Read about our 2013 Fellow Diane and her husband Henry’s incredible work at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh. George Packer speaks with Henry about last week’s attack on Salman Rushdie where Henry was also injured. Rushdie was the impetus for City of Asylum as a refuge for writers who have to leave their home countries.
It is clear that the Fellows have acquired a deep sense of the City. Here’s a bit about their feelings:
Anna: “I was surprised to see how un-unified is this place, in a good way…There was space for me to be a diasporic Jew.”
Sofia: “We learned that one of the meanings of Jerusalem is Peace. There’s no better place to be called peace than the one that promotes conflict.”
Claudia: “Jerusalem is a creature. Like a small version of the shifting of tectonic plates…”
Vibha: ” I was concerned when I got here – where is my studio, where will I work?
I discovered that the city was my studio…”