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If all beauty pageants were like this, we would watch them

February 03, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events No Comments →

And if all Oscar nominees were required to dress themselves without the aid of stylists we would start watching the Academy Awards again.

Binge-listening: Serial, the podcast

January 30, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events 2 Comments →

As soon as we get the episodes. Hurry up, download.

Charlie Hebdo, by a survivor

January 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Places No Comments →

The cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Cabu at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, Paris, May 23, 2012. Photo by Patrick Fouque/Getty Images

Dear Friends of Charlie Hebdo and Libération,

Right now I have nothing left but three fingers wrapped in Band-Aids, a heavily bandaged jaw, and just a few ounces of strength, a few minutes in which to express to you all my affection and thank you for your friendship and your support. This is all I wanted to say to you: if there is one thing that this attack reminded me about, or even taught me in the first place, it’s why I practice this profession at these two papers—out of a spirit of freedom and the sheer fun of expressing it, whether in the form of news or caricature, in good company, and in every way possible, however unsuccessful, without feeling the slightest need to judge the result.

Continue reading at the NYRB Blog.

Maggie Gyllenhaal rules The Honourable Woman as a drowsy baroness.

January 09, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television No Comments →

As Nessa Stein, the Anglo-Israeli title character of the BBC mini-series The Honourable Woman, Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like she needs a good, long nap. She enunciates each syllable carefully, draws out her sentences, slowly elongates her neck and stretches her limbs like a languid giraffe. She can’t even stand straight without clutching the rostrum, one leg crossed in front of the other as if for balance. It’s a wide-awake star turn that keeps us entertained throughout the labyrinthine turns and deceptions of the drama written, directed and produced by Hugo Blick.

Read our review at The Binge in BusinessWorld.

Do you have an appointment in Manila on Friday? Reset.

January 07, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events 2 Comments →

It’s the annual procession of the Black Nazarene and 15 million people are expected to attend.

More people will surely be present at the Papal visit. We’re going North.

Update: Everyone had the same idea and the old houses at Sitio Remedios are booked. So we’re staying put.

Some days the editor in your head just won’t shut up

December 28, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Music No Comments →


On the radio: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” the latest incarnation.

– Why should they, if they have other religions?
– And barring freak occurrences, there hasn’t been snow in Africa since the Ice Age.
– What about The Snows of Kilimanjaro?
– Damn you, Ernest Hemingway.

Advertising text: “The Greatest Artisanal Achievements of the Human Hand”.

– As opposed to the artisanal achievements of the human foot.
– I know lots of artisans who’ve achieved greatness with their left nostril, not to mention their small intestine.
– To say nothing of the artist Pricasso.
– Shouldn’t most artists be named that, though?