Author Archives: Gabriella

About Gabriella

I'm a twenty-something American with a caffeine addiction and chronic wanderlust. I have been living and working in France for the past seven years, teaching students the importance of the Oxford comma and negotiating licensing rights for the Albin Michel Group. I love books and travel more than I love anything else.

stagner

| to stagnate (verb) | /stagne/ A bottle of champagne sits in the fridge, awaiting some cause for celebration. Its presence saddens me, but it was expensive, so I fight the urge to mix it with Aperol or sip it … Continue reading

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masque

| mask (masculine noun) | /mask/ In the midst of this pandemic, our societal infrastructure and sense of normalcy have deteriorated. I am desperate and unemployed. In the face of such instability, I strive to articulate the positive. No, I … Continue reading

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rêverie

| daydream (feminine noun) | /ʀɛvʀi/ When I am overcome by the scent of stale coffee and the grim, overcast sky, our suffocating reality, and the stagnant view from our kitchen window, I imagine an alternate existence, one in which … Continue reading

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elle

| her (pronoun) | /ɛl/ You loved to watch her read. But you feared the storm that lingered beneath the surface of her smile. Indeed, her eyes betrayed a certain sadness, stemming, perhaps, from the realization that her life would … Continue reading

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horreur

| horreur (feminine noun) | /ɔʀœʀ/ This is my seventh year in higher education, and I’ve just learned that the highly disturbing, fucked-up books I love so much actually belong to a respected literary genre, the contemporary American Gothic; I … Continue reading

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figue

| fig (feminine noun) | /fig/ I originally considered writing my master’s thesis on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But rereading the novel and devouring research on the fragmented female identity, as portrayed in Plath’s novel, resonated too much and … Continue reading

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lire

| to read (verb) | /liʀ/ In two months, I will take up my studies again and prepare a second Master’s degree in Anglophone literature. My imminent re-entry into academia has made me contemplate the reasons why I chose to … Continue reading

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histoire

| story (feminine noun) | /istwaʀ/ All of my belongings fit neatly in seven cardboard boxes, and I can stack them all in the back of my boyfriend’s Peugeot. I do not own a house, but I have many. One … Continue reading

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sang

| blood (masculine noun) | /sæŋ/ While I was in Prague, I visited the Kafka Museum and marveled at a 100-page letter Kafka had written–but never sent–to his father, someone who remained an oppressive figure throughout Kafka’s life and work. … Continue reading

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an

| year (masculine noun) | /ɑ̃/ This was a year of radical change. Somewhere, something broke, and I offered the universe an ultimatum: Hear me, or I will go. How idiotic and narcissistic I was to believe the universe could … Continue reading

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