Inhabit is the story of the places we are shaped by, and the ways we shape those places. It is built out of the amazement of one boy but is not his story, though it sometimes appears so. Instead it is a collection of observations focused on cities and the people that live in them.
Living somewhere, as opposed to visiting, requires the creation of an entire world and the establishment of a home. The ways in which people adapt to new surroundings have always impressed me, and inhabit reflects my fascination. It began while I was living in Shanghai in 2006, and now covers years before and after as well as other cities. Posts here represent a single view of each story or place, and occasionally revisit similar moments and locations. More than anything inhabit is a view of the world, found somewhere between fiction and personal history. On the web there are plenty of avenues for writers, and with Twitter and Tumblr I have outlets for thoughts both brief and impassioned. The missing aspect, essays born of long consideration and personal experience, reside here.
As best I can manage inhabit is updated on the 10th and the 20th of each month, and the site’s RSS feed should be visible to the left.
Welcome. Thank you for reading.
-Wil, April 2010