What my time as a lockdown long-hauler has taught me.

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Spring 2021 saw the blossoming of ameliorated Covid conditions across the world’s vaccine-rich (read: vaccine hoarding) nations — a spree of semi-normality that persists to this day insofar as the Delta variant allows it. When I thumb through Instagram stories…

Save your heart’s time and energy by spotting projection in advance.

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Falling in love always calls for a leap of faith from the outset: as passion pulls us towards the edge, we either stand back or propel ourselves forward to plummet through bliss and terror at a breakneck pace. Of…

When everything collapses except capitalism.

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‘It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.’ Attributed to both Frederic Jameson and Slavoj Žižek, this quote provides a powerful summary of Capitalist Realism — a collective mindset that has come to circumscribe not only our current…

And it was still the happiest day of my life.

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Last night, I received the call I had been waiting for all my life, or at least for as long as I have been old enough to wait for longer than five minutes and for anything other than candy. …

It’s a once-in-a-million-lifetimes kind of thing.

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Cynics and sceptics, I know I lost some of you at the title, so I’d like to begin by addressing you in the hopes that you make like Yoko Ono and John Lennon and Give [This] Piece A Chance. In my defence, I have…

Where order is more confusing than organised chaos.

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A couple of days ago, an American colleague sent me a text lamenting a week-long backlog in her local Covid-19 vaccination schedule, and, for the first time in ages, I felt relief rather than sadness at the fact that we weren’t able…

Trying to buy perfection only makes you less perfect.

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Although I must confess to you that I have never read a single work of Leo Tolstoy’s, I nevertheless feel entirely confident proclaiming that his spot among the literary greats is deserved on the sole basis of the words with which…

We need platforms that delete our posts by default.

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Are you ready to write your autobiography? Will you ever be, and would you even want to? Halfway through my twenties, I’d like to think that my story is still unfolding, and I’m certain that I’m not yet the right person…

A culture vulture’s guide to covering new ground while maintaining the moral high ground, as well as a healthy mind, body, and wallet.

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Nothing is quite as enchanting, expansive, or inspiring as immersing yourself in new surroundings. …

Cleo Kalista

Carving out hacks for the Good Life through critique and creativity. Obsessed with society, culture, and growth. Probably listening to Turkish psych-rock.

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