narrative birds and beats

the birds and the beats

muskrats, metallica, miscellanea

“I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized ‘Cause I’m a strict vegetarian. But with the over-population and inflation and starvation And the crazy politicians I don’t feel safe in this world no more. I don’t want to die in a nuclear war. I want to sail away to a distant shore And make…


Ram could barely see the gate on his ticket. He attempted to read the words but could not. A tightness in his chest began to spread all over his body, slowly stiffening his muscles, collapsing the walls of his chest. He stumbled through the Pearson Airport, past the families that surrounded him, oblivious to the…

narrative #2 accents

accents that mark

the implications of intonations

When my Taiwanese parents say my English name, each syllable lands with an abrupt thud, punched out like three decisive raps on a door: EH-muh-lee. My brother’s name, “Vincent,” slides off their tongues as “VING-sun!”, invariably punctuated by an exclamation mark and a high-pitched lilt. At the summer camp where my brother and I taught…


gender revealligator

nation-building in pink and blue

  Maybe you’ve seen them on your newsfeed—people cutting cakes, opening fake presents, shooting guns at tannerite explosive, all leading up to the magical ~reveal~, blue or pink. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing out. There’s an entire genre of videos dedicated to announcing the gender of an expecting couple’s newest…

@ mike’s ice

straying from the obvious

“I don’t even know, if I’m gonna be honest.” Major walks around to the front of the truck, his black aviators glinting in the setting sun, heavy-duty brown boots thudding against the cool pavement. “I don’t know what kind of truck this is. But I can tell you some fun facts about it. The guy…