Essays

A few (very cringey) essays, mostly recovered from my high school and undergraduate days. Included in the interest of archiving and completion.

Disclaimer: The views expressed were written as exercises foremost and do not necessarily reflect my own. Also, I no longer (or at least I'd like to think I don't) write as pretentiously...

Logic

Explaining paradoxes intuitively
On the Monte Hall problem.

Political philosophy and sociology

Durkheim
On Durkheim's Division of Labour in Society.

Fanon vs. Asad
Colonialism and the 'war on terror' in Fanon and Asad.

Gasset
A play on Gasset's Revolt of the Masses. I don't remember the context.

Hobbes vs. Rousseau
On freedom and tyranny in Hobbes and Rousseau.

Kant vs. Rousseau
On freedom in Kant and Rousseau.

Marx
Marx and the philosophers.

Marx vs. Du Bois
On political emancipation in early Marx and Du Bois.

Nietzsche vs. Weber
Comparing politics and power in Nietzsche and Weber.

Schmitt vs. Arendt
On racial violence in Schmitt and Arendt.

Smith
On the politics of state in Adam Smith.

History and civilization studies

From Malthus to Smith
Pre-Industrial colonial regimes and Pomeranz's 'Great Divergence'.

Rebels of the Caribbean
On the Haitian Revolution.

Ideals as Legitimization
On imperialism in Burma and the Philippines.

Literature

Destructors
A re-imagining (maybe?) of the eponymous story.

Midsummer meets Romeo
A mashup of two plays.

Nabokov
Reading too much into the symbolism in Nabokov's Speak, Memory.

Gilgamesh
On Gilgamesh.

Go-Betweens
Rambling about 'Self' and 'Other' in Bernal Diaz and Shakespeare.

Plath
On Plath's "Full Fathom Five."

Wallace Stevens
On utopias in Wallace Stevens.

Woolf
On Virginia Woolf's "A Sketch."

Mahabharata
On war in Mahabharata

Art and the Renaissance

Da Vinci
A play on da Vinci and the centenarian.

Anthrobot
Cyborbs, anthrobots, da Vinci.

Durer
Durer's Adam and Eve.

Humanism
Humanism in the Renaissance.

Music criticism

Some of the most pretentious stuff I've ever written here...

Dichterliebe

Dichterliebe I

Dichterliebe II

Mahler

Stravinsky I

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring