“Kashtanka” — Anton Chekov’s short story about a dog with two masters — is a fable about the conundrum of the creative life.Continue reading
What Kim Kardashian, Nike and the Dalai Lama’s bowing to political correctness says about censorship in the Information Age.Continue reading
A summer afternoon in the life of a Hongkonger.
It was time for Kenny’s lunch break. His bony buttocks, which had been parked in a cheap IKEA swivel chair since 8:35am, felt numb. His eyes ached, and when he closed them, he could still see the bright light of his computer screen emanating from the back of his eyelids. The photo of his wife and two young children, thumbtacked to a corkboard in front of him, was lopsided, so he straightened it. He dislodged himself from his cubicle and made his way out of the building.Continue reading
Positive and negative implications of the term “intense”.Continue reading
Hongkongers simply don’t identify themselves as Chinese.Continue reading
On peer pressure, late-life motherhood, and why I won’t be having a baby in my fortiesContinue reading
Are you living in Kronos (sequential time) or Kairos (numinous time)? Where and how you work can affect how you experience time.
Time management literature is more popular than ever. Is this because we’re beginning to see the true value of time?Continue reading
As a freelancer, change will be a constant in your life, so learn how to embrace it and grow.Continue reading
Three vignettes about distance and togetherness.
Thomas Parts with Jane
Jane likes Thomas better when he’s away. She’ll pout and tell him not to go, but once he’s gone, she breathes easier. There is pleasure in the solitude. Sometimes she drinks half a bottle of wine, and smokes cigarettes in their tiny studio apartment while listening to Björk. She might lip synch in front of the mirror, imagining she’s been abandoned by her lover, though she has not; she just enjoys the melodrama in her head.Continue reading