Category Archives: Arts & Architecture

To Feel the Music

    This is not the type of book that we usually review at the Singapore Review of Books. Questionable literary merits aside, To Feel the Music, is a challenge to categorise – indeed possibly difficult to find a market

To Feel the Music

    This is not the type of book that we usually review at the Singapore Review of Books. Questionable literary merits aside, To Feel the Music, is a challenge to categorise – indeed possibly difficult to find a market

The craftsman and his apprentices

  One of the key difficulties with Chris Murray’s Crippled Immortals is that, like a peculiarly intransigent fist fighter, the book is fairly difficult to pin down. Outwardly a memoir of some description, Crippled Immortals is also (bear with me)

The craftsman and his apprentices

  One of the key difficulties with Chris Murray’s Crippled Immortals is that, like a peculiarly intransigent fist fighter, the book is fairly difficult to pin down. Outwardly a memoir of some description, Crippled Immortals is also (bear with me)

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Why Only Art Can Save Us

  In Why Only Art Can Save Us, Santiago Zabala uses a wide range of visual works to make his point about how the contemporary world may survive the onslaught of what he terms “essential emergencies”. His interests lie with

Why Only Art Can Save Us

  In Why Only Art Can Save Us, Santiago Zabala uses a wide range of visual works to make his point about how the contemporary world may survive the onslaught of what he terms “essential emergencies”. His interests lie with

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

The Art of Writing Art

Writing Art breaks rules: rules of writing; rules of book layout; rules of what an academic is supposed to do with her/his topic. If you leaf through the book, your gaze will catch that the structure of the paragraph layout

The Art of Writing Art

Writing Art breaks rules: rules of writing; rules of book layout; rules of what an academic is supposed to do with her/his topic. If you leaf through the book, your gaze will catch that the structure of the paragraph layout

Feature: Behind the Green Door

In the foreword to the 40th anniversary edition of Ernest Callenbach’s now famous novel Ecotopia (1975), the mother of all contemporary environmental utopian novels, Malcolm Margolin offers an attempt to pin down the novel’s strange enduring appeal. Margolin suggests that

Feature: Behind the Green Door

In the foreword to the 40th anniversary edition of Ernest Callenbach’s now famous novel Ecotopia (1975), the mother of all contemporary environmental utopian novels, Malcolm Margolin offers an attempt to pin down the novel’s strange enduring appeal. Margolin suggests that

From the Void: It’s Fiction Reaches Out

Let’s begin with the rudimentary; this is not a book for philistines: the cover art of the book was posted on a social media site and was considered as possibly not meeting the site’s standards on nudity. The issue is

From the Void: It’s Fiction Reaches Out

Let’s begin with the rudimentary; this is not a book for philistines: the cover art of the book was posted on a social media site and was considered as possibly not meeting the site’s standards on nudity. The issue is

The Affirmation of Poetry

Do you read Harper’s Magazine? You know, the “oldest general-interest monthly in America … with its emphasis on fine writing and original thought … with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture”? They published an article back

The Affirmation of Poetry

Do you read Harper’s Magazine? You know, the “oldest general-interest monthly in America … with its emphasis on fine writing and original thought … with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture”? They published an article back

Retargeting the scope of urban enquiry

  “The fantasies of the decline of Paris are a symptom of the fact that technology was not accepted. These visions bespeak the gloomy awareness that along with the great cities have evolved the means to raze them to the

Retargeting the scope of urban enquiry

  “The fantasies of the decline of Paris are a symptom of the fact that technology was not accepted. These visions bespeak the gloomy awareness that along with the great cities have evolved the means to raze them to the