In The Middle of Everything

In The Middle of Everything

Author: Lala Bohang

Category: Illustrated Book


I hope she finally decides it is enough to restrain herself and start to write the novella about an overly realistic woman
Every time she is in contact with her natural range, she screams
After that, she will be ashamed of her action, shuts her mouth, jumps rope
She is definitely the cooler version rather than the people-pleaser version of me
My parents never speak of love, fun, passion, and always ask for a payback
She does not have parents, one day she popped under a banyan tree and picked herself up

In “Ice Lemon Tea” a woman spends hours questioning herself about how she ended up doing multiple roles, and realizes that she won’t have the energy to be committed to any of them anymore. She ends her rumination by taking a cute selfie on her phone. The narrator in “So Tired Of Being Easily Sick” thinks she has already implemented a generally accepted healthy lifestyle and deserves a certain level of fitness, but still, time and gravitation are more robust in terms of execution. “Mood Tracker” takes a peek at the excessive daily journal of someone who is going through high and low, and how trivial things such as an overpriced linen spray and an exaggerated to-do list push her to get through day by day.

This book is a collection of stories, narrative poetry, untitled pieces, and drawings that collectively depart from an attempt to portray how the opposite is also true. The characters (mostly female) exist and cope in the middle of past, present, future / surviving, existing, living / attachment, detachment, non-attachment / logic, emotion, ethics / abstract, negative, concrete and so on, but it’s all very casual. Even sandwiched between the possibility of becoming a perfected version of themselves or completely losing their identities, some of the characters still manage to maintain the ability to laugh at themselves, to prepare a weekly meal plan, to get obsessed with spreadsheets, and to grow a social media presence.

No. GM :
Price :
Rp 135,000
Total Pages :
184 pages
Size :
13,5 x 20 cm
Published :
01 March 2023
Format :
Soft Cover
Category :
Illustrated Book
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Lala Bohang

Lala Bohang was born in 1985 in Makassar and a graduate in Architecture of Parahyangan University in Bandung. She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Bandung, Jakarta, and Yogyakarta, also in Darmstadt and Sydney. She currently lives and works as an artist and illustrator in Jakarta.
Twitter & Instagram @lalabohang