Category: Arts & Design

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 […]

Against neutrality

The New York Times recently posted an article on Hope Hicks, who was one of the best-known but least visible former members of Trump’s White House staff, facing what is called “an existential crisis — whether to comply with a congressional subpoena”. The article frames its narrative as Hicks having to face her crime before […]

On editing and [redacted]

I’m currently proofing and copyediting two chapters of my thesis that I have spent writing for the past 2-3 weeks. During this stage, I could hear myself sometimes going between, “Did I really write that? That’s smart!” or “Did I really write that? What was I thinking?!” I always am slow when it comes to […]

Taken to the sea

I have been reluctant to talk about my father’s supposedly 63rd birthday (he passed away in December 2011) which fell on last March 28th because — unlike what people have been describing — it does not get easier and I do not get happier, just because I seem so. I once posted this illustration by […]

You are made to withstand an inferno

Five years ago I decided to jump on the Eurostar train from London to embark on a solo day trip to Paris. As I arrived ready to stuff my face with all the Parisian pastries, I remembered that there was a long queue to enter the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and to be honest I almost gave […]

Everyday empathy

I seldom check out Medium’s daily digest sent to my inbox, but today I am somehow directed to Mule Design co-founder Erica Hall’s excellent post on working within a team and yet not fully understanding what each other do in their roles and capacity, and how to break that barrier by exercising everyday empathy.

On regrets

I turned 37 yesterday. A few years earlier, having recovered from a terrible relationship, a friend asked, “have you ever regretted that one mistake you did?”. I caught myself off-guard — however somewhat full of pride — that I did not hesitate in the slightest bit in answering, “not at all”. 37 is an awful […]