Shoulder Bag

On the limits and constraints of what one life can hold

Harrison Hill
Gay Mag

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Illustration by Rachel Frankel

InIn 2009, when I was twenty-two, I bought a small, black shoulder bag from a department store along the rue de Passy, in Paris. The bag was about twelve inches tall by ten inches wide, and made of a cheap sturdy fabric — the kind used to make dog toys, cargo pants, and discount patio furniture. Weighing no more than four or five pounds when full, it…

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Harrison Hill
Gay Mag

Writing a book for Scribner. Essays in The Cut, The Guardian, GQ, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and others. // harrisonhill2125@gmail.com