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Fibers of Being

 1.Late January, and I’m dreading the long, dark days of a New England winter. A polar vortex is in the forecast. Four years since my last visit to Manila; I miss the touch of home.Months earlier, I’d noticed a wicker lampshade at T. J. Maxx [...]

The Post That Stays

Traveling in Italy and Greenland in my teens and early twenties with a fitful and rudimentary cell phone, an impatience with the sweaty, masculine funk of internet cafés, and only the haziest notion of planning, I adored and relied on the magic of the general-delivery mail system—also known as the poste restante.

Aanchal Malhotra’s Notes to Self

September 8, 2020

One of the undercurrents of the migration narrative is the story told by the objects of exodus, that economy of objects transformed by the trip itself—relics of a former life that are sold or hidden away; keepsakes that molder, heirlooms pored over ritually, a subtle history inherited. All of which raises the question: If forced to flee your country, what would you take with you?