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Jitters

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“The Age of Anxiety” is a poem W. H. Auden wrote in 1947. It deals with man’s search for meaning in a turbulent world and won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Leonardo Bernstein thereafter composed “Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.” Princeton University Press, in 2011, published a new edition of the poem.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teaching literature and K-to-12

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I had read in a slim philosophy textbook that the love of wisdom doesn’t bake bread.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘polite age’?

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“Romancing With Words” is the title of a book, published this week, by the University of San Carlos Press. It documents the life and work of a talented, restless writer who morphed from a public relations flack into a seasoned radio journalist on the Internet Revolution’s cusp.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Literature and life

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Your decision to downgrade the core literature classes in basic education broke my heart.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The writers I have known

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It was from our literature subject in high school that I had my first acquaintance with writers.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Yet another day made by Lifestyle

Again Inquirer’s Lifestyle editor Thelma Sioson San Juan made my day last July 28!

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Validation

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Shortly after this country rose up in arms to protest Dan Brown’s depiction of Manila as the “gates of hell,” it showered Paulo Coelho with a whole lotta love. The reason for it was that soon after Coelho heard the strangled cries of Pinoys over Brown’s book, he tweeted, “Dear Filipinos, your souls lead to the gates of heaven.”

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inferno

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The story found itself in Google and Yahoo. The Yahoo story came from AP. “Dan Brown’s description of Manila as ‘the gates of hell’ in the American novelist’s latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital,” it said. And goes on to note MMDA chair Francis Tolentino’s protestations over it.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why literature?

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My family and friends often ask me why I take a trip of 40 kilometers, including a 15-minute pumpboat ride, from Guimaras Island to Miag-ao, Iloilo, every day just to study literature. Yet the biggest question for them is not the distance I travel, but the reason I am taking this course.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Sine Panitik’ lights old flame

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First love never dies. It all started with the book launch of “Nick” on July 6, 2011. The Joaquin mystique threw me back to my four decades of reading and teaching literature. I wrote “Rekindling an old flame” (Inquirer, 7/15/11). But the spark sputtered.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Confederacies

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I laughed my head off last week after reading that item that said Miriam Defensor-Santiago had apologized to people with Down Syndrome. After slamming the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines for threatening to sue her for using “mongoloid” in a derogatory sense, she relented. “I extend the hand of friendship. Out of goodwill, I will impose self-censorship, by avoiding in the future any word that refers to a person with disability.”

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Milestones

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I was about to say let’s take time out to mourn the deaths of artists, but came to my senses just in time. It made me wonder what had happened to me taking politics to be the more serious preoccupation, and art, well, something to take time out for. Art is in fact the more serious thing. The deaths of artists are a cause for the world to stop, the deaths of politicians are a cause for the world only to bring out the champagne.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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