Mar/Apr 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 2 |

The Unexpected

The morning after Britain’s general election, as Boris Johnson is elected prime minister, I work at an antique schoolhouse desk in a Victorian house in the Midlands. At the old desk, I lose track of time, writing notes for essays I’m researching. A painting I saw at Charlecote Park, the details of a small chapel in Warwick, the water rising in almost every place I visit. At the old desk, it almost seems like I’m living someone else’s life: here I am halfway across the world from my apartment in Miami, where the days are scorching even in December, where the water is also rising. At the old desk, I am witness, spectator. Another election, another morning after, everyone watching an old horror movie, everyone hopeful, and I’m the only one not surprised by its awful ending. • • I didn’t have a theme in mind as I selected the pieces for this issue. I wanted to lose myself, to be pulled from my desk into someone else’s life. I wanted to be surprised. And I was. The p

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Jaquira Diaz
Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the MacDowell Colony. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, and Brevity, among other publications. She is a 2016-18 Kenyon Review Fellow.

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