The Glossary at your disposal


The Virgin Mary. She blesses many homes and is represented in many shapes, including plastic bottles that you can buy when visiting Notre Dame de Harissa.


Coussouma realized early on that Beirut's Antenna filled skyline offered a reliable way to to hang the laundry in windy weather.


The American University of Beirut. The pinnacle of excellence in education for Lebanese society. If you can't score high enough on your SATs, and your parents can't afford to pay its scholarship, LAU is usually the next choice (unless the program isn't offered at AUB). It is a microcosm of Lebanese society, reflecting its conflicts, values and madness at every step of the process, from registration to graduation. It is loved and cherished as a beacon of knowledge and the best place to try and breathe less-polluted air in Beirut.