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  • The Johnny Depp Amber Heard Verdict Doesn't Matter After the Internet Made a Spectacle of Abuse
  • On the Road With Mitski written by Margaret Talbot
    • "Mitski is a good conversationalist, in part because she likes to draw attention away from herself by asking smart questions."
    • "I’m in love with human beings, I want desperately to feel connected. Everything I do is for my love of, and yearning for, people. So press outlets nonetheless insisting I’m ‘intensely private’ feels vindictive, like a punishment for setting boundaries, and for not offering more of myself for content and exploitation." — Mitski
    • "Maybe it’s a little dangerous for me to not grow roots a little bit—to go further and further out into untethered rootlessness." — Mitski
  • How A 15,000-Year-Old Human Bone Could Help You Through The Coronacrisis written by Remy Blumenfeld
    • "Mead said that the first evidence of civilization was a 15,000 years old fractured femur found in an archaeological site. A femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. In societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. This particular bone had been broken and had healed."
    • "A broken femur that has healed is evidence that another person has taken time to stay with the fallen, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended them through recovery. A healed femur indicates that someone has helped a fellow human, rather than abandoning them to save their own life."
    • "Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” — Margaret Mead
  • An Interview with Andrew Garfield written by Esmé Weijun Wang
    • "I love learning about other artists’ processes so much; I don’t know why. It’s like a magpie-collecting hobby of mine. I find it incredibly inspiring, and just as a human being, I’m like, God, I love people. I love it when people devote themselves to something that is greater than themselves, and they work at it. (...) Oh my god, humans can be so wonderful when we’re making things, when we’re creating." — Andrew Garfield
    • "We all leave. We all die with an unfinished song, and that’s the setup. None of us complete. None of us finish the symphony. There’s a few notes left to be done, if we’re lucky." — Andrew Garfield
    • "I guess that is love. I guess grief is that well of unconditional love, and the only way to get in touch with that source of love is, for better or worse, set up through loss and the awareness of loss" — Andrew Garfield
    • Personal note: He reads Ocean Vuong!
  • Bak Diikat Tali Sehasta: Saya Wartawan, Saya Menjajal Jadi Kurir, Saya Ngos-ngosan written by Viriya Singgih
    • "Belum lama ini, seorang kawan sempat berkata setengah bercanda, “Galau itu privilese.” / Saya menuntut elaborasi. Ia jawab, “Orang lapar enggak punya waktu buat galau. Waktunya habis untuk kerja biar bisa makan. Elo bisa galau kalau elo punya duit.”"
  • The Wes Anderson Style Explained: Ultimate Guide written by SC Lannom
    • "Anderson and Yeoman often present images in symmetrical, flat compositions. This furthers the "storybook motif" that Anderson creates with his visuals, letting viewers feel like they are moving through some sort of doll house world."
  • How Lin-Manuel Miranda resurrected an unfinished one-man show as a Hollywood spectacle written by Ashley Lee
    • “For anybody who is working toward something, there are those moments where you’re supremely confident, and then the next moment, you’re just absolutely full of despair and doubt of whether you’re ever going to be understood. And sometimes you don’t realize how your passionate, single-minded focus on a goal is impacting the people around you, and stopping you from seeing what’s really important.” — Julie Larson
  • How the simple art of cutting fruit can be an act of love written by Daniela Galarza
    • "(...) cutting a mango or pineapple or apple requires a bit more effort and attention. It’s a small way to love yourself — or others. It’s a nurturing sort of nourishment."
    • "I miss you,” she said. “I think of you whenever I cut fruit.” / “I think of you when I cut fruit, too,” I said. / “We’ll be in each other’s lives forever,” she said." — Daniela's conversation with Erika
  • If I’m Cutting Fresh Fruit for Dessert, I Probably Love You written by Priya Khrisna
    • "Cutting fruit forces you to take a little extra time to enjoy it. You appreciate it more."
  • A Bowl of Cut Fruits Is How Asian Moms Say: I Love You written by Yi Jun Loh
    • "(...) the simple utterance of “Come eat fruits” was a signal of a truce being drawn."
  • Love In The Shape Of Cut Fruit written by Connie Wang
    • "Life is filled with bitter and hard things. When you extract pits, piths, and peels, fruit becomes an accessible and reliable source of pure sweetness, only softness."
    • "Cut fruit, like love, doesn’t take much to serve but patience and practice. It’s the willingness to swallow some bitterness so someone else enjoys only sweetness. I needed the reminder."
  • Prac Crit Interview with Ocean Vuong about his poem "Daily Bread" written by Zoë Hitzig
    • "Through gazing we have an autobiography of sight, through that we can map a history. I was interested in how what we see says about how we think." — Ocean Vuong
    • "How does one decide when a war ends? (...) For some, for those who step on the wrong patch of dirt (and it’s still happening today) the war is alive and well." — Ocean Vuong
    • "People are reading a book of verse! I don’t see any advantage or any gains from thinking we’re above a certain book. It’s doing something that people care about – it’s speaking to people – that’s not nothing. I think denouncing or dismissing a work simply because it does not meet our own standards of craft is an elitism we can’t afford right now. We don’t have to love it – but we should respect it for its power to communicate." — Ocean Vuong
    • "I think it’s important to foster a culture of collective recognition, where everyone gets to say what they see. Everything that is seen is just as valid as everything else." — Ocean Vuong
  • Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o written by Rohit Inani
    • "I was a very good listener and very poor at telling the story. I always wanted to listen." — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
    • "You come from a history of oppression, and you can’t write as if there has been no oppression, and you can’t write as if there has been no resistance. The scars of history are on every writer." — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • What to Know About Virginia Woolf's Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West written by Suyin Haynes
  • Modern Love: Junk Food Was Our Love Language written by C Pam Zhang
    • "We always had a bit of a communication issue. But his love language was the simple pleasure of processed food."
  • I Am a Meme Now — And So Are You written by Timothy Kreider
    • "You can’t write — or live — if you imagine the whole world watching over your shoulder, waiting for you to screw up, ready to mock or vilify you."
    • "For years I felt guilty and fraudulent every time my girlfriend called me a good boyfriend until, eventually, I realized she’d actually made me one."
  • I Know What You Think of Me written by Timothy Kreider
    • "Hearing other people's uncensored opinions on you is an unpleasant reminder that you're just another person in the world, and everyone else does not always view you in a forgiving light that you hope they do, making all allowances, always on your side."
  • Bahasa: Antara Jepang, Korea, dan Indonesia written by Salma FK
  • Israel: Water as a tool to dominate Palestinians written by Camilla Corradin
  • Bothsideism: Bahaya Keseimbangan Palsu Media written by Purnama Ayu Rizky
    • "Wartawan, karenanya, tak perlu repot memberi panggung buat para juru bicara teori bumi datar, konspirasi COVID-19, atau penyangkal perubahan iklim. Sebaliknya, jurnalis harus fokus menjernihkan sebuah isu tanpa mengaburkan kebenaran atasnya, tanpa terdistraksi perdebatan tak mutu."
    • Personal note: I have been told countless times that journalists could be anything but neutral; our independence does not equal to objectivity. I briefly remember reading Kovach's work on the inevitable subjectivity of journalism (especially if we talk about mainstream medias with their tangible interests) that corresponds directly to the fundamental concept of having a "frame" for our writing. Which angle do we have to report this news from? Aside from Desmond Tutu's infamous quote: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor," I hadn't truly figured out the menacing threat of staying neutral in delivering a news. However, after reading this article, I sure have learned some critical & urgent matters.
  • Menggali Narasi Ilmiah Kesurupan written by Yohanes Y Wijaya, Sarah Mazaya, and Rumi Rayhan (Editor)
  • Menilik Baik dan Buruk : Fenomena Gentrifikasi dalam Kacamata Sosial written by Arvian Pratama Riatmaja, Christophorus Bagas Ompusunggu, and Emma Amelia (Editor
    • "Gentrifikasi dicirikan dengan adanya perubahan kondisi sosial-ekonomi suatu daerah karena tren migrasi individu dengan status ekonomi yang lebih tinggi ke daerah yang penduduknya berstatus ekonomi rendah sehingga memicu peningkatan harga properti dan kebutuhan hidup lain di daerah tersebut" (Steinmetz-Wood et al., 2017)
  • From CARRIE To THE LURE: Monstrous Girls In Cinema written by Karen Han
    • "The beauty they manifest in being independent must be branded as taboo because it's not in service of anyone else but themselves."
    • "She cannot find love so long as she hangs on to what makes her different. She is weak if she does not embrace the supernatural; she is evil if she does."
  • Decolonize Palestine website
  • Ocean Vuong: ‘As a child I would ask: What’s napalm?’ written by Emma Brockes
    • "Freedom is nothing but the distance between the hunter and its prey." — Ocean Vuong
    • "It was almost intoxicating for them to create a mythology of their lives, because they were so powerless. They were all women. The men were gone; they did their harm and were gone. And they were empty hands, had no English, were powerless everywhere else. But when it was time to tell the story, they held everything." — Ocean Vuong
    • “A huge moment in my education as a writer was reading biographies. I beg my students to do it, because everything that they’re feeling, Sylvia Plath felt 70 years ago. And Ginsburg and Lorca and Rimbaud. There’s Virginia Woolf, this genius, who’s going on a crisis walk. You read the prose and you would never think this woman has any doubt. And yet here she is, out there, asking: what am I doing?” — Ocean Vuong
  • Decolonizing African literature begins with language written by Boubacar Boris Diop

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