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Why Tanzanian Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah is hardly known back home.

Why Tanzanian Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah is hardly known back home.

Why Tanzanian Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah is hardly known back home. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59178826)   I have not written a post in a while, but I couldn’t let this one pass without comment. Of course, they are referring to the recent Nobel Prize Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah. I have no quarrel with that. I can think of many reasons for Tanzanians not to know of him. Let’s start with, “Perhaps, it’s because he’s not relevant to them anymore.” Gurnah has lived in UK for 5 decades. Is he even Tanzanian? Like many authors from India in the eighties and nineties who reflected VS...

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A writing programme for the rest of us: Week 1—Learning to ride a bicycle

A writing programme for the rest of us: Week 1—Learning to ride a bicycle

The Rationale For those who are new to this Left and Right Brain voodoo, one of the key discoveries of new research on the brain is the dual nature of human thinking: verbal and analytical thinking, which is generally associated with the left side of the brain, and visual and perceptual thinking, situated on the right. Neuro-psychologist Roger Wolcott Sperry received a Nobel Prize in 1981 for his work on the human brain. By separating the area of the brain used to transfer signals between the right and left hemispheres in epileptics, Sperry and his colleagues demonstrated that the two...

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Silverfish writing programme for the rest of us:

Silverfish writing programme for the rest of us:

Week 1—THE RIGHT BRAIN Introduction I started this programme in 2006 and ran it once or twice a year (depending on demand) until two years ago, just before Covid-19 struck. I have received several inquiries about a new intake (also, for an “advanced module") since then but we don’t think the “new normal” was going to allow us to meet and discuss stuff like we used to. Besides it’s very tiring physically. So, this post is our response is the “new normal”. I am posting our Writing Programme on Quora for free (albeit modified for the net) for anyone, anywhere....

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The Salleh ben Joned (1941–2020) I knew

The Salleh ben Joned (1941–2020) I knew

(This post is dedicated to Anna Salleh.) The photo of him was taken during a reading by a group of poets from Singapore in Oct 1999. (See the slideshow and more photos here: https://silverfishbooks.com/pages/community-1). See that energy in the eyes simply waiting to leap forth! After that picture was taken I didn’t see him for almost  2 years. I did wonder about it, but I didn’t know him well enough to inquire. (Friends told me, later, about his bout with depression, and when I heard how they had eventually zapped his brains, I cringed.  He returned after that (I had...

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WHO OWNS OUR CULTURE

WHO OWNS OUR CULTURE

Stories are the bricks and mortar with which societies and nations are built. But in Malaysia, most people seem to have forgotten our stories, our roots, having surrendered our culture to Disney and other western superficies. Did the Sleeping Beauty story originate from Malaysia? Bidasari and the Djinn is our version of the tale that is retold by our great traditionalist, Ninot Aziz. We think the Syair Bidasari predates the earliest European versions; it’s not an imitation, it’s much older. Bidasari and the Djinn became the first book in our proposed series to reclaim our heritage. (Ninot Aziz has many...

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