I received my "Looks Like Beirut" Award in the mail today, and I’ll
admit, it was an eye-opener. Not only did it make me re-think the
Beirut stereotype so many of us Americans were essentially raised
with, but it also made me appreciate the Internet and how seas and
sand no longer block people in Lebanon from reading one of my movie
reviews, or from someone in Palo Alto from reading your thoughtful
blog. So, although I know the award was meant to be insulting (likely
akin to how you perceived my review of the movie "Terminator
Salvation"), I actually appreciated it.
From this moment forward, I will no longer use Beirut as an example
of an area with heavy explosions. I will avoid that cliche as much as
I would a sadistic dentist. And thank you for introducing me to your
insightful blog. Please continue your effort to inspire creative
writing and put an end to the "looks like Beirut" cliche too many of
us writers use thoughtlessly.
Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online
I really appreciate the email and comment from Tyler and I honestly did not mean it as an insult (actually I haven’t had a chance to see the movie either). I have been reading disaster comparisons to Beirut since 2000 and I’ve felt that its time to take matters into my own hands. All I wanted to do, amusingly, was to show that as our world get smaller the stereotypical comparisons that plagued the media in the past need to be rethought.
Once again, I would like to thank Tyler for the email and I wish you a "Beirut-free" success.