TTFN Pals

Hello humans,

I’m taking a break from being on here for boring trying-to-do-other-things-and-not-wanting-distractions reasons, so I’m making like “October 2011 Syar trying to write her Honours thesis” and getting my best friend to change my password to my Tumblr.

I can still be reached via email. I’m already a little bit sorry for whatever cool things I might miss! I hope everything goes well for everyone, wherever they are, whatever they’re doing.

Happy 2014! Stay safe, stay golden.

♡♡♡♡ Syar

“If I have learned anything important over the past six months, it’s probably this: There isn’t any job description, anywhere, that contains everything I want. Nothing encompasses all of my interests. My main creative act (in this stage of my life) is not going to be my writing; rather, it’s going to be piecing together jobs, and projects, and ways of living, so that I can do and be everything that I want. That is how, I think, to win the game—and I definitely feel like I’m playing a weird, capitalist game. It’s so imperative to resist the overwhelming current toward mindless routines, social isolation, and self-segregation.”

Read the whole thing at What the hell, summer spell.

 

(via somethingchanged)

Syar’s 2013 End of Year Review: Recommendations

In case any of you are looking for things to read/listen to/check out:

25. What’s your new favourite thing this year?

  • Katy and Katie: Just The Tips, my fave new webseries
  • The Toast, home of the inimitable Mallory Ortberg & Nicole Cliffe
  • Sleeping in a queen bed after a lifetime of sleeping in a single
  • Showing up late to things sometimes

26. What were the best books you read? 

  • Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  • Dispatch From the Future by Leigh Stein
  • Inferno (a Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles
  • Blue Nights & The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

27. What was on frequent rotation on your iTunes this year? 

So let’s get this out of the way, my top 5 favourite songs off BEYONCÉ in rough order are: XO, ***Flawless, Pretty Hurts, Blow, and Partition.

Full review here.

Syar’s End of Year Review: 2013

This is my third year doing these! The original questions are from Stephanie. I changed up a few, and left some blank just to make this shorter (if anyone does this review, I’d love to see your answers!). For recs, I talk about books in Q26 and music in Q27. You can see my answers for 2011 and 2012.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 

  • Read a long poem in front of an audience
  • Planned and threw a baby shower with my best ladies!
  • Met Stephanie (of this very review!) for the first time
  • Met my salty-brown-girl-sassy-broad-third-culture-kid-soulsister Dhany for the first time!
  • Holidayed in Corsica
  • Made a video for ISSUE that got exhibited at a tiny London gallery
  • Got high on laughing gas
  • Sad things connected to question 4
  • Visited my stepmum’s village outside Jakarta
  • Held my lovely friend Mawar’s five-day-old daughter
  • Met my friend Lucy’s beautiful boy Gus
  • Saw Bastille live for all of 20 minutes at Vic Market!
  • Attended an amazing activism/empowerment workshop for young women
  • Worked my first freelance gig writing about business aviation
  • Collaborated on one of my favourite creative pieces of the year with my ladies Dhi and Syaz
  • Saw The Killers, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan and Sara, and Metric live in concert
  • Participated in a friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid!
  • Taught creative writing and arts & crafts to kids!

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I forgot who got me this, but it is sadly (?) going in the bin

I forgot who got me this, but it is sadly (?) going in the bin

unicornology:

Poor Soldier Boy by SEBALDO

Merry Christmas, y’all!

unicornology:

Poor Soldier Boy by SEBALDO

Merry Christmas, y’all!

gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On: Mariah Carey with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (with classroom instruments)

(Source: foodge, via toohiptoquit)

sarahlcomics:

Staying in bed all day today is totally legit if you live anywhere in the northeast.

sarahlcomics:

Staying in bed all day today is totally legit if you live anywhere in the northeast.

(Source: splendora, via mutations)