Naji Chalhoub lives and works in Beirut. He studied interior architecture and design at the USEK Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
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This is the panic: dread tunneling through your pores until it reaches your stomach and floats there like oil atop the Gulf of Mexico, a flush of your sweat glands followed by an obsessive thought process—that slow-moving Ferris wheel that tumbles into self-reassurances, then denial.
I remember you coming home from work, it was
tea time. You were exhausted but
I had waited
urged the clock to hurry
all day at school
The phrase “a picture can tell a thousand words” can be used too liberally. The most emotive storytelling is often through words – be that spoken or written, read or heard.
He had a very important meeting at 11 a.m. and there were still a hundred kilometers to go. A terrible highway, apparently abandoned, where the undergrowth had already taken the entire shoulder extension and from where, now and then, through the dead fractures of the asphalt, the dry branches shook its bony arches.
“I know about lots of things I’ve never seen. And so do you.”
– Clarice Lispector
Worldbuilding is big business. Though thought of as pertaining to genre fiction, I reckon it has some manner of iteration in every single story we read – and I’m not alone. One aspect at work in worldbuilding is that of the cartography of imagined places.