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#thinkaboutnoise is a blog about being a woman, an immigrant, an American, a young scholar on the dire job market, a working-class kid, a pedestrian. It is also a blog about the “voices” of monsters, puppets, cyborgs, robots, machines, migrants, mud-bloods, and other hybrid and questionable creatures; about the soundtrack of daily life and the books and bands that make existence bearable. I am interested in the Pinocchios of this world and all the clanking noise that they produce as they run down a stone-paved street in search of self-determination, disrupting the idyllic flow of things and reminding us humans of the artificial character of civilization—but also of its incommensurable beauty. Those creatures and the worlds they inhabit reverberate through the pages of this blog.

Yours,

Ana Ilievska
Migratory pedestrian, creature of song,
perpetually entangled in melodies and words.

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[A note on the writing process: The texts on this blog are unedited and written on the spur of the moment, at times inspired by a phrase pronounced by a friend or heard on the radio, other times by a face, a moment, a melody, a line in a book, a thought. They are presented here as they arrived to me: bare, imperfect, but alive and kicking.]