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BEYOND WORDS

The American Writers Museum doesn’t just celebrate the nation’s literary titans, it reveals how stories help to define us and our place in the world
ILLUSTRATION: JACQUI OAKLEY

The author C S Lewis once said: “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.” It’s an intriguing idea. What if, rather than being just the mirror — a reflection of the world around us — stories were also the frame? I know what you’re going to say: I’ve hidden in my wardrobe a thousand times too, Lewis, and never seen so much as a kitty, let alone a lion or a witch. I always used to think that mere words can’t possibly create reality. But I changed my mind in Chicago.

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.