Monday, May 29, 2006

The production of noise is the sole civic duty of the Lebanese citizen. Everything else is regulated by warlords and religious leaders. The burden is heavily shouldered by the young, for whom noise is also a national pastime. The sound of firecrackers, squeaking tires, and shouting slogans makes them feel less left out, having missed the fun of the war years. I think the rationale is that they would be more likely to lose their virginity huddled in a dark bombshelter. In the absence of war, delirifying noise will suffice.

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