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Missing Paris

Missing Paris iStockPhoto

Nancy Kline grieves for a city that no longer belongs to her

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Joyce Carol Oates Goes Home

The prolific author explores the meaning of place and home in a piece for Smithsonian magazine.

Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to think of James Joyce and not to think of Joyce’s Dublin; and so with Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor—each is inextricably linked to a region, as to a language-dialect of particular sharpness, vividness, idiosyncrasy. We are all regionalists in our origins, however “universal” our themes and characters, and without our cherished hometowns and childhood landscapes to nourish us, we would be like plants set in shallow soil. Our souls must take root—almost literally.

She divulges more in a companion Q&A.

Reflections of Home

Reflections of Home Photo by Rolf Potts.

Rolf Potts returned to the Kansas prairie. Matt Gross landed in Brooklyn -- for now. The two travel writers reveal where they live, and how travel has influenced how they look at home.

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A Vagabond Finds a Home

Rolf Potts' home in Kansas Photo by Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts finally has a place to call his own -- a double-wide overlooking the Kansas prairie. It's infused with the lessons he learned from 13 years living out of a backpack.

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No Direction Home

No Direction Home Photo by Matt Gross.

During the past three years, Matt Gross hasn't spent more than six weeks in one place. This Thanksgiving, he'll be on the road again. Recently, he asked himself: What does home mean when he feels perfectly at home in a distant land?

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