Guestblog: The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis – The End of Eddy by Nynke Anna van der Mark The parameters of life in a small working-class town in Northern France in the 1990’s are narrow. Social life is centred around a few landmarks: the factory in which virtually all men in town work, the schoolyard where the women gossip, the bus stop where the youths come together and drink and the streets in which the children play. The inhabitants of this town navigate between these landmarks while adhering to the normative expectations of gender roles, sexuality, working life and family life. Alcohol and violence are … Continue reading Guestblog: The End of Eddy

I contain multitudes.

I contain multitudes by Yasmina El Hilali Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman Song of Myself – Leaves of Grass (1892-92) When we are kids, we hardly ever question who we are; we just are. I was an exuberant child and my emotions were intense. Whether I was happy, sad or angry, I had no problem making any of it known to the world. I was loved and I found it easy to love and the little world I knew was all I knew, and it was … Continue reading I contain multitudes.

Letters to a Young Muslim

Letters to a Young Muslim by Yasmina El Hilali How do you juggle two identities? How do you combine East and West? Do you dare ask what they have in common? Letters to a Young Muslim immediately caught my eye in the local bookstore. Its cover is a bright blue with intricate patterns of silver and gold and I couldn’t help but pick it up. I identify as (relatively) young and Muslim and I was curious what this book was all about.  Was it perhaps addressed to me? Letters to a Young Muslim is a compilation of honest letters of a father … Continue reading Letters to a Young Muslim