On Breakdowns

Photo credits: Julia Kaczmarek I have found that human beings are dangerously good at pushing themselves to keep going in spite of any circumstances that might negatively impact their day-to-day responsibilities. We simply suppress the ‘emotional inconveniences’ and carry on doing what is expected from us. This particular skill has become so well developed thatContinue reading “On Breakdowns”

Just Kids: A Book Review

All credits in the image Patti Smith had been on my to-be-read list for ages when, by chance, I found a French exemplary of Just Kids in a bookcase next to my workplace. I picked it up and added it to my forever-growing stack of unread books. I forgot about it for a few months,Continue reading “Just Kids: A Book Review”

WHY I WILL FOREVER STAY LOYAL TO THE RADIO.

image by Julia Kaczmarek I put on the radio every morning. It’s a part of my routine, while running between the bathroom and the bedroom, grabbing my stuff, trying to eat something for breakfast, I need to have that background sound. Recently I realised that it is not just a routine, it is a connectionContinue reading “WHY I WILL FOREVER STAY LOYAL TO THE RADIO.”

The Art of People Watching

Irie Voice by osgemeos (Moco Museum Barcelona) For years I thought my poor sense of direction and tendency to procrastinate was simply evidence of my rocky relationship with geography and consistent lack of sleep. However, on reflection in most of these circumstances my eyes were just drawn to different things, namely other people. Whilst someContinue reading “The Art of People Watching”

What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art

I cry at the start of every Mitski song / I guess cause I wish I was making things too. Yeah, I know, very meta of me to almost quote the beginning of the song, but that line never ceases to amaze me. Mitski is describing the thought most artists have: the realization that youContinue reading “What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art”

Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable

*Mild Spoilers for Outer Wilds1 ahead* I awakened by the campfire on Timber Hearth, my home, ascended to the launch site where a cobbled together ship stood, waiting to take me to the stars, a bright yellow sun encouraging me onward. Gingerly, I travelled outward and landed on the Hearthian moon. There, I meet EskerContinue reading “Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable”

Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion

Wabi sabi and the picturesque The classic Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi is the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete and broken. This concept is reflected in the west through the work of the William Gilpin. His writing responded to the grandfather of aesthetic-theory, Edmund Burke, who claimed that the key elements of beauty are smoothnessContinue reading “Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion”

Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Second Place: A Lake of Hidden Wonders

by Noelani Luckas „There’s something in the water“, Ifna stated, crouching beside the dark lake that stretched out all the way to the horizon. From above, it was a bleak, black smudge in the landscape. Not that anyone actually dared to cross it, even from the sky.  Ifna touched the black water with her fingertips,Continue reading “Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Second Place: A Lake of Hidden Wonders”

Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Third Place: Passport Profile

by Jeremy Bernard Our voices got lost in the mess but the text is all here so might as well read it.  Dyed blonde hair coated the outer layer, golden splotches over silver rings nestled softly between fidgeting fingers, necklaces that glittered and clothes that shimmered, push up this, flatten that, fix yourself right here,Continue reading “Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Third Place: Passport Profile”