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Looking Back: On Returning Home

Looking Back: On Returning Home

| May 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

May you laugh, may you laugh, like hail falling on a tin roof, may you laugh.

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Looking Back: Korean Homesick Blues

Looking Back: Korean Homesick Blues

| December 1, 2010 | 5 Comments

Where’s my passport? I need it to reclaim my fingerprints that they’ve sequestered at the immigration office so I wouldn’t smudge the windows that they’ve polished to keep me out.

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Looking Back: The Deepest Need For Maps

Looking Back: The Deepest Need For Maps

| November 17, 2010 | 3 Comments

Without a tether, without an anchor to your bed back home. You move. You have no need for memories. You have the deepest need for maps.

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Looking Back: Tokyo, Japan

Looking Back: Tokyo, Japan

| November 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

In Tokyo’s veiny dusk vapor trails become rope in the fingers of my mind, criss-cross the darkening sky; a cat’s cradle of water droplets connects continents thousands of miles distant…

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Looking Back: Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista

Looking Back: Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista

| August 24, 2010 | 4 Comments

The cottage, shot through with sun, beckons us awake. Where there was one are now two icebergs—the night having grown a twin, imperceptibly spinning in the light gravity of morning.

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Looking Back: Tiananmen Square

Looking Back: Tiananmen Square

| July 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

As I sit in Tian’anmen Square eating a Big Mac and drinking a Coke over the nucleus of a country’s rupture, I enter the world as a tourist…

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Looking Back: Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Looking Back: Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

| June 8, 2010 | 10 Comments

There is no spectacle in Bangkok like the boxers—their slick bodies like blown glass fresh from an oven.

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Looking Back: Paharganj Street

Looking Back: Paharganj Street

| March 29, 2010 | 16 Comments

Her eyes, like collapsed suns, lulled me into their orbit, and I imagined some beauty in the event…

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Looking Back: Beras Terbakar

Looking Back: Beras Terbakar

| March 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

During the Siamese invasion of Langkawi in 1821 the Chieftain of Langkawi ordered the granary to be burnt in order to starve the enemy.

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Looking Back: Langkawi

Looking Back: Langkawi

| February 24, 2010 | 14 Comments

Where the manicured fingers of the beach fan out across the asphalt, we tourists sing our cicada songs—seventeen years in the dark earth of our jobs.

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Looking Back: Notre Dame, Saigon

Looking Back: Notre Dame, Saigon

| February 4, 2010 | 57 Comments

On the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral, where Saigon’s ceaseless traffic flows, preternaturally—a murder of a million crows—I withdraw into the shadow of a high-rise.

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Looking Back: Bonavista Iceberg

Looking Back: Bonavista Iceberg

| January 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

The remnants of icebergs punctuate the horizon. Lit from below by the morning sun, black-winged gulls wheel in the morning.

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Looking Back: Night Train To Varanasi

Looking Back: Night Train To Varanasi

| January 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

On the platform lanterns gather back the night with thin fingers of light and young girls pass with slow step among the benches selling cigarettes and old coins.

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Looking Back: Route 13, Northern Laos

Looking Back: Route 13, Northern Laos

| January 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

Only the thin grey scar of Route 13 breaks the rolling landscape of jungle and sky. The scene was humbling, immeasurably majestic…

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Looking Back: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Looking Back: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

| December 28, 2009 | 7 Comments

In an old high school in the middle of Phnom Penh stand the remains of S-21, coloured delicately in moss and mildew.

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Looking Back: Cambodia

Looking Back: Cambodia

| December 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

Phnom Penh is spill of whitewashed buildings heaped together on the shore of the Mekong like bones bleaching in the sun…

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Looking Back: Saigon

Looking Back: Saigon

| December 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

Delightful and disconcerting, Saigon is Vietnam on amphetamine. The ante’s always up in this city: where Hanoi slows down and shutters its windows, Saigon is just getting warmed up.

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Looking Back: Luang Prabang

Looking Back: Luang Prabang

| December 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

At dusk, motorbikes buzz lazily through dirt avenues, lit from above by fluorescent bulbs that flicker onto the street through insistent moths

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Looking Back: Hanoi

Looking Back: Hanoi

| December 17, 2009 | 6 Comments

Sitting at the vortex of this carousel, I weave butterfly nets of words with which I chase down the barefoot beauty of the women curling through traffic.

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Looking Back: Royal Lao Classical Dancers

Looking Back: Royal Lao Classical Dancers

| December 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Beautiful and remote, the Lao Royal Dancers moved sedately across the floor of the Royal Palace Hall.

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