Welcome to the litblogosphera my new friend Obiter Dictum who writes most amusingly. I particularly liked this post about burning books, written in response to one of mine. His conversation starter:
If you were given a guilt free coupon to burn one book, which one would it be?Now go tell him, not me!
Shark Gila is making a grand assault on 100 books this year and is almost halfway there! She was underwhelmed by Coetzee's Disgrace though.
K.Kim is a Penang based illustrator who is working on a children's book about a rickshaw puller who sails from China to Malaya to seek his fortune. I'd buy it for the pictures alone! She also covered Kam Raslan's reading in Borders up there for the Star.
Eric is compiling a comprehensive list of contemporary Malaysian books, and wants to know if he has missed any. He also whets our appetites for books that will hit the shops this month.
Don't miss Kaykay's piece on reading (and writing reviews) in the toilet which is hilarious.
Oh, and if you feel like working up a good head of outrage, just look at how the editor of New Man magazine in Singapore responds (in the comments) to a freelancer with a perfectly legitimate grouse. Downright rudeness passes for machismo?
Also from the land down South, Zafar blogs about Michael Ondaatje's new book (and sounds as excited as I am!) and adds to the debate about book reviewing among other excellently written stuff. Meanwhile read@peace's Deepika Shetty enjoys Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka, and catches performance poet Ray McNiece in action.
More notable blogstuff coming soon. Never mind books - I need a gallon of coffee this morning before I can feel like a human being again. Writing really does your head in, doesn't it? (I met two deadlines yesterday, but missed another, and then taught my class. Am exhausted.)