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Poem on the wall

The last thing in our Jerusalem apartment, and the last photo I took in Jerusalem: poem on the wall. I am on the moving walkway at Ben Gurion airport in a knit sweater, a leather jacket, and high heels. It is 37 degrees Celsius out and I am leaving little pieces of myself behind in Israel in the form of nostalgia-filled droplets of sweat. It is the oldest trick in the travel book: Everything that will weigh down a suitcase must be worn. If sentimentality had gotten the better of me, I would also be wearing the wooden desk that previously sat in the corner of our bedroom and the vanilla chai mix we had to leave behind. “You will not feel like we are truly leaving until the internet is gone,” Elijah joked. He was right. I took it upon myself to navigate the infamous Israeli bureaucracy to cancel our connection, in the hope that a potential negative experience on the eve of our departure would perhaps lighten the heavy heart boarding the plane. …

The darker corners of storytelling

This post is part of the Books Well-Loved series, in which I share quotes, impressions and insights from the books that have touched me. Book and author: The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli Where I read it: I wish I could tell you. On a terrace somewhere, accompanied by papas bravas; in bed, to chase away the nightmares. Soundtrack: Both the book and my thoughts about it flow better to the sound of this. Favorite phrase: “…but for her, the value of the picture was that it returned her purpose — to find small glimmers of humanity.” “There is a very real chance we will spend the rest of our lives in prison,” I said to her. “Well, then we will have plenty of time for you to teach me Spanish,” she joked with a nonchalance that made me hate her and promptly love her. We were both out of our depth. Conflict, development, social change, photography, documentation, storytelling, journalism — these words and their variants were fluently part of our professional lexicon. They were also on …