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“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.” Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers

Only four months into a new decade and our world has…


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Dear Josh,

It’s about time we had a little chat. You need to get your shit together.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “How in the crikey fuck are you sending me mail from the future?”

Through black magic rituals and ancient incantations. How am I supposed to know, dude? 2019 is a weird place and a lot is possible now. I’m just here to try nail home a few truths and impart some old-man knowledge to set your dumb ass straight. This is for your benefit, so try and pay attention. …


You often hear people say that they remember the exact time and place that they received life-changing news, that they remember what they wore, what they were eating, what they were smelling. It’s easy to attribute this to Hollywood mysticism, and the stuff of stories, but I’d like to attest to this.

Two years ago, I had begun studying at University for the first time. I had moved into a brand new studio apartment, in a new city that I adored. In the three days that I had been living there, I met some wonderful people, and had been fortunate…


“The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret.”
- Dr. Strangelove

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Yesterday, billions of people across all corners of the globe awoke to a flurry of rather alarming headlines, headlines that would make even the the most stout of hearts palpitate in a state of existential consternation.

The headlines in question came about from a quote made by Renata Dwan, the Director of the UN Institute of Disarmament Research whilst speaking to reporters in Geneva. …


Let’s be honest, there’s a romantic notion attached to the idea of being a writer. At some stage or another, we have all dreamt that we will one day stand alongside literature’s greatest. Tolkien or Plath, Hemingway or Austen…

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To be able to dive into the sprawling oceans of the imagination at the drop of a dime holds a mystifying allure. To be the one whose words capture the hearts and minds of readers the world around, meticulously playing with emotions, manipulating thought through carefully constructed plots, and complicated, deviously weaved twists. Conjuring unique and intriguing characters that evoke a…


Warning: contains spoilers for the season eight episodes, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” and “The Long Night.”

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Over the course of nine years, and seven-and-a-half seasons, Game of Thrones has steadily built itself up to become a household name, and pop-culture darling the world over. Infamous for its graphic depictions of violence, plot twists, political intrigue, and shameless sexuality, the series is comparable to pop-culture’s other heavy-hitters, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Lord of the Rings. Although these particular examples are often child-friendly, the series has been parodied, and referenced throughout countless other forms of media. …


Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

— Gandalf the White

If you were to ask me what my greatest fear as a child was, what kind of ghoul or blight that would cause sleepless nights, make my blood freeze, and my heart pound. I would have replied with an apprehensive shudder, taking the time to compose myself before hesitantly whispering one word: death.

The…


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The fire that recently ravaged the gorgeous, and monolithic Notre-Dame is a heartbreaking tragedy to have befallen not only the people of France, but of Europe, and the rest of the world. At 856 years old, the “Lady of Paris” has remained one of the cities most iconic, and beguiling monuments of faith, and awe since its 200 year inception in 1163.

Over the course of her long life, the Notre-Dame has borne witness to plague, war, revolution, and occupation. …


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This is not a cry for help. This is not a means of therapy. This is an insight into the current mental state of someone with clinical depression.

It is 8:28pm as I painstakingly begin to write down these first words. For the past two hours I have sat in my chair, wrapped within the warm confines of a blanket, incessantly tabbing in and out of the usual suspects of my social media posse. Their names are: Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and YouTube.

I turn to Facebook first, staring at my timeline with a mild frustration, watching as my own smiling…


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Today, my girlfriend and I broke up.

It started with the famous words, “J, can we have a serious conversation when I get home from work?”

As is the normal operating procedure of my sleep cycle, I awoke from a nightmare. A side effect to the medication that I take at night to, ironically enough, help me sleep. Groggily, I reached for the soul-sucking device that is my phone. After being blinded by a flash of searing white, and a few mumbled curses, I let my eyes adjust to the familiar neon glow.

The first thing I noticed was the…

Joshua Habens

One person out of seven-billion trying to let his voice be heard.

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