Where You Have Yet To Go

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Where You Have Yet To Go is a story written by Ogiwara Saki and illustrated by pseudonymeter. It ran in Issue 28 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/161792.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/where-you-have-yet-to-go/.

Summary[edit]

From the author: "In which there are war reporters, an unexpected roommate, and all the wrong words."

From http://secretsolitaire.livejournal.com/159060.html: "It's the story of Asim, a writer who returns home to the U.S. after covering the Iraq war to find that he's lost both his apartment and his ability to write."

From isweedan.livejournal.com: "a story about Asim, a war reporter who returns from iraq with a writer's block only to find his apartment rented out to somebody else, and has to crash with luke, a photographer he more than often gets paired together on assignments."

From pinboard.in: "Asim comes back from an assignment in Iraq but finds himself out of a house, so he goes to Luke, a photographer who may or may not be his friend. While there, he tries to write about his experience in Baghdad, but finds himself unable to express the sorrow that he encountered there."

From pinboard.in/u:jedusaur: "the one about the photographer and the writer who report on Iraq together"

He didn't return from the war a wreck. He didn't return riddled with dreams of dust, sand, and glass. He didn't return with a bullet wound in his leg or a voice in his head. He didn't return a hero or a ghost. However, he did return home to an empty apartment, an uncooperative landlord, and all of the right words missing.

External Reviews[edit]

I love s2b2, I think that the stories posted there are generally of good quality. I read this one yesterday, and I adored it to bits: it's fluently written and the characters feel very real, forged and scarred by the experiences they've lived. I found myself both laughing and with tears in my eyes and in the end I wanted to read it again, to catch things I'd missed. I suck at reviews, so I suggest you go and read it ^_^
  • http://deedlit50.livejournal.com/65590.html
  • shadow-birds.tumblr.com: "YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THEY ARE PARTNERS IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD WHO’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR YEARS AND ALWAYS BEEN IN LOVE WITHOUT REALIZING IT AND THE REVEAL IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL FUCK. I’M STILL NOT OVER IT."
  • pinboard.in: "Asim, a reporter, comes home from Iraq and finds out that he's been evicted from his apartment. He crashes with Luke, a photographer friend. This is a story about a lot of things--about writing, about immigration and assimilation, about war--and it's good. I really enjoyed it."
  • pinboard.in:
    a story about asim, a war reporter who returns from iraq with a writer's block only to find his apartment rented out to somebody else, and has to crash with luke, a photographer he more than often gets paired together on assignments.

    truly beautiful and touching story about second generation immigrants and war and what it does to people and just love and life. that i avoided reading for so long because i always assumed it was about something else. but i was feeling such an itch for a military themed story since last night and then i searched for this story until finally i found it only for it to turn out something completely different from what i expected (like it usually does) but in the best possible way.
  • futuere.livejournal.com:
    Adult. Graphic descriptions of violence, war time situations, and sex.

    This author has written for the last few issues and I've enjoyed all of his/her submissions so far. This one is gorgeous. It's nuanced and painful and honest; it's about loss and identity and trying to achieve equilibrium when you're being pulled in different directions. The POV character is entirely likeable, and there are some very sweet moments. If you have a spare half hour, grab a drink, put your feet up, and read.