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Montage 2014

The auric gift of the word

By Jenny Lynne G. Aguilar

In this nondescript section of Padre Faura St. in Malate, a plethora of worlds unfold in the books that line the shelves and stands inside literary titan F. Sionil Jose’s Solidaridad Bookshop the moment one steps in. The little shop’s significance in Philippine literary history immediately makes itself felt, swirling around each newcomer like a subtle drug that endows on the visitor a magnificent feeling. You wonder if all lairs of National Artists are like this: even the air has preserved pieces of national history so much so that you find yourself involuntarily breathing slowly, carefully, if you must be intoxicated into wonder.
The tinkling of small bells alert the lady at the counter to your entry. “I’m here for Mr. Jose,” you say, uncertain whether that is too inadequate, or on the other hand, too brash. But she directs you to the stairs at the back of the shop, and you offer her a nod of appreciation. Read more »

A different kind of muse

By Raydon L. Reyes

There are muses that drive the artist into creating timelessness in each piece. Poets have Calliope whispering words to be immortalized on paper, musicians have Euterpe strumming the strings of lyrical souls, while Terpsichore reigns supreme in the world of dance. But in these modern times, smoking, imbibing alcohol and caffeine, and even taking illegal drugs like marijuana, may have already replaced these beautiful spirits that once served as the sole source of inspiration for artists.

Writers under the influence Read more »

Stimulating your creativity

By Arian Anderson R. Rabino

DO DRUGS and other substances stimulate artists’ creativity?
Dr. Rosalito de Guzman, chair of the Department of Psychology of the UST College of Science, believes so.
“With the help of vices, artists become more attentive, energetic, and motivated for long hours of creative work,” he told the Varsitarian. Read more »

Writing in other professions

By Levine Andro H. Lao

Can the tedious task of creative writing squeeze through the hectic schedules of professionals?
Despite the demands of their respective careers, multi-awarded contemporary literary personalities Victor Emmanuel Carmelo “Vim” Nadera, Jr. and Jim Libiran still allot some of their time for writing, being convinced that it is very useful in their professions.

Writing legacy Read more »