7 by Rali Chorbadzhyska Sometimes I think about the number 7 before I fall asleep. In Numerology, it represents the combination of the divine, the spirit and the earthly, the body. If it was to be drawn, this is what it would look like: The triangle is the spirit and the square is the body. … Continue reading ‘Illustrated’ Short Story – ‘7’
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Yesterday's day off took me once again to my favorite London art gallery - White Cube @ Bermondsey! 'Dreamers Awake' , their current exhibition, is 'a group show which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists'. Here's a few of the artworks on display, accompanied by … Continue reading ‘Dreamers Awake’ at the White Cube, Some Cultural References
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska What is weirder than waking up in a bug’s body and gradually turning into a believable insect? Actually waking up as Gregor Samsa and gradually making your way to become a complete human being! Haruki Murakami takes care of the reader’s curiosity about what happens to Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ protagonist and what becomes … Continue reading ‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity
Colorful, beautiful, expressive! I've always wanted to learn more about Kanga; who wears it, why are they wearing it? The name comes from the pattern resemblance to a bird - the guinea-fowl ('Kanga' in Kiswahili). After slavery was abolished in East Africa (1897) and more goods were being imported such as kangas, they became a sign of … Continue reading Kanga Textile and Culture
'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska With the summer vibes getting closer and closer, I've decided to compile a list of my favorite comedies! So here it is: Superbad - Being lame has never been cooler ;)4 2. Friday - Once you get yourself acquainted with this 1995 masterpiece (that has a sequel), prepare for Last Friday! 3. Borat - Very nice! Coming … Continue reading Do You Feel Like a Comedy?
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Heraclitus has said that ‘dreamers are active collaborators in the universe’. Thus, while dreaming one is not merely participating in the natural order of human life but they are shaping life itself! Having Heraclitus’ claim in mind, I wanted to find out to what extent is then keeping a dream diary a … Continue reading Why Keep a Dream Diary??!