'The oddball thing that can happen, if you finally wake up to recognize that you can actually let it, is that you can snap out of things. If you, like me, have a tendency to look on the past with a longing heart, then you know the feeling of getting caught up in that which had once seemed so intriguing, that had so enraptured you, or was so meaningful that you cannot forget. Losing a close friend in my childhood prompted me to first start writing stories that center on the question, 'What about if?, as part of the Kismuth series. But now, having writing four-volume series, and sharing more and more through articles, blogs, and social media, I understand that there is more to say on this specific topic. 'Nostalgia' has its own significant place in the Kismuth collection....'
About this story
Writing is all rewriting, as they say, and I am working with texts that have appeared already in print to make the set of stories work together in an arc that shares with you what it feels like to move through Hanoi, where I have been returning every so often over the past six years, to stop and take stock. Inevitably, the slow music that I sometimes get to hear or a breeze through the leaves or something in the way that people move will give me an impression. Hanoi, especially, has a particularity about it that likes itself: the details. The articulation of that which is poetic. I like this.
Read it on a lazy Sunday or download it for the plane: that's what so many people say they like to do.
Parts of this book have already been published as the series Kismuth & The Way, in Charlotte, NC-based Saathee Magazine. Variations of those stories, and more, plus new graphics, and poems from DK's e-mag S P A C E that tie in with the theme of love, relationships and nostalgia, are also included here.
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