Jessica Zafra
Books, cats, sanity maintenance
Created 11 Mar 2021
  • When you are old
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 18 2
    One day I woke up and I was old. Age had come upon me like a stealth drone. The first warning was the documents. Whenever I had to fill out a form that asked for my age, I would do the math and be sho...
  • 24 hours in Allariz, jewel of Galicia
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    I love the stories of medieval saints—their gore and casual cruelty are not much different from the fairy tales in which a princess is condemned to sleep for 100 years through no fault of her own, or ...
  • Here We Are Now, Entertain Us
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 25 1
    25 years ago (26, but 2020 doesn’t count) the first Twisted book was published. It wasn’t my first book—that was Manananggal Terrorizes Manila (1992), my short story collection—but it made my reputati...
  • Pannonica Rothschild, the Baroness of Jazz Cats and Actual Cats
    08 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 11 1
    When Ige Ramos was designing one of my Twisted books, he said I needed to have a proper photograph taken. He suggested Patrick de Koenigswarter, whom I knew only as a society photographer. That's how ...
  • Last Tour with Carlos Celdran
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 23 1
    On 8 October we mark the 2nd anniversary of Carlos’s death. This piece first appeared in BusinessWorld. Drinks at Viva Madrid with Carlos and his niece, Anj We had agreed to meet for a drink at 4pm at...
  • When the melting pot explodes
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 19 0
    I love New York, and if there is the slightest chance of going there I will take it, but after the many reports of anti-Asian hate crimes my enthusiasm has cooled. Of course I would still go, but I’d ...
  • You could be doing nothing, and the story will still find you.
    17 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 14 0
    This long isolation is making me nuts, so I rewrote this essay. It appeared in my book, Twisted Travels: Rambles in Central Europe (Though it included pieces on France and Italy. Sadly, the book is ou...
  • Grief is the thing with claws
    10 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 33 9
    I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be shouting into the void, so I’m taking requests. Karla wrote: “Could you do one on grief? My dad just died and I’m trying to make sense of it. Trying to navigate gri...
  • Books, cats, sanity maintenance
    11 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
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