Farewell to Tikoy Aguiluz
by Krip Yuson - February 26, 2024 - 12:00am
Sometime ago I swore off writing eulogies for this space, since at my own advancing age, I could wind up doing it weekly, at the rate artist-friends of my age-peer group were going on ahead.
Post-pandemic creative renewal
by Alfred A. Yuson - December 5, 2022 - 12:00am
I’m happy about the revival of a couple of prestigious writing contests I’ve been associated with for some time.
Poetry at play
by Alfred A. Yuson - May 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Poems of levity don’t exactly have a reduced level of gravity. The rainbow of verse allows the import of truths in all colors, tones and hues.
Admirable audacity as biofiction
by Alfred A. Yuson - March 7, 2022 - 12:00am
The start of Assembling Alice, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta’s biography of her grandmother Alice Feria, published by Penguin Random House SouthEast Asia, reads like superb fiction, with a precise, detailed account...
Souring up the last dance
by Alfred A. Yuson - February 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Scottie Pippen’s book Unguarded, co-written with sports journalist Michael Arkush and published by Atria Books, became an instant bestseller upon its release last November.
Merging works, mastering words
by Alfred A. Yuson - January 24, 2022 - 12:00am
These two books could have joined the list of must-have titles I wrote up at yearend, but deliveries were delayed. Well and good, as now they get more promotional space each.
Breaking free of white noise
by Alfred A. Yuson - January 10, 2022 - 12:00am
The white noise generated by CNN even at low volume soothes me to sleep. Even as world news still manages to intrude into my consciousness when it’s of the breaking type, especially about sports.
Verse novella as intriguing whodunit
by Alfred A. Yuson - November 29, 2021 - 12:00am
Seldom do we encounter a verse novella, one of the least attempted among literary genres. It’s somewhat like a sphinx or griffon or our own tikbalang, a crossover creature that makes the best of both parts...
On the brink of the indelicate
by Alfred A. Yuson - November 15, 2021 - 12:00am
There’s a carnival and a circus and a cavalcade of ways to review a book of poems. One is to hold up previous produce as various yardsticks, the backstory to trace progress or current retrograde. Another is...
What the stars say, in time for the elections
by Alfred A. Yuson - November 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Of the silent generation, of course I became a beatnik, then a hippie, thus tried to open all doors of perception, laid out Tarot cards, threw I Ching coins in lieu of yarrow sticks, and read up on astrology.
Character-driven stories
by Alfred A. Yuson - September 20, 2021 - 12:00am
When I taught a Fiction class in Ateneo in the mid-2010s, I always made sure to include a story among those we’d take up in my ever-changing list that defied a set syllabus.
A posthumous launch of Doc Mic's set of books
by Alfred A. Yuson - September 6, 2021 - 12:00am
On Sunday, Sept. 12, a commemorative edition of Mario I. Miclat’s yet unpublished books will be launched on his 72nd birthday.
Hail and farewell, dearest Virgie!
by Alfred A. Yuson - August 23, 2021 - 12:00am
Armed with a San Mig bottle, Nick Joaquin would bellow his version of Cole Porter: ‘You’re the top, you’re Mayon Volcano / You’re the top, you’re Virgie Moreno!’
Agri journalists awarded in virtual format
by Alfred A. Yuson - August 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The prestigious Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards had to skip ceremonies last year due to the pandemic, but saw a revival for its 14th edition, with the awarding affair held as a noontime Zoom event on July...
The Savage mind of a bikolano
by Alfred A. Yuson - July 26, 2021 - 12:00am
Kristian Cordero of Naga PM’d a fortnight ago to ask if I could join in with a brief video clip to cheer up fellow poet Luis Cabalquinto, who was on a hospital bed in New York.
A new contest and other literary matters
by Alfred A. Yuson - May 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Literary writers who have missed out on the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for two years in a row may now cheer up.
Samurai vis-à-vis vernacular
by Alfred A. Yuson - March 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Language is constantly evolving. Per Dictionary.com, 650 new words were added to keep up with the rapid pace of 2020.
Poetry of selective evasion
by Alfred A. Yuson - February 22, 2021 - 12:00am
We Shall Write Love Poems Again by Dinah Roma, published by UST Publishing House, is her fourth collection, after A Feast of Origins (2004), Geographies of Light (2011) both from the same publisher and Naming the...
Art in Sagada
by Alfred A. Yuson - February 8, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s been almost a year since Santiago Bose’s legendary mural, done on the ground-floor facade of St. Mary’s High School in Sagada in the early 1980s, underwent what is now called a re-imagination,...
Plays and essays
by Alfred A. Yuson - January 25, 2021 - 12:00am
Three recent literary titles demand notice and promotion.
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