Liar’s Poker

A raging burst of mendacity clouds the nation’s skies.  A loser pretends to be a winner.  Can’t accept what happened and just let go. The question is who we’ll find consuming his bald-faced lies.

Frozen Sweat

A tent city.  Sidewalks crammed.  A pop-up colony of geometric domes. Gray stretch plastic structures.  All generously donated. Each tagged with an American flag. Stars and stripes on guard duty.

What For Tomorrow

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be, finally, winding down in the U.S.  A mass effort to distribute vaccines and ensure vaccinations across the country has led to a rapidly plunging number of cases.

Sacrificing Himself

What is A Prayer for Owen Meany? It would be easier to say what it isn’t. First and most plainly, it’s a book by John Irving, published in 1989. On a personal level, it’s my favorite novel ever.

A Manufactured Reality

During the pandemic, I stayed in France. Once back in Moscow, however, the contrast couldn't have been clearer. The main difference: France still believes there is a pandemic.

POVs – awaken

POVs is an ongoing segment categorized into different themes that touch upon important talking points of our day and age— same set of questions asked to a diversity of people from everywhere.

“I do” or don’t – Intro

After having taken a queer theory course, I find myself questioning aspects of our lives we take to be inherent. It’s revisiting the vision of the world that asks “why” to every sentence pronounced so matter-of-factly.

“I do” or don’t – pt.4

In a metaphorical sense, marriage is an actualisation of love and the feelings within a relationship. But many people get married pragmatically to prove their love is not only strong, but meant to last.

“I do” or don’t – pt.3

Throughout most of the previous century, marriage would be the base of the family with a majority consisting of a working husband and a stay-at-home wife, who took care of and raised the kids.

“I do” or don’t – pt.2

Marriage is a celebration of love and a signaling to others the pretense of committing yourself to someone emotionally for a significant period of time both before and after the actual ceremony. 

“I do” or don’t – pt.1

Western marriage is no longer seen as a political economic and social contract binding two families. (Although choosing a partner for economic and cultural capital remains pertinent).

Backstage Live

A tense conversation breaks the silence. In a darkened theatre only two people can be heard on stage, but no one is seen. Not Jerry Graham – a part-time observer nor Rick Corey – forever the participant.