Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Today marks eighteen years since the attacks of September 11th, 2001. I was four when 9/11 took place, and I have not known a world that was not profoundly shaped by it.

Just three days after 9/11, the United States Congress passed the Authorization of Unilateral Military Force (AUMF), which gave the office of the President (then occupied by George Bush) nearly unlimited power to wage war on terrorism across the world. The text of the AUMF quite literally states that “the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines…


Yesterday, I was in the park with speaking with my friend about the extent to which reflection is sufficient or necessary for individual change. My friend is from Brazil and possesses a beautiful cultural and literary knowledge, and she has a way of clarifying things for me. In Brazil, she told me, they have a term called “uma boa consciência do mal,” which roughly translates to “a good conscience of evil.” She explains it here better than I ever could:

“It means that this type of conscience only benefits the one who has committed evil. It exonerates their feelings of…


I am no stranger to heartbreak, both given and received. Heartbreak sucks. It’s painful, messy, and very disregulating. It’s also a fact of life. Any relationship or friendship worth having is going to demand of us some level of vulnerability with another person. That fact opens us up to all forms of love, but also puts us at risk of love lost. So it goes. You cannot experience the joys of love without accepting the fact that you might get hurt. This is the poetry of life. But given the fact that heartbreak is so unpleasant, a lot of people…


Joe Biden. Photo by Kelly Kline. Flickr.

A recent CNN post-debate poll found that Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s lead in the race to be the party’s nominee in 2020 has significantly slumped to just 22%. After Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) completely savaged the former vice president over his atrocious record on issues relating to the desegregation of schools, it would seem that the inevitability of Biden’s ascension to the nomination was put on hold — at least for now. Harris, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both saw their standing greatly increase to 17% and 15% respectively after their impressive showing on the debate stage. Even the…


“Memory” by Sarah Hina. Flickr.

I went through some old text messages on an old phone the other day, during a point in my life when things were much more obscured than they are today. These were post-breakup texts, and they were rather unsavoury, to say the least. I didn’t like being reminded of a time in my life when I was (1) much younger; (2) much more immature; (3) stagnant; and (4) not who I am today. Line by line, I read exactly what I said at exactly what time. There was an undeniable record of who I was and what I was doing…


“- Don’t you wish you were free, Lenina?

- I don’t know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody’s happy nowadays.”

A few weeks ago, I finished “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Published in 1932, BNW explores a dystopian world far away in the future where human beings are stratified and conditioned, and where society is planned so meticulously and efficiently that human beings cannot ever claw back their individuality. …


And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.

Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,

you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

— Ithaca, by Constantine Cavafy

The last time I wrote something on this site, it was the eve of the 2016 US Presidential election. Feeling powerless about an event that would surely change the course of history (and likely not for the better), the only way I could process the momentous occasion was through the act of writing about it. …


One of the unfortunate things about this excruciatingly long election was that instead of being about the issues that face America and the world (issues like climate change, poverty, endless war, access to health care, income inequality, disastrous free-trade deals), this election became a referendum on Donald Trump, a man so obviously and irrefutably offensive and dangerous that it is not at all hard to rally most people around their disgust for him. But that is the easy part. The truly hard part is looking at the alternatives and seeing whether or not they are also dangerous and whether or…

Luca Brown

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