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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Immerse yourself in a world of like-minded people and their stories of struggling, but persevering as young creatives in the modern world.


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Emigraine: chapter two

Despite silent treatments and arguments from his parents, Phonzo proceeds with his plans of moving to Londinium. Where is he going to sleep and why is it so difficult to find a room of one’s own?


“Ma, Pa, I'm going to Londinium” “On holiday?” “No, on minimum wage”.

 

"We were promised a lot of things by other generations"

Why Editor and Carolina from Blogger on Pole talk self-publishing, sexual assault, nhs and how a young woman can fight it all

ARTIST PROFILES


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emigraine

By michele maria serrapica

Emigraine is a collection of short stories about immigration in London. Join Phonzo as he awkwardly tries to make his way in a city of possibilities, but ends up finding disappointment and other lost souls in crowded bars, odd jobs and dirty streets of London.

 

chapter one: THE NOT ORIGINAL ORIGINS OF A ROMANTIC DREAMER AND HOW HE NAIVELY PLANNED HIS SOUL'S PREMATURE PASSING

After taking on unpaid jobs and an expensive course to be more qualified, Phonzo still can’t find a good profession. He makes a decision to move to Londinium - a place where everyone goes to make their dreams come true

read chapter one


 

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:

why did you leave?

migrants - why did you leave home countries and would you go back?


 

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