Category: Politics

How to lose a country

(First of all, FINALLY SUBMITTED MY THESIS!) Last week, I finished reading How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by a Turkish journalist and political thinker in exile, Ece Temelkuran, which is a brilliant memoir/nonfiction on how countries, regardless of geography or administration, can quickly slide into dictatorship once we […]

Slice of pie

Austin Kleon shared a shot from Booksmart — which sadly I haven’t been able to watch! — and in his words, “If other people have to lose to make you feel like a winner, something is broken — in you, and in the system in which you participate.” He then shared a picture of a […]

For what we will

I’m so happy to receive my long-awaited copy of Jenny Odell’s How to do Nothing in the mail two days ago. I have been struggling with the idea of digital detox and self-care bath bombs etc. because they seem so individual and temporary. I wish with all my might that I could disconnect for real […]

Proofs are cruel

I’m onto my draft thesis corrections now, and if there are sentiments that ring true at this point of time, it comes from Zadie Smith from her book of essays, Changing My Mind, where she talks about receiving proofs: Proofs are so cruel! Breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring […]

On building and sustaining

Men diving. Credit: Patchwork of Narratives I woke up Sunday morning wanting to read more about Lebanon. Two of my best friends from university are from Beirut, and the uninformed, almost selfish me at the time never got around to inquire them more about their beautiful country. I know that the country at the edge […]

RCaaS (Regime Change as a Service)

It feels like 2011 all over again, in a sense that multiple protests across the world are taking place at the same time — Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Iraq, Algeria, Ecuador, Indonesia, and many more — an embodiment of the term informational cascade, where one protest will inspire another and more. At the same […]

How you seek to be remembered

It turns out that my productivity hours often elude whichever timezone I am in, for I am always more productive and alert after 8 pm. This is no longer true. While working, my cats would linger around close to my desk and go about their businesses unbothered. Sometimes I would pick up the phone and […]

The matter of living

I have been writing more than reading this week (or more like editing) so when it comes to the end of the day when this blog demands its portion of content, I am embarrassed to say that I could not offer much today. But I come across this comic on the protection of minorities from […]