‘Gisèle Alain’ and the ethics of good intentions

There’s an adorable little manga I like named Gisèle Alain, about a precocious thirteen-year-old rich girl in 19th century France who inherits an apartment building and spends her days helping its tenants with all sorts of odd jobs, from plain old deliveries to live-changing affairs. More so than because of its gorgeous artwork and lovingly represented(if somewhat animefied) historical setting, I love it because of how nuanced it is for a slice-of-life.

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2014: Elegy For A Disaster

I don’t need to tell you that 2014 was kind of a crappy year. A year filled with political upheaval, heartbreaking deaths and communities succumbing to fear and selfishness. 2014 was the year of people being whipped for dancing, of civilian planes being shot down by warmongers, of innocent people being decapitated on screen, of massacres, intolerance, religious extremism and neoconservative discourse spreading around the world like a blight.

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