Why Write for a Public?

  There’s a question that I’ve been putting off, and I can’t really get around it any longer. I’ve been confused about the problem for a while now, and now that a friend’s recently pointed it out again I can’t ignore it any longer with a clear conscience. I feel that my question – andContinue reading “Why Write for a Public?”

Tired Old Boots

  I did a lot of traveling last year. And by that I do mean, in fact, a lot. Hopping from America to New Zealand to Australia to Shanghai, I have partaken in a lot of different cultures and have seen a lot of different sights. But more than anything else, I walked. I wouldContinue reading “Tired Old Boots”

A Piece on Body Image – We’re Not Done Talking About It

A few weeks ago, my father celebrated his 65th birthday. As usual, in getting ready for the big party he was having (at which I was due to perform a few songs in his honour) I found myself lapsing into a woman’s fit – that is, I tried on every suitable outfit in my wardrobeContinue reading “A Piece on Body Image – We’re Not Done Talking About It”

It’s Not the End of the World – The Sublime On a Small Scale

How does one track down the sublime? It is not moldy lemons that I am referring to here (haha do you get it??) (sorry), but that feeling of your organs permeating through your skin, of your stomach turning into an abyss and swallowing the rest of you up whole. I remember a few years agoContinue reading “It’s Not the End of the World – The Sublime On a Small Scale”

The Problem With Using Philosophy For Self-Help

This morning I awoke from an elongated stupor to find myself hunched in a dark corner of the library, surrounded by Nietzsche books and empty budget-coffee cups. Nearby undergrads eyed me up warily. I dimly recalled having thrown a dictionary at them earlier because they were eating fruit too loudly. Looking down at my hands,Continue reading “The Problem With Using Philosophy For Self-Help”

A Rough Guide to Not-Being An Annoying Tourist in Amsterdam

There are not many things I hate in this world. Although there may be quite some things I cannot stand, I try to be an emotional pacifist on a daily basis. Unfortunately, people do things that make me lose my inner Ghandi. That doesn’t mean I punch people, but sometimes I really, really want to.Continue reading “A Rough Guide to Not-Being An Annoying Tourist in Amsterdam”

Passionately Curious – Why You Should Never Kiss A Shark

Science is pretty damn awesome. For starters, it’s proven rather good at providing us with all kinds of nifty stuff: like the electronic device you might be reading this on, or the breakfast you had this morning, or the beer you drank way too much of last night. Probably, some of you are screaming atContinue reading “Passionately Curious – Why You Should Never Kiss A Shark”

On Authors In Focus 1

“Authors in Focus 1” is a six-credit course on Oscar Wilde’s novel, plays, short stories, and mostly his mysterious personal life. Last week, the main reading was a selection of Wilde’s short stories. In class, whilst we were fervently discussing and analyzing the reasoning behind the choices made in the stories and how these choicesContinue reading “On Authors In Focus 1”

Introduction to the Deep Dark World of Cyberpunk Fiction

My academic year started on a rather chaotic note. Four days before the first semester was to start, I realised I hadn’t enrolled in any courses. Thankfully I ended up managing to enroll in whatever courses caught my eye (that is, in my 1-second glance of hurry-up-hysteria). Consequently, I found myself stranded in a classroomContinue reading “Introduction to the Deep Dark World of Cyberpunk Fiction”