Beirut
Bilal Khbeiz

One of Tueni's former colleagues is Bilal Khbeiz, cultural critic for An-Nahar and regular coffeedrinker at Wimpy's. In his book 'Globalization and the manufacture of transient events', he quotes Augustine to explain Lebanon's current predicament: 'Expectation is the present of the future. Attention is the present of the present. Remembrance is the present of the past.'

But, writes Khbeiz: 'We in Lebanon live in each of these states separately. Our past is not a remembrance, for it is sacred and mythical. Our present is not attention but a complex mixture of our past and the past of advanced nations. And our future is not expectation, for it is stagnant and overwhelmingly visible.'

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