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“I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.”


Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

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teleportation for the soul

 

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flying into the windowpane

 

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the mould that makes you shapes you forever

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“A good story, told often enough, puts you in rooms never occupied…”

Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir

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From the archives

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I weighed just 91lbs but the burden of anorexia was incalculable.

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Always anticipating the call for last orders expats tend to neck Life’s opportunities like it’s Happy Hour.

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My husband’s decision to marry a ‘ghori’ wasn’t cause for celebration among his relatives.

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Goodbye Islam, this is where I continue my journey on a path you can’t follow.

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