The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Though it may not come as a shocker to many, I am an English major. What this means is that my classes often involve me reading hundreds of pages of texts each quarter, arguing in class about whether the color blue in a poem represents sadness or the sky, and writing papers about how the characters in “Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself” and “Albert Nobbs” are … Continue reading The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

  One of the most famous poets of all time, Robert Frost, once said that, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” To me, this rings true because poetry has long been used as a form of self-expression and storytelling for people, dating back to the Epic of Gilgamesh in the third millennium BCE. For much of … Continue reading The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler

The airport is so big it makes me want to stretch out my arms toward the glass ceiling. The expanse of terminals and people and scanners and seats doesn’t match the size of my two aunties’ suitcases, stuffed to the brim with the latest fashions from Asia and souvenirs for me. “阿傑, we missed you so much,” they would tell me, hugging me as they … Continue reading Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler

Prompt 14: In Trying to be Concise

Write a story in six words. Yeah. That’s right. This week, I challenge you to tell an entire story using only six words. Though it may seem impossible, six-word stories have grown in popularity over the past few years, particularly on Twitter. The website’s 140 character limit for tweets is the perfect platform for writers in the process of answering a prompt like this. To … Continue reading Prompt 14: In Trying to be Concise

Subjecting Yourself to Subjunctive Mood

In the eleventh grade, I took AP English Language and Composition with Miss Voss. She was one of the coolest high school teachers at Silver Creek High School, if not the entire district, city, state, or country. She often started the class with a small grammar lesson, a component of the English language that high school curriculums often neglect. For example, we’d learn about things … Continue reading Subjecting Yourself to Subjunctive Mood

Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

Ever since coming to UCLA, I can never find the time between my academics, work, extracurriculars, family, relationships, or social life to just read books for the sake of reading. Anything I do read during the quarter is often assigned through my classes and they’re often terribly boring and dry. These past few years at UCLA, I’ve wistfully day dreamt of reading something like Harry … Continue reading Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

For many people, spring invokes images of blooming flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and beautiful weather. However, for UCLA students, the spring excites and enthralls those who love live music and discovering new talent. For us, this final quarter of the school years marks the coming of Spring Sing, the school’s annual music competition. Spring Sing finds its inception way back in 1945 when the event … Continue reading Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

“I Work Best Under Pressure” Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post where I wondered whether giving myself ample time to write an essay would result in better quality of my writing. Instead of my usual scramble to write my papers a few hours before the deadline, I would force myself to pace things out and take my sweet old time with my paper. Originally, I had planned … Continue reading “I Work Best Under Pressure” Part 2

Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

Long before stories were recorded down as written word, people would tell tales to each other incorporating the medium of music. Songs incorporated both words and melody, which I think made it easier for people to remember them. Today, we often don’t consider popular music as venerated literature because it is so accessible and ubiquitous. However, when we take a deeper look into song lyrics, … Continue reading Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

#GrammysSoWhite: The Music Industry’s Race Problem

On Sunday, February 12, the 59th annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. A Grammy award is known for being the highest honor an artist can achieve in the music industry. However, in years of late, the awards ceremony has been criticized for its alleged racial biases. During the 2014 Grammy Awards, Macklemore won a grammy for best rap … Continue reading #GrammysSoWhite: The Music Industry’s Race Problem

Rocks and Hard Places: Traversing the One-Sided Friendship

You’ve been there before. You’re the one who sends the text to your friend at 6:32pm, have him read it at 6:33pm, and doesn’t receive a reply by the time you’re in bed at 1:12am. You’re the one who makes plans with your friend, which took countless days of back and forth, only to have him cancel on you for a more lit party down … Continue reading Rocks and Hard Places: Traversing the One-Sided Friendship

Hmm: A List of Interesting Things/Thoughts I Noticed/Had This Week

During fall quarter, I had the opportunity to read Jennifer Egan’s “Jennifer Egan To Do” at one of WSP’s staff meetings. If you read her list, it’s essentially an outline of what her narrator plans to do in the future. Some of these things the narrator has to do including having to “Pick up kids” and “Investigate poisons.” I was inspired by Egan’s short story … Continue reading Hmm: A List of Interesting Things/Thoughts I Noticed/Had This Week