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.
Fil-Am artist Mel Vera Cruz on a roll
by Alfred A. Yuson - November 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Shouldn’t we pose closer to your painting?”
Rotary Makati West turns gold with a book
by Alfred A. Yuson - September 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A 200-page coffee-table book, At the Threshold of New Beginnings, was launched by the Rotary Club of Makati West on June 29, marking the distinguished organization’s golden anniversary that began the year...
Sundry book news
by Alfred A. Yuson - September 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Congratulations to Eugene Gloria, whose poetry collection, Sightseer in This Killing City (Penguin Books), was recently honored with the 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Author Award for Poetry.
Goodbye to Gilda, beloved goddess
by Alfred A. Yuson - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
‘Wala nang tatamis, wala na nga, Gilda!’ — Rio Alma
Lockdown fallbacks: Cooking and gardening
by Alfred A. Yuson - August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Not everyone who ventures into cookery can hope to turn out easy-peasy CroNaps (part croissant, part Napoleones) or the Breton cake Kouign-amman.An enforced change of lifestyle has made us all adapt to novel ways...
Cliché quips and scenes in action thrillers
by Alfred A. Yuson - August 10, 2020 - 12:00am
I thought The Irishman’s scriptwriter Steve Zalllian had introduced a characteristic mafioso refrain with the fatalistic line “It is what it is” that was repeated by various characters throughout...
So long, dear Dodong
by Alfred A. Yuson - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
As painter, Dodong Arellano was trained in that discipline by Filipino Masters Fabian de la Rosa, Toribio Antillion and Lorenzo Guerrero, a relation who had also instructed the fiery artist Juan Luna.
Women’s writing and other publications
by Alfred A. Yuson - July 13, 2020 - 12:00am
To continue with our previous column’s list of fresh literary publications in the face of our lengthy lockdown, here are more titles that have been rising to the challenge of the times.
Publishing during the lockdown
by Alfred A. Yuson - June 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Local publishing is slowly getting back to its feet since the lockdown over three months ago. And that’s welcome news.
Binge-watching mayhem (for a dopamine fix)
by Alfred A. Yuson - June 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The first Netflix series I partially indulged in was Stranger Things.
Literature vs. the lockdown
by Alfred A. Yuson - June 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The extended lockdown has given many poets and writers time to produce manuscripts for publication. Some have even gone into white heat during this period.
Farewell to Peque
by Alfred A. Yuson - May 18, 2020 - 12:00am
Loss after loss. Dearest friends of four to five decades have been going ahead, bequeathing a random trove of recollections.
An evolving glossary for the times
by Alfred A. Yuson - May 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Last column, we covered A to I, from “alcohol” to “infodemic.” We continue with our list of freshly popular catchwords and phrases.
An evolving glossary for the times
by Alfred A. Yuson - April 20, 2020 - 12:00am
We’re all learning new words and terms pertaining to the ongoing crisis.
Poems wrought from a pandemic
by Alfred A. Yuson - April 6, 2020 - 12:00am
All the time we now have in our homes allow us much reading from the voluminous “infodemic” that pertains to the crisis at hand, to socio-political commentary and food recipes as well as availability,...
The efficacy of words in a time of crisis
by Alfred A. Yuson - March 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Everyone on the internet also has more time to weigh in verbally on everything, understandably with mixed results. Win some, lose some, or a lot.
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