I wrote an essay for a composition class and wanted to share it as it is very close to my heart (and my work). I think it deserves an A, don’t you? I’m just kidding. It’s probably terrible.
Challenging the Status Quo to Recreate Ourselves as Individuals in Society
The collective idea to be consumed from the perspectives of non-conformists is that human beings cannot effectively contribute to the growth of their society unless they challenge the status quo by choosing to see themselves through their own eyes and thoughts rather than through the ideals of what is standardly the norm. The classic writings of non-conformists such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Erich Fromm persuade us to accept this idea: that the successful development of society is dependent on the will of its human beings to be self-reliant. This ideal is very much—or should be—alive today.
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With a title like Crazy Rich Asians, there was no way I could resist this book. I’ve used Audible before, but haven’t really stuck with it (I found the audiobooks I’ve purchased before to be boring and they had issues keeping my attention), but I gave it another shot, and I’m so glad I did. Now that I’ve listened to the whole book, I would highly recommend the audiobook over the print version (not that I’ve read it, but still). If you’re not a Chinese person who lives in Singapore (like me), I don’t think you will get the full effect of this great novel if you read it instead of listen to it. The accents are delightful and would have been lost on me if I hadn’t heard it myself. Lynn Chen, the narrator, is extremely talented and it is with her help that Kevin Kwan is able to develop these characters so stunningly well.
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Auspicious Arts Incubator, a new 501c3 in Australia is looking for twelve special artists to welcome into their Transformation Program. On September 29, they will begin their 12-week journey from starving artist to thriving entrepreneur. Auspicious Arts Incubator believes that art has the capacity to expand the empathetic tendencies of the people it touches, and have made it their commitment to teach artists how to make money while doing what they love.
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It’s not surprising that Lazarus is such a great comic, given its pedigree. Written by Greg Rucka who – when he’s not writing some of the most interesting stories in mainstream DC – has also written such excellent series as Whiteout and Queen and Country; with art by Michael Lark of Daredevil and Captain America fame; and published by Image Comics – hands down the publisher of the most exciting new comics at the moment. (Indeed, there’s probably a separate piece to be written about how Image – once solely the home of the likes of Spawn and Savage Dragon – has now usurped Vertigo for cutting edge comics and left them trailing in their wake.)
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OCH takes care to honor those who haven’t survived their battle with suicide and to those who are fighting to survive now with a personal piece from our Editor, Allie Burke.
I once wrote about my first experience as a “patient” at a mental institution. The novel was called Paper Souls and I wrote about all the things I wanted to say. All the things I would have actually said at the time if I was seven years older and had about forty years more courage.
I thought I was doing the right thing when I felt the pinch in my wrist, the broken creature begging to get out so it could breathe. The only way was to cut it out, and I was the surgeon. I had never been a “cutter,” never even thought about suicide before. I didn’t want to kill myself. I was a survivor; I didn’t want to die. I was a survivor, but I didn’t want to survive anymore. I wanted to live.
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