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Reporting and Essays on Society, Culture, Lifestyle. Plus a dash of creative non-fiction with questionably funny pictures.

It Wasn’t All Bad: Three Great Characters From Gossip Girl

Lily van der Woodsen, Georgina Sparks and the eponymous Gossip Girl are easily the most compelling characters in the entire series.

Tu seras médiocre, mon enfant

On a probablement tous déjà lu un article de ce genre.

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Does great Art spring from suffering?

I am so sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you will never be happy.

Ketamine won’t cure depression

While Valium and Prozac are certainly problematic, replacing them with illegal drugs such as ketamine and MDMA still fails to address the root causes of emotional pain.

Revisiting the Four Agreements: Maybe You Should Take It Personally

The Four Agreements is one of those self-help books that don’t need no introduction.

Escapade à Wulai. Un petit paradis dans le nord de Taiwan

A seulement une demi-heure en bus de Taipei se trouve une charmante petite ville nichée entre les montagnes. Son nom est Wulai (烏來).

New survey shows Taiwanese divide regarding same-sex marriage

Results of an opinion poll released on 28 November show a profound divide in Taiwanese society as 46.3%  of respondents expressed their support for same-sex marriage, while 45.4% were against it.

French activists oppose HIV prevention campaign on the grounds of ‘minor’s corruption’

The picture displays two men locked in a tender embrace. Next to them, a few words: With a lover, with a friend, with a stranger… each situation is different. So are the means of protection. 

Over 2,000 disadvantaged students honored at Taipei’s Ciyou Temple

On November 19, Ciyou Temple in Songshan district held its biannual Scholarship and Grants award ceremony: a total of 2,479 students from disadvantaged backgrounds were awarded an NT$6,350,000 scholarship (approximately US$187,000).