Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dialect, or language? Which?

by Firth McEachern Many young people and professionals are abandoning their mother tongue in preference for Tagalog and English, and this is unsustainable for Filipino diversity. I am only 24, and it frightens me that in the same amount of … Continue reading

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop retracts maxim “show, don’t tell”

Professors teaching in the University’s MFA writing program, the famous “Iowa Writers’ Workshop,” have officially retracted the universal literary adage to “show, don’t tell.” According to Professor James A. McPherson, “show, don’t tell” was originally a joke, played by Kurt … Continue reading

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Taboan 2012: Gathering Warriors of the Pen

The country’s poets, playwrights, essayists and fictionists from different parts of the Philippines will converge in Pampanga for the upcoming Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival, which will be held on February 9 to 11, 2012. Taboan is one of the seven … Continue reading

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Shocking!

(Daytoy man ti basaen ken pagpampanunotantayo maipapan iti sasaaden/kasasaad ti bukodtayo a sao/pagsasao. Anian ta nakasasaem a kinapudno dagitoy a paliiw ken padas ti maysa a ganggannaet a naisar-ong iti pagiliantayo ket nadatnganna ken napadasanna ti maysa a naidumduma a … Continue reading

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Pablo Neruda reading “Tonight I Can Write…”

Puedo escribir los versos más tristes está noche. Escribir, por ejemplo: «La noche esta estrellada, y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos». El viento de la noche gira en el cielo y canta. Puedo escribir los versos más tristes … Continue reading

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The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible

By MARILYNNE ROBINSON The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know. Literatures are self-referential by nature, and even when references … Continue reading

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2011’s best short stories

By Chris Power 2012 is being touted as ‘the year of the short story’, but the last 12 months are going to be hard to beat Are these hard times for the short story? Perhaps not so very tough: in his … Continue reading

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