"For as long as there has been humanity, there has been a desire to transcend it. We can’t be sure that cavemen didn’t scratch their carvings into walls just for decorative purposes, just like we can’t be sure whether Van Gogh smeared oil on canvas specifically to keep bringing lumps to the throats of people long after he couldn't see it for himself. We plug in our headphones to goosebump as the doomed lungs of dead musicians croon us a chorus, and we know it’s not logical but dammit, it feels like they’re speaking directly to us, doesn’t it?"
"With so many bit characters having been killed off in their primes (see: Barefoot Prince Bernie, Sir Jeb of the Pitiful 'Please Clap'), and a new scandal spewing forth with every 24-hour news cycle, we've boiled down the tastiest morsels into the Soylent mush our political palates have come to love."
"Travel is walking on cobblestones at three in the morning and singing pirate shanties on a boat and hostel beds squeaking. Despite our attempts to outpace the urge by hopping a plane somewhere proximal for a short stint, travel is, like an empty stomach, not fooled by insubstantiality. It is not sated by the relentless chewing of gum, or a cup of black tea."
"The notion of a midlife crisis is simple: we become existentially terrified we have not lived the manner in which we want and act immediately and aggressively to compensate. A quarter-life crisis is much the same: taking stock of the path upon which we are walking and orchestrating a massive pivot towards something radically different. And me, being me, started mine a year and a half earlier than the projected age."
"To feel as if I belonged in a man's world, I turned my back on the beautiful richness of womenkind, to try and rise above them. The irony was that I wanted to be valued by the quality of my character, and not of my gender, and ultimately, I was not valuable in both realms because of my inability to value either."
"When the world beyond children's stories persists with binaries of good versus evil, it is an impossibility to prevent this black and white thinking from leaching into our common consciousness. Human beings are capable of frustratingly regressive tribalism, in which 'our guys' are the champions, and 'their guys' are the most wicked a collective of villains that the world has ever seen."
"When they instruct women and girls on the ways in which they can be 'safe', what they're really saying is: make sure he hurts some other girl, instead. One who isn't you."
"Join me on a mad motorcycle ride through a three-part investigation into the cultural, political, economic, and social dynamics at play in the complex nation of Myanmar."
"For my readers from all backgrounds, I invite you to pick and choose the reasons with which you, too, may be able to relate. After all, this school of thought is not prescriptive. The only 'wrong way' to be a feminist is to not stand for equality. All else is available for personalisation."
"I'm going to lay down a harsh truth right now: The main reason people boycott a product or service is because there is such a litany of alternative products, they don't really have to sacrifice anything."
"Rejection is hard. But for some people, there is an inexplicable need to react to rejection with aggression. To denounce the spurning party for 'only wanting jerks/sluts', allowing bitterness to taint any interactions with the object of one's desire until their intended paramour awkwardly extricates themselves from a poisonous man-o-war embrace."