Pesach: The Gulf Exodus

The offices of the recruitment agency were gleaming. They were clean, modern and full of empty space. It was like no place I’d ever been in before. I felt safe, but now I know I shouldn’t have. I grew up on the edge of Mumbai Airport. We slept, ate, drank and worked in our little […]

Tzav: The Eden Dawn

A biologist discovers another reality This story is available as a podcast (above) or text (below). Click the headline to get to a printable version. It started on June 24th, 2073. At first, Dr. Jillian Smith hadn’t noticed it. But that didn’t last long. Global catastrophes had a way of making themselves noticed. Jillian had […]

Vayikra: Peace

The following is adapted from my book, the City on the Heights ( It is set in northern Iraq, where Maryam has fled with her injured brother Ibrahim. The empty village on the border of the mountainous regions of Kurdistan had only twelve houses. Tiny shards of those mountains seemed to thrust out of the […]

Vayakel-Pekudai: The House of Love

A meth addict is redeemed I sit on a plastic folding chair, looking at the flat concrete slab I’ve created. And I wonder whether she’ll ever come back again. It had all started in an alley. I’d been like some cliché, literally sleeping in that alley. I’d been at the end of the line. I’d […]