Writing a Life in Fragments

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I have been most moved by writing that tells a story in fragments, often ones that are weighted with emotion and significance to the life of the narrator. Only after each fragment has been picked up, polished, and assembled in place, jagged edge to jagged edge, does the meaning reveal itself.

More on writing in fragments at the Ploughshares blog…

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Reimagining Immigration in a World of Portals

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What if we accepted that the quest for one’s security and freedom is an undeniable part of human nature, that it lies within the very foundations of our country? That much of the opposition to immigration is generated from fear? What if we focused less on the countries of origin and the circumstances of arrival, and instead focused on how best to provide safety and order for all? What kind of nation could we be?

My latest piece on the Ploughshares blog, discussing immigration and Mohsin Hamid’s imaginative novel, Exit West.