bats of Ashrafieh | In Memoriam |

For Stéphanias. It seems like nobody noticed their absence, but since I prefer them to birds, I did. As a child, I used to walk across Ashrafieh almost every day. I would wander aimlessly in its streets, take alleys not taken, … Continue reading

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