Ece Temelkuran’s Together: Heart-Shaped Stones, Whitman & Us

The intertextual connection between Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Turkish journalist and writer Ece Temelkuran’s latest book Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now (2021) may seem far-fetched to some. I do think, however, that there is a reason why I walked up to my library and picked up the stiffly-aged 1983 edition of Leaves of Grass (1855) and wanted to read “Song of Myself” right after I finished Together. Continue reading Ece Temelkuran’s Together: Heart-Shaped Stones, Whitman & Us

‘A more narrowly defined culture-bond syndrome’: Folklorn (2021) by Angela Mi Young Hur

Folklorn is a contemporary origin story that seamlessly weaves Korean folklore within a narrative of identity, migration, and home. Continue reading ‘A more narrowly defined culture-bond syndrome’: Folklorn (2021) by Angela Mi Young Hur

Reading around Asia Book List | The World Bookshelf Project

My ultimate goal here as a voracious reader is to delve right into the literary scene(s) and spaces created by Asian writers–which I’ve been missing out on all these years. Continue reading Reading around Asia Book List | The World Bookshelf Project

On Writing Better | Rainer Maria Rilke

European poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) pursued a life of meaning through his writing. He studied with the greatest minds of the 20th century, from Rodin to Lou Andreas-Salomé, not only to learn how to write better, but to learn how to think, feel, and live like an artist. Continue reading On Writing Better | Rainer Maria Rilke