Links Today: Philippine Genre Stories, Filipino American Cultural Festival at San Lorenzo

The 3rd Annual Filipino American Cultural Arts Festival at San Lorenzo Library is today, the first of May 2011.  The Library is located at 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo, CA.  The event starts at 1:30 pm and is FREE (Of course, since this is a PAWA event, there will be merienda).

Edwin Lozada and Gemma Nemenzo organized the event.

Here are the list of readers:

  • Edwin Lozada
  • David Maduli
  • Elsa Valmidiano
  • Joan Iva Cube

David, Elsa and Joan are all published in the new PAWA anthology, Walang Hiya.  In addition, there will be musical performances by Carlos Zialcita and Little Brown Brother!

Post-Event Addenda:

  • While self was standing at the back of the room, listening to David Maduli read, the musicians, who were standing next to her, began snapping their fingers and nodding in rhythm to his poetry.  “Nothing like a pinoy,” they were saying, or words to that effect)
  • Edwin did a grrrreat job reading one of self’s stories from The Lost Language.  She told him to choose any story, and he selected “Coconut.”  The trouble with self reading her own stories is that she gets self-conscious.  And she doesn’t really put herself into it.  But Edwin read all the scenes so expressively that self found herself thinking:  “Wow, am I just imagining it, or is that possibly a really great story ???”

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Earlier today, self received a message from Charles Tan.  Her story, “The Departure,” is now up on the Philippine Genre Stories website.  Thanks much, Charles!  Check it out here.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

NYTBR 17 April 2011: David Foster Wallace and Two Memoirs

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 17 April 2011 Issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1.   After reading Tom McCarthy’s front-page review of two works by the late David Foster Wallace, Wallace’s unfinished novel, The Pale King, and Wallace’s essay Fate, Time, and Language:

  • David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King
  • David Foster Wallace’s earlier, groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest (which self hasn’t read yet because she is waiting for a time when she has nothing to do for six months but read)

2.   After reading Gail Caldwell’s review of Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye, about the death of her mother:

  • Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye

3.   After reading Abraham Verghese’s review of Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love:  A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing, about a devastating stroke that left Ackerman’s husband able only to repeat one meaningless syllable, over and over:

  • Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love:  A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing

(And, BTW, the book self is currently reading, Laurence Bergreen’s Marco Polo:  From Venice to Xanadu, is a very enthralling book.  Which is why she is still reading it, almost a month after she began, in early April)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Reading “War, Literature & the Arts” Again

Here’s an excerpt from another post on the blog I quoted from a few days ago, “War, Literature & the Arts.”

This post is by the same person who wrote the post I quoted from a few days ago: James Moad II. From what self gleans from his posts, he is apparently stationed at a U.S. base in Germany. The title of this post is “The Poet and the Wounded Warrior’s Return.” Moad had to visit a military hospital for damage to a rotator cuff, and here is what he witnessed:

    As I left the hospital, passing by the ER, I watched a crowd of medical personnel gather around a bus that had just arrived. They began offloading stretchers, one after another, filled with the wounded warriors who’d arrived at Ramstein Air Base just a few hours before on C-17s. I examined their faces, and after twenty years of service, many looked like little boys to me. With IVs hovering above blanketed bodies, the stretchers moved briskly past me toward surgeons and doctors waiting to treat the physical wounds of war. After watching the scene unfold before me, returning to the U.S. for surgery seemed like a modest inconvenience.

Moad goes on to recount watching an episode of Frontline while recuperating in Colorado Springs. From there, he discusses post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is a very, very interesting post.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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