An essay on Will Buckingham’s Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World

An essay on Will Buckingham’s Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World

When I was reading the first chapter of Will Buckingham's book (released in July 2021), I picked up a couple of texts, one by one, that helped me with meaning-making. This is something I suppose many readers do, when untangling the puzzle of an unfamiliar mind. We need known books to sit side-by-side, with the [...]

How Fillipino artist Anina Rubio challenges consumer culture

How Fillipino artist Anina Rubio challenges consumer culture

The artist expresses herself using varied disciplines, from murals to digital art. We find her channeling the negative energy she feels about consumer culture, into something positive.Using the varying lens of anti-establishment philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Francois Lyotard, Anina Rubio’s artwork can be seen as thrillingly postmodern. In twentieth-century philosophy, it was predicted [...]

Reading Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan on International Women’s Day

Reading Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan on International Women’s Day

For those of you who are interested in learning about recent Cambodian history, particularly through the eyes of a woman, this novel will bring you to tears. Although Angelina Jolie's film First They Killed My Father is informative, engrossing and cinematically astute, compared to the details of this novel, it is barely an introduction to [...]