have you seen my phone?

kathleen ong
dribbles and nibbles, by kat
Created 03 Aug 2021
  • depression & its fragments
    31 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    — and a voice, drifting from far away, across walls and rooms and fog, helpless— “Baby, we need to fix you.” Singapore: The psychiatrist with degrees in psychiatry and psychotherapy and a subspecialty...
  • "This Dumpsterfire of a Hellsite!"
    24 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    When I tell people I am "back on Tumblr," I laugh. That laughter is saturated with self-mockery— I’m doing this totally uncool thing, can you believe it?? "Tumblr is still alive???" Is the usual respo...
  • You can Sing my Lit
    08 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    Mei scrutinizes my growing pile of library books. “Wow Jie you’re reading a lot of local stuff.” “I’m trying to decolonize my mind,” I reply. I am, for the first time, seriously diving into my own cou...
  • The Secrets of Language
    27 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    I’ve been thinking about how our language reveals us. How we are never fully legible to ourselves, until we go back, re-read, underline. I pulled up old blogs. Some of these blogging platforms are now...
  • Silence in the Stacks
    19 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    I am reading Susan Orlean’s The Library Book, which is about the terrible fire of 1986 at the Los Angeles Central Public Library. I haven't finished it— Kindle tells me I am only 31% through— but alre...
  • Looking Up & Away
    12 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    Nina MacLaughlin has a six-part series in The Paris Review about the sky, called Sky Gazing. The virus was mysterious, rife. Quarantined in her New England home, she looked out her window, and said, "...
  • "Don't kill the thing you love"
    27 Aug 2021 • 9 min read
    Years ago, I met an old classmate. A poet, he had joined a graduate program on Critical Theory somewhere in the States and was back in Singapore for the holidays. He had workshops with Judith Butler! ...
  • Root & Rot
    23 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    Beng and I have started tossing newly-learnt plant names around as light insults. You Little Ironweed. You False Heather! Plants in Flamingo Valley: Pagoda flower. Kusamaki. Spider Plant. Moses in the...
  • Did I spell 'house' right?
    14 Aug 2021 • 9 min read
    2015, USA my dreams are long and run like epics. they keep coming back, years after the last, creating by erasing. memory always one false step behind history, history always emerging one real second ...
  • Bus rides
    09 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    Morning walks to the bus stop with Quinn— she’s holding her chestnuts, pretending to be blown around by the wind, exclaiming that it is blowing into her mouth, that it’s fluttering my hair. On the bus...
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