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How Authors Live On

If you’re minting money, it’s hard to stop. Plus fame and power can be very intoxicating. Rumor has it that we’ve not seen the last of Harry Potter yet. No surprise. The books of Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as … Continue reading

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The Accident

Linwood Barclay has churned out yet another fantastic read – his best so far! The protagonist this time is a building contractor whose wife died suddenly in what seems to be an accident and leaving him with an eight-year-old daughter, … Continue reading

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Havoc by Bachelors?

According to Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, sex ratios – the relative numbers of boy babies to girls – are becoming skewed. The norm should be around 105 boys for every 100 girls. But in China the ratio is around … Continue reading

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Surfing to Stupidity

Many people are proud to proclaim that they don’t read anything in hard copy. “I read everything online, I have a short attention span; besides, everything online is as it happens, newspapers and magazines are way too slow and all … Continue reading

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The Devil Rides Out

I was in Secondary Three when Jimmy and I went to Malacca for a short trip. While wandering the streets of downtown Malacca like blur sotongs, we bumped into our classmate Julian who invited us to stay at his grandparents’ … Continue reading

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The Crime of Olga Arbyelina

I like my Nespresso pods. At US$0.55/- for a 4-gram capsule, Nespresso coffee works out to a nerve-jangling US$62/- per pound. (US$137/- per kilo) according to TIME. But life is short, and some things are worth it. So’s Andrei’s Makine’s … Continue reading

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Hidden Message

Just for fun, I’ve embedded a hidden message here; see if you can get it: Go home time and you’ll notice lots of people with earphones on, listening to music. Fuck, is music so important? Isn’t there a risk of … Continue reading

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Tiger Mother, Tiger Father

When my daughter was a little girl there was a period when she was glued to the TV and refused to look at her books. I lifted the TV set off its stand and with the glass side faced down, … Continue reading

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Who is John Galt?

Ayn Rand’s thousand-page door stopper Atlas Shrugged,  written in 1957, was made into a movie and released in the US on April 15. Let’s hope it make it here soon. A 1991 Library of Congress survey ranked the book “history’s … Continue reading

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A Very Difficult Read

There are some things seven-year-old girls are not meant to see, but tragically Margaux Fragoso did not escape that fate. When she was seven, Fragoso met 51-year-old Peter Curran, a pedophile, and for the next 15 years they had a … Continue reading

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