Category: Books

Know her name

I tend to be very picky with books I buy these days. I had slowly transitioned from not buying any Kindle copies — because, Amazon — but what I often do though before I pick up any paperback or ebook from other publishers (check out Haymarket, Verso, and many others) and bookstores is to download […]

No way to trade the Earth

Creative director and artist Matt Jukes makes these lovely prints of “misremembered landscapes and nearly forgotten memories”. I picked up David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth — which is an extension out of his essay with the same title — this week, despite being terribly terrified of the prospect of the Earth burning us alive and sinking us […]

For, not over

If I were being asked (not that I have ever) of books I have read more than five times, I could name these three: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. I remember reading the first two at the same time […]

The unlikeliest SEO strategist

In one of the things I did not expect to find out today: the conspiracy theory that Boris Johnson gamed Google search results around his reputation, although then quickly debunked by this Wired article: For one thing, Google search results are weighted towards behavioural factors and sentiment of those searching for terms — which would […]

Sort of like an exhale

I guess this is the year where I reread the books I have read from a few years ago. At the top of my mind, the books that I have reread this year were Bruce Chatwin’s Under the Sun (I definitely had an absolutely different take especially reading it again right after finishing an Edward […]

On personal evolution

I saw someone reading and speaking highly of Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano’s The Open Veins of Latin America the other day, and being my usual curious self, I started to look for the book at the library. I admit this was my first time hearing of the book or the author himself. I learned that […]

Do we deserve one another?

I just finished reading Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories over the weekend, and because I have the tendency to compare things, it’s like reading an anthology of Chinese Black Mirror. Science fiction is not always my genre of choice — it’s none of anyone’s faults — it’s just that I often find […]

We live for such miracles

I forgot that people actually wrote things by hand long before typewriters and computers were invented, until I came upon this digitised original manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I suppose a lot of other famous writers do this too, both drafting and possibly writing the entire book. Writers like James Patterson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol […]

The dangers of playing God

Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature. Engraving by W. Chevalier after Th. von Holst, 1831. Featured as frontispiece to the 1831 edition of Shelley’s novel — Source: Wellcome Library via Public Domain Review On Mary Shelley’s birthday today, I am currently reading the annotated edition of Frankenstein, 22 years after reading it for the […]