atharva

Go make your stupid art!

I'm not going to draw lines on what can be considered art, but everyone sure as hell should be making their own. Making art as an amateur is amazing. You don't have to impress anyone. Do what you want. Do it for fun. Go make your stupid art.[In figure]...

How free are you?

A heuristic—the amount of freedom I have, whether intellectual, artistic or financial, is inversely proportional to the number of thoughts I hold, but cannot express publicly.I was born fairly free. Like all the other babies, I could publicly air my frustrations by wailing and pointing to things, with little consequence. This phase did not last long, because quite...

void

I live with a quiet discomfort. It is not a bother most of the time, for I am good at pretending it is not there. I hide it with layers of casual denial and mental gymnastics. But it is there. It will never not be there. And it is impossible to avoid...

a moment so absurd I had to pinch myself

Real life is stranger than fiction. If this did not happen to me, I would have written off this story as an unrealistic fever dream.I started an open source club in college. Barely out of my freshman year, starting an initiative like this was way out of my comfort zone. For the first few months, I managed...