Upon arriving in London, I was immediately struck by the sheer amount of individuals who smoked on a regular basis. Even at the Sofar Sounds shows I attend, whenever a break would take place, countless individuals would pour out of the back entrance to smoke a cigarette in the alley. And, I have always wondered, […]Read more "smoking and freud’s death drive"
When I had been a child, I could only conceptualize emotions in one axis: love and hate. Somewhere along my education, I learned to conceptualize emotion through another axis: passion and indifference. Similar to the x and y-axis on a Cartesian coordinate, the two axes of emotion do not interact with each other, which is […]Read more "the econometric origins of emotional indifference"
I remember an instance in time when I had been waiting for a rave to start. I had come alone to the venue, and the idea of dancing without friends did not appeal to me, so I waited upstairs to observe the happenings of the dance floor below. There, I was able to notice the […]Read more "edm and the male gaze"
I have never feared change because I always viewed change as one of the few certainties in life. After all, I cannot fear a fundamental force of the universe the same way I could fear worldly fears centralized in respect to myself such as not living up to my potential or never truly understanding my […]Read more "becoming a piece of used tape"
Every morning, on the way to one of my favorite coffee shop in London before classes, I come across a graffiti message scribbled on the wall of a bustling intersection between Euston and Hampstead, which reads: FRENCH RIOTS GET RESULTS! U LOT ARE INSTAGRAM ZZZOMBIES I vaguely have heard of the riots in France that started […]Read more "metaphysical idealism, tiers of reality, and the captivation of social media"
Deeply unsatisfied with my life in high school, I dedicated years of my life reading self-help books. I would hole-up in the coffee shop inside the bookstore and plucked one self-help book from the shelf every few days. I would drink coffee paid for by my parents and eat food-truck food paid for by my […]Read more "self-help is full of shit"
I once saw a homeless man walk into a grocery store and steal a bag of chips out the front door without paying for it. He got caught by a store associate and detained at the entrance. As most people did, I walked past the scene without looking back. A couple of days later, I […]Read more "the privilege to be different"