Holy Mountain Trading Company

Hi All,

I just want to send this link out into hyperspace. Holy Mountain Trading Company, which specializes in exotic teas from around the world is featuring Still Lifes from a Vanishing City on their website. Check it out and while you are there buy some of their tea. The Iron Goddess is, well, strong and amazing. Just like you would expect.

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bates College!



I am so very pleased to announce that I have been selected as the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Bates College. This means I will be teaching creative nonfiction and designing syllabi that bring environmental sciences into the creative nonfiction classroom at Bates College for the next two years. I could not be more honored and pleased.

Nice Review of Still Lifes on DasaBooks!

“The author spent over a year wandering around the vintage architectural marvels of Yangon, Myanmar, documenting the insides of the city’s grand old Colonial buildings, many of which were being demolished by the new wave of “investors” that had descended upon the city. In her introduction to this book, Rush notes that she “wasn’t interested in the architecture so much as the lives that took place inside it.” Indeed, rather than showing only photos of these crumbling architectural marvels, Rush takes you inside the buildings, and inside the lives of the inhabitants, via stunning photographs and revealing essays. Additional essays included in this book were written by noted author Emma Larkin (Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop) and Thant Thaw Kaung.”


Thanks Dasa!

Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar published by Global Directions Press



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Here is what Emma Larkin has to say about it: “Elizabeth made good use of the strange days just before this awakening to venture into the lost world of downtown Yangon, but it was not the large edifices of Empire that attracted her attention. Rather, she focused on the shop houses and private residences that line the alleyways and it is here, in these forgotten and secluded spaces, that the city’s real secrets have been kept. After all, it was not – in the bad old days of the Burmese regime – just those who were overtly political who had to succumb to the silence. In a world where anyone accused or perceived of being on the wrong side of the regime could end up in prison with no legal recourse, people turned inwards by necessity. Only behind closed doors was it safe to indulge in private obsessions and the day-to-day worries of making ends meet. Elizabeth’s essays and images capture the interior lives diligently maintained despite the dictatorship’s powerfully effacing reach.”