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What books are you reading?

Compiled by Lester G. Babiera


Kid Orit

President of Cavite Young Writers Association; college instructor, San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite.




Kid Orit (Photo by Jo Lontoc)


I’m reading Anthony Bourdain’s “Medium Raw,” a collection of his essays about food, the people who prepared them, his recollections and rants. I’m a big fan of Tony’s gastronomic travel show, “No Reservations.” What he does is my dream job. It is unusual for me to read nonfiction, but hearing Tony’s voice in my head while my eyes thread through the paragraphs makes the reading more enjoyable.


But what I really love to read is fiction. I am a big Haruki Murakami fan. I also love Neil Gaiman. And I dream of writing something Eric Gamalinda did with his “Planet Waves.” Every once in a while I get to leaf through poetry collections by Filipino writers.


Eric Cadavillo

Owner of Z food strip, Malingap and Maginhawa Streets, Quezon City


I usually go for what interests me like books about cooking, gardens, self-help and the arts. Lately, I have started collecting books about artists and accounts of their lives and artworks. It gives me a peek into their persona.


Currently, I’m reading “Blue Dog Man” by George Rodrigue, an American visual artist. The book started out as a painting depicting his lost black and white terrier/spaniel. It now symbolizes Rodrigue’s Cajun roots. He has also turned “Blue Dog Man” into a symbol of himself since he’s an Acadian. Acadians are French-speaking people in the Louisiana bayous where the term “Cajun” was rooted.