Currently reading: Habagatanon

Finally done with In My Father’s Court and now it’s time for another book. I have my eye on Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea but I should probably give memoirs a break. Instead I’m going to take on Ric de Ungria’s Habagatanon, his book of interviews with six contemporary Davao writers. These just happen to be people I know and am on first name basis with (and I am also in the book, believe it or not.)

This dovetails with a project I’m currently embarking on, a set of interviews with young Davao writers, the first of which is with Genevieve Mae Aquino.

The Project

By now it should be clear that I have a little project running with regard to this column. Instead of random topics, I’ve been sticking to one theme across these past few weeks. That theme just happens to be the dangers of social media.

I started with my experiences in shedding my social media accounts and the resulting mental freedom that the decision afforded me. Then I covered how some tech executives who were instrumental in the success of these social media companies were beginning to have serious second thoughts about what they had created. This was followed by the effects of overexposure to technology on children. I rounded it out with a piece on the physical effects of our gadgets and suggestions on how, based on my own experiences, to detoxify from social media.

Continue reading The Project

An online Holocaust memorial

I am on the last few chapters of In My Father’s Court and as testament to its masterful writing I am sensing a tonal shift as the scenes moves away from the poor if idyllic daily life of the Warsaw ghetto pre-war to the reality (or unreality) of 1917 onwards. The book piqued my interest enough to look for photos of that era and I found Eilat Gordon Levitan’s site.

A memorial site for those who were displaced or perished during the Holocaust. This site will hopefully shine a light on the dangerous consequences of bigotry, racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia wherever it occurs. May the mantra – never again – apply to the oppression of all targeted groups around the world.

It’s the perfect match for In My Father’s Court. Touching, funny, heart-breaking. Oh the humanity!

Quitting Google

A former Google software engineer explains why he quit. On the surface, money. More substantially, the management structure. Oh, and the sense of fulfillment, too.