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Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

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Some days, when it feels like the world is go­ing to hell in a hand­bas­ket, you get a lit­tle gift in the form of a story. As was the case the other week, when I re­ceived emails from two peo­ple, at vir­tu­ally the same time, pitch­ing the same idea. It was the story of a New Zealand wo­man, Jac­qui Kenny, liv­ing in Lon­don and suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety and ago­ra­pho­bia, and who, af­ter her dig­i­tal de­sign busi­ness closed last year, found her­self at a loss, ter­ri­fied at the idea of leav­ing her apart­ment. She started spend­ing more and more time on Google Street View, click­ing on lo­ca­tions she thought she’d never be able to visit. Af­ter a while, she posted her dig­i­tal wan­der­ings on In­sta­gram, with the tagline: “Agoraphobic Trav­eller. Ago­ra­pho­bia & anx­i­ety limit my abil­ity to travel, so I’ve found an­other way to see the world.” And the world, it seems, has now come to her. She’s been in­un­dated with mes­sages of sup­port, has been in­ter­viewed by me­dia around the world, and last month, the wo­man who felt she couldn’t go fur­ther than half an hour from home, found her­self in New York, at her first ex­hi­bi­tion of her Google Street View pho­to­graphs.

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