Sidelines



  • Nagasasra & Sabukinten
    Sidelines

    Nagasasra & Sabukinten

    AROUND half a century ago, a series of silat (martial arts) stories was published in Yogya, set in 16th century Java and titled Nagasasra dan Sabukinten. The stories, written by S.H. Mintardja, stopped after about 30 titles. Each title sold out. The readership was wide.

  • Prayer
    Sidelines

    Prayer

    Prayer is a becoming.

  • May 20
    Sidelines

    May 20

    SHOES were all the talk. This was Jakarta in the early 20th century. To be precise: shoes were the talk, European schools, Dutch students, non-Dutch students, and behind it all, colonialism.

  • Seduction
    Sidelines

    Seduction

    We return to Homer’s tale—to the story about seas, sailors, singing sirens, and songs causing death.

  • The Dwarf
    Sidelines

    The Dwarf

    The dwarf, the bastard, the eunuch with his falsetto…they are not strong impeccable characters like Diana, the Amazonian with a perfect figure in Wonder Woman, or Clark Kent, the handsome, polite, awkward man who occasionally transforms into Superman.

  • Oceania
    Sidelines

    Oceania

    We are not living in Oceania yet. Almost, maybe.

  • Jesus
    Sidelines

    Jesus

    Poetry moves us when it touches on faith and death.

  • The Caliph
    Sidelines

    The Caliph

    In Najaf, history is built from loss.

  • Daesh
    Sidelines

    Daesh

    God is not in the final bullets of the Islamic State.

  • Luck
    Sidelines

    Luck

    Whenever I stand before an imposing monument, I feel something is missing. It feels like just an abstract.

  • White Supremacy
    Sidelines

    White Supremacy

    We remember Man Friday.

  • Frankenstein
    Sidelines

    Frankenstein

    IN 1818, more than 200 years before the world enthusiastically and anxiously welcomed the age of ‘artificial intelligence’, a novel was published: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

  • The Dog
    Sidelines

    The Dog

    One day in the 4th century BCE, Alexander heard there was an eccentric philosopher living in Athens. The young Macedonian king wanted to know more about Diogenes.

  • The exception
    Sidelines

    The exception

    On a small proscenium stage, five girls sang in chorus; then one stepped forward: Calabrisella mia, Calabrisella mia, Calabrisella mia, Facimmu ammore

  • Land
    Sidelines

    Land

    I was reminded of Pahom.

  • Philosophers
    Sidelines

    Philosophers

    I often feel strangely disturbed when I hear the word ‘philosopher’. We know these creatures exist, but I have never been able to clearly identify them.

  • India
    Sidelines

    India

    On January 30, 2019, a woman fat as a sackful of rice and with a face twisted like Sarpakanaka, shot an air pistol at a life-sized doll. The doll had the face of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Ibn Arabi
    Sidelines

    Ibn Arabi

    In Cordoba, one day in the 12th century, a beardless young man astonished a famous philosopher.

  • Appointment
  • Words, Words, Words
    Sidelines

    Words, Words, Words

    What is the commotion in politics, deafening us and stimulating us, making us believe and disbelieve? Words.

  • You have 1 free article for this week. Get

    4 free articles after Register.