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January 31, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Tennis No Comments →

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Roger Federer has won the Australian Open men’s singles title, defeating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11). Straaaiiiight seeeets. And Dorski and I missed the final because for some reason we both thought it was later in the evening hahaha. Good work, Dad. Why stop at the record when you can go on winning?


January 31, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Books 5 Comments →

Our agents at work

January 31, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Places, World Domination Update 1 Comment →

Our Agents of World Domination are all over the world, transforming every corner into an outpost of the Philippines. This week in dispatches:

Deepa Paul is in Singapore.

Oxley Road, Singapore by Deepa Paul

“This is my office in Singapore. It’s a pre-WWII house (considered prehistoric by Singapore standards) on Oxley Road, walking distance from Orchard and a few houses down from Lee Kuan Yew’s house. Taxi drivers are struck dumb with fear/reverence/awe whenever I tell them to take me to work, and they go extra slow when passing by Uncle Lee’s house. He has gurkhas (specially trained Nepalese honor guards) stationed in front of his house who generally stop people from taking photos, walking on his side of the street, and coming any closer when his car is driving into/out of the garage. But I’m sure they’re trained to do more than that.”

Meg Francisco is in Bangkok.

Cat Societe, Bangkok by Meg Francisco

“This is the Petropolitan hotel at Ozono, Sukhumvit Soi 39. Our poodle stays at this pet hotel whenever we all leave Bangkok (e.g. Christmas in Manila). The cats of the owner lounge in “Cat Societe” next door, along with the boarded cats.”

Rhea Codizal is in Dubai.

Dubai by Rhea Codizal

“This photo was taken between Souk Al Bahar & Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai four days after the inauguration of Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world…so far. I have been living and working in Dubai since 2006. The Filipino community is estimated the 4th largest ethnic group in the UAE.”

Rosemarie Ramos is in Berlin.

Victory Column, Berlin by Rosemarie Ramos

“Victoria, from her perch atop the Siegessaeule (Victory Column), has seen unification wars, love parades, and Barack Obama. I bring our visiting officials and other guests here for the requisite “picture-taking” and, when they’re up for it, take them up the 285 steps to the top to see the 27-foot Victoria up-close.”

Antonio is in Chicago.

The Point, Lake Michigan by Antonio

“A surreal shot of Lake Michigan at a spot in Hyde Park, Chicago known as “The Point.” Taken with a vintage Zenit Soviet camera.”

Abegail Navarro is in New York.

Street performer, Central Park by Abegail Navarro

Mime in Central Park.

These pictures are fantastic, send more.

If you are a Filipino living abroad and you have not received your briefing on World Domination, read this. Then please email a photograph of your present location to for our World Domination Tracker.

Surgeon-General’s warning: Book-reading might make you smarter.

January 30, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Books 1 Comment →

The flip-top cigarette pack is one of the most successful pieces of packaging design in history. TankBooks pay homage to this iconic form by employing it in the service of great literature. We have launched a series of books designed to mimic cigarette packs – the same size, packaged in flip-top cartons with silver foil wrapping and sealed in cellophane.

And a perfect format for Catcher, since Holden smokes all the time.

Finals, Melbourne

January 30, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Tennis 3 Comments →

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One minute Justine Henin is announcing her return to the game, the next minute she’s in the women’s singles final of the Australian Open against her nemesis, Serena Williams. A lot of history in that match-up (particularly that French Open finalsemifinal).

Roger Federer will meet Andy Murray for the men’s singles title. Murray is the in-form player of the tournament and he’s hungry for his first grand slam. But having 15 slams doesn’t mean Roger is no longer motivated to win. He will want to make up for his crying jag at last year’s trophy ceremony.

For Jerry, with love and squalor

January 30, 2010 By: jessicazafra Category: Books 7 Comments →

So I got all these messages of condolence on the death of J.D. Salinger. I know you wanted to tell somebody-anybody; thank you for thinking of me. We’re sad but not distraught. J.D. Salinger got to live his life exactly the way he wanted to; we should all be so lucky. To honor the writer who has meant so much to me personally I am going to copy, by hand, my favorite Salinger story Just Before the War with the Eskimos. It’s the one that begins after a game of tennis.

Read Janet Malcolm’s defence of the Glass stories in the New York Review of Books in 2001.