beat the reaper

I also love love this book written by Josh Bazell. It’s his debut novel, but you can already tell he’s a gifted writer. What do you expect from someone with a writing degree from Brown University and a medical degree from Columbia University?

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to read it, here’s the opening part of this hilarious and entertaining novel. By the way, there’s a big chance you can enjoy it at the theatre also because last time I heard they’re going to turn it into a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as the leading actor. Yippie!

Anyway, here’s the story:

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brokeback mountain

I love love this story. Annie Proulx indeed has the gift of writing in modest and simple words but honest and touching indeed.

This is one of the part in the short story that I loved the most:

The closet was a shallow cavity with a wooden rod braced across, a faded cretonne curtain on a string closing it off from the rest of the room. In the closet hung two pairs of jeans crease-ironed and folded neatly over wire hangers, on the floor a pair of worn packer boots he thought he remembered. At the north end of the closet a tiny jog in the wall made a slight hiding place and here, stiff with long suspension from a nail, hung a shirt. He lifted it off the nail. Jack’s old shirt from Brokeback days. The dried blood on the sleeve was his own blood, a gushing nosebleed on the last afternoon on the mountain when Jack, in their contortionistic grappling and wrestling, had slammed Ennis’s nose hard with his knee. He had staunched the blood which was everywhere, all over both of them, with his shirtsleeve, but the staunching hadn’t held because Ennis had suddenly swung from the deck and laid the ministering angel out in the wild columbine, wings folded.

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schengen

Beruntunglah kamu yang berkesempatan pergi ke Eropa. Jika sudah punya visa Schengen di tangan, berarti kamu bisa traveling di 25 negara berikut ini dengan bebas:

Austria

Belgia

Republik Ceko

Denmark

Estonia

Finlandia

Perancis

Jerman

Yunani
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wawancara beasiswa

Alhamdulillah, baru-baru ini saya berkesempatan diundang wawancara untuk beasiswa S2 di luar negeri. Berhubung ini pengalaman pertama saya apply beasiswa dan wawancara, saya tegang bukan main. Dan seperti halnya ketika mempersiapkan diri sebelum melakukan backpacking, sudah pasti saya juga mempersiapkan segala sesuatu–kompilasi pertanyaan, terutama–untuk menghadapi peristiwa yang satu ini.

Berikut hasil kompilasi pertanyaan yang biasa diajukan pewawancara saat interview beasiswa yang saya peroleh dari berbagai sumber. Memang, enggak semuanya ditanyakan. Malah, saya mendapati cuma beberapa pertanyaan saja yang ditanyakan kepada saya. Tapi tak apa, toh akan tetap berguna, karena pengalaman setiap orang berbeda-beda dan makin siap kamu, makin besar pula kesempatan kamu lolos beasiswa πŸ™‚ Amiin.

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