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  • Mishima
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    Mishima

    HALF a century ago, Yukio Mishima plunged a short blade into his stomach and disemboweled himself.

  • Advertising
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    Advertising

    These days, truth—which makes an appearance every now and then—seems unable to touch ground. It leaves no trace.

  • Das
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    Das

    DAS is a labor union activist, the bearer of progressive ideas, a perfect hero.

  • Billie
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    Billie

    In anticipation of The United States vs Billie Holiday, a docu-drama directed by Lee Daniels…

  • Woce
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    Woce

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Amir
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    Amir

    When the poet Amir Hamzah left his native village and sailed for Batavia on the Plancus, he wrote a rather mediocre poem:

  • The Workers
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    The Workers

    GOENAWAN MOHAMAD

  • Ruslan
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    Ruslan

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Towards
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    Towards

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Ahasuerus
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    Ahasuerus

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Dreams
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    Dreams

    A famous dream—one that marks an era—is told of Baghdad in the 9th century:

  • Roaming
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    Roaming

    WHAT does ‘roaming’ mean? In this time of pandemic isolation, ‘roaming’—which is always interesting, always full of problems, and thus constantly mentioned in literary imagination—is to leave a place and the past. Sometimes radically.

  • Year Zero
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    Year Zero

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Reality
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    Reality

    “God tirelessly plays dice under laws which he has himself prescribed.”

  • Turkey
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    Turkey

    GOENAWAN MOHAMAD

  • Black
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    Black

    Goenawan Mohamad

  • Independence
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    Independence

    WHEN Chairil Anwar wrote

  • August 6
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    August 6

    AUGUST 6, 1945.

  • Sacrifice
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    Sacrifice

    THERE is a story—fictional of course—from a kingdom in the Dakkhana hills of south western India in the first century CE, about Subhrata.

  • A poem for Sapardi Djoko Damono
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    A poem for Sapardi Djoko Damono

    It’s the weekend And we’ve had enough of death

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