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Art Life Poem

The Unexpected Lightness of the Metaphone

To be unreadable is freedom. Of a sort. No Phone Elegy I am overjoyed to have experienced being hooked and tethered to my smartphone. Now, whenever I go for a walk without my phone, I am overwhelmed by how vivid, how three-dimensional, how high-resolution, how multi-sensory reality is. An ant crawling across the moss, a […]

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Death Life

50x

Today is the 30th of September 2021. Since the 3rd of January 2020, South Korea has reported 2,481 deaths as a result of covid-19 and a total 311,289 confirmed cases (source). The test positivity rate is currently 2.3%. The current population of South Korea is estimated at 51,324,162 (source). As of today, 1 in 20,686 […]

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Life

September Miscellany

Wars Are Bad Wars are really bad. I’m very happy our 30-year old very independent European Union province of Slovenia is independent and sovereign. Still, if Yugoslavia had avoided a war, a few hundred thousand people wouldn’t be dead and a few million lives wouldn’t have been blighted by the decline and fall and the […]

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Life

Slovenia’s Government Jumps The Shark

This week the PM of the small and geopolitically almost irrelevant EU province of Slovenia declared his support for the incumbent US president in the upcoming US elections. What kind of diplomatic illiterate does that? After all: 1) The US election isn’t Slovenia’s business. 2) There was no need to pick sides. A small country […]

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Death Life

The Agenda Setting Function of Slovenian Mass Media: Glossing over Coronavirus

Nine months into the damned pandemic and Slovenia is fucking up this coronavirus pandemic after getting shit under control in spring. I got out in May, returning home to South Korea. I only keep up with events through the internet and by hearing from my friends and family. I don’t see things on the ground, […]

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Life

The Pride of Slovenia

We did it. All of us. Citizens and new government both. The epidemic in Slovenia looks to be under control. The government’s measures, the citizens’ discipline, and the good fortune that we’re a country of small towns and villages have done the trick. Since May 1st, for two weeks now, we have had less than […]

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Death Life

Mother Is Not A Number

First, repeating covid-19 advice: maintain social distance, maintain hygiene, follow local healthcare guidelines, protect yourself and protect others, wear a mask or anything that stops you coughing on others, if you are sick avoid infecting others. The leaders of the ‘Free World’ have been pathetically, woefully slow in their response to covid-19. They delayed and […]

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Life

Eight Hundred Years and Change

Korea is very far from Slovenia. Though airplanes hurtle us through the air at hundreds of kilometres an hour in the aluminum bottle bodies, it still takes very nearly a whole day. Add in the jetlag of an eight hour difference, and it becomes an ordeal. I visit once a year, rarely twice. This year […]

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Life

34 Wish You Were Here

The Dead Land In early 1990 I was a kid living in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, with my expat Yugoslav parents, and I was very proud of my country. That country, Yugoslavia, existed in 1990, occupying about 250 thousand square kilometres of southern Europe. About half the size of France, if you want comparisons. […]

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Cooking Life

26 In Search of Lost Sandwiches (Panino Ena)

Panino Ena: In Search of Lost Sandwiches I was sitting in the once-red train of the Slovenian Railways heading north from Ljubljana to Jesenice, under a harsh-blue sky and snow-capped mountains, repeating a journey I used to make nearly weekly when I was a student at the University of Ljubljana. The train was the same […]