Skip to main content

The Taunt of MPH.

Last night was the final session in my creative writing course in MPH 1Utama. Before the session started I browsed the fiction shelves, and I was surprised to find Murakami's "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" already available. And I, of course, didn't bring enough cash to buy the book!

A bit disappointed though. It's in trade paperback format, and that's a bit big to read on the LRT (but still possible). Hmmm.

Anyways, going back again tomorrow to pick it up, and perhaps a few other books too, like Paul Theroux's "Great Railway Bazaar" and Orhan Pamuk's "Istanbul". (Yes, I'm very much in a travel writing phase.)


  1. Wow, great to know that I've a pal who likes travel writing...

    I went to B B S warehouse sale for a fourth time (it'll be extended till 6th AUG) and you won't believe I got Mid-Life Confidential (Hodder & Stoughton) in hard cover for rm3 only. It's a collection of work by Dave Barry, Dave Marsh, Amy Tan, Stephen King, Tabitha King etc

    I love travel writing by Pico Iyer, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Don George, Anne Lammott and those writing for Traveller's Tales series(but quite costly...each above rm60)

    Hey, you got any good books on travel writing, can share comments here.

  2. For RM3?!? Wow! What a find... that truly was lucky! I'm envious.

    I'm embarassed to admit that I've barely begun to dip my toes into travel writing... I've read some Bill Brysons, and even then, msotly his non-travel works. Other than that not much really.

    I'm not sure what sparked off this travel writing phase I'm beginning, but I think it was a VS Naipaul excerpt from Among the Believers. I've just bought Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia and I'll be starting that after I'm done with my current three-book reading list. Sorry I can't recommend any yet, I'm still so new in this genre! :D I shall try the authors you have recommended though.

    BTW, you may be interested to know that Kinokuniya will be having a 20% discount promotion on travelogues this August when you buy another book. Shall post more about this later.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Lesson: Commemorative Covers are Lame.

Well, I got the first day cover that commemorates the 35th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia that I mentioned a couple of posts ago. Except that it's not a first day cover, it's a commemorative cover, which is a slightly different beast. I guess I should read the news article properly next time! The difference between the two is that first day covers are specially-designed envelopes stuck on with specially-designed stamps, and marked with a specially-designed postmark. A commemorative cover is a specially-designed envelope... and that's it. All in all, it's an unremarkable affair, especially if you're used to well-designed first day covers (not that Malaysian first day covers are well-designed... but I digress). Oh sure, a commemorative cover has a stamp printed right on to it but that's just like an overglorified aerogramme. Lame. On the whole, what a disappointment. I haven't been collecting first day cover

HOWTO: Get Rid of Silverfish

The bane of every book collecting person: the Silverfish. DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!! How to get rid of them? If one book has been infected, place it inside an air-tight plastic bag along with some silica gel desiccant. The silica gel is important to get rid of moisture, because you will now place the sealed plastic bag with the book in it inside the freezer. Leave it in there for a couple of days so that those bugs catch their death of cold. If you're feeling particularly paranoid, (like I usually am) feel free to leave the plastic bag in there for a week. If they're not dead, then you might likely have an infestation of zombie silverfish , which is out of the scope of this blogpost. But what if a whole colony of silverfish decided to invade your whole bookcase? Then you have to make sure you're ready for war. Place a generous amount of silica gel (or if you can find it, diatomaceous earth) behind your books at the back of the shelves so that moisture levels remain low.

Send me to Clarion West! - My crowdfunding effort.

I just launched my crowdfunding page to help fund my Clarion West trip on GoGetFunding and I am nervous as heck. Anyway here's a link . Any help or support much appreciated even if it's just to share the link around. Thank you so much!