PHOTOS AND TEXT BY AMBER KIDNER
Says our resident contributor based in India, “Delhi is a stressful city to live in. Most people say so and that is my experience as well. I’m often drained of words and empathy and playful impulses. Author Lydia Davis and her very short stories guide me once again in attempting to apply words and images to some of our family’s encounters these past few months.”
TINY BALL OF FUR
We drove down tight and cluttered afternoon streets. We parked our car and exited it. We climbed a dark flight of stairs, passing open doors with people staring out at us. At the top of the stairs, we were led into a dimly lit room with a bed against the wall for us to sit on. And in the corner was a puppy for us to buy.
In a fit of desperation I bought a plant online. I didn’t want to, but a couple years of going without plants and a clever use of Facebook by an online nursery did the trick.
The plant arrived all stapled up in a cardboard box. I cut it out and its leaves dropped to the floor like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.
I won’t do that again.
He said, “It’s like we moved our fort.”
And I said, “You’re right. Thanks for saying that.”
Amber Kidner has always loved good books, people’s stories, and art. Her loves have taken her into a variety of artistic endeavors including photography, family therapy, and cultural research. Currently, she is studying Hindi and exploring ways to bring her passions to New Delhi in a way that is mutually satisfying and transformative. Follow her adventures on amberkidner.com.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY TOBI AMOSUN
Physician Tobi Amosun takes us along on her recent trip to Florence, where her science knowledge helps us better understand just how magnificent an accomplishment Michelangelo’s David is.
I had dreamed for years of going to Italy with friends for my 40th birthday.
This past summer, that dream trip happened.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY NIHAB RAHMAN
Our View From Here series is back as Nihab Rahman takes us inside a little moment of Bangladeshi life.
Near Chowfol-Dondi Bridge in Khuruskhul, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Ziyaul Haque, 21 years old, repairs his five-year-old boat for its next destination, which is Sundarbans, the only mangrove forest in Bangladesh.
POEM AND IMAGES BY LORI LANDAU
A poem by Lori Landau. Photograph and painting by Lori too.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN FINCK AND MIKE PLUNKETT
La caminata de Megan Finck y Mike Plunkett a una finca de café en Colombia nos sumerge en la historia de las alianzas que han ayudado a una comunidad a transformar su pasado sórdido en un presente floreciente que marca un futuro lleno de esperanza.
Megan Finck and Mike Plunkett’s hike to a Colombian coffee farm plunges us into a story of the partnerships that have helped a community transform its sordid past into a flourishing present that marks out a hopeful future.
We're taking a little summer break this month because even our dear website (and her staff) needs a little R&R. But don't despair! We'll be back on September 3 (mark your calendars?!) with fascinating new fare.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE
A real life scene turned miniature through the magic of photography has inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. Explore the world with us and let your imagination play along as you do.
STORY BY HÉLÈNE SCHWITZER-BORGIALLO
ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY KAMI L. RICE
French academic Hélène Schwitzer-Borgiallo reports for us this week on innovative projects undertaken by a duo of English playwrights who are bringing together groups of people who don’t normally get to meet each other.
Mettre sa créativité au service de la rencontre des cultures : voilà l’objectif du duo de dramaturges anglais dont nous parle cette semaine Hélène Schwitzer-Borgiallo, enseignante à l’Université Paris 8.
STORY BY HEATHER M. SURLS
Heather Surls introduces us to a young designer who has found unexpected inspiration back home in Jordan—both design inspiration and inspiration in terms of whom she employs.