Open Thread Highlights, Vol. 5: Essays We Don’t Have Time to Write

Every few weeks, we post an open thread with a brief writing prompt. Here are some essays we don’t have time to write — on love, lust, home improvement and more — from this week’s open thread.

A Line of Witty Paints

Hospital white — a blinding sterile white for all your modern spaces

Things I Cannot Say to my Psychiatrist

  1. I think your primary diagnosis for my condition is incorrect.
  2. Just because I had a binge drinking problem six years ago does not mean I’m an alcoholic.
  3. Your raging ego is only marginally easier to deal with than my previous doctor’s raging incompetence.

Harry Potter and Pakistan’s War on Terror

So much innocent blood has been spilled (65,000 civilians so far) just like in the days of Voldemort. Usually those dying have nothing to do with the whole dynamic of why the war is being fought in the first place (lower to middle class Pakistanis; Muggles, with no relation to the wizarding world).

Love vs. Lust

I’ve been trying to write a piece about the differences between love and lust — and how to tell one from the other… There would be no intro or conclusion, just a list of analogies:

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