Tell magazine is one of my favourites on the newsstand for its well written and intelligent content. I am sad that I missed a few issues in the beginning, but now it's a must buy.
The present issue has a couple of nice pieces on local authors. Bernice Chauly is interviewed by Michelle Gunaselan about her latest collection of poetry The Book of Sins.
Bernice talks about the significance of the title, the concept of sin (around which she structures the book), about being taught Cathecism by nuns in her mission school (an experience that does rather scar one for life!), about her parents introducing her to books (her mother made her read Ayn Rand at 12!) and about how it feels to get up and read poetry which is so personal in public.
Elsewhere, Mustapha Mahidin meets playwright Kee Thuan Chye and his family. I've always loved the names he chose for his children: Soraya Sunitra Kee Xian Yin is his daughter, and Jebat Arjuna Kee Jia Liang is his son. (I first came across them in the dedication to We Could **** You, Mr. Birch). MalayIndianChinese elements all in one!
The current also features a tribute to Benazir Bhutto and (very topically) a piece on hidden cameras in hotel rooms and how to detect 'em.