What if we treated anti-maskers like LGBT people were treated during the AIDS crisis in the 80s?

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They meet every day. In your town, in your city, not just under the cover of night, but sometimes in broad daylight. They’re on public transport. They’re in stores and workplaces. Don’t be fooled — these people are everywhere.

So-called “anti-maskers” are at the forefront of the new plague. They have no interest in protecting innocent citizens. Sometimes you see them gather somewhere, you know of them, you hear their loud music. They aren’t even trying to hide. Bare-faced and laughing, they do…


I don’t quite know what I believe, but I’m getting there

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Faith — a tedious, if not downright hideous part of other people’s lives, for many. For me, it is absolutely necessary. I’m one of those people who strongly believe in divinity and believe in the importance of religion for our personal and communal existences. This is my second crisis of faith and if I’m being honest…I would actually say that it’s going pretty well. I was raised a Lutheran Protestant on the outside, with nothing on the inside. My first crisis of faith happened when I was about thirteen years old, with my confirmation approaching. I had actually gotten something…


What to look out for when you’re starting a career

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With the job market being what it is, there is a lot of focus on what employees have to bring to the table. We collect degrees, qualifications, certificates, and hone our soft skills. We do what it takes to become employable, we adapt. We’re constantly sending applications, we’re doing unpaid internships. Depending on how long you’ve been looking for a job or how soul-sucking your current one is, this can be an all-consuming experience. It can get obsessive and discouraging. …


Why we need to change the way we write about the process of writing

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“Male fantasy is seen as something that can create reality, whereas female fantasy is regarded as as pure escape.” — bell hooks, from All About Love: New Visions

It may be my specific personal background and experience, but when I recently stumbled upon this quote, two examples immediately sprang to mind: The male author-as-genius and the female fanfiction author. None could be more dissimilar, and none could illustrate this point better. Only one seems to pertain to modern media at first glance, but let me explain.


Quick tips from a former TA

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So you finally got into college. Or you finally got that coveted job working for your favourite professor. In case you haven’t paid attention, or no one’s ever walked you through it, here are some simple steps for successful research from someone who used to get paid for it.

1. Know your field

Google is not your friend. Every field of research (and sub-specification) has its own search engines for topical sources. Find out what yours are by asking around, clicking through your university’s tips for freshmen or simply looking up the databases with a quick Google search…


Whether you’re a veteran wanting to refresh your memory or a gym rat in lockdown, keep these things in mind

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Home workouts have their perks. You’re not being watched, which lessens performance anxiety. You can dress however you like and warm up by dancing around your living room. You can pull faces and let out grunts. You can enjoy the company of family and pets. You can put your own music on or watch whatever you want on TV. You’re completely in control and can go at your own pace. However, with the lack of professional instruction comes one major disadvantage: Even if you’re experienced, you can’t really check yourself and the risk of injury becomes much higher. Chances are…


Dealing with academic disillusionment

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As a student, working at my university, I greatly admired my professors, one of them in particular. Her initials were alliterative, and I came to refer to her as “Prestigious Prof” when talking to my boyfriend. Prestigious she was — she published books that were to become classics in her field, won prizes, spoke at conferences and ceremonies, was appointed to a government board.

She appeared on pop science documentaries as an expert and a very eloquent one at that. She always had perfectly bobbed hair, wore elegant Italian clothes and shoes, and subtle red lipstick. She had a soft…


Be safe when you’re active outside

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Summer has begun in the Northern hemisphere, and especially thanks to being in lockdown or quarantine, we’re all gardening, taking our workouts outside, jogging, cycling, hiking, all while keeping a safe distance from each other. Another big safety concern when it comes to the outdoors is the sunshine we all crave. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re getting sweaty outside.

More is more

First of all, apply your sunscreen liberally. Sunscreen always goes on top of all other products; it comes last in your skincare routine. A good rule of thumb is that you need at least a…


4 important lessons from my internship at a literary agency

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As someone who studies or has studied language and literature, those things probably mean everything to you. They certainly did when I was a student. I was infatuated with Goethe, with Kerouac, with Romantic painters all across Europe, with African fairytales. Not only do we love books and cultivate an identity around them, we also consume a lot of what is considered canon, the classics, the highest art. We might still indulge in reading YA novels and watching TV at home, but we’re aware that these things shouldn’t be considered scientifically. …


Conventional and unconventional exercises to work your abs in a way that suits you

I f you’re anything like me, your core is surprisingly strong. If you’re anything like me, you still often struggle with certain ab exercises because your hip flexors are impossibly tight. I always knew mine were, with a track record of a sedentary lifestyle and relatively low flexibility (think wide-legged seat — mine still looks very much like a V). What really hammered it home was a Kundalini class that I attended for several years. Specifically, different variations of leg raises. I was enthusiastic about that class, and in Kundalini there’s some emphasis on discipline, so I always pushed myself…

Anni Friedrichs

MA in literature, always trying to write any way I can. Passionate, somewhere between bookish recluse and reckless Beatnik.

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