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.
In January of 1999, I was going to turn 10. At the time, my brother was 16. His schedule for…
Lights during the night
just feel like something I will never have.
Blue eyes, a submarine, happiness.
From what I know of life,
life is just one night.
The city shines
with so many lights they are distracting.
I think they are mostly red,
like the lipsticks I wore with my dark hair
before this time of no lips to show.
And kisses, they are just reminders of what was
of that gothic church that burnt.
Rouge Coco, Notre Dame.
On top of Montmartre
a painter paints a face I will have in ten years,
everybody loves quotes, especially in the opening of a story.
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author?
~Philip Gilbert Hamerton, The Intellectual Life, 1873~
Over the years, we provided you with two templates for quotes. We’re glad you’ve been experimenting with them ever since.
Seriously, who are we to tell you that you can’t
format your story
In the past months, our algorithm displayed some malfunctions.
At first, it was the “Why can’t I…
The town I lived in as a teenager had just one record store, next to the Town Hall.
The owner was an old man who had a crush on Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen. In the now-called y2ks — aka 2000s - most of his customers were my age. We bought boyband albums and nu-metal LP’s, but he never moved Born in the U.S.A. from his shop window.
Linkin Park’s Meteora was the first album I bought with my own savings. I reversed my piggy bank and I emptied its content into a plastic bag.
I then waited for a…
See that girl sitting in front of the desk?
On the other side, Dr. Leibovitz is looking through my medical history.
“I see you had COVID-19,” he says.
“Pneumonia, actually”. I emphasize the adverb. These days, respiratory illnesses that aren’t a consequence of SARS-CoV-2 are like fake luxury bags.
“I see,” he nods. “Did you get cured?”
“Won’t people die if they aren’t cured of pneumonia?”. That’s the only answer you can give, right?
Silent, he stares at his laptop as if the Holy Virgin just appeared to him. Shortly after, his secretary opens the door; “The doctor…
A few weeks ago I had an interview that started with:
How would you describe yourself?
That’s a standard question, right? Well, I hate it. I hate questions. Actually, I hate questions about myself. I’ve spent my entire life deflecting them as if I was on my best moves in a boxing fight.
Here’s the honest answer to the opening question:
I don’t describe myself.
I know, it seems rude. But it’s true. I always try to know more about the person who’s questioning me before unveiling who I am. Apart from when I’m writing. …
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.
“You can walk out that door, anytime!”, I yelled at him on a daily basis. One night, he replied: “You’re right, I should move”. What a surprise! Me being right! He grabbed his phone and dialed his mum’s number.
His mother arrived in town a few days later. She booked a room and they went on the hunt for an apartment…
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.
The packaging felt like a ritual. I was taping, printing, googling a courier and listening to Britney Spears’ debut album.
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.
On Thursday, March 11, 5 p.m. I had an appointment for my first AstraZeneca shot. I got out from work at 4 p.m. and received a…
A being. Trying to get somewhere. Probably, Mars.