A Road to Damascus

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Set in con­tem­po­rary Beirut, A Road to Dam­as­cus is a faux-thriller about a reclu­sive botanist who wit­ness­es a polit­i­cal mur­der and is drawn into a per­son­al inves­ti­ga­tion. Read the first chap­ter of Mee­do’s upcom­ing novel.

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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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