No Difference, No Direction

In January I wrote an article that connected the increased use of Spotify and Netflix with the lack of direction millennials are famous for having. Yet, it´s not only billion dollar companies and streaming services that are to blame. Jacques Derrida is known worldwide, within both philosophy and literary theory, for his notion of Différance: there is no meaning without contrast, and since language consistently fails to be the unbiased, unchangeable, solid block of binaries we wish it to be, our life-long search for real truth will sadly never find its conclusion. The Frenchman was preoccupied with only words because, as he put it himself, “there is nothing outside the text.”

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Let’s Go Bisexuals (The Struggles of Being Bi)

Awkward thumbs up (✓), not sitting on chairs (✓), bob haircuts (✓), puns (✓) and our lord and saviour Freddie Mercury (✓✓). Maybe you’re wondering right now why this is so relatable. If so, I proudly welcome you with open arms into our bi community. I’m joking of course, these signs are not applicable to all bisexuals by far. Yet, these aren’t always the funny features associated with our bi culture, most stereotypes are actually the opposite. Not fun, friendly or fair. Like most stereotypes they sting and sometimes even leave a mark. Which is why I am writing about something near and dear to my heart: how to avoid bisexual stereotypes. This is a guide, if you will, for the non-bisexuals to stop questioning our sexuality, but more importantly I hope it’s a guide for bisexuals to feel empowered and proud of who we are. In light of #20biteen I’m going to highlight a couple of offensive phrases. I hope this will help you to understand your bi friends and neighbours better and show you what to do instead.

Disclaimer: If you’re bi and reading this, be aware, all phrases will make your eyes roll.

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How To Date Yourself

It’s February. Well, it won’t be February anymore when you’re reading this, but let’s ignore that technicality. Valentine’s Day has passed and most single pringles among us probably didn’t spend the fourteenth being all lovey dovey gross with someone else. I, for one, probably spent this day in bed doing nothing but eating nuggies and watching Grace and Frankie on my own. That’s a conscious decision though, because I don’t really like the concept of this whole ‘love day’. Why pamper someone (or yourself) on this specific day, if a year has, give or take, three hundred and sixty-four other days to make special?

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(W)here: Diary Fragments I

For Mom & Dad

Oscar Wilde famously said, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read [on] the train.” Well, rereading my diaries recently was about as sensational as a trip to the supermarket for eggs. But, needing to fill my new monthly column with words written mostly by me, and wanting to find the most . . . convenient way to do it, I realized that all I needed to do to hit my word count was reproduce some of the scribblings made on my meanderings around this sad, absurd, beautiful, litter-strewn McWorld.
           
I’ve kept a diary on and off since I was ten, but the oldest diary I have with me is from late 2016, when I was working in France. And this is where I will start.

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Writer’s Block #39

On Thursday our brand new issue was released in print copy. Now you can also enjoy it digitally as a pdf. The issue features beautiful poetry and prose as well as amazing photography and an engrossing interview. Here, Writer’s Block presents the material we loved from the past few months. We’ve worked hard on this issue and we hope you’ll love it, too.

Click here to have a look.

As always, you are welcome to send your own prose, poetry or photography to  submissions@writersblockmagazine.com.