We promise to finish reading our books

There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly … Continue reading We promise to finish reading our books

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I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

I understand that this short story collection by James Carver is a modern classic and has a cult following. It deserves it. In my readings, I don't know how many times I've encountered other writers allude to the title. Even Murakami named his memoir after this book. And yet I don't understand it. Or to … Continue reading I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland

Re-reading the 50 Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century - Story #2: It's written by another woman who's a student of Benitez, but this time she writes about a woman who's issue is also the issue of every other woman: her body. But while most women are concerned with their bodies' lack of perfection, this … Continue reading Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland

Dead Stars (1925) by Paz Marquez-Benitez: an affair to remember

  Re-reading the 50 Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century - Story #1: The first time we read it, we didn't pay much heed because it was a school requirement, thus, robbing us the enjoyment of simply reading it. Half a decade later, we visited it again, and to our surprise, it gave us the … Continue reading Dead Stars (1925) by Paz Marquez-Benitez: an affair to remember