Fiji_Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay

The First Year in Fiji

It's been a little over a year since we moved to Fiji. It was not a smooth transition. I arrived with a certain set of expectations that the initial reality did not live up to. Moving to a new environment blurs the boundaries of your world. You are forced to deal with new situations that… Continue reading The First Year in Fiji

Rethinking Kerouac by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Books, essay

Rethinking Kerouac

I've read three novels by Jack Kerouac in the last several weeks--"Big Sur," "The Dharma Bums," "Desolation Angels"--and it got me thinking about his influence on me. I was introduced to Kerouac in high school, when "On the Road" was mandatory reading. As a writing style, his stream-of-consciousness prose wasn't exactly appealing; but as a… Continue reading Rethinking Kerouac