The Unusual Suspects, Editor’s Letter, October 2013



Every year about this time, I start fantasizing about doing something different for the holidays. I’ve broken out of traditional Christmas mode before. In 2005, for example, I went to Kenya. Specifically, I spent the holiday on Lamu, a remote, Swahili-speaking island that, like Zanzibar, once belonged to the Omani sultanate.That Christmas Eve, the East African writers who were my cohorts in a Nairobi-based writing program invited me to a party on nearby Manda Island thrown by a local Rastafarian named Satan. (You can’t make this stuff up.) At 5 a.m., just as the archipelago’s mosques ran
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