“New school year, new me,” I say as I close my newly-bought weekly planner. Cautiously but determinedly wading into the last year of my English BA, I am set on making it count. I have a new planner after all; I must be organized! Alex and I have been entrusted with the care of this … More Meet the Board: Eda and Alexandra
“They will love me for that which destroys methe sword in my dreams the dust of my thoughtsthe sickness that breeds in the folds of my mindEvery compliment takes a piece of my soulAn expressionist nagStalling between two foolsThey know nothing –” Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis The stereotype of the tortured artist consists in the … More On Self-Loathing and Gregor’s Labyrinth
“And on really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.” -Timothy “Speed” Levitch, Waking Life Waking Life (2001), a relatively hidden cinematic gem, is a movie directed by Richard Linklater. The main character is a young man who passes through life in a dream state, feeling detached from his dreams and … More How ‘Waking Life’ Helped Me Accept My Chaos
The word șatră can be translated from Romanian to English as “a Gypsy tent or camp”. If we examine the semantics of șatră in the Romanian language, we will find the following meanings: “a tent belonging to nomad Romani people”, but also “rude”, and “in a state of sloppiness and dirt”. This ambivalence has been … More A Look Inside the Şatră
A conversation about being raised by parents in a gendered world. Trying to mimic what we saw as well as what we saw being enforced on us. Alexandra: Let me take control of the narrative.On a peculiarly sunny autumn day, a young-looking man steps into the quirkiest bar in Amsterdam, holding the leftover posters he … More The Gendered Influence of Parents on Their Children
During this Winter Break, I found myself seeking a form of escapism from letting my mind wander too much, as that is its natural reaction to having any free time. Jim Morrison’s spirit took over my brain’s right hemisphere, and enticed me to a Dyonisiac dream of imbibing my synapses with mysterious substances and reaching … More Jim Morrison and Control: The Demonization of Natural Instincts
“Because… even if you’re a philosopher you still need to vacuum. Why? It’s hygiene, man.” E. I believe we all feel the need to write down our feelings at some point or another in our life. Even people you’d never expect this from. I had only ever seen my mother write down grocery lists and … More The Stages of Journaling as Lived by Two Over-thinkers
“Cowardice was undoubtedly one of the most terrible vices – thus spoke Yeshua Ha-Nozri. ‘No, philosopher, I disagree with you: it is the most terrible vice!’” Mikhail Bulgakov 1. Introduction On the 23rd of September, we celebrate Bi Visibility Day in order to help raise awareness for bisexual people who are marginalized and to fight … More I Picked a Side — Now What?
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