We Won’t Back Down, No

Sunday Spotlight

It’s been a little over a week since Trump won the presidential election and what gives me hope these days is the rising resistance against a fascist regime. As a queer Filipino immigrant, I feel the fear in my chest. While waiting for his victory speech early Wednesday morning, the sight of white millennials in…

A Crisis of Values, with Karan Mahajan

Book Reviews, Fiction

This is what it felt like to be a bomb. You were coiled up, majestic with blackness, unaware that the universe outside you existed, and then a wire snapped and ripped open your eyelids all the way around and you had a vision of the world that was 360 degrees, and everything in your purview…

Dear President: Letters from Writers & Poets

Sunday Spotlight

I was on my way to grab a copy of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness when a magazine cover arrested my attention — Teju Cole, on the Poets & Writers September/October 2016 issue. I walked out of Green Apple Books in San Francisco that evening with both the book and the magazine, tickled by my 1) discovery and 2) the fact that…

A QPOC Guide to the 2016 Litquake Festival

Sunday Spotlight

Literature lovers, unite! Starting this week, the Bay Area will be home to various literary events as the 2016 Litquake Festival launches. Originally created as a one-day reading series at Golden Gate Park, it has evolved to be a multi-day affair filled with workshops, youth programs, speaker events and more with local authors and writers…

Looking with the Eyes of Teju Cole

Book Reviews, Soul + Spirit

It all started on Twitter — I was scrolling through my feed and noticed the most ingenious tweets retweeted by folks I followed, which called out to me immediately. They were by a certain Teju Cole, whose work nor name I haven’t heard before. Not long after clicking the “Follow” button, I became privy to the thoughts, words…

Sunday Spotlight: End-of-Summer Reads

Sunday Spotlight

I think I read too many “beach reads” posts, came across “summer reads” lists that it deterred me from creating my own in this blog. I even had a somewhat contentious relationship with the term itself that I wanted to explore but as fall wonderfully sets in, I’ll save that for 2017. These past few…

Self-Deception in the Age of Trump and Clinton, with R.K. Narayan

Book Reviews

Dismayed by the current political climate? Finding yourself saying #IGuessImWithHer as opposed to a candidate who seems to be trolling all of us? I guess it was timely that I started reading R.K. Narayan’s book The Guide this way, so I can reflect on the concepts of deception and self-deception. I mean, I struggled with this book…

The rhetoric of politics can be draining: it is a roller-coaster ride of hope, repudiation, alarm, back to hope, at times inspiration, and then it’s back to more repudiation, more alarm, until your realize your mind becomes a pestle, your heart an unduly mortar. No wonder so many people are apathetic about politics, even if…

Sunday Spotlight: State of the Nation

Sunday Spotlight

My parents got back from the Philippines last week, after spending two blissful weeks in the homeland. Every time they go for a visit, they always come back electric and full of life. Along with that renewed zest is also a tinge of melancholy, written in their faces as they slowly readjust to life back…

Pasalu-book: Gifts from the Motherland

Fil/Lit, Sunday Spotlight