Given Four Letters… Confessions of an INTP


After deliberating much longer than the advised five-second response for each question, I finally clicked through all 70 questions and pressed “See Your Results!” What did the four letters reveal about my inner self that I had not thought of already? Out of the sixteen personality types I could “own,” I was only an “INFP.” Caught by the title of “The Idealist,” I scrolled down to find that my goal in life was to make the world better for others, that I was “considerate” and “thoughtful,” and possessed unusually high moral and ethical standards. I was no longer “Rachel Yeung,” the shy, homeschooled, Chinese-American, studious girl, but a peaceful and caring citizen of the world, a hipster who truly belonged to the Berkeley campus. Continue reading “Given Four Letters… Confessions of an INTP”


A Confession


Father Alex was holding his monthly vigil in the sanctuary when he noticed a presence enter the room. Turning around, he saw that it was a middle-aged man in a black overcoat and gray scarf. The man slowly walked into the confessional booth, as if bidding Father Alex to come. Continue reading “A Confession”

In Search of Nostalgia

BY ELIZABETH SEGRAN Blue Roses • Blue Roses (2009) Laura Groves, the woman behind Blue Roses, presents a beautiful, feminine contribution to the folk-influenced albums that have recently flooded the alternative music scene. In this brilliant debut, Groves sounds like she is from a different era. At times, accompanied by a simple guitar melody, she is reminiscent of a minstrel; at other moments, her clear, … Continue reading In Search of Nostalgia

What Gives?


Peter Singer • The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty (2009)

 The thesis of Peter Singer’s new book is simple and devastating: (1) We in the developed world have money to spend on luxuries like bottled water and $10 movies. (2) Thousands of people die every day for want of necessities. (3) Aid agencies do more good than harm. (4) It is our moral obligation to give money to aid agencies. Singer first justifies his argument on philosophical grounds, refutes possible objections, and provides thought experiments to help readers realize their own moral intuitions. He then explores typical psychological obstacles to giving, discusses and defends the means and effectiveness of aid agencies, and proposes a universal standard of giving. Through the course of the book Singer also profiles very wealthy people, both those who keep their wealth for themselves and others who have decided to give much of it away. Continue reading “What Gives?”