Great Booksale finds this year

Booksale is my favorite physical book shop in the Philippines. Specializing in cheap used books (and what seem to me to be surplus books), Booksale has furnished my personal library with a third of all my books for more than a decade now. Here are some of the titles I found there this year. But…

Some Thoughts on the Death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I wrote this reflection for the Philippine Online Chronicles. I was reading the final pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons when I learned the news of his death. In this brief novel of just over a hundred pages we meet the daughter of a plantation owner. Growing up with the black…

FARC: Narco-Terrorists or Marxist Revolutionaries?

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by its Spanish initials FARC (or the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia), has been called various names. Depending on who you’re asking, they’re either narco-terrorists, criminal kidnappers, child-soldier recruiters, non-state actor human rights violators, or Marxist revolutionaries. The Colombian government, its United States imperialist masters, and the…

Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold

What I found remarkable about Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold is its style. The novella does not follow the formula present in Garcia Marquez’s other more magical realist books and stories. The flights from reality and the all too dense and flowery sentences that extend to several paragraphs that one finds in…

Where Does the White Go When the Snow Melts?

Snow is falling but it’s hardly visible because my (Mis)reading’s background is white. I don’t see it melting. The screen remains white. I don’t like it at all! So meanwhile, onto other things: I’m done reading E.L. Doctorow’s The Waterworks the other day. The 300+ page novel works like a detective story. New York in 1871:…