The wild, wretched Westworld

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Anthony Hopkins in Westworld. Source: hbo.com

If you could do whatever you want, would you?

This seems to be the premise of HBO’s new show Westworld, based on the 70s movie of the same name. It revolves around a park made to resemble the Wild West. Filled with extremely lifelike robots called hosts, people pay large sums of money to attend the park and fulfill their desires, whether that be murder, sex, or drunken raucousness. Those who run the park are in full control of the hosts. Or, they used to be. Continue reading The wild, wretched Westworld

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Destroy the known

Unclassifiable.

Violates all expectations.

Goes beyond the confines of journalism.

Creates art.

It’s only a matter of acceleration now by Binyavanga Wainaina on The Chimurenga Chronic. Accessed at: http://chimurengachronic.co.za/binyavanga-youssou/ . Last accessed: 5 November 2016.

A pinch of salt

Jenny Lawson’s hilarious (and sometimes longwinded) chapters about her mental illnesses and other bizarre life chapters work best when she lets herself go full crazy.

Case in point: comparing herself to baked potatoes that are better with a pinch of salt, i.e. her medication. It makes sense in the most absurd way.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Picador. 2015.

It’s time to take care of yourself

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By Emm Roy at positivedoodles.tumblr.com

I have been absent for the past couple of months. Some personal issues became more pressing in my life, and I lost track of just about everything. But I did what I needed to do: I started seeing a therapist, and I took time out to take care of myself. Continue reading It’s time to take care of yourself

An English Education, Part 2: The Lake District

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Our view of Grasmere lake.

This year my sister completed her Masters degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. My mom, aunt, and I visited her there at the end of March before going to the Lake District. All photos by Amy Pieterse, except where noted. Continue reading An English Education, Part 2: The Lake District

An English Education, Part 1: Cambridge

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King’s College Chapel overlooking the River Cam.

This year my sister completed her Masters degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. My mom, aunt, and I visited her there at the end of March before going to the Lake District. All photos by Amy Pieterse.  Continue reading An English Education, Part 1: Cambridge

And the award goes to…

At first I thought Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature was a refreshing take on the Nobel as well as what we consider literature. But this article pretty succinctly explains why I am wrong.

Why Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Have Gotten a Nobel by Anna North on The New York Times. Accessed at: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/opinion/why-bob-dylan-shouldnt-have-gotten-a-nobel.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&referer=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FiUrbf4nTpz&_r=0 . Last accessed: 14 October 2016.