“Stories of human nature are linked with pathologies of places.”
“You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
Hi, I’m Emily, a freelance writer, journalist, and photographer—usually based in Kuala Lumpur, currently in Berlin/London.
This is an email newsletter about making sense of the world through stories, and getting sidetracked along the way. It’s part diary, part reporting notebook, part road journal, and part culture list, dispatched from wherever I am or ever have been.
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P.S. As Joan Didion sort of said, I write to find out what I’m thinking. So I should say, though I shouldn’t need to, but because of the way the internet’s going: I reserve the right to change my mind.
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