In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Jonathan Kime writes grants for an international reproductive-rights organization and is working on a collection of essays about the two and half years he lived and worked in East Timor after that country claimed independence from Indonesia. He lives with his wife and dog near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
A human body on fire on a quiet street in a safe European city is a scene your mind is remarkably unequipped to comprehend. You see it first through the clear back panel of the bus-stop shelter as you get off the bus: Just a pile of something burning. Much bigger than a campfire. Perhaps a bonfire to keep the homeless warm.