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Bedroom Pop

I watched the stage of the El Rey Theater light up as seven-hundred other teenage girls waited for lo-fi sensation Clairo’s first official concerts. The lights were low, her voice soft, and her lyrics mingled...

Greek Hour – pt 3

"Eva souvlaki parakalo!" My Athenian acolyte, and longtime roommate, turns away from the counter and smiles at me. We’re in one of the oldest Gyros shops of Athens, and he’s just managed to order

this is recovered

I haven’t thought about anorexia too much lately— at least my own dealing with it. Food has increasingly become … just food. Exercise is movement that spikes some dopamine. My body is the way it is.

Sculpted

Four mud-sculpture statues with expressionist faces of clay – one male, three female. Full lips. Wide-open demonstrative eyes; their gaze frozen. All hankering to speak out. But they cannot.

Greek Hour – pt 2

In A Woman under the Influence, Gena Rowlands plays stay-at-home mother Mabel in beautiful American suburbia, who’s main function is to appear lonely as she waits for her husband to come home.

France Today?

To French people, France isn’t racist because it says it isn’t. The French motto is “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” so how could a state, which holds these values as its motto, possibly be anything but equal?

It’s Your Problem Too

The Russian political crisis concerns everyone. But not according to the authorities. It manifests itself in a clear movement towards an even more authoritarian and controlling government.

California Streaming

A drive north, up the central coast, never fails to inspire.  The air grows dramatically fresher.  Cleaner.  Crisper.  Drifting a tad closer to nature. Reinvigorates my spirits.  Rejuvenates my soul. 

Places

I was a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19. To UC Berkeley, I am ‘unvaccinated’. I am not. During the summer, I received both doses of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine.

The Greek Hour

God summons Jonah, an Israelite in the Old Testament, into becoming a prophet. When Jonah refuses, he ends up being thrown in the sea and spends three days and three nights in a whale’s belly.

After My Fall

Today, the outside I see appears hazy. Plain and simple. Misty with an occasional blast of drizzle.  I pretend I’m elsewhere. I want to change everything but my thoughts remain scrambled.

French Identity – pt.2

France, the country, increasingly looks different. With a non-white population taking up more visibility than a couple decades back, questions are being raised concerning what French identity means.