October 2010

A Novel Idea

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November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Starting tomorrow, I put up my “Do Not Disturb” sign and for thirty days and nights retire to an undisclosed location with my nose to the grindstone (and my fingers to the keyboard) as I tap tap tap away 50,000 words worth of character development, plots, subplots, twists and turns that should coalesce into a novel.

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A house is stranded on a hillside in Achrafieh between Geitawi and Bourj Hammoud. Between the growling highway and meandering staircase. Between innards of shattered glass and vistas of painted sails. Between longgone yesterdays and notyet tomorrows. Stranded between here and nowhere.

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The Results

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There are two words a Lebanese photographer dreads more than any else.

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An Experiment

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I don’t know what the dictionary definition of an experiment is, but mine is to toss in a few constants with one or two variables, and observe the (unpredictable) results.

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Samsam and Meedo

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Click on the drawing for a larger view.

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I shoot a roll of film, develop it, display some prints on my wall, file away others in a drawer, and throw away the rest. I live moments, they leave traces in my mind, I share some of them, keep others to myself, and forget the rest.

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