Back to the Mines

Widener LibraryWell, I’m heading back to Cambridge tomorrow, after a wonderful year away. There will be spotty internet access for the next few days as we move into our new place, and shortly thereafter I’ll be back in the regular grind of dissertation research, conference papers, grant applications, and teaching.

What this means is that blogging will probably slow down for a while, which is a real shame because the money is so good. Alas, it’s not quite as good as being a graduate student in the humanities…

In the meantime, here is some reading:

  1. Lebanese villagers apparently don’t like Hizbullah;
  2. Lebanese villagers apparently like Snoop Dogg;
  3. A television show along the lines of what I proposed in yesterday’s post is apparently already on LBC, but it stars children;
  4. Michael Young does not believe that Bassil is the real obstacle to the cabinet formation;
  5. Ms. Tee explains the three theories as to why there is no cabinet yet in Lebanon;
  6. Laura Rozen gives us a peek at Obama’s long-awaited Mideast peace strategy (a so-called “Madrid Plus“)
  7. The Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP) reports fire in the party founder’s tree house. (Read the comments, they’re hilarious)

Someone send me an email when Lebanon has a government. Thanks!

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9 thoughts on “Back to the Mines

  1. “being a graduate student in the humanities…”
    which implies that we (the taxpayers) are going to subsidize your livelihood. If this blog is any indication of what you’ll be doing, than it’ll be money well spent.

    Posted by SL | August 26, 2009, 8:27 am
  2. “Lebanese villagers apparently like Snoop Dogg” haha. Classic.

    Posted by SL | August 26, 2009, 8:36 am
  3. I can hear a pin drop in Assad’s Syria…


    Posted by Akbar Palace | August 26, 2009, 10:22 am
  4. “. . . money well spent”


    hope all your work goes well and thanks for this terrific blog!

    Posted by j anthony | August 26, 2009, 6:33 pm
  5. Wish you the best Elias in your studies and teaching. Somehow, I get the feeling you’ll do great, despite the hard work.

    Take care my friend.

    Ras Beirut.

    Posted by Ras Beirut | August 27, 2009, 11:53 pm
  6. Love your blog. Non-political note: I’ve actually spent a couple of nights camping (with permission) near that tree house (3irzal). We even hung out inside the tree house itself. The view of the metn + valley all the way to Sannine was breathtaking.

    Posted by Firas | August 28, 2009, 1:20 am
  7. Good luck! I’m all too familiar with that particular type of grind. Hope you can find some time to blog soon.

    Posted by nadia | August 29, 2009, 3:24 pm
  8. shame u have downgraded to report from the venomous and racist JerusalemPost- how can you expect us to take this one seriously?

    Posted by Katie | August 30, 2009, 12:39 am
  9. This is interesting:

    If true it will have important consequences.

    Posted by AIG | August 31, 2009, 3:15 pm

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