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Book review: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

This week I'm reviewing Balli Kaur Jaswal's Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, and it's generally very highly reviewed. I'm punjabi, I'm sex positive, my mom's a punjabi widow, I thought I was going to like this book for sure. I wanted to like it so bad, but it was either boring or cringey, there was no in between for me. To be transparent, I...

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Making with Place 2.0

Welcome to week two of the 'Making with Place' project! In the first week, I fell in to an academic/existential crisis rabbit hole. This week, I tried to focus on just making as I felt driven too. In this blog post/series of research notes, I want to look at where place emerged rather than pressurizing myself to figure out what...

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Book review: We Have Always Been Here

Before even starting Habib's memoir, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear her speak at last year's Toronto Queer Film Festival (TQFF). The book remarks on how rarely she sees people that look like her in queer spaces, I feel like that super often - as a non-binary Punjabi person, often read as a fat femme. And so on the...

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Making with Place

This week's research prompt: What does the word ‘place’ mean to you, and what comes to mind when you think of yourself as an artist researcher? In hindsight, I got hyper focused on the word place this week, and didn’t come back to the latter half of the question until days later. I actually didn’t even realize how exciting the...

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Third Space Thoughts

We need more spaces that don’t require us to spend money. We need more welcoming spaces (beyond work or home) that don’t require us to spend money. In light of the TPL dumpster fire, I’ve been thinking about ‘third spaces’ that harbour belonging, community or learning where you don’t have to spend money. Paperhouse Outreach Collective is that place for me....

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