Love Letter - OOO

It’s August. Out of Office country in the global north. The heart of winter and dust storms back home. I’m intrigued by OOO notes now littering American inboxes. Limited internet access, some say. Out of the country, others show off.



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Love Letter on Celebrity

July 18 was Nelson Mandela’s birthday. 101. When I was a kid, Mandela was the most megawatt celebrity. Ok, so there was also Diana. But at home, we had Brenda Fassie and we had rising business babe and mogul—Basetsana Khumalo, Miss South Africa 1994. But mostly, we had a charismatic freedom fighter slash founding father slash global rock star.

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Love Letter on Play

I’m riding an early morning train. We’re heading into Manhattan. Passengers are mostly middle aged men scrolling their phones or reading the paper. The sun is bright and the day is young. Beautiful day, outside. Inside, everything is ordered and quite prim.

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Love Letter on Money

As much as other people shy away from talking about shame or sex, I’m even more reticent to touch money. In conversation, in society and even alone—I just don’t go there.

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Love Letter on Pride

Pride goeth before the fall. Doesn’t that sounds like some botched Bible quote? Well, It’s not. It’s Jay Z riffing off a widely sprayed aphorism.

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Love Letter On Joy

Joy is such funny business. Like success, we think we know what it is, but waaay too often we’re flexing society’s definition of what should make us inwardly content

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