On Sadness


  When interviewing refugees, I heard a lot of sad stories. Blue feeling was flowing like a filthy river on one sunny day. So much struggle, so much loss, so much adversity, so many tears. But then you realize, at the end, sadness is only a beginning of something beautiful and meaningful in your life. … Continue reading On Sadness

Gigi


Lincoln, Nebraska Nov 9, 2017 Hari ini, saya berkunjung ke dokter gigi di klinik kampus untuk berkonsultasi soal gigi yang sakit. Cukup terkejut juga. Ternyata, pemeriksaan gigi di Amerika Serikat sungguh berbeda dengan di Indonesia. Pertama kali datang, saya diminta mengisi satu formulir bolak-balik berisi aneka pertanyaan soal riwayat penyakit termasuk alergi, obat-obatan yang pernah … Continue reading Gigi

Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)


To hell with the swimming pools and balling the starlets and impressing everybody. Because, you see, I'm nothing.       I'm nothing at all without writing. Without truth, my truth, the only truth I know, it's all a gambol in the pasture without rhythm or sense. It's empty. God gave it to me (so help … Continue reading Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)

Sangsi


Beberapa hari lalu, perempuan itu mengetahui bahwa dia mendapatkan angka 33 dari skala 33. A plus. Nilai tertinggi untuk satu hal yang paling dia cemaskan selama ini: tata bahasa Inggris. Nilai itu bahkan diberikan oleh dosen yang terkenal paling susah dan ketat dalam urusan tata bahasa di kampusnya. Sampai saat ini dia masih merasa tidak … Continue reading Sangsi

Arundhati Roy on love


Naga's pursuit of Tilo had not turned out as planned. She was meant to be just another easy conquest, yet another woman who succumbed to his irreverent brilliance and edgy charm and had her heart broken. But Tilo had crept up on him, and become a kind of compulsion, an addiction almost. Addiction has its … Continue reading Arundhati Roy on love