Quotes by: Rabih Alameddine
'Harat' is actually - it's a Lebanese dialect word. It comes from 'the mapmaker,' somebody who makes a map. And it basically means somebody who tells fibs or exaggerate tales a little bit.
I've never had a problem finding a team, a league, or a pickup game. Actually, I'm not sure I want soccer to get bigger. We have so many teams in San Francisco that there aren't enough fields.
A player should be disparaged if he gives less than his all, if he doesn't give 100%, no matter what shirt he's wearing. Whether it's your national team, your club, or little league. Yes, there are friendly matches, recreational ones, and so on, but sport in its essence is about giving your best.
No one needs to be reminded of racism in soccer: the xenophobia, the nativism and, yes, nationalism.
If you go through any culture that has had wars, go to the bomb shelters, and you'll hear some amazing stories. Yes, it's a necessary thing that we actually both distract ourselves and it's a way to bond.
My father loved Brazilian football, a diehard follower, so of course, he hated Germany and always rooted against them, always.
I can easily hold two opposing beliefs at the same time without any problem, which I find - well, mind-expanding, really.
I started writing half a paragraph of a mystery novel, half a paragraph there, and they were terrible.
I oscillate between being cynical and being naive on a regular basis. I always think that not much shocks me until something much too obvious does.
In 1982, Algeria made their first appearance at the World Cup. I believe it was the first Arab country to do so.
One of the things I enjoy most during the World Cup is watching a team improve, mature, and gel during the course of the tournament.
English has always had a special fondness for other European languages, a neighborly soft spot - perhaps because Britain has been invaded by speakers of those languages from the onset of its recorded history.
Nobody ever calls me a soccer-playing writer, even though I play soccer and it's part of who I am.
I get upset about what is taken as great literature and what is cute and exotic.
I loved problems on paper, and I was good at math, but I was a mechanical engineer, and I never understood - or cared to - how a car worked.
I always assumed that everyone knew no country would ever be awarded a World Cup without pricey gifts exchanging hands under the tables.
The reasons why a player is better on one club than on another are many. I certainly am not an expert and can't explain.
There are over 1 million refugees in Lebanon, a country of 4 million people. How do we solve that? I have no idea. What's going on, I really don't know.
I was gay before I began to play soccer over 40 years ago. It's been 28 years since a friend and I organized one of the first gay soccer teams in the world.
Whenever I come across an Arabic word mired in English text, I am momentarily shocked out of the narrative.
When the Lebanese Civil War started in 1975, I was 15. I was shipped to boarding school in England and, after that, to UCLA.