To Nguyễn Thanh Hiền, it is a river of thought, ebbing and flowing through moments and deeply rooted in chronicling the world through the individual’s eyes. Chronicles of a Village opens with the charge of “sightless humans”, when our unnamed narrator’s village is ambushed and ravaged by colonisers. At first glance, then, this is a tragedy of a peaceful, faraway and tucked-away community interrupted by outward cruelty; a classic recount of injustice.
Or is it? When Eleanor Shellstrop sat on the couch in the afterlife, looking at the wall, everything was fine for her. She had just died and was completely oblivious to her entire situation—she didn’t have a lot to worry about. I, however, am very much alive and very (overly) aware of my situation—what do I make of my life?
Header photograph courtesy of Caitlin Leow (24A01B)
Written By Shannen Lim (24A01A)
The first time I ever heard a The 1975 song was in 2018, when the radio station I listened to played “Girls” from their debut album, “The 1975”. I was immediately intrigued, but I only started listening to them regularly after the release of their fourth album, “Notes on a Conditional Form” (which, if you ask any other The 1975 fan, would be considered their very worst album). So began a love affair between me and their music, as their songs accompanied me on long bus rides home after school and during homework sessions with friends.
On 17 July, Daniel Caesar was glad to be back in Singapore after his last Asia Tour in 2018. People who seemed to have emerged straight out of Pinterest filled The Star Performing Arts Centre. Doc Martens and baggy jeans were often seen amongst the indie singer’s concert goers.