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On Filipino Food

In 2011, Ligaya Mishan, in her review of the Filipino restaurant Maharlika, wondered if Filipino food might finally be having its moment. In 2012, Andrew Zimmern predicted that Filipino food is the next big thing in America. In 2016, in … Continue reading

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Melmoth in Manila

The British writer Sarah Perry is no stranger to the Philippines. In 2004, she received the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for her essay, “A Little Unexpected,” about the time she and her husband spent living in Cubao and traveling to … Continue reading

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A Little Guilt Trip

One big problem I have with Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is that it made me into a voyeur. I was a voyeur as I avidly read about the lifestyles of the rich and famous characters in the book as … Continue reading

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She Still Hasn’t Found What She’s Looking For

Vivian Gornick has published more than ten nonfiction books since she started writing in the seventies. Her works include biographies, criticism, theory, essay collections, and memoir. She’s particularly famous for her memoirs, is perhaps one of the earliest and best … Continue reading

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The Bloody Chamber

Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber” is one of my favorite stories. It is the title story of Carter’s second collection of short fiction, published in 1979. This fairy tale of Gothic horror, like Carter’s highly original renditions of “Beauty and … Continue reading

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