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…

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…