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Of Culture and People

Best Way to Fit in is to Stand Out

Kinky Boots has all it takes to make a great story. An unlikely and reluctant hero, an unexpected situation, a challenge, a change and a victory. And if we get … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dante’s Korean Comedy

What is common between Spielberg’s E.T and Saving Private Ryan, Dante’s Devine Comedy and Anderson’s Snow Queen? They are all well-known Western cultural treasures. And they all appear in Korean … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Broadchurch – Not Just Law and Order

Police detective series usually follow a known pattern: a crime is committed, the police are called, an investigation ensued and hopefully, classically, the culprit is apprehended. End of story. Order … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Between “Gaksital” and “Descendants of The Sun” – Korean nationalism in the Korean Wave

There is no denying that the success of the Korean wave was not an organic development. The Korean government invested time, thought and effort to find the right ways to … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

After 20 years – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I have a confession: I was not a Potterhead. I read the books when and as they came out back in 1997 and loved them, but I haven’t read them … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Be Kind

Be kind. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about” Be kind. Not for any great ideal, not for any moral but for the people. Be kind. … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

The curse of the crash

1616 people were killed in traffic accidents in the UK in 2015. 20,038 people were seriously injured. 118,402 slightly injured. 140, 056 people in total. Numbers. Enormous numbers. Statistics. But … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

AA meeting – a short story

It was my first time. A friend recommended I attend a meeting. I guess she got sick and tired of my complexes and and my shitty way of dealing with … Continue reading

September 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doctor Who – What’s in a name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (Romeo and Juliet) Long before the linguistic theories of De Saussure and … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writer’s Block or A Blogger’s Identity Crisis

Once in a few weeks, usually around the time I sit in front of the computer to write a new post, I grapple with writer’s block. It can manifest itself … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

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