How I Learned to Love Apricots

A tortured history of learning languages and the quiet pleasure of letting it go.

Ellis Brooks
Age of Empathy
Published in
14 min readMar 15, 2022

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When we met, it was an unbearably hot day.

I was living in Italy on a research grant, where I immediately settled into a routine. I got up, had breakfast, and set off for the town archive, navigating the narrow streets at a brisk pace. Once I arrived…

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Ellis Brooks
Age of Empathy

Writer. Historian. Harlot. Supremely sex-positive and pseudonymous. she/her