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Ella

Hari sudah beringsut temaram. Ia makin resah dan lelah. Nekat meski uang sudah tidak seberapa menjelang hari raya, gadis muda itu melambaikan taksi di depannya.  Toh THR akan segera ditransfer. Ia hanya mau pulang segera ke rumah. Ada nenek dan … Continue reading

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“Maybe Tomorrow”: Pengen Bunuh Diri Karena Pandemi? Mungkin Kamu Butuh Nonton Film Ini

LEBARAN yang penuh suasana desperate lagi tahun ini memang sangat menyesakkan ya. Terutama bagi kaum penganut mudik garis keras. Belum lebaran, kalau belum mudik tatap muka. Sampai-sampai menteri pun sambat di singgasana gadingnya: “Heh jangan kan elu semua ye, eug … Continue reading

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[SHORT STORY] A SECRET KEPT FOR GOOD

Written by Aris Kurniawan Translated by Akhlis Purnomo It is the time when Bardi tells the secret between him and his late wife to them. Bardi knows the secret is not that vital for them to know. But he feels … Continue reading

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Ethical Reflections for Teachers (From “The Red Teacher”)

What can teachers give to their students? People would most probably answer: knowledge and wisdom. But sometimes teachers can give their – almost – whole livelihood and future career, like Tae-nam. Depicted as a young, faint-hearted man who happens to … Continue reading

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Semua Orang Menangis

Tak mudah hidup di dunia ini. Tiap orang terus-menerus merasa kesal dengan hal-hal remeh yang tak berjalan sesuai keinginan mereka: yang satu dihina oleh seorang teman; yang lain diabaikan oleh keluarganya; tetapi yang lain bertengjar dengan pasangannya atau anaknya yang … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality and Celibacy

A young man for decades longed for equality in all of his aspects of life. He got what he wanted that fateful day. The new leader of the society he was living in was so liberal he allowed everyone to … Continue reading

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The Liar

‎In a kingdom where a slave was working, a grand master and his chief maid lived. The slave knew the chief maid was a liar. A pathological one. While the slave along with his co-slaves worked days and nights in … Continue reading

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Maya Tidak Gila

Maya itu aneh tetapi nyata. Di kelas, selama kurang dari setahun kami berada di satu bangku yang sama, ia diam seribu bahasa. Kami tak saling menyapa. Ia tidak bisu. Hanya saja, saya hidup di dunia nyata. Maya, di dunia Maya … Continue reading

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On Adulthood

‎”So how old were you on your birthday last month?” Tengo asked, changing subjects. “Twenty three. A full-fledged adult.” “Of course,” Tengo said. He was already thirty but yet to have a sense of himself as an adult. It just … Continue reading

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Roy (4)

Kalau ada anak-anak tiri dalam keluarga kami itu adalah semua keturunan Wongsodjojo. Sejak Opa mendirikan Plazia, bisnis itu sudah menjadi anak kandung bagi keluarga kami. Waktu kami dari bangun tidur hingga hendak tidur didominasi oleh ambisi Opa dalam melakukan ekspansi … Continue reading

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Roy (3)

III Semalam aku tidak bisa tidur. Hanya gelisah membolak-balik badan di tempat tidur dan sesekali memeriksa ponsel di meja kecil samping bantal. Aku cemas dengan apa yang akan kuhadapi besok. Alarm ponsel berdering nyaring. “Ah masih jam segini…,”aku menarik selimut, … Continue reading

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Roy (2)

II Bila aku dianugerahi kekuatan super, mungkin aku hanya menginginkan satu hal:kekuatan mengendalikan waktu. Kalau aku bisa mengendalikan waktu, aku bisa mencegah bulan Oktober datang menjemputku. Itu alasan utamaku. Oktober yang mendebarkan itu akhirnya datang jua. Aku hanya bisa berharap … Continue reading

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