The View from a “Cramped Little Cottage” in Nairobi

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“I love the tingling pullover of night sounds and forest sounds and the bite of cold breeze and distant cars and stereos. Sometimes I close my eyes and sway my arms into patterns to move with the sensations of the strong bitpieces banging about in my temples.”

At The Paris Review, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina writes the latest entry of the excellent “Windows on the World” series.

Each entry is accompanied by a drawing by illustrator and writer Matteo Pericoli, author of The City Out My Window, a similar experiment in fixed viewpoints limited to views of New York.


Walter Gordon is an intern at The Rumpus. He is a native of Berkeley, CA and goes to college in Oberlin, OH. He spends most of his time reading. His eyes hurt. Other hobbies include photography, writing fiction, and sitting on top of tall piles of rocks. More from this author →