Kill or Be Killed

Yesterday, I sat with my 9-year-old nephew as he engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, watching gameplay videos of YouTubers Pat and Jen playing Minecraft. As we watched, he explained to me some mechanics of the ongoing game, which at the time was Bed Wars. There were 8 teams, each composed of a pair. […]

The Greatest Mutant (X-Men)

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been watching all the X-Men movies, from X-Men (2000) to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Although vaguely familiar with its characters since when I was a child, I haven’t really known them all, along with their backstories. Watching the movies allowed me to rediscover the characters, their stories, and their […]

Starting Line

I am doing neck stretches, giving my hands a quick shake, stretching my legs, doing a light jog-in-place. I am about to run. … I had always refused to call myself ambitious. Where I’m from, the term ambitious has negative connotations, like it’s synonymous to selfishness and a callous disregard for anyone else for the […]

The Year 2017, and Grace

I’ve often heard people say, “By God’s grace,” but I don’t think I’ve fully understood then, what they meant. To me, it just sounded like a worn-out expression, made by the cliché-loving, or maybe by the pretentious. It isn’t news to the people who really know me that I am not religious, and I have […]

Dear Future Child

Dear Future Child, don’t be like your mother. Don’t spend your childhood sprawled on the floors of bookshops, reading those books. Books are dangerous. They will turn you into a thinker, and rarely are thinkers happy people. They are bound to have a rough inner life. Lemony Snicket was right: “All the secrets of the […]