insert 80s song lyric here


slate (!) is partnering with nyu’s creative writing program (!) for a writers on writing video series. yay.

first up is the dude who wrote my favourite book so far this year:

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

See interview here.

I’m currently reading William Boyd’s Any Human Heart, which I bought on a whim a couple of months ago … I’m feeling much better about my terrible reading habits since I read this (thanks Yasmine). Yes, it is truly distressing how bad we so-called Readers are. The author brings up the topic of re-reading:

The only hope is rereading. “A good reader,” said Nabokov, “a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.” The only hope is continuous repetition. How else, after all, can anyone see the form? And if you can’t see a work’s form, then it isn’t really reading at all. But who, therefore, has the time to really read?

Which just kills me. I truly am just a story person I think. The only books I think of reading again (right now) are the really sad love ones (The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Time Traveler’s Wife), the really exciting adventure ones I loved in my youth (Around the World in 80 Days) or um, fashion-related chick lit. Cough.

As much as I loved Mrs Dalloway you could not pay me to start that book over again. I think if I’ve ever finished a book whose language was all awesome and complicated, it was always an accident, or it was one of those rare language+plot combos.

Also, I keep trying to figure out my “secret to reading”, i.e. what makes me stick with a book, and I can’t. Sometimes I feel like I get into it more when my antisocial hormones abound. But not really – the ipod is always better for that. Then I think, oh, I read better when I hate work and I want to “escape” … though this past few weeks (months) have proved that wrong.

I really don’t know. I kill myself trying to figure out the formula to things. When really … there is no point.




Yeah, I’m getting excited about Japan. How can I not, when I get emails from hostel ppl calling me “June san”. It’s too cute. TOO GODDAMN CUTE.


10 Responses to “insert 80s song lyric here”

  1. 1 Yasmine

    June san! That really is too goddamn cute.

  2. 2 ad

    june san! omg. finally we have something to talk abt books. the problem of re-reading. do you know what books i re-read? books that i read when i am 14 i think. and yeah the devil-wears prada-esque kinda books. AND also the time traveller’s wife. i feel the itch to read books especially when i feel like i want to be alone and that is so very rare. i dont think i have the strength to read Lolita, it seems most books are one hit wonder to me and i’ve never thought abt re-reading a lot of them. the magic’s that’s there the first time seems to disappear at the second read. since i hardly have time i read books because it’s a must read to have smart conversations in 2008 (read: singa dalam salji). it’s a pretentious activity but it gets me by. i chanced upon a book at the nus lib because i was looking for singa dalam salji to prepare myself. for singapore fiction it is not that bad! i mean the writer actually admits he is overly excited in his writing with exaggerated metaphors showing the eagerness of an amateur pretentious writer. he wrote abt his experiences falling in love with studying at oxford. at least he doesnt try to insert the whole orientalist singa in his book. not literal at all!

  3. 3 Joon

    i just realised tt ‘singa dalam salji’ is actually WRONG

    • i hate stupid domo he haunts me in my dream yhe girls are always bringing it to schoo;and scaring me withn it. one day ill kill that stupid doll

  4. 5 monstermanda:)

    DOMO IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
    🙂 hehe

  5. 6 Anonymous

    i love domo he is sooooo cute i love him sooooooo much lol and to anyone who says anything bad about me idc cuz im unique dummies hehehhehehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 7 MAGALY

    i love domo



  8. 9 Destiny

    Domo is soo cute!!!

  9. 10 smart circle directv sam's club

    Your style is very unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

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