Perceptive Madness

Nia Lizia Carnelio
A weekly newsletter exploring books, freelancing, and (k-)pop culture.
Created 03 May 2021
  • More brilliant women have shaped our world than we'll ever know
    09 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 7 0
    Did you know that Yoko Ono co-wrote Imagine? It's okay if you don't. She's only been credited as a co-writer on the track since 2017, 40-ish years after the song was released. The reason? John Lennon ...
  • Stop beating yourself up for not doing enough
    01 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    A new month always feels like a fresh slate. It's like a chance to start anew — without past failures and mistakes holding you back. The start of a new day, a new week, a new month, and the big daddy ...
  • Midnight feasts & exciting adventures — why we'll always love boarding school stories
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 10 0
    My parents were part of the "clean your plate" club for the longest time. So, I was usually told to finish all my food, or I'd be sent to a boarding school to learn how to do that. This is a standard ...
  • The formula to choose your ideal job or freelance project
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 9 0
    My friend quit her job this week. I’m thrilled for her, even though she only joined the company earlier this year. This role didn’t sit right with her from the very beginning — but it took a second to...
  • Fanfics deserve more mainstream kudos
    04 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 12 0
    More than a decade. That's how long I've been reading fanfiction. I'd be more likely to give up traditionally published books and literature over fanfics if there were a gun to my head. There's someth...
  • Can you separate art from the artist?
    20 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 7 0
    Spoiler alert — no. Much has already been said about this discourse. In fact, I’ve already had the art vs the artist discussion with people around me many times over. There are only two sides, after a...
  • Toxic Productivity Is Not Your Friend
    13 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 11 0
    What's your favourite productivity hack? Mine's my Notion database, and panic — I'm most productive when I've got a deadline approaching. Whether it's a to-do list, a cup of coffee or an app that bloc...
  • Have you read the classics? 📖
    06 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 14 2
    For the longest time, I was the most well-read person I knew. I didn't know many others who read as widely or as voraciously as I did in my school. So, if there was one thing in the world I was confid...
  • To niche or not to niche?
    30 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 13 2
    "Only 10% of you will end up in the same career you started out in." Our class of 110 was half asleep in our 8 am anthro lecture when our professor told us this. That's also why that's a paraphrased q...
  • Everything's better with friends, even a pandemic
    23 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 12 0
    When I went to study in the UK, I misjudged how many lectures I'd have for my course. After going through five years of six, eight-hour days every week, I was expecting a lot more interaction with my ...
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