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On literature, life, and the world
in which we live.
Expect encounters with poetry, translations, fairy tales, personal confessions, and self-expressions on the whimsy and woes of a life of observation.

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Writer. Traveler. Folklorist
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Memorandum

In brief,
I’m Nicholas. As a citizen of the world i’ve never felt that I quite “belong” to one place or another and through this lens I approach my writing. Growing up in a family of immigrants, in a country founded for immigrants, there was never one culture I subscribed to. Thus I began to wander, so to speak. This is how I approach every aspect of life. Though I identify firstly as a writer, a poet, and aspiring novelist – I’m also an academic and explorer.
Professionally I am a researcher of comparative literature. An anthropologist with a background in literary studies surveying global traditions, especially those of East Asia, folklore, and archaeology. I created this space as a watering hole for us to explore, together, this wildly gorgeous and profoundly diverse world and the various ways in which we experience life. From the lore that binds us as communities, to our own personal experiences. Everything from the recipes that have inspired empires, to the legends and tales that continue to break hearts eons later.
I currently reside in Columbia, Missouri in attendance at the University of Columbia.

A little more?
It all began in 2011 when, in a wild moment of blinding spontaneity, I quit my job, sold my car, and bought a one-way ticket to Africa. And I’ve been on the move ever since sharing stories and experiences from the road less traveled to the places known but misrepresented. 

It is our manifesto, our creed here to share the world in all its splendors and horrors. To view with honest, open eyes, reality, with an open mind. 

Expect to find musings from personal anecdotes to articles on cultures, customs, traditions, and histories of life and love, war and peace, belligerence, and fanaticism. From East to West and back again. We’ll venture to the places that dwell on and off the map. In regions known and unknown. In the tradition of folklorists and  Think of it as a highly integrated, educational travel blog-meets sensual, yes (I said sensual!) food blog. Full of quirky and meaningful, sometimes entertainingly random information — all in the name of becoming a stronger global citizen. We’ll head out there on foot or from the armrests of our desk to explore the quirks, quandaries, and curiosities that make us human.

Seeking those common denominators that make us human and I believe this can be done through our most ancient drive as storytellers. 

“In fact, the whole of mythology 
could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious”
Carl Jung

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
Marcel Proust

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