My name is Elie Fares. I hold a degree in biology from AUB and currently pursuing a medical degree at Balamand. Don’t worry, I don’t usually write about medicine.
The idea of this blog was in the works for a long time. I’ve always had lots to say (as is evident by the lengthy posts I usually write) but never gotten around to thinking of actually making my ideas public. That changed in early 2011.
Soon after the January 2011 “coup” in Lebanon, I decided that the 140 character-limit of Twitter and the limited aspect of Facebook were not enough to get my ideas across. I dabbled a bit with Tumblr before deciding to opt for a more user-interactive experience. And this blog happened.
The point of this blog is to express anything that comes to my mind: Be it music, movies, random things or political commentary. I am a Lebanese nationalist who believes in the potential of my country and is exasperated at the current situation of the land I call home. You may read some negativity and I may be critical more than I would like to. But it’s just a reflection of how things are in my head. My political views many not suit all tastes. So if your threshold for opposite opinions is low, I suggest you steer clear from my politics section.
If you find my political opinion too out there for you, well I guess it’s just the way things are. If you think my music is too hillbilly, that my opinion in movies is too eccentric or that my take on current events is too opinionated for your taste, then it’s just the way things are as well.
If you decide that you need contact me, there’s a specific page for that.
This is reader’s opinion of “A Separate State of Mind:”
I came across many Lebanese blogs last year; “A Separate State of Mind” caught my attention because it was different for a simple reason: while the other blogs focused on the appearance, the use of photographs and the addition of too many links and references, Elie’s blog focused on the content and the elaboration of ideas. Long posts perhaps, yet very expressive, straight to the point and highly readable. This is risky since we belong to society that doesn’t read, but I belong to the minority that loves to read prolonged paragraphs so I was glad to find a Lebanese guy who is as active as Elie. And because of the richness of the posts, the blog managed to become one of the most visited blogs in Lebanon and this was very well deserved. It doesn’t really matter if you agree with him or not, what matters is that he’s writing his opinions, sharing them and allowing you to reply freely. Since my first visit, I became a reader and I instantly subscribed to the blog. Today I like the blog more because the posts are more mature and thoughtful separated by funny, quick and short posts to spice the blog up. “A Separate State of Mind” is certainly my favorite Lebanese blog.
I hope I can become one of your favorite blogs too – eventually. Stick around. Odds are, there will be something posted that you might enjoy.
Praise for A Separate State of Mind:
Top 10 Lebanese blog of 2012 by Communicate Magazine, Levant
Featured in Al Hayat newspaper,
Featured in Daily Star Lebanon,
Featured in Annahar newspaper.