Florence

Florence is perhaps best known for being the seat of Renaissance art, and rightly so: A greatest-hits collection of artists passed through its streets – Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi among them. Hanya Yanagihara Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. On the day of my arrival,…

Liberty

Growing up as a woman in Iran isn’t that simple. I was a 23-year-old girl, full of life, studying in a different city than my hometown. I lived in a student dorm with my friends who were, of course, all girls. According to the country’s rules, acceptable relationships between men and women are limited to…

The Journey Begins

Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one. Jalal Ad-Din Ar-Rumi I was tired of being pulled in different directions. I was looking for a way to express myself. I wasn’t free to fly, as if I was trapped in a cage of social norms. The bars were defined by…