The Upside of Unrequited- review

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

Dali, China- the Russian Kung Fu girl and the ear-shaped lake

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

Songs to Listen to Before July Ends

 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

Is Wonder Woman Too Wonderful?

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?

sunday tunes: Oohyo (k-indie)

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)

The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments

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