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Butch Dalisay
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Vision 2020: An artist responds to COVID
by Butch Dalisay - September 28, 2020 - 12:00am
While she was undergoing therapy for depression, the celebrated American poet Anne Sexton explained why she kept doing what she did: “Poetry, after all, is the opposite of suicide.”
A playwright for our time
by Butch Dalisay - September 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Boy Noriega taught me about Chekhov and indirection, the art of saying something by saying something else.
Missing the magazine
by Butch Dalisay - August 31, 2020 - 12:00am
Few of us might have noticed, but one of the casualties of the internet age has been the magazine as we knew it the general-interest magazine, which usually came out on weekends, often as a newspaper supplement...
Zoom-time
by Butch Dalisay - August 17, 2020 - 12:00am
If there’s anything that this COVID pandemic will leave in its wake aside from a long, deep trail of sorrow and suffering it will be Zoom, the app that’s become the boon and bane of billions of people...
Room without a window
by Butch Dalisay - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
At the desk where I work at home in my library-cum-man-cave I face a wall without open windows, which can be confining and depressing, except that it’s the way I like things to be, if I want to get anything...
Viber on wheels
by Butch Dalisay - July 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Being a certified pack rat, I was rummaging through some boxes last week when I turned up a bunch of papers from 30 to 40 years ago.
Trouble in literary wolf-land
by Butch Dalisay - July 6, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s not every day that an old guy like me learns something almost totally new about what’s happening in my literary backyard, but your attention tends to wander over a long lockdown, and one day my eyes...
Faulkner in Manila
by Butch Dalisay - June 22, 2020 - 12:00am
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the visit to Manila in 1951 of the American writer Wallace Stegner, mentioning that 10 years earlier, he had been preceded by the even more celebrated Ernest Hemingway.
Buboy-proofing
by Butch Dalisay - June 8, 2020 - 12:00am
For some people, getting stuck in COVID lockdown with loved ones has turned out to be a test of just how “loved” one can remain after months of social non-distancing.
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...
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