November 16, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Jacques Prévert: The Cat and the Bird

A grieving village hears The song of the wounded bird It is the only bird of the village And it is the only cat of the village Who has half-eaten the bird And the bird stops singing And the cat stops purring And licking his paw And the village gives The bird a marvelous funeral And the cat who is invited Walks behind the little straw casket The little girl who carries the casket Cannot stop crying “If I knew that this would break your heart I would have eaten the whole bird And then I would have told you […]
November 17, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Jonathan Safran Foer: On Distance and Silence

Tragedy primes one for humor. And humor primes one for tragedy. They amplify each other. As a writer, I am trying to express those things that are most scary to me, because I am alone with them. Why do I write? It’s not that I want people to think I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to end my loneliness. Books make people less alone. That, before and after everything else, is what books do. They show us that conversations are possible across distances. I spent the morning reading  a six-page […]
November 18, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Sibonga | Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala

HOW TO GET THERE: South Bus Terminal. Board on the bus bound south. Advice the conductor of your destination: Simala. Bus Fare from Cebu City to Sibonga is P53.00 only. Get off in Simala. Hire a habal-habal for Upper Lindogan where the monastery is located. It’s only P20 per person.
November 22, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Thomas McCarthy: The Visitor

Visits. Perhaps revisits. Who knows?