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Suspension of Disbelief

Film
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A pro­found con­nec­tion between being and archi­tec­ture can be traced to Plato’s Cave, a metaphor­i­cal mod­el of man’s ascen­sion from igno­rance to enlight­en­ment.

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On Terrorism

Beirut
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First, a dis­claimer: I’m against all forms of vio­lence regard­less of method, scale, pre­text, or con­text.

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City of Gaps

Architecture
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On a sun­ny day in Tokyo, what­ev­er the sea­son, a strange phe­nom­e­non can reg­u­lar­ly be observed: for a moment a streak of light will pierce into a street which has been shroud­ed all day in the shad­ows of dense­ly-packed build­ings.

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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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Why I Love Kanji

Tokyo
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While my Japanese flu­en­cy was increas­ing almost by the hour, I stub­born­ly refused to do my kan­ji home­work. And in the kan­ji sec­tions of my exams, I’d just draw smi­leys and oth­er doo­dles in the blanks where the let­ters were sup­posed to go. However, all that changed when I dis­cov­ered the secret.

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