Here and Elsewhere: Amsterdam

2020-12-01T12:01:48-05:00

When I was a girl, I was obsessed with The Diary of Anne Frank. I reread the first half of it so many times that that part of the spine sheds specks of paper; a couple of years ago, I finally finished reading. Because I knew how it ended,

Here and Elsewhere: Amsterdam2020-12-01T12:01:48-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Shanghai

2020-11-17T12:48:55-05:00

In January 2020, “Here and Elsewhere” was inspired by my desk calendar, created by a Toronto artist (each month with a quotation from the work of an author associated with this city and printed on 100% recycled paper with VOC-free inks),  Cuz we can be inspired to broaden our

Here and Elsewhere: Shanghai2020-11-17T12:48:55-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Rome

2020-10-06T10:38:30-05:00

Ironically, I requested Italo Calvino’s Mr. Palomar (1983; translated by William Weaver, 1985) with Kyoto in mind, for the scene at the “garden of rocks and sand of the Ryoanji”: “The rectangular enclosure of colorless sand is flanked on three sides by walls surmounted by tiles, beyond which

Here and Elsewhere: Rome2020-10-06T10:38:30-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Mexico City

2020-10-01T09:12:15-05:00

So far, this has been the city which has added the most titles to my TBR and I borrowed more library books than I could read before I flipped the page to the next month. Even before my reading officially started, I was reading Eduardo Galeano’s Upside Down: A

Here and Elsewhere: Mexico City2020-10-01T09:12:15-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech

2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

When I invited my desk calendar to influence my reading plans, I was hoping to explore a city like this. Previously I could not have named a single Moroccan author—now there are several on my TBR list—and from the moment my research began, my starting point was clear. Tahar

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00
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