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Yes, they are in!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


Yes, yes, yes! My books got accepted and are currently on their way to the upcoming Dog-Eared Artist Book Show at Purdue University in Indiana.

The 3 books that will be exhibited are:

1. The Shopping B(ag)ook (2008) (Okay, for a certain reason, I can’t really release pictures of the book yet, but you’ll be able to see it at the show.)
2. Oversized Silver Coptic (2006)
3. Braided Tapes (2007)

I simply cannot not cross-post the information of the show! So here it comes…

Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries
Yue-Kong Pao Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts
Purdue University
552 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

November 10 – 25, 2008

Blindness

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

José Saramango’s Blindness was among one of the most memorable books I have ever read. We had a book club then and we read the book. We made comments about how interesting would it be to see it as a motion picture. The prose was so graphic and vividly visual. We felt “dirty” after we finished the book, it was so damn intense. It was nice though we got to discuss about the book afterwards.

And here it comes, this Fall, Blindness will be adapted onto the screen. Julienne Moore will play the role of the doctor’s wife. She’s one of my favs and I was glad that she’s in the picture. The trailer was pretty good, I have to say, it gives me the scary and werid chill that I felt with the book. Apparently Saramango refused to sell the rights of the book for years, fearing that filmmakers would give the book’s violent setting typical Hollywood treatments.

On the movie website, they posted a YouTube clip that shows how much Saramango was touched after seeing the movie. Honestly, I thought putting that on the movie site was a bit hokey, and it gave me a chill. But then again, Saramango was the 1998 Nobel prize winner in Literature, I suppose it’s hard not to exploit that a bit…

As for the sequel, Seeing, I have yet to find the right moment to begin.

The Golden Compass

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The Golden Compass
As recommended by Rey, I have started reading the first part, The Golden Compass, of the trilogy, His Dark Materials. I bought the 3-in-1 version so that I can read the 3 volumes with one book. The movie is coming out this coming holiday season.

I am already imagining Danial Craig as Lord Asriel and Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter while reading. Let’s see how the movie goes when it comes out.

The World Without Us

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The World Without UsI found that a few of my friends are reading The World Without Us at the same time as I am. We all seem to be really enjoying it. Weisman had a tour in the city last night but I couldn’t go, which is too bad.

Apparently the book’s website has some interesting visual materials to go with the book, which I just happened to find. I have also found some videos on YouTube as well.

Everything who is aware of environment issues should really pick up a copy and read; but of course, for those who don’t care much about the environment, they probably won’t care to read in the first place. Weisman visualizes the Earth without us being around, which us, as he claims, an innovative way to look at the effects we have induced onto the environment.

Current Reads

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Wild SwansJung Chang’s Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a saga of herself and her mother and grandmother: 3 women in China during the time of political turmoil in the last century. It’s really an engaging read. I never thought I would even get through the first half. I have only about a quarter left.

When I was in high school I learned about the upheavement of Manchuria, Japanese’s occupation of China, the Civil War between KMT and the Communist Party, the rise of Mao, the Red Guards and the Cultural Revolution, but nothing compared to personal stories and recollection of what’s really happening to the people. I am totally mesmerized by their intense stories. They are dramatic and sensational, but at the same time they are what they were experiencing, that’s what’s different than history lessons.

Compared to Chang’s last book Mao: The Unknown Story, which has gotten a lot of bad reviews, Wild Swans seem to be much more popular. I guess it’s the personal accounts that count. Can you still criticize her as being biased if she’s writing her own personal accounts? Perhaps she has the license to be biased?

The World Without Us

The Joy of Chemistry

In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman speculates the scenario of our Earth with all human vanished. It’s an alternative method to help us think about our impact on Earth, thus helping us to see our environment in a different way. I can’t wait to get started on it. I read his article in Scientific America last month and I wanted to read The World Without Us real badly. Now it’s sitting on my head table and I have been reading a few pages every night before bed.

At the same time, I am skimping through The Joy of Chemistry to remind myself of the Chemistry I learned in high school, while getting ideas of some kitchen experiments that I can play with at home. It turns out that I can make salicyclic acid (key ingredient in treating acne) from rubbing alcohol and asprin. Amazing.

Blah blah Harry Potter

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsI mean, I do read Harry Potter, I read each and everyone of the books and I saw every movie up to date. I even pre-ordered the last 2 so that I could get them on the day it was released. In fact, I am still reading the last one right now. (Harry’s gonna die, right? I am waiting for the moment that it’s going to be finally over!)

But it’s just a story book, people! Stop obsessing over it! A story book! Again: A STORY BOOK!

It’s a story, just like any other fiction. It’s a story about these wizards and their lives, friendships, struggles… A story! A story! It’s great that we all enjoy it, right, nice! Please stop obsessing over it and it sickening that so much money have been squeezed out from this Potter thing. Why must be make money out of every possible “phenomenon”? Why must we exploit everything people seem to like.

Too much is too much, can’t we just keep it a summer beach book and that’s it? Can’t we just enjoy flipping through those pages and call it a day?

Deathly Hallows

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Will Harry win or Voldermort? Find out in July.
deathly hallows

Dies cinerum – Day of ashes

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

ash wednesdayToday is Ash Wednesday, Catholics around the world receive blessed ash in the sign of the cross. Today marks the beginning of the Lenten fast.

Remains of the blessed plams from the Palm Sunday from the previous years are burnt in ashes, for which is used on Ash Wednesday. These ashes are blessed with holy water and incense.

Oh by the way, Googling the term “Ash Wednesday” apparently revealed that Ethan Hawke wrote a book, titled Ash Wednesday.

John Case revealed

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

The mysterious duo John Case is revealed! Upon searching for their website for my recent post on CaiLun.info, first of all, I realized that they have a new book out titled, Ghost Dancer, then I realized that John Case has his, or their rather, picture on the site. They have been revealing themselves bit by bit in the previous books, slowing leaking out (intentionally) the fact that John Case is a pseudonym and it’s a duo. Now the secret is over, they are Jim and Carolyn Hougan. Okay, I’d rather they keep is secret. It’s more of a drama that way. Now the fun is over. It’s all too clear.

Fierce scary kitties!

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

A while ago our friend B. gave us this hilarious book, Bat Cat, and it’s been sitting in the toilet since. Everytime I take a dump I’d flip through it and get a kick out of it. Then today when I was flipping through it again (during another dump-taking ritutal, of course), I saw the URL. And apparently there are more crazy cats out there! Here are a few of them, but mind you, they don’t do their justice without the captions. Check out My Cat Hates You and enjoy. Surely you can enjoy this site while you’re taking a dump also.