Twisted by Jessica Zafra – Pumping irony since 1994

Start the working week with Seneca the Stoic

September 04, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, History, Notebooks

Read Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety in Brain Pickings.

From 100 Days of Overthinking by Maria Sanoja

Dear Moleskine,

As a loyal Moleskine user I am dismayed that your recent Limited Edition notebooks (Avengers, Beatles, etc) are available with ruled pages only. Consider that many of the people who shell out uncomplainingly for your expensive merchandise are the sort of people who appreciate the freedom of plain, unlined pages. I am close to deserting Moleskine for Leuchtturm 1917 or those Romeo spiral notebooks by Itoya, both of which have pristine, heavier paper. Only habit and my preference for seeing rows and rows of notebooks of the same height but differently-colored spines (and your flat-opening pages) keep me faithful. Will it kill you to put out a few Rolling Stones Moleskines with plain pages?


Writing Boot Camp goes to Cebu on September 16

August 31, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Workshops

If you want to organize a Writing Boot Camp in your office or city, email

I’m looking for OFWs to interview in Tokyo and Yokohama in September

August 30, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, World Domination Update

I am going to Japan in late September (21ish to 27ish) for some world domination research and I plan to interview overseas Filipino workers. The interviews are fairly simple and uncontroversial: how they wound up working in Japan, what their typical day is like, whether they have Filipino friends there, and what their aspirations are. The project is privately funded. The interviewees do not have to share their names and personal details (unless they want to).

If you are a Filipino based in Tokyo or Yokohama, or if you know Filipinos based in Tokyo or Yokohama, please get in touch with me. You can leave me a message in Comments, or email me at If you prefer Facebook, please contact Bubbles at Thank you!

And does anyone know how to get in touch with Evelyn Eleanor the host of Oh Tokyo?

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Thank you for all the replies and referrals! Looks like I’m going to do a lot of interviews during my trip. Special thanks to Pepe for pointing me to the videoke bar in Yokohama where the Pinoys hang out.

We know what you’re doing this morning.

August 28, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Television

I am the star of Game of Thrones. Drogon, fool, not a White Walker.

Much as we love Game of Thrones, with an affection that cannot be shaken by its abandonment of logic, we aspire to a life in which a new episode of the series is not the high point of our week, or the topic of all conversation.

P.S. Could not resist.

JRR Tolkien = George RR Martin
Aragorn the reluctant heir = Aegon (Jon)
Frodo the hobbit = Tyrion the dwarf
Samwise Gamgee= Samwell Tarly
Boromir = Theon Greyjoy
Eowyn the lady who wants to fight = Arya, who might kill
The Witch-King of Angmar, lord of the Nazgul = the Night King

Watch Mark Z. Danielewski, author of The Familiar and House of Leaves, talk about writing, cats, and cosmic things

August 27, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats

Allan Carreon recorded our Q&A at the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival yesterday. Thanks to Allan, Deo and Roni for the post-discussion discussion, during which they filled me in on the pop culture I have missed. I had no idea there were telenovelas in which women fought using photocopiers and balut.

I’m hosting a Q&A with Mark Danielewski on Saturday, 26 Aug, 3pm at Raffles Hotel Makati

August 23, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Books

Mark Danielewski is the author of The House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Fifty-Year Sword, and The Familiar, which he envisions as a 27-volume series.

Mark loves cats, who show up in all his books. He will sign your books after the Q&A.

His books will be sold at the venue.

Admission is free. Go early.

Visit Mark Danielewski’s website

See the complete schedule of book talks