Author: Dipika Kohli

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My first book, The Elopement, was about running off to Ireland to get married. Kind of. I didn’t mean to run off, and I didn’t mean to get married. Lots of things happen in the course of, well, youth. Next year marks the 20-year anniversary of the events in that book’s main story, and I […]

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Zooms

M. on a call yesterday said, ‘You were the person who told me about zoom. And now it’s the most important thing in the world.’ M. likes to make a drama out of things, and I like that about M. Also on our call was C. I got to know both of them over a […]

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Protected: Sent to 7 people..

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Protected: ‘I don’t believe you’

Protected: ‘I don’t believe you’

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#82

One of the printer-friendly zines is published today, in S P A C E. It’s called ‘Phaerah.’ It’s the third in a series of zines set in Finnmark, a fictional landscape that’s roughly based on all my imaginings from reading The Snow Queen when I was a little kid as well as actually going myself […]

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Link | ‘You work so hard to create an identity to suit other people that you start to lose your own’

Link | ‘You work so hard to create an identity to suit other people that you start to lose your own’

From: ‘Where are you really from?’: Growing up black in Ireland by Tamilore Awonusi: For many black people, growing up in Ireland can mean you work so hard to create an identity to suit other people that you start to lose your own… This discrimination doesn’t end with adolescence; for many young black people in Ireland […]

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A work in progress

I remember on the road last year with Boss, in Vietnam, that we got a copy somehow of a short book by Hemingway called A Moveable Feast. Aside from the chauvinism and racism inherent in all things Hemingway, there was some really great dialogue. And a scene where Fitzgerald and Hemingway are in a room […]

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Protected: ‘Only a person who risks is free’

Protected: ‘Only a person who risks is free’

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‘You always seem to land on your feet’

‘You always seem to land on your feet’

‘You always seem to land on your feet’.. Something I hear a lot, from people. Gotta be able to. Me, in reply… In my head of course.. Goes: Well, if that weren’t the case, how else could I do this? Wandering around as I do: freestyle. Without plans. Without income streams, gigs on the horizon, […]

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Protected: Reconnexion

Protected: Reconnexion

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20 Years

It’s going to be 20 years, next year, since the events of my first book, The Elopement. Which, surprising everyone (especially me), got some actual press and accolades the very week it was launched on the internet. I know that’s an unusual thing to happen, but in those days (eight years ago) I was in […]

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Protected: ‘Everything ends.. so new things can begin:’ W <3

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July | Papers

‘Papers’ is a four-person international conversation, with depth and substance, in the cloud. We have 1 spot for July. Care to learn more ? Here’s a link.. https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/July-Papers–A2SxQSYgd~oTL8E28NgieDw9Ag-6s1wbh2NpCaUZlKwChrOv Stay safe. DK

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Protected: Dear あ

Protected: Dear あ

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A new chapter. (Again).

This is fun. I have just gotten the green light on a thing, and I’m going to move forward with it. In the morning. Today I’m just gathering things, getting ready for it. The things, to come. Can’t wait to get started, but also, relishing this particular moment of in-between. Here I am, wrapping a […]

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Dear RK

Dear RK

Welcome, to my universe.   Welcome back, to my life. Thank you for the email, today. Alright, then. Here we go! Starting again, from here. Why not ? ;) To the new, the near, the now and the next !.. And… to the journeys. DK

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#81

Sharing ideas, celebrating quality, and continuing to inquire. Together. I care. About those things. That’s Kismuth. That’s DK. That’s me. Letting go, lately, of the things that get in the way of these goals. Who cares if everyone ‘likes’ it? I like it, and that’s good enough. Issue #81 celebrates that exact attitude. I met DN. […]

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#80

Wrote about it! My closest collaborator in S P A C E, Michael Bridgett, Jr., and I talked in the cloud and got this issue organized. It’s called ‘Continuous Partial…’ Hang on. Right, okay, found it. S P C | Sài Gòn, ‘Continuous Partial Attention’ Here’s a link. https://designkompany.com/issue-80/ Thanks! &nbsp Loading…

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A random encounter, part 9,999

Today I went for a little wander and wound up discovering the best place to sit and peoplewatch–that has aircon. Normally, I prefer outdoors, the sidewalks, the street life, but it’s just really, really hot today, and midday is the hottest, and due to some various things, I needed to be out and so, I […]

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Revisiting the poetry of 1999

I had a remarkable and extraordinary few weeks, just now, where I am, here in the spaces of writing and thinking, but mostly, experiencing. Offline. I have a lot of people to thank for that, including but not limited to: T., P., and D. There are always those incredible things that happen when Kismuth goes […]

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Dear Anonymous

Dear Anonymous

Yes, I got it. No, I don’t think that’s a good idea.  

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Protected: Emotions

Protected: Emotions

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‘Then what you are undergoes a transformation’

This is an update to an earlier note to myself, about one of the things I’d found and read that had moved me, quite, in 2017. The book was a gift. It came from a guest at one of our events in London, 2016. I had no idea, at the time, just how important it […]

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Protected: Dear Millennial, Signed Gen X

Protected: Dear Millennial, Signed Gen X

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‘Virgo’

The lead story for this issue of S P C is called ‘Virgo.’ It’s part of a series of ‘zines’ for DK’s S P C that are specifically about Finland. And are fiction works. New genre for me. I was all over the place with memoir, and then, its natural segue, creative nonfiction, from 2012-2019. […]

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Of two philosophies

Of two philosophies

I got into a long-winded conversation yesterday afternoon that turned into a two-minute, tight summary this morning about the topic of ‘letting it flow,’ versus designing structures for things so that stuff actually happens in a way that’s semi-intentional. I mean, I’m not all about the boxes and making stuff go into the boxes, or […]

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#79

A fun, light and packed issue on type design. Thai type. DK interviews typeface designer Pilar Cano in Issue #79 of Design Kompany‘s weekly e-zine, S P A C E. Totally one of my favorites, and that’s probably because it was so interactive. Making it, also, adding a side story from Sahrah Boeck, whose expert dual language […]

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Realities of nomadism in the new era of COVID19

My amazing visa-help friends, well I think of them as friends, lol, since they got me out of a pinch in March, they are online, and I think, they are going to help me, if they can, I mean if the government says it is cool to extend again and again and again. I mean, […]

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Protected: Plot

Protected: Plot

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#78

This is what is happening in the space of S P C. A co-created issue is coming into shape, thanks to our real life conversation circle in *Secret Location*. Where it is about to pour, and I mean, seriously. I better go and post this before we lose the wifi. Lightning, all that, is coming. […]

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1981

  I’m writing a new story and this popped into it. This song! This film. Who remembers? Gosh… 1981. मेरे नसीब में तू है क्या तेरे नसीब में मैं हूँ कौन नहीं

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#77

Wrote about this zine, over at DK. Here’s a link. Issue #77

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Protected: Happy birthday V

Protected: Happy birthday V

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Protected: Dear R

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#75

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Protected: Risk

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A new book | ‘Finnmark’

Something new today. Here’s how it got made. Three months in the north of Finland at an artist residency program that let me sit still, quietly and largely alone, led to a set of letters I never sent. Sometimes this happens. I got to reflect, write, and write. The characters allude to one of my […]

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Thank you for the roses

Dear Anonymous, Wow. That’s nice of you. I appreciate the gesture. They fit. For today. The mood, the color: perfect. Thanks.. DK

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Protected: Unslowly

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