“Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul” – Walt Whitman

“Love the earth and sun and the animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others, Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, Have patience and indulgence toward the people, Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men, Go freely with powerful uneducated persons, And with the young, and with the mothers or families, Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, Dismiss whatever insults your own soul; And your very flesh shall be a great poem….”

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Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.

Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families.

Re-examine all you have been told
in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…

And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
and In every motion and joint of your body.

~ Walt Whitman ~ Preface to Leaves of Grass…

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A Pact With Books: The Public Life of World Literature

Unlike in the mid-twentieth century, when circulation of literature in the world was primarily considered to be a prerogative of readers in affluent parts of the world, today the circulation is multi-directional, multi-dimensional, and multi-lingual. Ours is an exciting time for “world literature”!

global-e: a global studies journal

B. Venkat Mani

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Who defines world literature? Is it the author of the text that leaves its point of origin to find space on a bookshelf—physical or digital—in a far away part of the world? Is it the translator, the initiator of textual migration? And how does the reader, who determines whether a text keeps the promise it makes—that is, giving a glimpse of the far away world of its origin—define world literature?

Beyond the author and the translator, a very large number of actors determine a reader’s access to literary works. If the author and the reader were to be tentatively imagined in a producer-consumer relationship, one could see that there is an entire set of mediators, representing several institutions, who enable the distribution and circulation of a literary artifact for a worldwide readership: publisher, bookseller (or online vendor), librarian, magazine editor, literary critic, literary agent, book-festival organizer, the…

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Because most of the Lebanese didn’t learn any lesson from the civil war, they are still suffering!

A great reminder for the Lebanese people:
“Is this the country you want to lend to your children and grand-children?
Do you want to resume witnessing the daily corruption of all ministries and bearing the horrible load of unemployment?
Aren’t you fed up that every family in Lebanon has to suffer because in order to ensure a better living, the families are being split to go work abroad?”

Owl About Life...

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– This blog is dedicated to my Dearest Friend Wadad Halawani, to her beautiful family and to Adnan her missing husband since 33 years ago  – The photo of this blog is the photo of an adorable lady still searching for her boy who went out to buy cigarettes during the civil war and was kidnapped. 

I was born in Lebanon in July 1979 under the bombs in the middle of the civil war.

When I was a kid they told me the Lebanese civil war has started on 13th of April 1975 and finished on the 13th of October 1990.

They have told me it was about a bus in Ain El Remmaneh where Militants of the Phalangists party known as kataeb ( a Christian right-wing party ) have opened fire on a bus, returning from Tal El Zaatar Camp, killing around 28 Palestinians in order to take revenge…

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Social Media or Face-to-Face Communication?

Corporate Media Services - The Total Communications Company

A warm handshake, engaging conversation and getting to know customers and prospects on an individual level can play an important role in forming stronger, more meaningful and profitable business relationships.

We all seem to live and breathe social media.  Take that away for just two days, and we’re likely to suffer some serious withdrawal symptoms – ok, so perhaps that’s an exaggeration.  If you were to meet someone on the street and asked for his contact information, the likely response would probably be:  Are you on Facebook? Are you on LinkedIn?  And don’t be surprised if you get directed to some other social networking site that you’ve never even heard of.  That’s right, technology is evolving by the minute as we speak!

This is all well and good but we have to ask – in today’s tech-savvy world, are we losing our sense of human voice and touch?  Is…

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Top 10 Comparisons Between Life Before and After Social Networking

Social Media and Social Networking

Social networking has become a phenomenon today, and most of us can’t even think about living without it. However, the same feeling wasn’t about 4 years back when social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, etc. were evolving and slowly picking up pace over the Web.

This article reflects top 10 comparisons between life before and after social networking to understand how we have become the slaves of this growing trend.

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