Botoșani: Land of goodbyes

Welcome to the Romanian region that expects its residents to live and work abroad. A feature written with Vlad Odobescu, and published in DoR in Romania and Internazionale in Italy In the center of the northeastern Romanian city of Botoșani is a 1980s housing block, next to an awning for the country’s most popular beer, […]

Before You Judge

A 50 word story, published on Fiftywordstories The rules are easy. Don’t hit people, or shout at them. If they say you’re too close, you’re too close. If they say don’t touch, you mustn’t touch. When I grew up, people didn’t follow the rules. Didn’t follow them with me. That’s my excuse. I know it’s […]

“I received this great gift: desperation”

After a childhood of drug addiction on the streets of Bucharest, a former addict finds an alternative solution for users to recover An English version of a confession published in DoR Interview and editing by Michael Bird, and Ionut Dulamita. Illustrations by Ionut Dulamita It is evening. I am in the room where every Monday […]

These Walls of Me

A short piece of fiction and second prize winner for The Short Story Net   When I was eighteen, my therapist told me that every day I should draw a picture of my face. “Don’t think about what you’re doing,” he said, “and don’t try to be an artist. Take only a few seconds, look […]

Architects of the Extreme

How the planning of Communist blocks in Bucharest changed from a western vision of functional housing to a sabotage of the city – a micro-history of a megalopolis: published in The Black Sea, co-written with Vlad Odobescu To an outsider, Bucharest is a sea of uniform blocks that hustle and crush a pre-World War II city […]