Impressions of an Expat

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Impressions of an Expat
(in no particular order) circus worker, single father, novelist, short-order cook, welder, surf saxaphonist, late-night crooner.
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  • running away with the circus (looking for dolphins) 2 days ago There are three of them, a brazen woman with bright eyes and a big voice, a man going grey with a hop in his step and a younger woman who might be their daughter or their niece that twists her short hair into little tufts. They roam the hotel, sometimes in elaborate costumes, letting us know that...
  • the black sands of Ureki 1 week ago I wonder what might happen if we all measured time by how often we stand looking out at the ocean. The muscle of the sea turns in on itself, a clock, a pendulum, a rocking chair. All at once, the fragrance of salt and seaweed returns, that sticky perfume on the back your arms as you step into a...
  • ALBINO (PART 2/SECTION TWO - the last excerpt) 2 weeks ago One more excerpt of me reading from Albino this week, and then it will all go quiet again. No more visits to the past, to those naive, desperate East Village nights when the world seemed as big as a few square blocks. Everything else was noise, ancient history and completely insignificant. All that...
  • Albino (part 2/section one - the Mars Bar) 3 weeks ago I never imagined that the Mars Bar would close. Like a cockroach, I believed it could weather any catastrophic transformation in my old East Village neighbourhood. As every familiar corner was torn down and replaced with an ATM, or a 7-11, or a luxury high rise I thought it would remain, like those...
  • Albino (part one) 2 months ago I began writing Albino two million years ago. I had an editor then, who lived a few blocks away. We would meet for breakfast on Avenue A, quietly forking into home fries as we discussed the structure of the story - the economy of objects. A dollar bill was not just a dollar bill in this story, it...

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Sarah
18:31 PM November 19, 2013

This blog is so wonderfully written that I have to read it every week, or else I feel I have missed something. Yes, it shows the darker side of living as an expat in Moscow, but it often shows rare beauty and unexpected joy.

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