I love words. Teach me your language, and you’ll build an everlasting bridge between us. Talk to me about Coetzee’s Disgrace in bed, and I’ll be forever yours.

A woman facing Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

Life is so much more than one field of interest. I have given myself permission to be fully and unashamedly myself, with my countless passions and my incessant need for learning the next thing, and stopped trying to force myself into roles imposed on me by society. I refuse to…


It was 2018 and the #MeToo movement was…


A minute later, they are sitting together, one empty seat between them, and an eight-hour flight ahead of them.

The shuttle arrives at New York JFK airport way too early. She knew it would happen. Better safe than sorry, she says to herself while getting off and waiting for the driver to get her baggage.

It’s busy there and all seats seem to be occupied. She finally finds a…


A prison, a place of mass murder, a burial site. The place where my memories start, my eternal playground

For years I’ve been trying to write about the Ninth Fort, but I can never find the words. …


There is an invisible wall that stands between me and Spanish, the language which I now speak more often than Lithuanian, my mother tongue

Today, for the first time in a year and a half, I’ve decided to work at a cafeteria in La Latina, my neighborhood in Madrid, the city in which I’ve been living for the past thirteen years. …


A book that will break you in the most violently poetical manner

The Pawnbroker by Edward Lewis Wallant is one of the last novels I read (or should I say devoured?) and I can’t stop asking myself why I hadn’t known anything about Wallant until a few weeks ago, and why he is not better known, at least in the USA.

I…


My first two weeks on Medium were full of surprises

I finally reached the mark of 100 followers yesterday and submitted my application to join the Partner Program. It wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful people I met in this space during my first two weeks on Medium.

I admit I did not know what to expect when two…


A must-read for those willing to take a deep dive into the dark waters of human nature and bring back to the surface some of its most repressed and unwelcome layers

Once in a while, when I start feeling I have become too comfortably numb, I have a need for opening the pages of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and shaking myself brutally out of that bubble of comfort.

Baldwin wrote Giovanni’s Room — as well as his first novel Go Tell…


A book review

After Rushdie‘s The Moor’s Last Sigh I could only expect another family saga to end up in my hands: Waterland by Graham Swift. The book was my first plunge into Swift’s waters, and I hope that it won’t be the last one. …

Giedre P.

Writing. Books. Languages. Music. Photography. Wildlife. She/her. Cofounder of Madrid Bookie. Literary gifts at Tindleer and Quotes & Co. twitter.com/giedrep

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