Vivian Abenshushan is the author of numerous essays and short stories. Her writing has appeared in magazines and literary journals across Mexico, as well as in several literary anthologies. Her book of stories El clan de los insomnes (Clan of Insomniacs,Tusquets, 2004) won Mexico’s Gilberto Owen National Prize in 2002. The present essay is taken from her collection Una habitación ordenada (A Disorderly Room, DGE Ediciones, 2007). A new collection, Escritos para desocupados (Writings for the Unoccupied), was published in 2013 by Sur+ Ediciones. She resides in Mexico City.