The Great Affair

Letters by, and conversations with, friends, acquaintances, and familiar strangers about how they make sense of the world and their place in it.

A letter from Cambodia: An American journalist on the stateless Vietnamese communities forced to leave their floating homes on the Tonle Sap Lake, where…
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An acquaintance from my early backpacking days talks about everything that has taken him to his new home along Italy’s Via Francigena.
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An Indian journalist on how conflicted she felt when she considered donating part of her liver to her father, in a country where women face social…
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A Japanese essayist on negotiating deep-rooted traditions and her own wayward path, and how this shaped her relationship with her father.
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Weaving between past and present, vignettes from a life at sea about solitude and friendship by a Malaysian writer who once taught English on cruise…
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An Australian activist-journalist on being deported and banned from Indonesia, where she had built a life, and reconciling her feelings for her home…
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A Malaysian writer on how a trip with her mother to a fishing village—and the complicated feelings it surfaced about identity, privilege, and…
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