Writing that Bewitches Me

“The two of them, Fokir and herself, they could have been boulders or trees for all they knew of each other: and wasn’t it better in a way, more honest, that they could not speak? For if you compared it to the ways in which dolphins’ echoes mirrored the world, speech was only a bag of tricks that fooled you into believing that you could see through the eyes of another being.” –The Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh

Switching Things Up! The Nintendo Switch and why it gives me hope for humanity.

yz4a2306-1487857203834_1280wNintendo’s newest creation, the Switch, is a visually stunning device – both digitally and physically. Intended to be a portable-console hybrid, you can play it on the go or hook it up to your home TV to enjoy it on the big screen. As such, it possesses hardware surpassing that of its completely portable predecessors – breathing new life into Nintendo’s popular franchises with beautiful, crisp graphics. The device itself is downright, (for lack of a better word), sexy. Its unique controllers (known as Joy-Cons) come in a variety of colours – I chose the neon blue/neon red pairing, making the device vibrant and a delight to hold.
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Book Review! Tales of the Dead of Night – Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories selected by Cecily Gayford

Tales from the Dead of Night – Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories selected by Cecily Gayford

Oooh ghost stories. They’ve been around a long time, which makes you wonder: back in the days without the graphics of games, cinema and TV, how DID people scare others with spooky tales? Of course, we’ve always had the traditional “telling of ghost stories in the dark around the fire (or on sleepovers)”. And of course, books. The art of scaring people with only words on paper has always fascinated me. How do people do it? It’s a world where jump-scares and vivid imagery fail. I mean really, no matter how well you describe something horrifying-looking, it’s going to be far less scary than actually seeing it in reality. And so I picked up this book in order to find out more about the classic written ghost story.
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Book Review! The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

I first learned of this book’s existence at last year’s Singapore Writer’s Festival where I attended a panel about writing the supernatural (The Allure of the Otherworldly) in which Mr. Hurley himself was present to talk about this novel and his relationship with horror. One of the audience members commented that she had screamed while reading the book on a plane flight surrounded by other passengers. As someone with an unhealthy interest in writing horror, that’s when I knew I just had to get my hands on this novel and give it a read. So with the conclusion of my finals last semester, I rushed to the nearest library and managed to grab a copy. And my god, it was incredible.
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An Issue with Victim Blaming

I don’t fully understand why some people have a tendency to victim blame. Who, or what, are they trying to protect? To me, victim blaming has a very real political consequence. If you blame the victim, you insinuate that the victim performed some form of abnormal, harm-attracting behaviour and anyone who performs such behaviour is liable to be harmed by an ordinary human being turned criminal. That is to say, every human being is a monster on the inside, just waiting to be triggered by the ‘abnormal behaviour’ of an innocent. We are all capable of being murderers, rapists etc.

This is in contrast to blaming the criminal. By doing so, you point out that the abnormal behaviour lies in the hands of the criminal and that harming others is not a natural human thing to do. Whether humans are truly monsters or benevolent inside is a philosophical argument for another day, but what I’m trying to point out is: a victim blamer paints all of humanity, including himself, as a plausible criminal. The idea of the villain becomes represented in the hubbub of everyday life. And though they may not be fully conscious of this idea, repeated outright victim blaming no doubt has the potential to embed this dangerous idea within the skeletal workings of society. And I fear a future built upon such ideas as its foundation. Be careful what you say or do, especially in a public space. One rule of communication is: everything has its consequences.