i play hours of mindless game to get by.
sing nggawe game e nggapleki.
procrastinating, a weapon of the not-so-weak.
my work is waiting, it surely can wait.
i dance to my love’s whistle.
“my baby girl cute! cute! lalalalala mirai e”
i kiss my bestfriend because she is.
crying for cried too much.
longing the past i’ve never had.
reading is not for the intellectuals.
books stacked. mascarpone,
no mascara. tick-tock which series of time.
searching for the-ways-in-which.
- Khairani Barokka – With Care
This is a very important piece on translation and ableism!
- Brian Ransom – Please Fire Jia Tolentino
I know Jia from Pepe (of course, hhh i love her), and instantly liking Jia for her thought and witty writings. Internet is confusing, but thanks to awesome writers like Jia who craft their words with clarity, we can recognize the odds of the online world. She’s cool.
Book and Journal Article
- Kris Alexanderson – Subversive Seas
Exciting reading on transportation history and martitime history of the Dutch empire during the 1920s and 1930s. Alexanderson examines three areas of Dutch shipping: hajj pilgrim shipping between Netherlands-East Indies and and the Middle East on Kongsi Tiga; Asian shipping on the Java-China-Japan Lijn; and the passenger liners run by Stoomvart Maatschappij Nederland, Rotterdamsche Llyod NV, and Koninklijke Paketvaart Maastchappij. It tells stories of not only oligarchic and cartel-like shipping and cargo business, and the ways colonial control its subjects but also how the transoceanic connection became a transgressive space.
- Ronit Ricci – Citing as a Site
What a brilliant read! I like Ricci and her multilingual backgrounds, also her enthusiast to learn multiple scripts and languages on her 60s. Her engagement with paratexts blows my mind.
- Afi Lifschiftz – The Book of Job and the Sex Life of Elephants
A story about Europeans who were curious with how elephants copulate? Sure! The article argues about the limit of evidence in eighteenth-century natural history and biblical criticism.
Poem and Fiction
- Sally Wen Mao – Occidentalism