Category: essays

  • Why Do We Remember?: Svetlana Alexievich’s History of the Soul

    Why Do We Remember?: Svetlana Alexievich’s History of the Soul

    War’s Unwomanly Face and Voices from Chernobyl

  • Stalking Turtles

    Stalking Turtles

    The greatest appeal of Costa Rica has to be its natural diversity. The number of beautiful places and animals that live in this small country was the main reason I wanted to visit it. And it did not disappoint: monkeys and turtles, active volcanoes, beautiful beaches and national parks everywhere. Nevertheless, my least favourite part […]

  • Were It Not For Coffee…

    Were It Not For Coffee…

    “Were it not for coffee one could not write, which is to say one could not live.” —Honoré de Balzac “Coffee gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but […]

  • Where the Wild Books Are

    Where the Wild Books Are

    “Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” —Virginia Woolf Aging and decay are characteristics that generally have a negative connotation. The first is a consequence of the passing of time; the second one, […]