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Hold Them With a Smile

Emptiness in the Heart of Compassion: Spirituality in the Writings of Cyril Wong. by Stewart Dorward Cyril Wong is one of the most striking and provocative figures in Singaporean literature. His prize winning and acclaimed work encompasses poetry, short stories,

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Hold Them With a Smile

Emptiness in the Heart of Compassion: Spirituality in the Writings of Cyril Wong. by Stewart Dorward Cyril Wong is one of the most striking and provocative figures in Singaporean literature. His prize winning and acclaimed work encompasses poetry, short stories,

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Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

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Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

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Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

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Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

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“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

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“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

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How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

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How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

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The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

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The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

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New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

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New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman