Molly Young

music

why all lists are garbage

featuring our editor’s picks for album of the year

I don’t watch TV or go on Tumblr, so excuse me if this is mansplaining. But I’ve noticed that it has become common for people who love show “X” or enjoy band “Y” to excitedly describe themselves as “X obsessives” or “Y nerds.” I find this bewildering. To me, “nerd” has always had a very…

Gratitude in the face of climate change

warming up to the apocalypse

gratitude in the face of climate change

When I was 12, I loved conspiracy theories. Often, I would scour YouTube for mysterious videos that claimed to uncover a spectacular truth hidden from the public. Whether it was the banks, the Illuminati, or even corrupt lizard humanoids that ran the world, I would become a staunch believer. One theory that I was particularly…

Thoughts_in_the_Clouds

thoughts in the clouds

retrieving memories from airports

  Airports make me feel a whirlwind of emotions. After flying around thirty flights within the past four years, mostly between my home city, Beijing, and my boarding high school near Boston, I have come to recognize airports as places for reflection. Since I traveled alone on most of these trips, I hatched my thoughts…

Shiru Cafe

shiru

meditations on modernity

I have been here fifty-three times      since springtime I remember when the naïve baristas offered      plastic cups for iced drinks      only to watch them float beyond      the caffeinated gates      in the hands of summer swindlers when I signed up      proudly declaring my career…

vaccination and sensationalism

another false alarm

vaccination and sensationalism

Why the confusion? Even in the information era, with massive advancements in public health, there is still lingering public speculation about whether vaccines in young children might lead to autism. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), which protects against three of the most fatal diseases for children, is still met with rumor and rejection…