Making Self-Love Seem Cool

Self-love has been one of the most difficult journeys I’ve embarked on. It means something else to each of us; we all have different ways of showing ourselves love, just as we differ in terms of the ease with which we do it. While some people love themselves by default, others need some more timeContinue reading “Making Self-Love Seem Cool”

The Mise-en-Abîme as an Expression of Trauma

I urge you to take a moment and observe this image, explore its shadows and corners, and try to make sense of the pattern. How does it make you feel? If you got chills, you’re not alone. There’s always been something about mirroring and repetition that sparked my interest, and I’ve decided to explore theContinue reading “The Mise-en-Abîme as an Expression of Trauma”

Meet the Board: Eda and Alexandra

“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 thisContinue reading “Meet the Board: Eda and Alexandra”

On Self-Loathing and Gregor’s Labyrinth

“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 theContinue reading “On Self-Loathing and Gregor’s Labyrinth”

How ‘Waking Life’ Helped Me Accept My Chaos

“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 andContinue reading “How ‘Waking Life’ Helped Me Accept My Chaos”

A Look Inside the Şatră

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 beenContinue reading “A Look Inside the Şatră”

The Gendered Influence of Parents on Their Children

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 heContinue reading “The Gendered Influence of Parents on Their Children”

Jim Morrison and Control: The Demonization of Natural Instincts

Art piece by Ben G. 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 synapsesContinue reading “Jim Morrison and Control: The Demonization of Natural Instincts”

The Stages of Journaling as Lived by Two Over-Thinkers

“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 andContinue reading “The Stages of Journaling as Lived by Two Over-Thinkers”

I Picked a Side — Now What?

“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 fightContinue reading “I Picked a Side — Now What?”