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Why I Dislike Architects *

Architecture
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Renowned Dutch archi­tect Rem Koolhaas spoke this evening in Beirut about issues affect­ing not only the con­tem­po­rary archi­tect, but just about any­one who’s ever lived in a build­ing.

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Jad’s Day in the Park

Beirut
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I’m trans­form­ing my room into an office, and over the past month have been unearthing books, pho­tos, and oth­er bits and pieces of the past. My favorite so far is an essay my then ten-year-old broth­er Jad pre­sent­ed in English class.

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One Year Older, Ten Years Wiser

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Next week we cel­e­brate Souly’s birth­day. Many take New Year’s Eve, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day to rem­i­nisce and make res­o­lu­tions. For me, the fact that the Earth has com­plet­ed one more rev­o­lu­tion around the sun, that a wise man was born 2000 years ago, or that some choco­late com­pa­nies want to make mon­ey means very lit­tle to me.

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Budida

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Budida is Ryan’s friend. They often play a game where Budida hides some­hwere in the house while Ryan and his mom Celia fol­low the sound of Budida’s hum­ming. Ryan always wins because only he can hear the song.

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Moving Forward Standing Still

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Lollyno’s lat­est project is osten­si­bly called Moving Forward Standing Still, a pho­tog­ra­phy exhi­bi­tion set to the theme of tra­di­tion ver­sus moder­ni­ty.

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Scream of a Butterfly

Artists
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The weeks pri­or to my trip to India, I col­lab­o­rat­ed with Layal El Ghazirie on her debut book صرخة فراشه (Scream of a Butterfly). In her col­lec­tion of 25 short sto­ries, para­bles, and anec­dotes, the promis­ing young Lebanese author writes about mar­riage from the point of view of a 21 year old girl liv­ing in a soci­ety that, when it comes to the issue, suf­fers a cri­sis of iden­ti­ty.

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