Embrace the Failure

PUBLISHing STORIES OF YOUNG ARTISTS, CREATIVES, UNDERPAID WORKERS, IMMIGRANTS WHO STRUGGLE TO SUCCEED IN TODAY'S ECONOMY AND LIVE OUTSIDE SOCIETY'S EXPECTATIONS

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Lives you can relate to, dreams similar to the ones you follow, mistakes you’ve made and hopes you have - immerse yourself in profiles and stories of this generation’s artists and creatives


 

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Emigraine is a collection of short stories about immigration in London through eyes of Phonzo. Dark, funny and engaging, it will either make you feel like you relate or open your eyes to issues of underrepresented voices in the UK.

read it here

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emigraine


chapter one

by Michele Maria Serrapica


 
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ZOE

“Fuck it, I’m not going to buy a house anyway, might as well buy that wine"

“My parents don’t seem to understand that things don’t happen overnight. They’re just like “Oh, so what are you doing? How’s your job going?” but there’s something underlying. It’s not even spoken out and I feel the pressure. I can’t even answer them truthfully without feeling sick and anxious.”

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kaine

"We're in the middle"

“At Urban, we weren’t allowed water on the shop floor. For about a week the air con was broken and the fitting rooms were so hot you could literally feel the heat. Like fire…it was that kind of heat. Every second you’re there you’re being made to work even when there is literally nothing to do, and the worst thing is that the managers treat you like you’re a child.”

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london is swallowing me whole: but i’m okay with it

My mind wanders in London; the streets overflowing with energy, the bars always rammed, the ashtrays always full from past conversations over a lazy cigarette. This complex city distracts and motivates me at the same time, which is a confusing feeling to process.

pressure pushing down on me…


At that moment I decided – fuck it! I will live according to this, I’ll keep studying to get my masters degree as good as I can, I’ll try finding a job that I want and I’ll try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but I won’t occupy my mind with all the “I could do better”, “my brother at my age had achieved this” and “my friends have accomplished that”, because there’s simply no point.

disrespect your elders

She told me about how she had failed her studies one too many times, how her plans for the future were practically non-existent, and all that she felt burdened with. I glanced around the room at the peers I was so proud of, at the people I thought had accomplished such great things, and they all wore the same expression: regret.

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editor’s w(h)ine column

Have a glass (or five) and whine with Sonia Hadj Said - Why’s Editor, or maybe, just a drunk

sonia said:

what do you do?

Can we stop measuring people through the jobs they do to pay rent?

sonia said:

why are pleasures guilty?

no more feeling guilty when indulging in something, pleasure is free

sonia said:

stability is an illusion

not having any stability or strings attached to you might be the way


 

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