Butch Dalisay
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To fall in love with the world, again
by Butch Dalisay - May 25, 2020 - 12:00am
I mourn the loss of intimacy not the bond between two people who sleep together, but the more casual kind between friends at a table in a restaurant or even strangers on a train.
Wallace Stegner in Manila
by Butch Dalisay - May 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Like many of you, I’ve spent much of the lockdown opening boxes and sorting out files I haven’t touched in years.
History and hysteria
by Butch Dalisay - April 27, 2020 - 12:00am
History sadly provides little comfort in that respect. Awful things do happen in awful times, chiefly thievery and murder, although not always by the people you’d expect.
Energems of wisdom
by Butch Dalisay - April 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Like anyone with access to a TV, mobile phone, and computer these lockdown days, I’ve acquired a new vocabulary associated with “coronavirus” and “COVID-19,” peppered with such words...
Seeing the ‘we’
by Butch Dalisay - March 30, 2020 - 12:00am
There are things worse than COVID, things worse than quarantine, like the loss of memory, and of our connections to one another beyond the physical and the digital.
Crash landing on me
by Butch Dalisay - March 16, 2020 - 12:00am
I should have better things to do and Lord knows I do but I have to admit to splurging an inordinate amount of time and attention last week to a Korean confection strangely titled Crash Landing on You.
Southern Gothic in Sugarlandia
by Butch Dalisay - March 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The last time I visited Bacolod was more than a decade ago, when I was writing the centennial history of the De La Salle Brothers in the Philippines and had to look into their work in that southern city, an enterprise...
The best of new writing in English
by Butch Dalisay - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
One of the things we’ve been proudest of doing at the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing has been to encourage new writers in both Filipino and English whether through workshops, grants,...
Commemorating the First Quarter Storm
by Butch Dalisay - February 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Starting last Jan. 26 and until early this month, some members of a generation of Filipinos now in their 60s and 70s would have commemorated or at least noted in one way or another the 50th anniversary of what came...
‘Auf wiedersehen,’ Beetle!
by Butch Dalisay - January 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Before we get to the truly serious stuff, let me inform my readers in academia that the deadline for the submission of abstracts to the 11th International Conference on Philippine Studies, which will be held from...
My retirement library
by Butch Dalisay - January 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Downsizing a library takes a lot more than a physical effort. It means going over a virtual history of your own mind, every book bought and kept being a marker of sorts of whatever it was you found interesting at...
A harvest of Singaporean fiction
by Butch Dalisay - December 23, 2019 - 12:00am
The least successful ones bore many of the hallmarks of amateurs: a plethora of literary quotes and allusions, hurried summaries of situations, one-dimensional characterizations, and predictable plots.
The other Pepe
by Butch Dalisay - December 9, 2019 - 12:00am
This column started out in my mind as an account of a return visit to Dapitan, where my wife Beng and I had first gone eight years ago to pay homage to Jose Rizal, who had lived there in exile for four years between...
A 3,000-Km. romp across turkey
by Butch Dalisay - November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
As 2019 draws to a close, it’s struck me that the year I turned 65 and retired has also been the busiest travel year of my life.
A pen-filled weekend
by Butch Dalisay - November 11, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the original inspiration behind this column and its title my longtime passion for collecting and using fountain pens so please indulge me as I return...
Another jewel in the shadows
by Butch Dalisay - October 28, 2019 - 12:00am
At a dinner last week with friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan an old haunt of mine, having done my master’s there more than 30 years ago the talk came around to finding and retrieving valuable Filipiniana from...
Love letters from Rody
by Butch Dalisay - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Two Mondays ago, I featured the first of two typewritten love letters that I had found, folded and unsent, between the pages of an old book from the 1950s that I recently bought.
Love letters from Rody
by Butch Dalisay - September 30, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s nothing short of embarrassing to stumble upon other people’s intimacies — you know you shouldn’t be looking and you try to turn your eyes away, but you also know you’ll be taking...
A collection and a collaboration
by Butch Dalisay - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am
You know that you’ve reached the hilltop, just in time to view the sunset, when they start compiling your works into hefty one-volume collections that could take a very long vacation on a very lonely island...
Meaning in the many
by Butch Dalisay - September 2, 2019 - 12:00am
In my fiction writing classes, until I recently retired, I often began the semester with what I thought was a generous offer, or actually a challenge: I would give a flat 1.0 to anyone who could submit a well-written...
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