Ravi Mangla's Blog

April 29, 2016

I have a short essay in the Spring issue of Puerto del Sol. The issue also features work by Matthew Salesses, Brandi Wells, Jac Jemc, Anne Valente, Derrick Austin, and other fantastic writers.

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April 24, 2016

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March 28, 2016

This essay is a personal favorite. Read the full piece at Midnight Breakfast.



“For years I wouldn’t step foot in an elevator, plane, passenger train, or crowded economy car. Instead, I took the stairs or walked or drove alone. The first instance of panic manifested during a week-long trip to London, when the Underground’s Northern line stalled for ten interminable minutes between stations. In the months that followed, episodes occurred at shorter and shorter intervals until calm became the exception. This fear of confined spaces wouldn’t ease its iron grip for nearly a decade.”

- “Little Boxes” at Midnight Breakfast

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Published on March 28, 2016 08:41 • 4 views

March 21, 2016

Hand-painted storyboards by Akira Kurosawa.

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February 29, 2016

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February 24, 2016

Season in the Wow” by Matthew Kirk (2015)

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February 16, 2016

“When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway.”

- James Baldwin (from The Writer’s Chapbook)

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Published on February 16, 2016 08:58 • 4 views

February 8, 2016

“Bernie Sanders: Together” by Jermaine Rogers

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Published on February 08, 2016 21:30 • 17 views

Pre-production drawings from Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt

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February 1, 2016

“How reprehensible it is when those blessed with commodities insist on ignoring the poor. Better to torment them, force them into indentured servitude, inflict compulsion and blows—this at least produces a connection, fury and a pounding heart, and these too constitute a form of relationship. But to cower in elegant homes behind golden garden gates, fearful lest the breath of warm humankind touch you, unable to indulge in extravagances for fear they might be glimpsed by the embittered oppressed, to oppress and yet lack the courage to show yourself as an oppressor, even to fear the ones you are oppressing, feeling ill at ease in your own wealth and begrudging others their ease, to resort to disagreeable weapons that require neither true audacity nor manly courage, to have money, but only money, without splendor: That’s what things look like in our cities at present”

- Robert Walser (from The Tanners, 1907)

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Published on February 01, 2016 09:36 • 2 views