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[StS] My Metaphorical, Meandering Truth

At a young age I learned to interact with the world through the protection of sarcasm. I was brought up religious and so I believed every real question had already been answered (and answered correctly!) and when the real world ran counter to my expectations, I embraced verbal irony. If you’re in on the joke, a sarcastic comment says a lot; by capitalizing on the absurd space between expectations and reality, it subtly reveals the speaker’s wishes and hopes while never fully exposing them to direct sunlight. The problem is that not everyone is in on the joke (and that has been addressed wonderfully over here by Lindy West on Jezebel, with race as a focus in place of gender). I don’t think my jokes are funny, I think they’re tragic but tears in your eyes can blur the lines and my generation often sees life as a tragicomedy […]

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[NPCA] Legends of Ger Life

Myths. Fascinating and fun to tell, they seek to make sense of the inexplicable. They can involve gods or mere mortal-but are more exciting when they contain both. Mongolian myths have casts ranging from wolves, to the Chinese, to Father Sky. Twenty years of Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia, it turns out, has created its own sub-culture, complete with its own legends […]

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[GMP] Beauty and the Brute

As the picture of the intricate machine running in front of me took shape, the tutu finally made sense. Odette, the Swan Queen, drew my attention as well as filled in the details that I had been missing. Each time she appears in front of Siegfried, she stops him from making a terrible mistake. For me, her appearance on stage clarified and corrected my misconceptions […]

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[RR] Hey Boy, Happy Birthday

If you can’t tell, I get a kick out of “Feminist Ryan Gosling.” I enjoy “Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling” too—in the same way that I like listening to Ke$ha. (Who doesn’t admire the efficiency of combining dental hygiene and Jack Daniels?) As entertaining as I might find a meme to be, though, I appreciate even more the information it gives. For an observer, they can demonstrate what a culture expects from interactions and the values that members hold dear […]

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