He writes about Amir Mohmamad (left) writing again, with a new column in the NST (certainly the best reason to buy the paper!).
But look at this paragraph and examine the sheer bitchery of Mr. Raman's comment:
What I like about Amir Muhammad is that he does not think it's necessary to do the 'reading' circuit. He simply writes. He does not see the need to pout and pose like a leftover 70's New York City beatnik, reading stuff he wrote ten years ago. And he hasn't threatened to write his definitive novel for the past fifteen years. Nor does he attempt to write 'poetry'.Beatniks? He means us, of course. Hopeless cases like Bernice and Ruhayat X and Raja Ahmad and Kam Raslan and Fahmi Fadzil and Zedeck Siew and Dina Zaman and Sharanya etc. etc. And me.
Pose and Pout???? Aiyoh!
I think I irked him last time I was in the shop and he started his - you-people-never-complete-novels spiel by telling him that one of his Silverfish writers has his novel finished, it's really good, and he is hoping to publish overseas. (Not to mention that another is on the UEA course and is bound to have a manuscript tucked about her person somewhere, while others are beavering away on writing projects.)
If you want to know what's really going on and who is getting good work written, I said, you should come along to the readings and just talk to people. Touché!
But of course he won't. Not even when the readings are held a few steps away from his shop.
(I shall say nothing of the way he talked loudly through the readings at Maya Gallery that night.)
Now Mr. Raman can be relied on to step on toes and that's much of the fun of reading his website and fair criticism is good for us all ... but who needs the spiteful of spirit?
I can't think that it can be too good for business either when you rely very much on the goodwill of others ...
Talking about the readings - nothing has been happening for a while apart from KLue's events. Bernice says that Sek Sen's place has now become so popular for arts events of all kinds that it's hard to find a free slot. And she has been busy with other projects including a photography exhibition.
But it does need to happen.
More about the readings here.