The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Frankly, I don’t know how to talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, and I don’t think I will be able to form a coherent opinion until I watch the Hulu TV series. I don’t feel adequately equipped to talk about it. It’s not even because of its heightened popularity. It’s that feeling when you discuss … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

How to (not) Survive the BTS Comeback

the kings are back and the world better be ready. in less than 24 hours, BTS, the wildly successful k-pop group, will be releasing the MV of the title song “DNA” of their new album “HER”.  even if you are not into k-pop, you might have seen news about their every move on Twitter headlines or heard from your screaming friends.   so while one … Continue reading How to (not) Survive the BTS Comeback

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: mini movie review

Okay, so… it’s a The Fault in Our Stars pretext, but with an indie spin, and a guy who likes to make parodies of old films? I knew that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl would have the potential to be either stunning or awkwardly terrible. And unfortunately, it leaned towards the more disappointing end of the spectrum. So Greg thinks he’s the coolest … Continue reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: mini movie review

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

“The big gay road trip novel set in 18th century Europe you didn’t know you needed” is how author Mackenzi Lee describes her own book The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. But for me, right from the moment I heard about this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It was one of the quirkiest and most fun book I have ever … Continue reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

Go Catch Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812!

They say we are asleep/ Until we fall in love/ We are children of dust and ashes/ But when we fall in love we wake up/ And we are a god/ And angels weep –“Dust and Ashes”   The eclipse may have been cool. But there’s an astronomical wonder you can see every night on Broadway- It’s that 70 pages of 19th century Russian novel … Continue reading Go Catch Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812!

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?