True Balloon

My name is Iva, and I am Bulgarian. I live in the U.S.



"Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.

The media captured some of the story of the massacre in Beijing. But Louisa Lim, NPR’s longtime China correspondent, says the country’s government has done all it can in the intervening 25 years to erase the memory of the uprising. Lim’s forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia, relates how 1989 changed China and how China rewrote what happened in 1989 in its official version of events. Her story includes an investigation into a forgotten crackdown in the southwestern city of Chengdu — which, to this day, has never been reported”

For more, see - and hear - Louisa Lim’s story “After 25 Years of Amnesia, Remembering a Forgotten Tiananmen,” at NPR (15 April 2014)

Image: via Louisa Lim / NPR


He looks so polite, like he just wants to stop by and see if you have anything for him.






One of the things we like the most about Euskal Herria is that nature is always surrounding the towns. You don’t have to drive to go for a hike.

"I’m outside of my body. My body is on a clothing hanger. I’m walking around it, looking at it, deciding if I want to choose it or not. I’m thinking about my body in terms of all the people my body has ever had sex with, all the food that’s ever gone into it, all the chemotherapy, all the exercise, all the shit that’s ever come out of it. I pictured my parents conceiving me, making this body. Everything I can imagine that’s happened to this body in 26 years, I saw. It’s like when you shop for a new car and they say it has 30,000 miles, and was in this crash, and this happened to it. And, I was outside of this body walking around it thinking, ‘Should I get this body or not?’ I eventually decided that I would. And, when I entered into my body, honestly, I felt like a superhero putting on his suit for the first time. It was the first time since I’ve been sick that I came to terms with what my body was. It wasn’t this thing that I wanted to be better, that I wished didn’t have cancer. I said, ‘This is my body and I choose to take it as my vehicle in this life.’ And, I think the message is, that you don’t get to choose. This is what you get. Use it well."

- Nick Fernandez, cancer survivor recalling his therapeutic acid trip, in this Atlantic article on the anxiety-reducing effects of LSD (via tornbread)


Blow gently on your screen


when u use ur boobs to get someone to notice u



Paul Signac. The Pine Tree at Saint Tropez. 1909.

cosmo tip #883


its the best time of year to be screwed! by exams