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Alex Strick van Linschoten

“There is so much that can be stripped away from a life and that life still be rich and full of pleasure and soul. I'm slowly trying to find those things that I can strip away.”


Berlin, Germany

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What do you do?

I've written some books based on work done while living in Afghanistan, but I'm also interested in health, technology and the environment.


My curiosity is what moves me in one direction or another. It's why I ended up in Afghanistan, why I read a lot, and so on.

What should we read?

Jim Benson - “Why Limit W.I.P.” + Rohini Mohan - “Seasons of Trouble” + Karen Joy Fowler - “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”