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If They Only Wrote So Much Less

I read an interesting book recently called The Main, written by Trevanian, an author unknown to me. I had never heard of him before. A friend of mine, himself also a writer and a retired English teacher, recommended it to … Continue reading

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I Told You So

By now most of you are familiar with my love affair with The Scotiabank Giller Prize (The Magic Of The Giller). Two days ago I read the following article: “The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s richest prize for fiction, has a … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With William Saroyan

“Well for God’s sake, what’s that lousy Armenian son of a bitch doing here?” stated Ernest Hemingway. The more I tried to hush him, the worse it got. Finally Saroyan’s companion… began to come back at Ernest. I am not … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With Robert Fisk

In December 10 2005, Robert Fisk was in Dubai for the signing of his book ‘The Great War For Civilization’ in the Jashanmal bookstore in Emirates Mall, the mall with the indoor ski slopes. I didn’t want to miss him … Continue reading

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Hardest Way Of Earning A Living

When I was in high school in our village in the east of the Bekaa Valley, we learned Armenian, English and Arabic. Of all the essays we used to write in these languages, I loved to write in English the … Continue reading

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I Wish You All A Happy Bleeding

My son came to my room the other day while I was reading and said, “I am happy with the way I organized my library this time. I sorted my books out and arranged the shittiest all on one shelf … Continue reading

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Shame, shame, shame

My first encounter with the Giller prize was in 2006 when I watched the prize on Bravo TV. It was also the first time I heard about it. Before that my favorite Canadian authors were Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, M.G. … Continue reading

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