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Feast on your life: Tom Hiddleston reads Derek Walcott’s Love After Love

January 27, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies No Comments →

Every movie we see #8: We love Inherent Vice. Motto panekeiku!

January 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies No Comments →


If you require linear narrative and clear resolution
If you have to know what’s going on at all times
If you want people to behave “normally”
If you are annoyed by ambiguity
If you think there’s no excuse for indulgence
If you demand that the world make sense
If you don’t like voice-overs
If you hate stoner comedies
If you expect stoner comedies to be surrealist
If you don’t particularly care that someone had the chutzpah to adapt a Thomas Pynchon novel for film
If you find Joaquin Phoenix distressing and wonder why Josh Brolin can’t just stick to being a hot guy
If you require that a movie be something you can recount in detail to your friends

Do not watch Inherent Vice because you’ll just kill our buzz.

You might enjoy (#9) American Sniper, which is stylistically, thematically, politically its opposite.

Lydia Barry ponders the Unthinkable Mind

January 20, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books 1 Comment →


We know Lynda Barry as a writer and cartoonist whose illustrated memoirs of growing up with her Filipino grandmother (with manananggal drawings!) are hilarious and heartbreaking. Ms Barry is also an assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity in Wisconsin. Syllabus is a collection of class notes, drawings and syllabi from her early years of teaching. It’s a creativity workshop in convenient composition notebook form.

Argonath not included, we just used them to keep the book open.

Syllabus is available at National Bookstores, Php1195.

The Devil in the Philippines

January 14, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, History No Comments →

Drogon vs Diablo

Translated into English and annotated by Benedict Anderson, Carlos Sardiña Galache and Ramon Guillermo, Ang Diablo sa Filipinas (1886) unfolds as a dialogue between Isabelo and his friend Gatmaitan. They hear that a directorcillo in Bulacan, well-known for his library, has died. (The directorcillos were the secretaries of the Spanish administrators. They handled all official documents, which made them very powerful in their towns.) Isabelo and Gatmaitan rush to the dead man’s house to ogle the local girls, enjoy the buffet at the wake, and look at the famous library. Of particular interest is the “Little Book”, said to possess magical powers.

But the Little Book manages to hide itself from the two men, and they end up passing the time by reading from the missionary chronicles they find in the library. For instance, there is Aduarte’s account of a demon that played pranks on men who went into the forest alone. This demon would bring the man some creatures who resembled women. These “women” would lure the man into some thick shrubs, where they proceeded to play pelota using him as their ball.

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Is that the Phantom of the Opera in the Penny Dreadful trailer?

January 13, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television 3 Comments →

Ooh, more Victorian monsters.

Is Billie Piper’s Irish accent still alive? The Bride of Frankenstein doesn’t talk, does she?

In case of dead body, everybody make coffee.

January 12, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Crime, Places No Comments →


It’s an old cop trick to mask the smell.

The most insane deaths seen by an NYC medical examiner
by Maureen Callahan

When Judy Melinek was considering where to begin her career as a medical examiner — New York or LA? — she was given great advice.

“If you really want to learn forensic pathology, do a rotation in New York City,” her chief resident said. “All kinds of great ways to die there.”

Including, but not limited to: plummeting down a manhole, attack by egg-roll machine, miscalculating the tensile strength of cable cord and scaffolding collapse.

In Melinek’s first week on the job, the tone became clear. As one novice began describing the case of “a man who was shot by a lady,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Seymour Hirsch corrected him.

“Shot by a woman,” Hirsch said. “Ladies don’t shoot people.”

Keep reading. Thanks to Jackie for this cheery Monday reading.