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Introduction: On Staying at Home
‘If the following pieces can be said to have an overriding characteristic, it is that they take seriously the experience of being a stranger.’
Guest editor William Atkins introduces the issue.
On Mistaking Whales
‘The people who lived here lived in the heads of whales.’
A historian from New England goes to the Bering Strait.
The Steepest Places: In the Cordillera Central
‘In the mountains, however, Duterte seemed to have met his match.’
Ben Mauk meets the mountains of Luzon.
‘Invisible borders are not the same as open borders.’
Taran N. Khan on Hamburg’s Steindamm.
‘My life unfolded within the net effect of my father’s choices.’
Memoir by Emmanuel Iduma.
‘The picture of a postcard is a geograft, a scion of a place thrust into the life of a resident of somewhere else.’
Jennifer Croft on graffiti and the history of the postcard.
The Ninth Spring: One Day at the Kolibi
Kapka Kassabova visits the Osmanovi family in the southern Balkans.
‘Even when I travel as far as India, you are with me and I am re-entering our cellar.’
Memoir by the poet Pascale Petit.
A Wider Patch of Sky
‘We’re so much more than those things. Citizen or undocumented. Border Patrol or immigrant.’
Letters between Javier Zamora and Francisco Cantú.
‘But the crime did exist; it was Cuba itself.’
Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne.
From an Untouched Landscape
‘It’s hard to find a spot where the colony hasn’t reached; the landscape is consistently interrupted.’
Dominic Guerrera introduces artwork by James Tylor.
回 | An Alley (Return)
‘I had never known an alley to be so green.’
Jessica J. Lee returns to Taipei.
‘My roots seemed to be in the ocean; the ocean being symbolic of my absent father.’
Memoir by Jason Allen-Paisant.