Sundays used to be for lounging with the papers, now they are just as likely for lounging with iPads. So if you're lazily clicking around looking for something to read, here are a few suggestions, focussing on what's going on lit-wise in Asia.
Seen online around the region
Literary classics offer important insight into Asia’s popular culture. Korea JoongAng Daily (Korea)
Hong Kong, Singapore writers festivals court controversy. Asia times (Thailand)
Review of Man Tiger by Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan, translated by Labodalih Sembiring. Asian Age (India / UK)
Asian calligraphy from Malaysia, Iranian desert landscapes. The Australian (Australia)
This week in Asian Review of Books
See the Asian Review of Books for ever-interesting discussion. Here are links to its newest reviews, excerpts, letters, essays, listings, translations, news items, and round ups:
Slow Boat to China and Other Stories by Ng Kim Chew reviewed by Peter Gordon
Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia by Victor D. Cha reviewed by Francis P Sempa
Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women by Kittredge Cherry reviewed by Peter Gordon
Half the Sky by Luise Guest reviewed by Stephen Maier
National Novel Writing Month
Don’t forget November is National Novel Writing Month – see previous post.
Twitter and blog spots.
Each Sunday I suggest a Twitter account you may like to follow, and a blog I find interesting – either about books, or about Asia, or both.
@londonkoreanist Account from Deborah Smith, translator of Han Kang & Bae Suah, and publisher at @TiltedAxisPress a UK-based publishing house focussing on books in translation, and also on
Asian Art Museum Blog, from The Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, in San Francisco. This one of the West’s largest museums devoted to Asian art and culture.