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Stories from last night

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

Just the other night, I was at a campfire with some of the least interesting people in the world. They had funny stories and commentary, but it was funny in an overdone way. At one point, the conversation lulled, and we all started telling embarrassing stories about our lives. We
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The first time I stopped reading

First Timers

As college students, we do not read enough. Hell, I barely read even my syllabuses — which is peculiar because growing up, I read books like no other. My bookshelf is a sentimental haven. If there were ever a major disaster, like a flood or a heterosexual-zombie apocalypse or the
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Shadow of a drought

A Penny for Your Bullshit

After five days without showering, my body has become the site of strange physical phenomena. What used to be hair on my head has congealed into a single oily heap of black stuff that refuses to budge in the wind. The stickiness in my armpits has reached a point beyond
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Because I said so

Stale Off the Boat

No “ifs,” “ands” or “buts.” “Because I said so.” So on and so forth. My parents grew up in a world where people didn’t question their elders. Their words equated to law, and they never needed to provide explanations. That was discipline. But it’s not something I understood. For the
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Hellward bound

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

If you’ve been keeping up with this column throughout the summer, by this point, you’ll be aware of the fact that UC Berkeley is a great big den of sin. In fact, this is true of most college campuses. Actually, it’s true of most places where youths gather with their
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The sex you aren’t having

A Penny for Your Bullshit

Somewhere, a restroom echoes with moans of relief from impatient lovers, fighting their way out of tight clothing and cramped space to reach each other. They desperately grab at warm flesh and cool porcelain for leverage for fear of losing any ounce of pelvic pressure. Somewhere, a man meets a
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WTF is waterproof?

Stale Off the Boat

My cousin grabbed my wrist and dunked it into the water repeatedly. She was mesmerized. “You can just put it in water and nothing happens?” she asked, pointing to the waterproof wristwatch I’d bought at Target a few months ago. I nodded my head, wondering why she had never heard
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The politics of envy

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.” A group of students is talking about GPAs and how hard students work. On the surface, it’s a friendly conversation, but underneath, everybody is locked in an epic combat to determine who is the best.
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