Category: Arts & Design

Know her name

I tend to be very picky with books I buy these days. I had slowly transitioned from not buying any Kindle copies — because, Amazon — but what I often do though before I pick up any paperback or ebook from other publishers (check out Haymarket, Verso, and many others) and bookstores is to download […]

Design for its time

I’m loving this effort by the New York Public Library in providing bite-sized novels through the Stories feature on their Instagram account which are now already read by over 300,000 (!) people — somehow proving that it’s not that today’s generation reads less (we’ll get to this bit later too), it’s just that their reading […]

On aural experiences

Suffice to say, just like everyone, I tend to get sucked into an overthinking spiral over something sometimes with no significance at all e.g. why is Chipotle not pronounced as Aristotle, or compote like Capote, or what’s the political economy of Agrabah etc. And today I was reminded that a lot of times we only […]

Puzzle rush

I have a secret (which is no longer a secret now, it seems): whenever I am due to burn the midnight oil as I try to catch the deadline of any particular important tasks, like now thesis schmesis thing, I put my Spotify on private mode and rock to Backstreet Boys, particularly Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). […]

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 […]