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Letters to the reader


While visiting the recently opened museum of modern Arab art in Beirut, I noticed with great surprise that most paintings on display had no shadows.


At first I was beside myself, convinced that religious zealots had destroyed the shadows.  But no umbraclast came forward.


I then pondered whether the museum's walls had been painted with a white so white that no shadow is cast on them.  

But I suppose I should have known all along that the shadows were not destroyed nor invisible: they had simply lost interest in the walls where they were made to hang.


I decided to build new walls on which I carved shadow-like forms—magnets of sorts—in the hope they’d attract the restless shadows.


Thus far, not a single catch.

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