The filler episode

It is September 2014. The late afternoon sun peeks through the blinds in my room and hits my bed while I revel in the leftover heat of lovemaking. From my condo’s living room, I hear the sound of a Naruto episode playing on Karl’s iPad. He likes to do this sometimes. In movies, there’s the…

My friend and her period

At dinner one night after work, my friend Girlie wore an expression usually reserved for people who had big news. You know the one — that strange mix of glee and anxiety before you tell a friend that your life has changed or is about to change. A couple of years back and in the…

Facebook’s time is up

I deleted my Facebook account last December. I have had it since May 2009, fresh out of university, when a friend made one for me and told me it was “absolutely necessary” that I have one. I had been a relatively active, happy poster since then, especially during my travels. Gotta post those travel pics…

Static

Static by Raydon L. Reyes *originally published in the March 23 issue of Philippines Graphic magazine   If Nelly could liken Dr. Dumo’s face to that of an animal, it would be that of a mole. His face seemed to protrude forward like a small hill growing from the ground. His eyes, although not entirely…

My pop music renaissance

In 2012 and 2013, some of the best pop singles of this decade came out. Taylor Swift’s “22” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together”; “Live While We’re Young,” “Kiss You” and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction; “C’mon” and “Die Young” by Kesha; Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”; Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and “Roar”; the…

The aesthetic as the message

When Zayn Malik left One Direction, he confessed to interviewers that the main reason he went solo was the lack of opportunities to make an input in the songwriting process. It’s easy to assume at first that what he meant related to the content of the songs that the boy band were singing. Were they…

When non-fictional shows expand your imagination

I’ve recently been watching some documentary series in Netflix and I have to say, they’ve expanded my imagination a bit. It started when I binge-watched The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. Usually, the exquisite homes are built in wonderful locations such as the hills of Switzerland, the glamorous bayside of Miami, the rocky seaside of Norway,…

We need to see more psychotherapy in fiction

Why don’t we see much psychotherapy in fictional works? I surmise we mistakenly believe that a fictional character going into psychological therapy doesn’t make for a good story. Talk therapy, the most known form of psychotherapy, doesn’t generate much imagery or movement. And besides the common thinking that a well-adjusted character isn’t all that exciting,…