Monthly Archives: February 2007

El Laberinto del Fauno

Dragon-flies chased me through the city as I wandered from a gathering of male church officials (about democracy, but clearly for men only) to a meeting with a monk. They stayed with me when I finally became confused trying to … Continue reading

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gaps & silences

Even admitting to being unsure about what you can say and what you cannot, what you should say and what you should not, is probably a bit of a risk. The doubt itself is an admission of opposition, and therein … Continue reading

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underwear

I saw a beautiful yellow thong this morning, lined with small curls of thread that followed the curves of the bottom on which they sat. I saw a large black bra too, and a single earring, hanging like a chandelier … Continue reading

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an american in luanda

Believe me, I wasn’t looking for advice. I just tapped in ‘luanda traffic’ and it came up, this hilarious page. It’s probably very important and I probably should take it more seriously but you really have to giggle at the … Continue reading

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telling secrets and lies

A couple of years ago I went to a talk about travel writing. Several travel writers sat on the stage and discussed their various successes. I was keen to lap up their experience, breath in their confidence, and think about … Continue reading

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talking with budgies

Four fluorescent budgerigars woke me up this morning. I told my landlady and she answered, ‘They’re happy budgies because they were born in a cage.’ If their talking is any indication of their happiness, then she must be right. It’s … Continue reading

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anxiety of freedom

On the 38 bus, I read this piece – part profile, part interview – about the Argentinian novelist and journalist, Tomás Eloy Martínez. I want to quote a few things he said here.’A large part of Argentinian history concludes with … Continue reading

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