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Day 20: The Country without a Post Office

1 Again I’ve returned to this country where a minaret has been entombed. Someone soaks the wicks of clay lamps in mustard oil, each night climbs its steps to read messages scratched on planets. His fingerprints cancel bank stamps in that archive for letters with doomed addresses, each house buried or empty.Empty? Because so many

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Day 17 + 18

Summer school Diaries for the last two days: Wake up at 8 am. Quick shower. Get out by 8-30. Breakfast till 9. Lecture Lunch Workshop Presentations Nap (mine) Dinner Ramble Sleep …………… To be continued

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Day 16: On Violence

What is it about the violence aesthetic that makes people move? Or, to be put it in a better question, why is violence an aesthetic category? I probably have to think about it more but it seems like this: the world is a violent place. Violence is a part of most of our worlds unless

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Day 15: Summer School 1

There is something about intensive academic settings that makes one realise what a joy it is to just read and write. I have spent my first day of summer school in a rather idyllic setting in Denmark and it seems like I am back in school.

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Day 14: Hamburg-Sønderborg Diary

05:45 Cannot sleep. The man on the top bunk jumped and packed his bag in a hurry. Must be an early train. 6:12 Middle-aged man comes and falls asleep in the next bed. Check phone. No messages. No one misses you when you miss them. Must be Murphy’s Law: Travel Edition. 07:00 A sleepless day

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Day 13: Hamburg Diary

Hamburg.        27.07.2019 8:47 am Read on train. Or slept and made up for the hours I missed. 9:00 Nothing – absolutely nothing – like a passenger march up to a seat and be like, “Hey, Ich habe dieser Platz reserviert.” And horrors of horror! The passenger says, “Können Sie das prüfen?” Old lady shows

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Day 12: Packing Panic

There is nothing like packing to realise how little you need to survive. I know. I know. There are nicer things and all. But no. Packing is easy. Go like this: Clothes Underwear Books Magazines Toiletries Chargers Done! Next stop. Hamburg.

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Day 11: Choosing a Notes app

And to make myself more productive, I took the whole thing head-on. I had to write more. From writing proposals, to writing papers, to simply keeping track of my own weekly to-dos, this year I decided to use all the things I could to become more of a writing creature. Given the magnitude of the task, the right tool was required.

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