Category Archives: Literature & Criticism

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

Transnational Chinese Cinema

Chinese cinema has a history that has stretched beyond a century, yet film scholarship in this field has only begun to flourish in the past two decades. The complexity of “Chinese cinema” is perhaps the foremost reason for this torpid

Transnational Chinese Cinema

Chinese cinema has a history that has stretched beyond a century, yet film scholarship in this field has only begun to flourish in the past two decades. The complexity of “Chinese cinema” is perhaps the foremost reason for this torpid

Listening to — notes on a song

I Three conversations. With pairs who appear to be speaking to — duos dueling — rather than with. Even if they might well be attempting to; perhaps especially as they are trying particularly hard to. A triptych — of cacaphony,

Listening to — notes on a song

I Three conversations. With pairs who appear to be speaking to — duos dueling — rather than with. Even if they might well be attempting to; perhaps especially as they are trying particularly hard to. A triptych — of cacaphony,

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

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

How can one begin to document a cinema of Southeast Asia that, until the first decade of the 21st century, has been neglected within the international cinematic landscape? Tilman Baumgärtel’s Southeast Asian Independent Cinema:Essays Documents, Interviews (2012), a collection of

Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

How can one begin to document a cinema of Southeast Asia that, until the first decade of the 21st century, has been neglected within the international cinematic landscape? Tilman Baumgärtel’s Southeast Asian Independent Cinema:Essays Documents, Interviews (2012), a collection of

Why you should read: The Importance of Being Earnest

W!ld Rice Singapore’s 2013 staging of Oscar Wilde’s classic play got the Singapore Review of Book‘s Jeremy Fernando thinking about being nice to colleagues. On being too earnest… There is nothing more annoying than a colleague demonstrating that (s)he is

Why you should read: The Importance of Being Earnest

W!ld Rice Singapore’s 2013 staging of Oscar Wilde’s classic play got the Singapore Review of Book‘s Jeremy Fernando thinking about being nice to colleagues. On being too earnest… There is nothing more annoying than a colleague demonstrating that (s)he is