Thursday, March 13, 2008

Schedules in conflict, Anti-climactic

Unable to attend the San Juan talk last wednesday due to a previous engagement (for LS AWards for the ARts!), I was glad to find out though that the talk was calling for the exact opposite of the abstract. That in fact, an expanded effort of engaging with literatures from and of the regions, in the different languages of the country, was really the only way to be any closer to having a "national literature".

Apparently all this uproar may have just been caused by the innocent error of a mis-reading, or a mis-writing of an abstract, or an embarrassing mis-understanding.

I breathe a sigh of relief. And everything again is at peace (at least in the tentative hour of this piece).

I do plan to get more details about the talk though.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

There better be a sensible reason for this statement

From the Abstract of a talk this coming wednesday by critic E. San Juan, Jr. :

"Thus, the promotion of regionalism/regional literatures and cultures, while praiseworthy in preserving indigenous forms, can only drain resources from the project of the national struggle for true sovereignty, without which a national culture/literature of the Filipino masses the workers, peasants and middle strata, including ethnic communities would be impossible"

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Look what I found :-)

Garfield minus garfield.