Category Archives: Self-Talk

Top Hats… & Decadent Dandies.

Someone has complained that it has been ages since I last wrote something – anything – on my blog. This is a mistake. I have been writing a lot, but they were not published. Why is that? Because I deemed … Continue reading

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The Distaste for Federalism in Lebanon.

Don’t hang out with a writer. One day, he will write about you. I had a brief encounter today with the adviser of the Prime Minister during the condolences of a Greek-Catholic bishop. He happened to sit next to me … Continue reading

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When it rains… How I feel.

Away from politics and the filthiness of adult interests… They tell us daydreaming is a waste of time. But I daydreamt half of my life and I turned out OK. There is something special about the rain in Lebanon. Or … 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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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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Proud To Be An Arab?

I’ve been hanging out a lot with a Lebanese fellow lately–néyim éyim as we say ‘chez nous.’ He’s adamantly Maronite from Mount-Lebanon and has an issue with being called an Arab. To most Westerners, the Arabic-speaking countries are called the Arab … Continue reading

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Modernity Is My Ex-Girlfriend.

I received a message of support from a reader today which made me smile. Of course, every writer feels flattered when his efforts are appreciated by the audience. But there was another reason. This reader pointed out a crucial aspect … Continue reading

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