Walif Chbeir

Literature, Art & Culture

Under the Radar Literature Classics

We’ve all probably read at least a few of the titles adorning your average list of the world’s most unforgettable novels. Twain, Hemingway, Joyce, Orwell, and every other commonplace literary name; all of them certainly penned great works, stories which forced us to re-think our surroundings and even dispute the truths and values which our […]

Books to Read Before they Become Movies

There’s something about the cinema that seems to bring stories to life: Characters and images jump out at you and narratives unfold right before your very eyes in an almost magical way. When it comes to movies that are based on books, however, for some people the magic changes; basing a movie off of a […]

Benefits of Reading

Speak to a middle or high school aged child and ask what they enjoy doing in their free time. What you’ll likely hear is a mishmash of technology-driven hobbies: playing smartphone games, playing video games, texting, watching TV or browsing the internet. It seems like, for younger generations, the classic leisure time activity  of sitting […]

The Art of Judo

  Competitions of Art We have art galleries around the world, the purpose of which are to allow us to appreciate the time and effort so many talented people have put into perfecting their latest creation. There are dance competitions held every day, as competing individuals (or couples) square off against one another, putting on […]

Four Musicians Who Died Before Their Time

While browsing through our music libraries or strolling through an art gallery, we sometimes are inclined to learn more about the artists at hand. Often, you’ll hear stories about certain painters or musicians who only became famous posthumously–those who enjoyed more success after their passing than they did before it. Names like Van Gogh and […]

What Made Elvis Presley So Popular?

When the Beatles exploded onto the music scene in the 1960s, they brought with them the phenomenon of Beatlemania. Everywhere they went, flocks and crowds of people were right behind them, screaming, shouting, fainting and working themselves into a fluster over the group of four rock stars from Britain. But they weren’t the first group […]

Three of the Best & Most Influential Jazz Musicians

    In a previous post on my other website, I walked through the history of jazz music, from its origins in New Orleans ragtime and blues music to Louis Armstrong’s solo trumpet performances. While musicians like Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton were incredibly influential to the formation of jazz, others have stepped into the spotlight […]

Three Under Rated Kurt Vonnegut Works

I’ve spoken about Kurt Vonnegut in the past, noting him to be someone with extremely dry wit and a dark, morose sense of humor that perfectly creeps its way into his novels. The humor–a part of Vonnegut’s legacy that has helped cement him as one of America’s best writers–is peppered in fluidly and smoothly, funny […]

Revisiting Muhammad Ali’s Legacy: The Five Fighters Who Topped The Greatest

  On June 3 of 2016, the greatest, most prolific and feared boxer to ever live passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. When the debilitating disease eventually got the better of Ali, its name was added to a list of just five others–the five people who have […]

Civil Rights Heroes of Past Live on Today

  Though the idea that all men and women are equal is almost universally accepted today, stigmas, racism and sexism continues to run rampant in society. While many people tend to see their fellow humans as equals, the fight for justice for many still lives on today. Women across the world continue to fight for […]

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