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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