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Psychosis: Leaving Home – Part Four

By Jessica Doonan Christmas arrived, inviting, consistent and warm with its sounds and smells. 7 months since my father’s suicide. 7 months since the fuselage of my life gave way, breaking open with the pressure of a thousand rivers, a thousand lies, a thousand truths none of us wanted to face. Breach was everywhere for […]

I. 10:15 am A curly-haired woman sits at the front of the Day Room, smiling at us. Only four patients came to Mindfulness Therapy today. The man next to me keeps nodding off on the table, the fluffy ring of white hair encircling his skull bobbing gently up and down with his breathing. “Take a […]

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by Jessica Doonan I clicked ‘play’ on Cocorosie’s first album with the same pause and clenched jaw one physically prepares before playing a song tied to a previous love and loss. It hurts, but it makes you remember, and that gives it purpose. Cocorosie is placed in what I can only assume is a fairly […]

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It’s a drizzling day in April. It’s two am. It’s five pm. It doesn’t matter in the darkness and nobody knows. I’m inside, of course. I’m always inside. Things are happening again. My days are lived in shreds and scraps, like this one: shrouded in a ripped quilt, I sink into myself, the visceral terror […]

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Turkish Graffiti

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Turkish Graffiti

One of my great hobbies is complaining about the weather. Any deviation from a strict 70 degrees will do for this; my habitat is definitely the indoors. Vermont Februaries, I think darkly to myself these days, are savage and merciless, the crocodile of the seasons. Crocodiles are unstoppable Google tells me it’s -10 F outside, […]

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The selection and preparation (and consumption) of food is an effort I take seriously. Making and sharing good food is a wonderful part of life. After growing up in California for most of my life, living in Lebanon for the past few years changed my relationship to food markets. Hole in the wall fruit & […]

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The Possibility of Warming Our Hearts An Interview with The Outpost's IBRAHIM NEHME

It’s easy to feel like the world is turning into a cold and terrible place. Just a quick look what’s happening in the Middle East is enough to dim even the brightest heart. Since Fall 2012, Lebanon’s beautifully designed The Outpost magazine has been on a mission to incite a socio-cultural renaissance in the Middle […]

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Electric Youth, cherished in my heart for their dreamy electro sound and renowned for their song ‘A Real Hero’ on the Drive soundtrack, just released a video for ‘Runaway’ which is directed by Noel Paul and cast and shot in Lebanon. Noel as you remember, was our first famous guest on the Radio Show Layal […]

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Back when Layal and I started our own radio show we broadcast through a spotty Internet source at our favorite local beer joint in Beirut. While hardly anyone in Lebanon had good enough Internet to stream the show, and those outside Lebanon couldn’t rely on the weak stream to listen either, we were lucky enough […]

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