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‘A Filipino Tolstoi’

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I wish to pay tribute to the great F. Sionil Jose, who celebrated his 90th birthday in ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last week, by offering this early American glimpse of the writer “Manong Frankie” reminds me of the most: Rizal himself.

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Spoilers and endings

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The irritation that springs from seeing spoilers discloses our fascination with endings, with results, with action. I am not talking about gun-toting heroes per se a la Bruce Willis in the “Die Hard” series, but more about what motivates us to watch these films and to consume stories.

Posted: November 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The epic duel of Valjean and Javert

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(Concluded from last Friday) Our imaginings are what most resemble us —Victor Hugo CANBERRA—In “Les Misérables,” Victor Hugo depicts Jean Valjean as an honest man who steals a loaf of bread to save his family from hunger. In the exhibition on Hugo’s works in the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, he portrays “not only […]

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables’ revisited

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Words are the mysterious visitors of the soul.—Victor Hugo

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Immersion and reticence

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Like a “method actor,” Eric Gamalinda says he loves immersing himself in his characters, keeping their personas alive inside him while he charts their lives and identities in his novels.

Posted: November 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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