34THPARALLEL INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

This can’t be the same thing.

TO EAT, TO SLEEP BY DANIEL J NEWCOMER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25

“This can’t be the same thing as two years ago,” a Tunisian journalist told me as we waited for her mother to cook us dinner.

This journalist, Nadya, was a beautiful blonde woman who ran a radio program in Hammamet; we met one day as I was taking pictures of a protest and she approached me to tell me that it was dangerous.

“I know,” I said fancifully, “I like it that way.”

“Great!” she replied with just as much excitement, “Because later tonight there is going to be a van full of militia coming this way hired by the Ennahda party supporters, and it should get pretty heavy here!” 

So that was how I came across Nadya, and it was through both her and Adnen that the story of the Tunisian revolution manifested, showcasing what life for Tunisians really meant amidst a suffering much different than the woes represented by political economic debridement.

“This can’t be the same thing as two years ago,” Nadya continued with a breadth of ferocity, “because two years ago, the Tunisian people were united.”

She’d found the mannequins in the basement.

REAL ESTATE, RETAIL, & REALITY BY MOURA MCGOVERN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25

She enjoyed watching the lights of the city turn on, from the spot that she liked to call “THE INTERSECTION OF REAL ESTATE, RETAIL, & REALITY”. (With caps and air quotes.) She was the one per cent. Her mannequins were the 99. Or maybe she was the 99 and her mannequins were the one per cent. “Whatever,” she thought. She was creating “CULTURE”. (With caps and air quotes.) 


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25

TO EAT, TO SLEEP BY DANIEL J NEWCOMER, CAPTURED BY SAGE CURTIS, EARLY BIRD BY HENK HOPMAN, THE POLITICS OF ETI BY THOMAS N HACKNEY, REAL ESTATE, RETAIL, & REALITY BY MOURA MCGOVERN, THIEF BY OLGA KLINGER, ENLIGHTENMENT CIRCA 1962 BY JOHN HEARN, COLECTIVO BY MARTIN ARGENTI.