A Qwerty quartet
by Butch Dalisay - August 13, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m not really a typewriter collector (not like my friend George Mamonluk, whose noodles I patronize to help build up his stable of vintage typewriters and fountain pens), but I realized this past week that...
Sourcing the Pinoy crowd
by Butch Dalisay - August 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Art critics often like to write about the Pinoy penchant to fill up vacant spaces — our horror vacui, evident in everything from our front yards to our jeepneys and desktops.
A life-affirming mission
by Butch Dalisay - July 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Two Sundays ago, I had the privilege of serving as commencement speaker before the 2018 graduating class of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.
Recovering Fil-Am history
by Butch Dalisay - July 23, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in Chicago two weeks ago to keynote the 17th Biennial Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and it was an opportunity not only to catch up with old friends from my time as...
A trove of printed delights
by Butch Dalisay - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am
A few months ago, I wrote about picking up some wonderful books online that I plan to add to my retirement library — books that I’ll be poring over at leisure, for no more compelling or more urgent reason...
Tacloban’s worthier wonders
by Butch Dalisay - July 9, 2018 - 12:00am
One of the pleasures of our recent visit to Tacloban was meeting up with two friends — the cultural scholar and UP Tacloban Humanities Division head Joycie Dorado Alegre, and the poet and Professor Emeritus...
Melodrama and more in this graduation
by Butch Dalisay - July 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Late June is graduation season under the new academic calendar of the University of the Philippines, and since the UP System is made up of eight constituent universities spread out over 17 campuses, that’s...
A respite in Luang Prabang
by Butch Dalisay - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
I try to give my wife Beng a birthday treat abroad every year — a small price to pay for her manifold acts of kindness and generosity, not to mention her 44 years of patience in sharing a bed with a snorer...
Minding the magazine
by Butch Dalisay - June 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about acquiring copies of English magazines from the 1770s so my students in English and American literature could see what people in those days actually read, and what “entertainment”...
Minding the magazine
by Butch Dalisay - June 11, 2018 - 12:00am
If you collect old books like I do, the chances are that you’ll be picking up more than books as you scour the Web, garage sales, and library throwaways for that elusive first edition or that childhood te...
More autographs and memories
by Butch Dalisay - June 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Four years ago, I wrote a column-piece titled “Autographs and memories,” largely about a visit that Beng and I made to an exhibit of autographs at the National Archives in Washington, DC, where I ogled...
Revisiting the print
by Butch Dalisay - May 28, 2018 - 12:00am
I usually reserve my weekends for truly enjoyable things, like rummaging through Japanese surplus shops or just driving down south for a hearty lunch of steaming bulalo cooled off by fresh buko juice, but there was...
Maranan: A gentleman of letters
by Butch Dalisay - May 21, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s been an awful season for writers and lovers of art, as I noted last week.
A happy refuge
by Butch Dalisay - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am
These past few weeks and months have been fraught with loss and sadness, given the passing of many friends and personages in the arts community — National Artist Billy Abueva, National Artist Cirilo Bautista,...
Mysteries of art
by Butch Dalisay - May 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about acquiring a trio of unsigned paintings I’m attributing to Serafin Serna (1919-1979), drawing on stylistic, thematic, and circumstantial evidence.
Mysteries of art
by Butch Dalisay - April 30, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ll ask my readers to bear with me as I explore and try to solve, in another two-part series, some mysteries of art.
Books with back stories
by Butch Dalisay - April 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about Philippine-related books I’ve come across online with stories to tell beyond what their pages contained.
Books with back stories
by Butch Dalisay - April 16, 2018 - 12:00am
As I’ve been chronicling here these past few months, my fascination late in life with antiquarian books and documents has led me to some wonderful, intriguing, and often serendipitous discoveries.
A witness speaks
by Butch Dalisay - April 9, 2018 - 12:00am
I was very honored to receive a response to my recent column-piece on “Writers in Wartime” from no less than Dr. Benito Legarda Jr.
My past as a printmaker
by Butch Dalisay - April 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Every now and then I get a reminder from somewhere very far that, at one point in my past, I led a very different life and might have gone down another path altogether.
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