Two weeks had passed yet again. I have nine articles lined up for this week (update: one of them is now dead).

How to be a Writer by M.Molly Backes from Medium

To kick it up with something lighter, Molly’s articles remind you of the most essential tips for a budding writer: There is no shortcut like knowing there is no shortcut.

If You Knew Sushi by Nick Tosches from Vanity Fair

A longform on sushi? No kidding here. Nick Tosches guides us to the fishy tour on the world’s grandest fish market and the business around it. The next time you eat that piece of sushi, remember that it has come a long way to get to your plate.

There’s nothing original in a case of purloined letters by Robert MacFarlane from Times Higher Education

A mouthful of title aside, this is yet another piece that questions the notion of plagiarism, and the blurry lines between inspired and stolen. How far is too far?

Fanboys by Lessley Anderson from The Verge

In media saturated world, the term fanboy is a familiar one. Surf to any tech site and you are most likely to encounter these people, defending their preferred brands to death. But why? Why such attachment? Exploring this side is both fascinating and perplexing.

Curiosity is not Allowed Here by Kara Sherrer from Medium

Believe it or not, higher education is not for everyone. Even if people try to make a big deal on it, the fact remains that government couldn’t support everyone who would like to gain the experience. Colleges find various ways to get around this. Even after rigorous entrance exam, my school sets an upper limit, making everyone finish their studies under five years or leave forever, pressuring one to choose and juggle the balance between academic and non-academic life. The reason is clear: they cannot afford to support subsidized tuition for students lounging around, and there is not enough space to justify letting students graduate when they wish. One way or another, students are weeded, pruned, to ensure they stay within the nation’s budget and academic standards. Even if it means stifling natural curiosities.


The death of the US Shopping Mall
by Jonathan Glancey from BBC

Hauntingly poignant. I wonder if this is how Jakarta will be in several years. Rows of desolate buildings flaunting the glory of the past. Because online shoppings haven’t taken off the ground as much as it is in America, perhaps the answer will not be coming until at least half a decade from now. Like Pompeii’s Macellum, everything comes to an end.


Re-reading: The ultimate guilty pleasure?
by Hephzibah Anderson from BBC

I know I’m not alone! For me the ritual is Narnia, Harry Potter several times in a year, and I have reread every book in my library at least thrice. No kidding here. Every time I read, my younger self reach out to me, bringing back my memories, feelings that are immortalized in the pages. I remember who I was back then, how my life was, what were I thinking about. And with each rereads, you plant another anchor of yourself to discover later. Guilty pleasure? Sure not. It’s both a stress reliever, reading these fine books again and again, and the ultimate time machine. I remember sensation. I don’t know why people seem to think I’m strange for rereading so many times. It’s part of me.

The Joy of Binge Reading by Jennifer Armstrong from BBC

I love to do this very much, coupled with my rereading habit. I binge-read series in my library every holiday, savoring the different feeling than the time I used to wait between books, and I had my Hunger Games experience in binge-reading because I couldn’t wait what happen next. There’s only one factor I’m afraid of: would this cause writers to strive for quantity rather than quality? I love reading books, but I’d rather read one very good book than three less-than-averages.

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