“Viet weekends” by Thi Bui reminds me of when I lived in Vietnam for 2 years a few years back.

left during third grade and lived there for about a year. Hearing Thi Bui talks about the Viet school that she and her friend hung/went to reminded me of when I used to hang out with a group of friends near a store that used to sell TV’s. A large empty area was there in between stores and it was a great place for us kids to hang around and play. Right across from there was my uncle’s bakery, so…


The feeling of reading this poem late at night stirred something in me. Not on a personal level, but something different. Lê Thị Diễm Thủy’s poem, “ Sans Papiers” didn´t feel like the story of an immigrant and their struggles of passing through the bordering sand the hardships of life that came with it, it just felt like how we would view life. As she says,” Inhale the trails of fireworks on the shore: watch the world explode before your eyes” it felt like the days of celebration of holidays when fireworks were a common occurrence, especially on the backs…


The acceptance speech by Haruki Murakami talks of the bases of people against the system. The people representing the egg and the System as the high and industry table wall. As one we are brittle and weak, unable to cause much change to a bigger problem “ We are all human beings, individuals transcending nationality and race and religion, fragile eggs faced with a solid wall called The System.” People don’t understand that like the one you don’t do much, but as a society, you can cause revolutions. What I love most about this speech is that he made this…


The reading of, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” represents the struggles that people of diversity go through to uphold their own culture in the eyes of westerners. This becomes more significant since this reading takes place during Ramadan. What stood out to me during the reading was a character's quotation or more specifically the grandmother's response to the pearling eyes of the sear employees. She says, “I have washed my feet in the bathhouses of Damascus over painted bowls imported from China among the best families of Aleppo, and if you knew…


When reading a poem, there’s a significance in not knowing its true intent and meaning. It leaves room for those who read it to investigate the shallow ends or to take a step and swim through the deep ends of the author's writing. When Billie Collins wrote in his poem “ Introduction to Poetry ” he says, “ I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poems’ room and feel the walls for a light switch.” …


“ To Converse with the Greats’’ by Vera Pavlova conveys a strong message of self-curiosity and discovery through one’s own means. I find the poem very intriguing, even by the first line, “ To converse with the greats; by trying their blindfolds on”. It hint’s at a persons desire to take the initiative of following the steps that others have taken, to continue what they left unfinished. It’s seeing the world from their eyes or as the word “blindfold” procures, lack of seeing. Vera repeatedly articulates the idea of taking on someone idea and forming it in a different way…


In middle school when classmates shouted “chink” between the class halls saying it was a harmless joke, I would laugh along with my head held high, naive to the weight of their words. As I walked past the crowded LA street, Someone shouts from behind me, “ Go back to your country “ I turn around confused to no one, only to walk forward with my head held high, unbeknownst to the dangers I could have encountered. As I read the news of my Asian community, beaten, crippled, and killed I begged in my mind, “ keep your head high”…


I find myself smiling every-time I read “ Joyas Voladoras” by Brian Doyle. The significance in a hummingbird's heart, a heartbeat so small, so delicately placed inside the chambers of an equally miniature creature who can rival that of a great whale. Whose heart can house that of a small child and can be as big as a room itself. Yet in comparison, they are all one and the same. Same in that they give more than confirmation that we are indeed living, more than confirmation that life itself is present, seeing, and breathing. …


When listening to the podcast by John Green, depicting the life of Agnes Marten from her life to her artworks, I found the aspects of her life very interesting. The first few moments of the podcast, especially the conversation between Marten and Isabel, really struck me and I could not stop thinking about it. When talking about the rose Isabelle had taken from Martens’s front yard, Marten had asked if Isabelle found the rose to be beautiful. The girl said yes. Marten goes on to hide the flower behind her back and goes on to ask the same question. Untethered…


“ Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words” By Felipe Lima

Words can either deliver long lasting meanings in the simplicity of its delivery or it can be just as it was intended, simple words meant to carry thoughts to thoughts. Ed Ruscha's obsession with words led the Pop Art world into a pool of enticing cultural context that could not be simply categorized into one simple genre. To him, his work was more than just words on paper, it bared his entire being. So when his artwork began to gain momentous attention, it was no surprise to anyone.

Yet the more…

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