Stereotypes of sexual predators were pimpled, bleary-eyed men with jagged teeth. Hector had intelligence and charm. I didn’t see how him being a monster in one regard stopped him from being a hero in another.
“Student Raped by U.C. Santa Cruz Professor,” I read in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
I pulled back from my computer screen. Moments before, my college friend Luke called to supply a long stream of curse words and a recommendation: read the Santa Cruz newspaper, which I hadn’t in years. Though the headline didn’t include that name, it didn’t have to: Hector Perla. I knew him from lecture and sat close to him in the front rows.
In our attempts to learn a new language, we might try to synthesize all the parts of ourselves that were shattered when we built Babel. “Learn a language, get a new soul,” a Czech proverb declares. Maybe deep in our psyche, we know all human language to be one.
Although it may sound like a made-over TED Talk, Masterclass may help you explore another side of writing or pull you through the trenches of a long, creative project.
The meadow burns; the sirens blare
Does it matter what we fed the fire
When ashes lay in shame
And if you had listened closely
The silence of my pulse
Never asked for you
Never asked for me
We can’t live and not believe. Some beliefs may not serve us well, but we have just as many we can’t live without.
Americans breathe in the fumes of Fantasyland, a place where happiness is possessed. But Fantasyland has a mirror universe: the harsh and irrefutable Realityland as presented in Sean Baker’s revolutionary new film, Florida Project.
Words pass through time like great works of art or literature. Rarely do they receive the same interpretations they did in their inception. The process driving their evolution is semantic drift, the way words change meaning in their lifespan.