In the socially distanced era of six feet apart, two Brooklyn-based writers celebrate the beauty and history of their everyday worlds in this visual diary.
Irene Hao is a high school senior, aspiring writer and designer. Since middle school, she has written reviews on the latest novels and albums in addition to covering the lives and reflections of her classmates and herself. A lover of Studio Ghibli movies, Chipotle and Canva, Irene is prone to laughing at the dumbest jokes. She has immensely loved the years she’s spent with her mentor Lauren, whether at Whole Foods, Sunset Park or Zoom meetings, and hopes to stay connected in the future. On the threshold of graduation, Irene eagerly anticipates her college years and whatever comes along her way.
Spilling thoughts on paper; the unrefined, unfiltered, unmuted musings of Lavera Yul.
When I sat down one November evening and stared at the empty Google Doc on my laptop for 15 minutes straight, I knew I was experiencing burnout. Drafting this piece was quite meta: I struggled to write about my struggle to write.
In June of my sophomore year, I participated in my school’s talent show, doing modern dance and flow arts. Both were challenging: Modern required flexibility and movements my awkward limbs were unaccustomed to, and flow required dexterity of my wrists to simultaneously twirl strings, staffs, glowsticks, and fans in contrasting patterns.