I’ve had crushes on twenty-six people, twenty-five of whom are not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Becky Albertalli has killed me again. Have you ever read something so relatable, so smart, so hopeful and so sweet that it just leaves a sweet pang in your chest? No you haven’t because you haven’t read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, the award-winning author of Simon vs The Homosapien … Continue reading The Upside of Unrequited- review
“Everyone needs to read a book that breaks them, ” said no one but probably also anyone that loves to read. And not to be dramatic, but Tuesday night, that book happened for me: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Now, I can (not very proudly) add an 816-page-long book to the list of things that I have bawled my eyes out over in the … Continue reading A Little Life
She wants to be anyone else. (“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay) i spent the first three weeks of July doing SAT prep, and nursing a writing block. so i told myself that i had to travel a bit before August, giving in to the wishful thinking that going anywhere would help. so that was how i ended up in Dali, a city in Yunnan province, … Continue reading Dali, China- the Russian Kung Fu girl and the ear-shaped lake
I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies. (Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye) No season feels more real than summer, partly because it is the most relentless, with the heat and its unabashed whimsicality: one day it might be all sticky and sweaty, and another day it’s spoon-feeding you the laziest and … Continue reading Songs to Listen to Before July Ends
I This summer, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman made history. II If for whatever reason, Marvel or DC decides that my life would make for an interesting superhero movie, the main character would be 16-year-old like any other 16-year old: fangirling, occasionally struggling with self esteem, discovering her identity, all the cliché stuff…and then one day she might wake up and realize that she has some … Continue reading Is Wonder Woman Too Wonderful?
the consistency of summer has made me lazy. the viscosity of heat, the stubbornness of rain, the easiness of using jet lag as an excuse to be even lazier. june 8 2017: lyrics from 네시 (4 O’CLOCK by RM&V): “The nameless bird/ singing in the dusky park…” “Yes we’re livin’ and dyin’/ At the same time/ But you can open your eyes now/ Because liek the … Continue reading journal excerpts
Aigoo… whether you are a kpop fan or not, BTS is everywhere. Trending on Tumblr and Twitter, attending the Billboard Music Awards, and even Vogue can’t seem to get enough of their glamour (read their two articles about BTS! 1 and 2). You may have wondered who they are, or you may have thought pshhhht they’re too mainstream, but for many, BTS is the ultimate … Continue reading an imperfect guide to BTS
everyone needs a song. everyone needs a story. –ENTS by Oohyo as i often (half-heartedly) complain, i’m always (intentionally) bumping into good music. since summer is soon and i’m going to have more time, i decided to start a thing called “sunday tunes”, which will feature random song recs (or spotify playlists) from meeeee. today’s artist is Oohyo (click here for her Bandcamp page), a … Continue reading sunday tunes: Oohyo (k-indie)
and the sunshine of my life, for a hint of summer Continue reading spring day.
We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on; and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep. – Prospero, The Tempest, Act IV, Scene I The Night Circus is the kind of book that I can pick up any time for some well-crafted magical escape, but also put down any time. What I loved about it is the darkly sweet and mesmerizing fantasy … Continue reading The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments