story: Friend of my Youth author: Alice Munro year: 1991 where: pool, Khorfakkan note: a Munro story is total immersion a line: “God rewarded lust with dead babies, idiots, harelips and withered limbs and clubfeet.”
story: North author: Aria Beth Sloss year: 2015 where: in the car from Hatta, searching for the Fujairah bull butting arena note: the price of ambition? a line: “The months between expeditions are never easy.”
story: My Dream of Flying to Wake Island author: J.G. Ballard year: 1974 where: library cafe, waiting black coffee (2nd cup) note: Empire of the Sun, a favorite book, a favorite movie a line: "The photographs of Wake Island he returned without comment."
story: In the House of the Jackal author: C Pam Zhang year: 2016 where: between meetings, Saadiyat "Happiness" Island note: a new voice for me a line: “Try to imagine a whole country past your walls.”
story: Diem Perdidi author: Julie Otsuka year: 2012 where: kitchen table, Reem Island note: a reread a line: "She remembers once loving someone more than anyone else."