Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I don't understand Bob Dylan. Maybe that's how it should be: something that fascinates is something that does not have to be, or cannot be, understood. I read Dylan's book of poetry, Tarantula, which he wrote in 1966 when he was twenty-five. In it, words move not like letters, not like vessels of meaning, but as sound, in their repetition, consonants, emphasis, and syllable length:

mother say go in…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Setya’s Shifting Sands

A few hours after Judge Cepi Iskandar revoked Setya Novanto’s suspect status in the corruption case involving the electronic ID cards (e-KTP) project at the South Jakarta District Court on the night of September 29, five commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) could be seen at the Bogor Presidential Palace.

One palace official said that the arrival of the commissioners was not on the day’s agenda, even though they had long requested an audience with the President. That night, Jokowi wanted to attend a screening of Penumpasan Pengkhianatan G 30 S PKI, the movie on the September 30 movement, at the Headquarters of the 61st Military Subdistrict Command in Suryakencana, Bogor, West Java.