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You know this one. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Still so true. And all the more crucial to understand in an age of intense political narcissism where we all follow each other and anyone with an opinion can scream it from the top of the nearest transceiver.

A lot of what passes for art criticism, advice, and instruction consists of people trying to tell you not how to be better, but how to be different. Or rather, how to be the same. Be like us. Adopt our sensibilities, our aesthetic, our theory, our style. We’ve got the answer…


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by Maja Ružnić

Shortly after sunset they barricade off the bridges between the palace and the city center. Next, elite forces form a crescent around the central command while tanks position themselves at the north edge of Vlaxerton Square. Perimeter guards are apprehended by special units without a single shot fired. The tanks roll in on the palace and a great cry erupts: “Xixa zhe Bellacosa!!”

When flare rise into the sky and fireworks explode over the river, onlookers recall the ancient days when it would have been rockets and bombs.

In Avet, the term used to describe the military takeover of a…


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I hate myself every day. Not the whole day. Just certain flash moments or long slices of an hour, when my mind kind of backs me into a corner and starts the assault: You’re worthless, unsupported and unloved, the work is meaningless, your efforts are wasted…

I know the thoughts are wrong. Even assuming material existence is objectively meaninglessness, our pocket of life on earth and its self-created context offers endless possibilities of experience. I was lucky enough to grow up around strong values of love and self worth. I’m blessed with amazing family, friends, and opportunity. But none of…

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