In the past decade, my love of and capacity for reading lengthy books dwindled.
It might be partly my fault, it might be the Internet, or it might be deciding to study literature at university wrecking what I originally found pleasurable about losing myself in a big book. But to say that I have opted out of immersing myself in the magnificence of literature, art, and culture more broadly would be a lie.
As I slowly work my way up to reading lengthier books again, I'm nonetheless tuning in and appreciating shorter forms as they appear on Twitter, in Instagram captions, or within poems and articles and stories published online. I am learning to love podcasts as a way to think deeply with others about difficult, infrequently talked about subjects. I am learning the great joys and beauty of zines. Poems don't just come in heavy blue anthologies: they've become accessible to us online. I've gone to many concerts where I've been transfixed and transported, if not literally almost falling down a flight of stairs. I found grace in the lull of a busking street guzheng or a box of fresh baklavas.
I wanted to share some of the things I've been looking at, reading, and listening to as an alternative to the canons that I was taught to worship in white academia structured around rigid, ableist forms of learning. I learned so much through these beautiful pieces, and present them all here as an archive, a closet of unsorted boxes, a nod of gratitude, a spiderweb of mentorship, a forest of peers.
Thank you to the artists, writers, media makers, and musicians who have made life in the past decade (as hard and confusing and tumultuous as it has been) meaningful, who have spoken truth to power, who brought nuance where it was lacking, who chose to be vulnerable when the world wanted us to be hard and cruel, and who help all of us have the capacity to be better human beings.
The following is a review of the Netflix live-action drama series Erased, based on the fantasy thriller seinen manga illustrated by Kei Sanbe, and serialized and made into an anime in 2016. The Netflix series came out in 2017. Please be advised of major spoilers for the show below.
I don't know about you but I follow Hex Metals & Minerals on Instagram. If you've ever wondered about the story behind HEX's sultry jewelry, here's your chance. Shortly before a photoshoot with poet Ivan Leonce, pictured above in photographs by Kayla Isomura, I sat down with HEX Metals & Minerals' Adrienne Yeung to ask her about her one-person business. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I have!