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Larry the cat
Dave the Rave has all the moves. Verily, is he the Lord of the Dance. Yet no one or their cat noticed the sky turning black upon his return. Only I saw the devil on his back as he leads us towards post-Brexit temptation.  But something is afoot. Mark my words. These tea-guzzling-biscuit-gobbling Fat Cats…
Your Privileges Are Not Universal
Stencilled in red on the walls of Santiago, Chile is a statement of fact: ‘your privileges are not universal’ (tus privilegios no son universales). This is a factual declaration because the privileges of power and property are not shared across the gaping class divide. Consider the fact that before the pandemic struck last year, over…
“He Has Lit a Funeral Pyre in Everyone’s Home”
Dear Kamran Baradaran, Your question is complex—“what does it mean to be a philosopher in the middle of a pandemic in India”. Philosopher has no adjective—national, linguistic, and even of schools. In your question “the pan” or “the whole“ of the “pandemic” (what has befallen the whole) speaks of that which exceeds adjectives such as…
Without a Word, Without a Tear: Two Poems
Quest for love O Refreshing rain! Douse the fire within my soul. Caress my wounds, Like the sword that slithers over my lover’s neck. Replenish the forsaken garden within my chest, Once besieged by a grotesque guest. Bury thorns in my flesh, Let them grow veins for ichor yet some blood. Make my body agate,…
Guayaquil: Before and during the Pandemic
Ecuador is currently experiencing a fragile situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is among the countries which are affected the most by COVID-19 and thus the numbers of people who have died reached the mark of 3.621 at the beginning of June [1]. It was in early April, however, that the country attracted the attention…
Notes On Suicide
Two years after Jean Améry’s On Suicide was published in 1976, the author took an overdose of sleeping pills. He was 65. In 1960, some eighteen years after Albert Camus had raised and – so he thought – resolved the question of suicide in The Myth of Sisyphus, he was killed in a car accident.…