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Giulia

Growing up on the fourth side of murder, the one we’re overlooking.

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In the second half of the 90s, my uncle bought a pub. My aunt painted the walls with spray cans. Jazz in the night: Manhattan skyline and a sax player. When my mom worked afternoon hours, I loved to stay at the pub, but none of the adults involved felt like it was a good place for a child. Not after 5 p.m., when clients came in to order beers. So, I was left at home with my big brother.


Spoiler: the stone was not a narcissist.

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After four months of living under the same roof, my ex-boyfriend and I were on a Cold War. The last weeks had been excruciating; 10 hours of work, 8 hours of fights, a couple of hours of resentful sleep.


Womanhood, relationships and songwriting in 90s pop hits

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I recently sold my Baby One More Time 1999’s original t-shirt on Depop. Young Britney was giving me her polished smile while I folded the sleeves to fit the cardboard box. It was harsh, but it was time to let it go. I’m now respectively 25 inches taller and 10 years older than the height and age it takes to wear a crop top without complaining about your belly freezing. 19-year-old Blanca will sure make better use of it.


OPEN LETTERS

I took the vaccine shortly after speculations about links to deathly blood clots emerged. Here’s why.

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On Thursday, March 11, 3 p.m., Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspended the use of the AstraZeneca-COVID-19-vaccine. They put it on hold for two weeks to investigate whether the shot could be linked to reports of blood clots. Shortly after, the Italian police seized a batch of the same vaccine, due to three suspicious deaths. A press release from the Italian Health Authorities stated that they believed all other batches of the AstraZeneca-vaccine were safe.


CALL ME MAYBE

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

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Hi,

You,
stretching your arm to the bedside table
finding the mail widget
stating
URGENT.

Poetry to my ears.


It’s not courtesy

Harry Styles on the Cover of Vogue Magazine | Photo: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue

That’s a wrap on Olivia Wilde’s next movie, Don’t worry Darling. In the past weeks, the director expressed gratitude to her cast and crew on Instagram.


Do we need better ad campaigns to reach herd immunity?

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On the road to my workplace hang posters of the European ad campaign for COVID-19 vaccination. They portray a rugby player who “takes it for the team”, and a teacher that gets vaccinated because she cares for her students. The final message: getting vaccinated is more of a moral duty than an individual health decision.


POETRY PROMPT

A feminist poem about alignment.

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I took my will to the supermarket
What a trip! — She said
That’s the only one we’re getting these days


Beware of your dear ones.

Subway in Pyongyang, North Korea | Photo by Random Institute on Unsplash

January 23, 2020

Giulia

A being. Trying to get somewhere. Probably, Mars.

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