Writing for the sake of writing. I love bizarrely niche essays and fiction. Not a professional - yet.
Silent conversations with a pigeon
There's a moment whilst I'm outside, taking in the cold air and feeding my body's dwindling nicotine addiction, in which I catch the gaze of a pigeon. It just sits there, looking at me, like it materialised out of thin air. I'm not sure when it landed there, because it certainly wasn't perched on the fence when I took my seat in the garden's smoking shelter, but the moment of pondering on when the curious little creature arrived soon escapes my fleeting, distracted mind.
Mac McDonald, the Holy Trinity and Identity Crises
The show It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia has masterfully crafted a complex and ever developing portrayal of identity with its character Mac McDonald over the course of the seasons. Starting as a devout Catholic with morals rooted in homophobia and developing into a layered and nuanced character who struggles to find his place as an out, proudly gay Christian, Mac McDonald has gone through countless metamorphoses and has frequently been able to touch the audience closely with his experiences across the show. Personally, I've always found his character to be fascinating, and I've often found myself pondering the relationship between the different aspects of his identity struggles; notably, with his father, his faith, and his personal identity. In this essay, I will break down my theory that Mac's character struggles are linked closely to the structure of the Holy Trinity and attempt to delve into his psyche to support my thesis.
Why is Patrick Bateman held on a pedestal by men?
American Psycho, originally a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, later released as a movie in 2001, has solidified its place in media history as a classic that is loved widely. Although having been criticised by some under the accusation of glorifying violence against women and misogyny, the movie rendition has become a staple amongst male dominated corners of the Internet as a source of humour and relatability. In this essay, I will comment on the variety ways that the American Psycho movie has been consumed by different groups and communities, the significance of the commentary on conformity and why I believe this piece of media is held on a pedestal by young men in specific Internet cultures of 'sigma mindset' in terms of masculinity and the struggle to solidify an identity in today's culture of consumerism.
The woodland is dense with claustrophobic trees, and the thicket is bestrewn with shiny mildew; it reflects the light of the moon with scintillating glimmers that catch in his peripheral. It makes him feel present, aware. Bestowed with a place within this forest, burdened with an identity and crushed by the concept of merely existing.