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Lost words


Alila is a servant, later evolving into the more democratic katulong, ate, or the classier “maid.” Once I visited a gay friend whose also gay katulong opened the door, in a uniform and ruffled apron, who introduced herself proudly as “the maid.”

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

You say ‘lady’ I say ‘feudal slave’ – Korea’s language divide


North and South Korea have never found dialogue easy, but academics from both sides currently meeting in Pyongyang are trying to steer things in the right direction by at least getting them to speak the same language.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Winners of Nobel Prize in literature since 1980

In this Thursday Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy, arrives to announce the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, in Stockholm. Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 is the festive day of the year for highbrow culture when the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature is revealed. AP

The 2014 Nobel Prize in literature will be announced Thursday by the Swedish Academy. Here is a list of previous winners of the award since 1980:

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Debut fiction writer wins $25,000 Bingham Prize

Godforsaken Idaho book cover

The author of the story collection “Godforsaken Idaho” has won a $25,000 prize.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The (unsuccessful) roasting of Gilda

WITH her balae
Jose V. Abueva
by her side

I’ve never been to any “roasting,” literary or journalistic. I have no idea what goes on at occasions of that kind.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »