by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Loving someone who hates
is a special kind of violence.
A fight inside the bones.
A war within the blood.


by Yrsa Daley-Ward

It’s never too late to be wise.
See how your spirit has been


by Yrsa Daley-Ward

The difference between attraction
and compatibility

how it kicks you in the belly every
now and then.


Holy fuck! Park Chan-wook’s Handmaiden is a mind-fucking thriller. So violent yet so erotic. So bizarre yet so beautiful. So twisted yet so sensual. I have never seen lesbian sex this vigorous. The film is two and a half hours, yet not a second is wasted.

Sara Wachter-Beottcher: Technically Wrong

In her concise, compelling book, Wachter-Beottcher lays out the danger and the insensitivity of biased algorithms, alienating online forms, and harassment-friendly platforms in the tech industry. As designers and developers, we put too much assumptions into the users without understand their circumstances. We place cleverness over clarity. As demonstrated examples after examples in the book, the results of these poor-designed decisions are unfortunate and tragic. It’s an important read for those of us who truly care about our users.


By Hiếu Minh Nguyễn

Convinced she’s in hell

my mother wakes me & begs to be taken

to the lake. Wailing in prayer on the kitchen floor

her skin itching with heat, a flame seizing for god.

I believe her. One day, we will all know when suffering comes

to play the instrument of our bodies. Her song, a single note

a copper kettle whistling for mercy. From the blue-black sand

of McCarrons, I watch her disappear

under the night water. Moonlit rings

spill from her absence.

Bill Harley: Play It Again

This morning the boys glued their eyes to the TV and wouldn’t pay attention to what their mom was telling them. She went up to the TV and turned it off. Suddenly the hook came to me and I started to sing, “Dad threw the TV out the window, the window.” They looked at me weird so I pulled out my phone, searched on YouTube, and found the tune immediately. My oldest boy found it funny while my middle one got mad. That song brought back so much memories of my early years in the U.S. I borrowed a kid cassette from the local public library and that particular tune caught my attention even though I barely understood all the words. I also loved “You’re in Trouble.” I am now listening to the entire album on a Friday morning while working.

The Hypocrisy of a GOP Representative

Tim Murphy, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 18th district, cheated on his wife. After Murphy impregnated the woman who he had an affair with, he asked her to abort their unborn child. After she had an abortion, he posted an anti-abortion statement on his Facebook page. It’s a disgrace and this is what the Republican party has become. The laws just don’t apply to them.

Tom Nichols: The Death of Expertise

In the age of liar in chief, alternative facts, and misinformation, Nichols’s outstanding book draws the difference between knowledge and ignorance. He makes a compelling argument on the failing of higher education, in which the institutions treat students as customers rather than learners. He points out the negative impact of having too much information at our fingertips and the danger of dismissing recognized expertise. It’s an informing, intelligent read. As Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate, Nichols knows what the fuck he is talking about.