Je dois perdre l’habitude d’exercer ma pensée. Un jour, je retrouverai ma plume, ma voix. Saurai-je m’en servir? La page blanche est page de patience. Ombre gigantesque. Ombre des ombres répandues sur le monde. La nuit est une phalène dans la nuit des lampes. Mes ancêtres m’ont rendu visite. Je n’ai, avec eux, de commun […]Read More Extraits du livre des questions: A poetic interlude with Edmond Jabes
There is a little clarification at the end of this post. Some people voiced satisfaction over the idea that the sect was removed from the personal status register (it was already removed from the identity card). I don’t find this that extraordinary. If anything, this consecrates an even more irrational and ill-founded idea of ‘being […]Read More The problem is the identity card not the sect!
Christians writing history Around the start of December 2008, Beirut hosted a multitude of publishers from all around the Arab world and beyond (Iran). I went there practically everyday and noted down a couple of things that struck me for the beloved reader of this blog. Let’s start with an anecdote: In the beginning of […]Read More Walking through the Arabic book fair in Beirut (first glance)
or how to surveil your kid. One country after another is stopping its ‘nationals’ from coming to work in Lebanon, especially those destined to private homes. The new one in line is Madagascar as they learned that body organs were being traded after strange deaths were happening. Most of the time, official doctor autopsy declares […]Read More After you ‘commit suicide’ they trade your organs
I finally watched the Israeli film Waltz with Bashir, and I know that so many people found it really good, as it was “putting into questions things”, addressing longstanding issues from within Israel, and showing “the horrors of war”. Here, let me be very skeptical about what Israeli cinema can question, and knowing that this […]Read More Waltz with Bashir
Read here the pathetic attitude of Israelis, and European officials, after Turkish PM Erdogan summed up Israeli realities to Shimon Peres at Davos: According to one report, senior European officials said, “Erdogan wants to be part of the European Union, but now he can forget about it.” But just for the history books, let’s remember […]Read More Viva Erdogan