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Flo McQuibban

Illustrator and former columnist @amsterdammernl Previously @thesaintonline Penchant for languages and crime, creative writing, homemade iced tea, and cats. Photography and photo editing

Basic Snitch
It's okay to like Pumpkin Spice Lattes - Unlearning 'Basic Bitch'

Basic bitch: a pejorative term that usually describes white women who tend to bathe in the mainstream. It even has it's own Wikipedia page! Basic bitch is nestled comfortably amongst other synonyms of "airhead", and weakly supported by its rarely-used counterpart, the bro. First coined by hip-hop artists and rappers, it now plagues a plethora...

Interpreter magazine
Drag Week 2015 - Have a Kiki With a Queen

Flo McQuibban 8 February 2015 Reality shows are often criticised for their poor attempt at making celebrities' lives seem both interesting and real at the same time. Whilst undoubtedly not completely stripped of fabrication and exaggeration, RuPaul's Drag Race takes "realness" to an unprecedented level.

Hygge and Nordic Noir: Two Sides of Scandinavia - THE AMSTERDAMMER

According to Collins English Dictionary, 'hygge' came second only to 'Brexit' as the UK's word of the year in 2016. It has since blown up as a marketing ploy in the Western world to promote comfortable socks, knitted sweaters, and oversized mugs. The first oversight is the reduction of what hygge actually means.

Supporting YouTube's Humanity in Pewdiepie versus T-Series - THE AMSTERDAMMER

Though YouTube is primarily a video sharing website where content can be uploaded both by individuals and by media corporations, it has also been an important platform to share news, promote change, and engage in competitions. YouTube's intellectual side has even contributed to the digital presence of humanities and academia through educational channels such as ...

The Creatives Series: Poetry with Darrin Gonzales - THE AMSTERDAMMER

The Creatives Series: Poetry with Darrin Gonzales Darrin Gonzales is a 25-year-old American postgraduate from Gering, Nebraska who is pursuing a research master's in literary studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is the first face of the Amsterdam Creatives series, publishing in The Amsterdammer every Friday for the next weeks.

The Creatives Series: Cultural Criticism and Fiction with Bre Sanders - THE AMSTERDAMMER

Cultural Criticism and Fiction with Bre Sanders Breone Natalia Sanders, who goes by Bre, is a 30-year-old graduate student from Atlanta, Georgia. She is pursuing a master's degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam. Identifying as a black woman, a black feminist, an African American, a writer, and a black writer, Bre is ...

The Creatives Series: Painting with Max Schulze - THE AMSTERDAMMER

The Creatives Series: Painting with Max Schulze Max Schulze, a 25-year old Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) alumnus, is a painter and writer who works in the hospitality industry. The Dutch artist discusses his work with columnist Flo McQuibban as part of the Amsterdam Creatives series, published every Friday.

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