“Broken Story” by Kim Peter Kovac

    therapy dog lying on bride on gurney in hallway /startle / crunch / swirl / roll roll roll / dangling upside down held by the seat belt / car roof now floor / dog visiting other patients once he knows his mom is okay / thinks she’s okay / can’t self-forgive / desperately trying to steer / crunch / guilt / shock / pink cloud / how could the hospital miss the concussion / rolling three times / metal crunching / thankful for the dog-car-harness / broken nose  / banged up / what happened? / separated shoulder / … Continue reading “Broken Story” by Kim Peter Kovac

The Price of Peace: A Review of Nguyen Phan Quang Binh’s ‘The Floating Lives’ by Tini Ngatini

I recently came across a Vietnamese film, The Floating Lives (Canh Dong Bat Tan), which was released in 2010 by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh. Although this film is a few years old, the issues that the director addresses still feel fresh and progressive from my perspective as an Indonesian woman who teaches courses on women, gender, sexuality and religion. The plot follows the life of man referred to as Mr. Vo, a severely broken-hearted man whose wife has left him for reasons the film does not reveal. Fate has left him a single parent and a duck farmer. By the … Continue reading The Price of Peace: A Review of Nguyen Phan Quang Binh’s ‘The Floating Lives’ by Tini Ngatini

The Absurdity of False Victimhood by Anwar Uhuru

According to the CNN Exit Polls for the 2016 Presidential election 13% of Black men and 4% of Black women voted for Donald Trump.[i] There’s a Facebook page called: Black people who support Donald Trump.[ii] There’s also an article titled: “Black men who support Trump.” Written by Christian Science Monitor,[iii] it should not have come as a surprise that a Black Man who claims to be for Black people and identifies as a Same Gender Loving man would come to the defense of Melania Trump. Moments before #45 was sworn into office, memes, tweets, and blogs sprung in response to … Continue reading The Absurdity of False Victimhood by Anwar Uhuru