Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The most sinister statement: "Shop, 'cause you earned it!"

For reasons quite obvious (I've been stuck at my desk for weeks, can't leave the house, unbelievably unkempt & bored), I've been the most insane shopper for the past few days. It's as if I've lost all sense of humanity or femininity, and try to compensate it with ornaments and apparel. I do not even stop to think whether there's really an occasion for me to wear them - and there being none, and me not leaving the house, it becomes all the more depressing. All these new stuff in my closet, my books, my laptop, and me. At least now we're alone together. (Sniff..)

I don't have any regrets. I've spent half my income, but the temporary thrill was worth it. The worst thing, however, is that now my eyes are open. I can't stop wanting things!

Previously, I did not even know Pull & Bear had a website, for instance. Now the things I've seen haunt me night & day.


Everything is so alluring.. I want to drown in shoes & scarves. What's wrong with me? Is this another thesis syndrome?


I don't know where this greedy desire comes from. I insanely covet everything in the picture below. It's as if I might leave the house right this minute, go to the closest mall and spend my brains away. Not wise, but I want them.


And the headphones! Did you know P&B sells headphones? Do they have it in here? (Because if they don't, it's easier for me to order online anyway..) (God! What's wrong with me?!)


Let's come to our senses and listen to some awesome music. I've always been fascinated by the music in P&B stores. Luckily for me, they put up a playlist, check it out:

Pay particular attention to "Not in Love" by Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith!

(Has this entry been too commercial? I didn't intend to. But it shows how I've fallen prey to such things..)

One of these days, I should go out & get some fresh air. Really really fresh air.. The mountains, for instance. That'll barely compensate for the loss of brain cells in my head.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dark thoughts from a coffeehead night owl

I like dark theories as much as I like dark coffee, and I'm having too much of both lately.

Last night, for instance, I was editing my chapter on what I call the hopelessly optimistic theoretical developments, which aim to revise the Eurocentric biases of social sciences in general and the concept of modernity in particular - the poor & misunderstood cosmopolitan outlook and the notion of multiple modernities (which is, hands down, the most misguided but popular concept from the last decade, perhaps next to its exact opposite, the clash of civilizations thesis.)

What's wrong with cosmopolitanism and transnational citizenship? What's in them that irritate us? What is it that make us all sullen and skeptical in the face of such happy thoughts and optimistic outlooks on perpetual peace? Wouldn't we all like to be cosmopolitan, travel around from one place to another, from one ideology or way of life or symbolic universe to another, without having our loyalties questioned?

At a very banal and everyday level, and abstracting myself from all academic training, I can see two kinds of cosmopolitanism in practice. First are the travelling bureaucrats, "flying professors," graduate students surviving on research grants, and various other kinds from the technocratic class on "official duty," who spend so much time in airports so as to lose their sense of place and time. This sort of cosmopolitanism is embodied in service passports, student visas, letters of invitation, and bursting schedules. 

The second are the carefree inter-railing, work & travelling, couch-surfing type. Their motto - the true cosmopolitan spirit is adventurous. Put a few hundred Euros in the pocket of an 18-year old with dreadlocks and watch as he covers half the face of the earth and befriends several hundred interesting people before you can decide what to do on your summer holiday. 

The first has been institutionalized from head to toe in order to become cosmopolitan, while you cannot find a single institutional fabric on the second. Interesting, however, to see that both are utterly, utterly elite. They're both extremely individualistic, without having to care for money (first is covered, the second doesn't care) or responsibilities other than personal ones.

Nice food for thought. I should read Around the World in 80 Days again.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Do you know Tolay?

He's the next budding artist. Check out this lovely video clip with a slight lip sync problem - which makes it even more adorably home-made & sincere. 

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