The Great Affair

Emily Ding
How we navigate a changing world, the passions that drive us, and our personal and collective relationships with places.
Created 27 Jan 2019
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  • Landmarkings, vol. 7.2
    30 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 4 2
    This dispatch is split into two parts. The first is here. You’re reading a newsletter by Emily Ding about how we navigate a changing world, the passions that drive us, and our personal and collective ...
  • Landmarkings, vol. 7.1
    28 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    Before we begin, a passage from Steven Millhauser’s short story, Coming Soon—about the rapacious development of a town through one man’s experience, told with a nice touch of surrealism that really el...
  • Kate Walton: “I’m in a sort of locational limbo”
    11 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    Dear friends and readers, Here is the second guest letter, this time from Kate Walton, an Australian activist and journalist who lived for several years in Indonesia before moving back to Canberra, Au...
  • Landmarkings, vol. 6.2
    27 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 1
    This dispatch is split into two parts. The first is here. You’re reading a newsletter by Emily Ding about how we navigate a changing world, the passions that drive us, and our personal and collective ...
  • Landmarkings, vol. 6.1
    26 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    Before we begin: The opening passage from John Steinbeck’s novella Cannery Row, one of my all-time favourites. Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of l...
  • Elizabeth Wong: “I had begun with an image of fishermen hauling their nets out of the sea”
    07 Aug 2021 • 19 min read • 4 2
    Friends and friendly strangers, I said a couple of letters back that I would start publishing occasional guest writers here, and here’s the first of them. Elizabeth is a friend of friends I met on sev...
  • Landmarkings, vol. 5.2
    28 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    This dispatch is split into two parts. The first is here. You’re reading a newsletter by Emily Ding about how we navigate a changing world, the passions that drive us, and our personal and collective ...
  • Landmarkings, vol. 5.1
    27 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    Before we begin: A passage from a short story, in which a Japanese woman relates the story of her mother’s trip alone to Germany—where the latter goes to a lederhosen tailor’s shop and asks a German s...
  • Some changes around here, and how you can help.
    15 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    A table to crowd around in George Town, Penang. Photo by Emily Ding. Hello everyone, As you may know, I’ve been meaning to be more intentional with this newsletter, so I just wanted to let you know ab...
  • From an old city by the sea #2
    15 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The Croats are still experimenting with their identity in the same sort of way that people try out new hats. They are not yet certain they have found one with which they can feel comfortable. More tha...
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