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AOC

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<p>I’d like to briefly appreciate how successfully Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has managed to go by her initials, AOC.</p> <p>It wasn’t that long ago — <a href="https://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/more-than-one-aoc-congress">just the beginning of the year, in fact</a> — that the Congresswoman changed her Twitter handle. And it’s stuck.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2019/03/27/aoc/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “AOC”</span></a></p>

ACK, a poem

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<p>hello? are you there?</p> <p style="text-align:right">hey! i’m here! should we talk here?</p> <p>yeah, this is fine.</p> <p>by the way, could you share that file with me?</p> <p style="text-align:right">sure, here you go.</p> <p style="text-align:right">oh, here’s another bit.</p> <p style="text-align:right">and another bit.</p> <p style="text-align:right">ok, this is the last one.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2019/02/22/ack-a-poem/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “ACK, a poem”</span></a></p>

Chat archive

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<p> I just discovered my WhatsApp chat archive. Since Northwestern, I’ve not had a reason to use it.</p> <p>Opening it and reading the messages was like a blast from the past. Everything had been carefully preserved by the chat app now owned by Facebook.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2019/02/04/chat-archive/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Chat archive”</span></a></p>

An attack on us all

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<div class="wp-block-advanced-gutenberg-blocks-notice is-variation-info" data-type="info"><p class="wp-block-advanced-gutenberg-blocks-notice__title">An update</p><p class="wp-block-advanced-gutenberg-blocks-notice__content">Further news updates since the publication of this post have indicated that the story was fabricated. To abuse our sympathy, loyalty and kindness for personal gain is a grave insult to the many people who work hard to protect and stand up for people like myself, who are at risk of targeted persecution, mistreatment and violence.</p></div></p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2019/01/30/an-attack-on-us-all/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “An attack on us all”</span></a>

About this $1,800 drug

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<figure class="wp-block-image"><img data-attachment-id="201" data-permalink="https://leoji.blog/2018/11/25/about-this-1800-drug/aetna-pharmacy-claim/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=2502%2C1268&ssl=1" data-orig-size="2502,1268" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="aetna-pharmacy-claim" data-image-description data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=300%2C152&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=960%2C487&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/notes.theleoji.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim-1024x519.png?resize=960%2C487" alt="A claim for pharmacy services through Aetna reduced the drug's cost from $1,752.03 to $30." class="wp-image-201 jetpack-lazy-image" data-recalc-dims="1" data-lazy-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1024%2C519&ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=300%2C152&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=768%2C389&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1536%2C778&ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=2048%2C1038&ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1200%2C608&ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=685%2C347&ssl=1 685w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=2000%2C1014&ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px" data-lazy-src="https://i1.wp.com/notes.theleoji.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim-1024x519.png?resize=960%2C487&is-pending-load=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" loading="lazy"/><noscript><img data-attachment-id="201" data-permalink="https://leoji.blog/2018/11/25/about-this-1800-drug/aetna-pharmacy-claim/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=2502%2C1268&ssl=1" data-orig-size="2502,1268" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="aetna-pharmacy-claim" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=300%2C152&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?fit=960%2C487&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/notes.theleoji.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim-1024x519.png?resize=960%2C487" alt="A claim for pharmacy services through Aetna reduced the drug's cost from $1,752.03 to $30." class="wp-image-201" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1024%2C519&ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=300%2C152&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=768%2C389&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1536%2C778&ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=2048%2C1038&ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=1200%2C608&ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=685%2C347&ssl=1 685w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?resize=2000%2C1014&ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/aetna-pharmacy-claim.png?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></noscript></figure> <p>I would not have been able to afford this life-saving drug without health insurance.</p> <p>This $1752.03 drug is Truvada, the brand-name antiviral medication manufactured by Gilead for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The FDA-approved medication greatly reduces the chances of getting HIV — by as much as 90 percent, according to the U.S.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/11/25/about-this-1800-drug/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “About this $1,800 drug”</span></a></p>

Queer libraries

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<figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-buzzfeed-news"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mitchellkuga/librarians-drag-queen-story-hour-lgbt-safe-spaces" rel="nofollow">https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mitchellkuga/librarians-drag-queen-story-hour-lgbt-safe-spaces</a> </div></figure> <p>Libraries are incredibly queer spaces. I don’t mean queer in the sense that they’re LGBT, but in the sense that they challenge the normative structures of society: A library is simulatenously radical and queer in its nature. Situated in the cities, towns and villages across the country, the library’s free resources are a promise to the citizenry: Come here, and you will have access to information and knowledge — the things needed to live a free, liberal life.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/11/24/queer-libraries/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Queer libraries”</span></a></p>

All good stories begin in a bar

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<p> Today, I shocked an editor at work with my stories of drinking while under 21. I told her I had lived outside of the US. Then I realized how incredible that moment was.</p> <p>She was the first person who saw me and didn’t assume I was from somewhere other than the United States.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/08/16/all-good-stories-begin-in-a-bar/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “All good stories begin in a bar”</span></a></p>

The Sound

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<p> I’ve been obsessed with The 1975’s 2016 single, “The Sound,” over the last few days.</p> <p><iframe title="Spotify Embed: The Sound" width="300" height="380" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" allow="encrypted-media" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7h6lpVuSGPW6RNjDXKpYDh"></iframe></p> <p>There’s something about the song’s lyrics and underlying beat that’s connecting at a deep and fundamental layer of my existence.</p> <p>Perhaps it’s the unapologetic poppiness of the song, which speaks to the basicness integral to my personality.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/08/07/the-sound/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “The Sound”</span></a></p>

About the Chicago Sun-Terns on #NationalInternDay

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<p> I’m <a href="https://twitter.com/theleoji/status/1022508228461191168">self-deprecating on Twitter</a>, but not on here.</p> <p>On this day that’s meant to recognise the hard work of interns (and bring attention to the many interns working unpaid jobs for “experience”), I want to briefly touch upon my gratefulness to <a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com">The Chicago Sun-Times</a> for hiring me as an intern this summer — and paying me for it.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/07/26/about-the-chicago-sun-terns-on-nationalinternday/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “About the Chicago Sun-Terns on #NationalInternDay”</span></a></p>

The things we’re not taught

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<blockquote><p>In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.</p> <p>— Someone, somewhere, but the Internet has mangled it enough that I don’t know who or where to source it</p></blockquote> <p>I get contemplative every time I see people around me go through major life events: picking college, graduating, quitting their jobs or getting engaged.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/07/22/the-things-were-not-taught/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “The things we’re not taught”</span></a></p>