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issue 8: escape from middle school bedroom may 1, 2020


red tent Issue 8: Escape From Middle School Bedroom April 22, 2020 Edited by: Keira Sherper, Natalya Dikhanova Please direct your dragonflys to redtentsubmissions@gmail.com Internet Shadowzine: issuu.com/redtent Cobweb Interface: redtent-zine.tumblr.com Instagram Hovel: @redtentzine -- Many thanks to our dear friend Anya. We never would have embarked on this adventure without you. --

Photos, scans & collages by N + K. Special thanks and spider-kisses to Mab Cardoso for her quarantine portrait (our covergirl), and to Ian Miller (above), Max Ernst and Ivan Bilibin.


RED TENT Red Tent: a zine/samizdat that is going to make your head explode. Please send your art, illustrations, cartoons, poetry, fiction, whatever else kind of prose, interpretive dance, cultural criticism, political manifestos, etc. to redtentsubmissions@gmail.com. There is only one requirement: content must be created during the time that you are menstruating / on your cycle (but need not be about menstruating, unless you really want). Do not ask us how we’ll know if you were really menstruating, we will know. Though we cannot converge on a literal Red Tent in the middle of the desert, we hope this zine will play some part in “creating the environment we wish existed for us at that time every month when suddenly we are moving at a different pace than the outside world.” By providing a space to showcase what we are capable of creating during our periods, we hope to make this a vehicle for celebrating our powers and countering the idea that menstruation is a source of weakness/disgusting/ something we have to hide. Love, The Three Sisters

“Blood Moons and Desert Honey: The Making of Psychedelic Marfa Film,” Eve Bradford, READ, 2014


“bloody moon”, Cristina Vives Brozgol


“Staying With The Trouble”, Donna J. Haraway


“I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS WILL LEAD US, BUT I HAVE A DEFINITE FEELING IT WILL BE A PLACE BOTH WONDERFUL AND STRANGE.”

Special Agent Dale Cooper, Season 2, Episode 18

Left: “An escape to tropical islands as my heart yearns for the ocean”, Jenny Thomas


QUARANTINE MUSINGS I.

- new routines you’ve created during this time I have committed to getting dressed and working at my dining room table from 10 am to 2 pm every day. I also sign up for every writing webinar I possibly can to learn and hone my craft. - old routines that you miss most I miss going to the library and coffee shops every day to write. I miss visiting my friends and family on a regular basis. - new ways in which you’ve bonded with your pets We have three cats and five chickens. Our newest cat, Nebuchadnezzar Cat Kincade is a rowdy teenage kitten who runs and plays...and bites. It’s been nice to work with him on house training and teaching him how to get along with others. I help chase and catch the chickens when they escape the coop now and then. - stay-at-home makeup or fashion looks Zero, whatsoever. I wore makeup for one Skype meeting. I used a light liquid foundation, a mix of black and red eyeliner, to make a subtle brown, copper eyeshadow and a reddish pink matte lipstick. - new recipes you’ve attempted and/or conquered I’ve been perfecting a white bean, tofu dish where I cook down onions and garlic and add chickpeas, butter beans and great northern beans. I bake the tofu to make it crispy and add it to the dish with thyme and garlic powder. - your makeshift home office setups I share our dining room table as a co-working space with my collective members. It started out where I was just the one


- ways to accept/combat boredom Webinars, online courses, youtube and netflix - house dinners and home movie nights - book, movie, television show, music, game, or Instagram account recommendations Book: Paula Giddings’ “When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America” Television show: On My Block, Unorthodox, Dear White People Music: Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” Game: online Scrabble Instagram Account: Diddy, Laina Waithe, Art + Feminism - exceptional or unusual interactions with friends/family/roommates/neighbors (positive or negative) My housemates and I get along really well. I live on a farming co-op and there are 9 of us. We have been doing almost everything together, which is mainly working, cooking, drinking (occasionally) and generally hanging out. It has brought us closer together. I talk to my mom via phone 3-4 times a week. - ways you’re helping your neighbors, community and/or small businesses I deliver food to friends when it is absolutely essential. I volunteer with Baltimore Food Rescue and Baltimore Food Not Bombs every weekend.

JE Writer

Screenshot from Act IV of Kentucky Route Zero

working at the table, but I encouraged others to co-work and have meetings at the table as well. Between 8 and 10 in the morning, I work from my bed.


“Untitled”, Iris Hertkorn


QUARANTINE MUSINGS II. I have been doing a lot of collage poetry during quarantine and national poetry month, so I thought I would share some of those pieces. Spending time cutting the words out of magazines and newspapers and then collaging the pieces together has definitely been a way to combat some boredom (as well as the lack of motivation I have had around writing or art making recently). Carolyn Shayte Right: Anonymous


Nellie Marshall-Torres


QUARANTINE MUSINGS III. 1. NEW ROUTINES YOU’VE CREATED DURING THIS TIME My partner Joe and I run a show space in our house where we host readings, art shows, and musicians, and these events have become an important part of our lives. Having to cancel and postpone them has been one of many personal losses we’ve experienced during this time. We decided to try doing shows online instead, and it has really helped. Once a week we do zine readings and every weekend we play noise music, live on our Instagram channels (@thelalatheory and @displacedsnail). Making music and talking to people online has been fun and healing, and it helps us stay connected to people in our small community. 2. OLD ROUTINES THAT YOU MISS MOST I most miss the day-to-day of being around other people: walking on the sidewalk here in my Philly neighborhood, riding the bus, being downtown for work or appointments, and picking out the clothes I’ll wear on a given day. I miss seeing and being seen by people, friends and strangers alike. It has also been painful for me to not be able to go out to shows and dance parties, which is a big part of my life. 3. NEW WAYS IN WHICH YOU’VE BONDED WITH YOUR PETS Our cat Coco has been very comforting, as she always is.

Watching her silly antics is a great stress reliever. Connecting with animals during this time—as well as with the plants in our house and little yard—gives me small moments of “forgetting” about the things that are worrying me. One of the activities that helps me cope is going for long walks in the woods near us, where we don’t see many other people. I’ve been meeting with my therapist over video chat, and one day I told her about the two baby bluejays I’d seen in the woods that morning and how it was the only time that whole day that my mind and heart felt relaxed. She pointed out to me that nature is especially comforting right now because these other living creatures exist outside of the upsetting circumstances we humans find ourselves in. 4. STAY-AT-HOME MAKEUP OR FASHION LOOKS Okay, so—I love wigs. I enjoy putting together costumes from thrift store clothes and cheap wigs, and will occasionally wear a wig out at night, but even though I’ve wanted to I’ve never worn one of my wigs on a normal day because I worry it will look too fake or weird. Now that I’m making these live videos a couple times a week I’ve embraced their fake weirdness and wear a different one every time. It’s felt powerful (and fun) to come up with a reason to dress up and, instead of worrying whether I look “good”, focus on looking interesting.

Left: “Osterfrühstuck” (1/2),

M.F.


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5. NEW RECIPES YOU’VE ATTEMPTED AND/OR CONQUERED One of my favorite recipes is for Mexican chocolate cookies, which have cayenne powder and cinnamon in them. They’re chocolatey and chewy and the tiny bit of added heat makes them special. Last week I tried a new recipe for a Mexican chocolate quick bread, but I had to improvise a bit because I didn’t have the ancho chile powder it called for and used cayenne instead. It came out WAY too hot for a sweet bread and was actually pretty terrible (though that didn’t stop us from eating it, ha). I made the same recipe a few days later without any hot spices and it came out delicious. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/ baking-guide/quick-breads-muffins-and-more/50-quick-breads 6. YOUR MAKESHIFT HOME OFFICE SETUPS I already had an office space at home because that’s where I do most of my work. My office is a small, cozy room that I have festooned with strings of lights, plants, my collection of shells from the beach, a radio, and lots of little pictures and post cards, a bit like a teenager’s bedroom. I try to keep the energy in there soft and safe but stimulating enough that I can stay excited about my work and get it finished. 7. WAYS TO ACCEPT/COMBAT BOREDOM I find boredom to be a hard concept to define since for

me it usually has a lot of feelings mixed up in it. The boredom that has come upon me during this isolation time seems to have to do with the psychological stress I’m feeling that makes it hard or even impossible to concentrate on any of the things I can do here at home, including things I usually enjoy. When all this started, I focused on doing what I could. Some days that has meant writing a text instead of a letter, or doing one hour of work when a whole day or even half a day felt impossible. Slowly my capacity to stay present has increased. 8. BOOK, MOVIE, TELEVISION SHOW, MUSIC, GAME, OR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RECOMMENDATIONS I love reading Conrad Benner’s Instagram posts (@streetsdept). He’s an artist and curator who runs Streets Department, a website that documents street art in Philly. I admire him because he grew up here and his love for the city and its people is evident in all he does. He consistently speaks truth to power while maintaining a positive attitude. Throughout this pandemic he has used his platform to talk about renters’ rights, opportunities for artists to earn money for their work, places where people can get free food, and so forth. He’s really cool. I’ve also been super psyched to see that a couple of our favorite DJs here in town are putting their “parties” on Twitch. Last Saturday night Joe and I were feeling down and low-energy, but when we tuned into the

Right: “monlightblauu”, Cristina Vives Brozgol


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livestream we got on our feet and danced! 9. EXCEPTIONAL OR UNUSUAL INTERACTIONS WITH FRIENDS/FAMILY/ROOMMATES/NEIGHBORS (POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE) Tonight we ordered take-out from a pub in the neighborhood that we really love. They threw together a website for online ordering during quarantine and are doing curbside pick-up. Getting take-out could never replace sitting in that cozy place and listening to music while we eat or drink, but their food is great and we miss them. Today is Easter, and when we got back home and unpacked our food we saw that they’d put a big handful of foil-wrapped Easter chocolates inside a rubber glove and tossed that in with the stuff we’d ordered. The sweet gesture, together with the scary visual of the surgical gloves everyone’s been wearing, almost made me cry.

out — they’re putting a lot of their stock online! http:// spiralbookcase.com —Decadent brownies from Thunder Mug Cafe: http://thundermugcafe.square.site --Handmade goods by local artists. Check out the South Street Art Mart for tons of artist-made housewares, clothing, zines, and more. http:// southstreetartmart.com

10. WAYS YOU’RE HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS, COMMUNITY AND/OR SMALL BUSINESSES One of the first things I felt panicked about when all this started was the thought of something happening to the local small businesses I love. I feel worried about the livelihoods of the people who run shops in the city, and more selfishly, I don’t want them to go away! I’ve ordered: --Books from the Spiral Bookcase, a wonderful, witchy bookstore that I already miss hanging out in. Check them Katie Haegele Right: Anonymous


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(in chronological order of gameplay)

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NEVER ALONE -world game / platformerFirst game created in collaboration with an indigenous community, the Native Alaskan Iñupiat, portraying a traditional tale. You play as a young girl or her fox companion. Can be played individually or with a partner. Puzzle adventure intercut with beautiful animations. Narrated in Iñupiak.

ABZÛ -zen exploration / adventureYou play a being from the future, maybe an alien, on a dreamy underwater exploration of a lost civilization. As you swim through the ruins, you encounter and communicate with a myriad of fish, manatees, manta rays, giant tortoises, basking sharks, even a blue whale. Sometimes you can hitch a ride.

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THE LAST GUARDIAN -action-adventure puzzleYou play a boy who wakes in a strange cavern trapped with Trico, a rat-bird-chihuahua-cat beast the size of a dragon. They’re chained up and hurt. As you help Trico and form a bond, they start to follow you, and you embark on a mission to find your homes. Frustrating puzzles at times, but beautiful and very sweet.

OXENFREE -supernatural mystery adventureThis game and its characters I fell in love with, hard. You play Alex on her way to a beach bonfire with other teens. The party doesn’t happen; instead you encounter mysterious and eerie phenomena. The sound design, voice acting, character development and art are so well crafted. Every dialog choice you make shapes the game, allowing for multiple endings.

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*Riley MacLeod, “Kentucky Route Zero: The Kotaku Review”


ANTHOLOGY

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INSIDE -puzzle-platformer adventureThis one really affected me… You play a boy running away from something. You don’t know what, the game is almost silent, but as you uncover the world in his escape, traversing the many different interiors and exteriors, it becomes obvious there is something very wrong here. I still think about the ending.

JOURNEY -adventure gameBeautiful game. You play a Moebius-like hooded being, exploring a forgotten city in a desert. Meditative and low stress, with light-footed flying and whisping through sandy hills and ruins. Friendly ribbon creatures help along your way. The story unfolds as you explore. Amazing musical score.

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KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO -magical realist adventureAnother one I fell in love with. Composed of five acts with four interludes, this game was released over seven years. The writing and art are beautiful. You explore its world kind of in a weird dream, alternating between characters. “Mostly you drive around while strange characters talk about their strange lives.”* You also develop a friendship with this band of lost souls.

DEATH STRANDING -action game / strand gameCurrently playing this one. Strange that it was released in 2019. Everyone’s quarantined after the Death Stranding, living in bunkers. You’re a porter (an essential worker) with a baby strapped to your chest that senses dangerous ghostly beings. Alone for most of the game, traversing incredible environments and distances to deliver packages, it’s really about forming connections with others. Natalya Dikhanova


QUARANTINE MUSINGS IV.

NEW ROUTINES YOU’VE CREATED DURING THIS TIME My roommate leaves my French press, coffee, and whichever mug she thinks I should use out on the counter in the morning. Then we stand in the kitchen and eat cereal and talk for the first hour of the day. After I’m done working from home for the day I lay in bed and scroll Pinterest to look at recipes for a half hour. I call my friend to wake him up every morning at 8am so we both stay on schedule. OLD ROUTINES THAT YOU MISS MOST Going and seeing my mom (who is immuno-compromised) on Wednesday afternoons and having snacks and gossiping with her. NEW RECIPES YOU’VE ATTEMPTED AND/OR CONQUERED Granola made in the crock pot, chocolate chip biscotti, strawberry cream cheese danishes, thumbprint shortbread cookies, and orange pound cake. BOOK, MOVIE, TELEVISION SHOW, MUSIC, GAME, OR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RECOMMENDATIONS Insta- @girlsofisolation Show- High Fidelity Music- Otis Redding-Blue Movie- Shampoo Book- Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

Anonymous Right: “Untitled”, Hannah Marsh


Puzzles by Hannah Marsh “A Wrinkle in Time”, Madeleine L’Engle


“HELLO AGAIN. CAN YOU SEE THROUGH A WALL? CAN YOU SEE THROUGH HUMAN SKIN? X-RAYS SEE THROUGH SOLID, OR SO-CALLED SOLID OBJECTS. THERE ARE THINGS IN LIFE THAT EXIST, AND YET OUR EYES CANNOT SEE THEM. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SOMETHING STARTLING THAT OTHERS CANNOT SEE? WHY ARE SOME THINGS KEPT FROM OUR VISION? IS LIFE A PUZZLE? I AM FILLED WITH QUESTIONS. SOMETIMES MY QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED. IN MY HEART, I CAN TELL IF THE ANSWER IS CORRECT. I AM MY OWN JUDGE. IN A DREAM, ARE ALL THE CHARACTERS REALLY YOU? DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF YOU? DO ANSWERS COME IN DREAMS? ONE MORE THING: I GREW UP IN THE WOODS. I UNDERSTAND MANY THINGS BECAUSE OF THE WOODS. TREES STANDING TOGETHER, GROWING ALONGSIDE ONE ANOTHER, PROVIDING SO MUCH. I CHEW PITCH GUM. ON THE OUTSIDE, LET’S SAY OF THE PONDEROSA PINE, SOMETIMES PITCH OOZES OUT. RUNNY PITCH IS NO GOOD TO CHEW. HARD, BRITTLE PITCH IS NO GOOD. BUT IN BETWEEN THERE EXISTS A FIRM, SLIGHTLY CRUSTED PITCH WITH SUCH A FLAVOR. THIS IS THE PITCH I CHEW.” Margaret Lanterman (Log Lady), Season 2, Episode 1


QUARANTINE MUSINGS V.

- new routines you’ve created during this time Taking daily vitamins. Drinking 3 cups of coffee every morning. Exercising for 45 minutes & watching 2.5 episodes of 30 Rock. 12:00 lunch break. 3:00 Mario Kart break. - new ways in which you’ve bonded with your pets Watching Matilda find sunny napping spots throughout the house. She knows where they will be before they appear--her internal clock is incredibly accurate. Her fur gets very warm and sometimes I put my fingers or toes in the sunlight to join her. - book, movie, television show, music, game, or Instagram account recommendations @long.furby.fam @aleia @ketzal_coatl @britneyspears


There are pigeons building a nest in the awning of the house across the alleyway from my backyard. A white, fluffy, crystal-like substance forming on some the bricks in my basement. According to the internet, it is called efflorescence. It worries me. Also, after watching 4 movies in the Final Destination franchise, I now see possibilities for death everywhere.

K.S.

Screenshot from Act III of Kentucky Route Zero

- new things you have noticed in your immediate surroundings


YOUR HOME OFFICE SETUPS


YOUR HOME OFFICE SETUPS


“Staying With The Trouble”, Donna J. Haraway


YOUR HOME OFFICE SETUPS


YOUR HOME OFFICE SETUPS


Since March 21, four members of my family and I have been videochatting daily. We talk for an hour. Topics covered are meals, daily to-dos, and want-to-dos. Sometimes my oldest brother joins and shows us the six kittens he rescued. My oldest daughter even asked if we could continue after the shelter-in-place is lifted. Patti


Book Recommendation: Just finished reading Las Cosas que perdimos en el fuego (Things We Lost in the Fire) by Mariana Enríquez. It’s a collection of short stories with plots ranging from unsettling to horrifying. It’s not a book that I’d recommend for escaping the current climate of fear/confusion, but there’s something reassuring in following characters forced to confront a reality that seems (and in many cases is) otherworldly. Shout out again to Laura [Marling] and Fiona [Apple]. And @lailacooks for sharing her perfectly simple recipes and beautifully delicate food photography.

QUARANTINE MUSINGS VI/VII Anonymous


“HARRY, I’M GOING TO LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET. EVERY DAY, ONCE A DAY, GIVE YOURSELF A PRESENT. DON’T PLAN IT, DON’T WAIT FOR IT, JUST LET IT HAPPEN. IT COULD BE A NEW SHIRT AT THE MEN’S STORE, A CATNAP IN YOUR OFFICE CHAIR OR TWO CUPS OF GOOD HOT BLACK COFFEE.”

Special Agent Dale Cooper, Season 1, Episode 6


“señorita cabeza cortada”, Cristina Vives Brozgol


“Untitled”, Iris Hertkorn


I remember that Rafi’s hand felt small it always felt small to me, but now it felt even smaller and it was cold, and it didn’t feel like a hand mostly it suddenly looked different, her hand and there wasn’t really anything to do except to hold it, and to put lotion on it. I held her hand and I lay my head on the hospital bed and she never totally looked like Rafi, Rafi. If I could choose I would choose to not remember anything from that week and instead to remember in minute detail times that hurt less.

Excerpts from “Deathbed”, animation, Ronni Shalev


Carolyn Shayte Left: Anonymous


NEW ROUTINES I’VE CREATED DURING THIS TIME Sleeping longer. Having daily cozy slow breakfasts with my boyfriend. Being more lazy and chilled in general. Using my bike as my main mean of transportation. Going to Tempelhofer park. Looking, searching and eventually buying nice vintage and cheap furniture in ebay Kleinanzeigen. Making foamy oat cappuccini with my new second-hand red shiny Bialetty Tazzona CF36 (found in ebay KA of course). OLD ROUTINES THAT I MISS MOST Having a (good) cappuccino while drawing in a Café. Going to German class (I had the best teacher ever and I am starting to feel quite rusty). Partying or so to speak, dancing in a funny crowded place. STAY-AT-HOME MAKEUP OR FASHION LOOKS After watching the 3rd season of Babylon Berlin I started drawing a little dot in the middle and right under the eyes with black eyeliner. Like Esther Kasabian (Meret Becker), The Armenian’s wife. Very 30’s touch. NEW RECIPES I CONQUERED I baked for the first time a New York Cheese Cake (with berry jam on the top) for my best friend’s birthday and was actually very delicious! No piece left. MY DATING (SOCIALLY DISTANT?) ADVENTURES I’ve been kind of living with my boyfriend since the COVID arrived in Berlin, so I am kind of permanent not distant dating. We have both similar lazy quarantine dynamics.


WAYS I AM HELPING MY NEIGHBOURS, COMMUNITY AND/OR SMALL BUSINESS After a while my boss decided to open again the Café and it’s been great to see some familiar faces again. It feels like people (mainly neighbours and some Maybachufer’s Market sellers) were more grateful than ever that we were there. Just the smallest interaction seems to have a very positive impact on them (and us). We have also been calling old neighbours to check how they are and if they need something. I’m also meeting less friends and trying to keep the proper human distance.

Screenshot from Act V of Kentucky Route Zero

NEW THINGS I HAVE NOTICED IN MY IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS Toilet paper and pasta are very valuable. The streets are emptier, quieter, cleaner and nicer than ever before. The days are sunnier and pleasantly warmer and they pass very fast. Too fast. And I noticed the girlfriend of my bf’s flatmate is a very attentive, creative and sweet person.

QUARANTINE MUSINGS VIII.

EXCEPTIONAL OR UNUSUAL INTERACTIONS My best friend and I had our birthdays end of March and we celebrated them secretly having a small dinner and a breakfast gathering in the studio/storehouse in the coffee place we work. A few common close friends (including our boss) took part in it. The fact it was “an illegal meeting” made the occasion even more exciting and special.

BOOK, MOVIE, TV SHOWS…RECOMMENDATIONS Book: “Fragments d’un discours amoureuxe” by Roland Barthes. Series: #1 Babylon Berlin, #2 Pure and #3 Malcolm in the Middle. Movie: Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie). Card game: Ligretto.

M.F.


Left: “#bored”, Sadie Imae


“WELL, I LIKE YOU. YOU’RE NICE, AND YOU’RE FUNNY, AND YOU DON’T SMOKE. YEAH, OKAY, WEREWOLF, BUT… THAT’S NOT ALL THE TIME. I MEAN, THREE DAYS OUT OF THE MONTH, I’M NOT MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND EITHER.” Willow Rosenberg, Season Two, Episode 15

“Submerged woman”, Cristina Vives Brozgol Left: Anonymous


“Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip”, Vol. I


“I DON’T LIKE DEFINING MYSELF. I JUST AM.”

Britney Spears


“Osterfrühstuck” (2/2),

M.F.


“Untitled”, Iris Hertkorn


“Food Painting”, Natalie Rutsch Left: Excerpt from playlist by Anya Hunt


QUARANTINE MUSINGS IX. NEW THINGS YOU HAVE NOTICED IN YOUR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS Two blue jays have moved into the backyard at my boyfriend’s house. They’re building a nest in the upper corner of the pergola and keep bringing in new supplies to construct it. The other day one of them swooped in from above with a long white strand (looked almost like a three-foot long ribbon or construction tie). They’ve been piling the materials to be used at the foot of the pergola throughout the day and then bringing them up to the nest later. There have never been blue jays in this backyard before. NEW ROUTINES YOU’VE CREATED DURING THIS TIME We’ve started taking walks at night, sometime after 9/10 pm

usually, when all the people are back inside and it’s less stressful, as one doesn’t have to dodge joggers or families on a stroll. I’ve been playing a lot of video games, which I never really did before the quarantine. When we do venture outside for a night walk, everything feels hyper real and the neighborhood looks unbelievably beautiful and magical, with secret staircases and paths, a bridge to a castle, houses on tops of hills.. It’s a different vantage point from the middle of the road, where we often walk since no cars drive through. Many trees and flowers are in bloom right now, and the way the streetlights illuminate the cherry blossoms or azaleas is really dramatic. Maybe it’s odd, but I also feel like my sense of


Screenshot from Act V of Kentucky Route Zero

smell has improved. The flowers and other night smells seem so strong, I feel like I can smell them from a block away… like a dog. I wonder if this is because I’m inside so much of the day, surrounded by the same smells, so when I venture into the World Out There, its scents are so heightened. I’ve also enjoyed doing “urban sports” in the road on these night walks, like walking in funny ways to stretch our arms and legs. STAY-AT-HOME MAKEUP OR FASHION LOOKS I’ve been wearing a lot of sweatpants. Recently, I got an all-red sweatsuit and it’s very bright. My mom thinks I look like santa claus, but when I put it on I feel like the day has started and I like how vi-

brant the color is. It feels good to brighten the environment with this shock of red. I haven’t been wearing makeup often, but when I do it’s usually very over-the-top black eyeliner patterns that somehow spread to the rest of my face or fluorescent pink eyeliner with neon green mascara. I’ve stopped shaving my legs. INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RECOMMENDATIONS @alisonrutsch – amazing person and artist, check out her class blog with their weekly art challenges! @yumisakugawa – “ur intergalactic gf”, attend her mindful drawing parties, have tea with your demons! Let her wise words sink in, crack a relaxation egg on your head N.D.


“The [...] photos below are from a floral installation I made out of trashed cemetery flowers.�


“Spring”, Wynnie Crews


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