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Colson Whitehead: Laureate of the zombies
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - November 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The author Colson Whitehead has written novels about dueling elevator inspectors (The Intuitionist)...
Lucky number 13
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - September 12, 2008 - 12:00am
The US Open is the most exhausting grand slam for tennis fans in these islands, not because it’s the last major of the year, but`because of the viewing-induced jet lag.
Da Pisay Code
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - May 11, 2007 - 12:00am
A long, long time ago, in a campus not so far away, a Philippine Science High School (Pisay) senior named Arthur pondered his future. It was the year 1982 and the country was on the brink of dramatic change,...
The sweet heatstroke
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - April 27, 2007 - 12:00am
Last Friday, three separate headaches converged in my cranium to form The Perfect Migraine.
The consolations of cinema
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - April 20, 2007 - 12:00am
Of the readers who joined last " week’s quiz, only two got all " the answers right. On one hand " all the contestants knew their...
Quiz number two
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - April 13, 2007 - 12:00am
Here are 20 short synopses of 20 movies set in six different cities. Name the movies. The first five people to get all the answers right will each get a copy of my new book, Twisted Travels. Which, coincidentally,...
The tale of the blackberry
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - March 30, 2007 - 12:00am
We were " wander-" ing aim-" lessly around Power Plant on Sunday afternoon when we spotted a Blackberry lying on the floor outside an underwear store. (For older readers: a Blackberry...
The shadowy and the shallow
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - March 23, 2007 - 12:00am
Much of The Good Shepherd happens in shadow, and the things that transpire in broad daylight are quickly swallowed up by the dark. The main character, Wilson (Matt Damon), is a CIA counterintelligence officer,...
The tower of the unread books
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - March 16, 2007 - 12:00am
At the start of the year, disgusted at what I perceived to be my own sloth, I resolved to read at least one book every week. Since then I’ve begun to suspect myself...
Test for replicants
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - March 9, 2007 - 12:00am
Today’s column is co-written by Philip K. Dick, who wrote the science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? And screenwriters Hampton Fancher...
Ancient machines: The phonograph
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - March 2, 2007 - 12:00am
We continue our series on 20th-century archaeology with a look at early devices for listening to music. In the darkest 1970s, when the adjective "groovy" was still in use and people thought reversing...
Money for nothing, irony for free
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - February 23, 2007 - 12:00am
During election campaigns candidates give away T-shirts, caps, and a whole bunch of stuff, but the best giveaway is still money. Who doesn’t want money...
Chrysanthemums and cannibals
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - February 16, 2007 - 12:00am
Nobody goes to the movies anymore, at least not on weekdays. It’s been years since I’ve seen a full...
Second reading
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - February 9, 2007 - 12:00am
Some weeks ago " I noticed that " my friend Chus " was carrying a paperback copy of Atonement by Ian McEwan. Immediately I felt a strange kind of envy: he was reading it for the first...
Misericordia
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - February 2, 2007 - 12:00am
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have collaborated on three movies, although one may argue that they’ve been making the same movie over and over again. Their...
40-love, destiny
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - January 26, 2007 - 12:00am
The tennis season is well underway, and the first grand slam event of the year is nearly over. Shortly we will know which players are to face each other in the finals. Unless there has been some great upheaval...
Ancient machines: The telephone
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - January 19, 2007 - 12:00am
Iam aware that I am the oldest columnist in this section, although I have a fair claim to being the least mature. As the resident senior in this joint – senior in the sense of "one who remembers...
Of all the gin joints in all the war zones in all the world...
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - January 12, 2007 - 12:00am
Blood Diamond is a movie that tries to be many things at once and succeeds at none of them. It is directed by Edward Zwick, whose previous films Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai are about...
Solutions
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - January 5, 2007 - 12:00am
New Year’s resolutions are founded on two things: the belief that people can change themselves the way they overhaul their wardrobes, and a degree of self-loathing (exactly how much varies from person...
Get more sleep
by EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT by Jessica Zafra - December 29, 2006 - 12:00am
When people complain about their insomnia as if it were a badge of honor, I find I have nothing to contribute to the discussion. I never have trouble sleeping. Waking up from a deep sleep, yes, but never...
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