Month: July 2019

This is for the unwanted

I just finished reading the new book from Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World, possibly my fifth Shafak’s book I have read. The title lends itself to a finding of a research, however unproven, that whenever one dies their mind will stay alert for another exactly 10 minutes 38 seconds. I […]

No more self-erasing

I have been having body aches for the longest time, and judging from how long I often sit working in front of the computer, I guess it has to do with some muscle tension in my shoulder and arms area. I haven’t gone for a massage for the longest time as well so I called […]

How to ask good questions

I think the biggest thing that put me off presenting on conferences or talks of any kinds is not about the presenting part — which, despite self-claiming to be struggling with stage fright, is something I have managed to deal with this year — but more towards dealing with the Q&A session. I presented at […]

On borders and digital agency

Been researching on borders, immigration, and digital agency since last week and felt compelled to share some resources I came across in today’s post: The very insightful book Violent Borders, of which I tore through in two days. The book posits the idea that borders are inherently violent constructs, and that they are “a governmental […]

On libraries and flight shame

I haven’t flown since November last year, and while I look forward to flying again soon-ish, I might want to reconsider the option. It was said that a flight across the Atlantic, say specifically New York to London, puts an extra 1.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide in the air, and costs $60 in environmental […]

Acheiropoeita

Currently rereading my own copy of Teju Cole’s collection of essays, Known and Strange Things — whose title is a reference to a passage from Seamus Heaney, “a hurry through which known and strange things pass”. I like finding out things like this, just when people would ask why Two Kinds of Intelligence? Of which […]

Returning to poetry

Roughly 7 years ago, I found myself in an awful place. I just managed to escape out of a toxic relationship and despite cherishing the newfound freedom with immense support from my wonderful network of friends — what would I do without them — I found myself terribly afraid of the future, especially since I […]