Sunday, October 30, 2005

"I can deal with it. It's not like they stole my dog"

-so said the 3rd baseman for the Astros, after losing the World Series.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Vainquer in The Straits Times, 2005-- print launch

Copyright 2005 Singapore Press Holdings Limited The Straits Times (Singapore)

October 23, 2005

SundaySECTION: Gen Y

LENGTH: 901 words

HEADLINE: A publisher - at age 14; Kristiano Ang's teen entertainment mag, Vainquer Teens, will debut tomorrow

BYLINE: Melissa Sim

BODY:... page Vainquer Teens features Avril Lavigne on the cover and an interview with the Canadian rock chick inside.The publisher - Kristiano Ang - is all of 14 years old.He and his friend Benjamin Lau, also 14, started Vainquer, pronounced 'wane-cur' and meaning victor ...

Sunday, October 09, 2005

the ruler of all ironies

It was a running joke, when I was a teenager, that an English teacher at the high-school had actually written an entire novel with no plot. i look a lot like this picture

For a time, this was a strange idea to me. All throughout one's formative years, at least in theory (if not in fact) life is all about the next thing. How do I get there from here?

Ironically, sometime later I realized I had become that selfsame writer with no narrative. Literary magazine editors said I was "full of stops and starts." They scoffed that my forerunner was Eudora Welty. (My face lit up). Then... the next sentence...

Eudora Welty would not- could not- get published
today, were she just starting out like you.

But narrative is one thing (as Lorrie Moore said, "Plots are for dead people.") LIFE is something completely different and perhaps more rare. Do we have some ancient spiritual duty to honor life in a certain way?

So, in the years between high-school graduation and where I sit now (at 25) I must admit that I've become the quintessential static character- unchanged, though life around me keeps spinning. I'd like to think there must have been emotional growth of some kind, something transformative that I experienced in my early 20s-- though for right now, I don't know what that is.

another photo of meWork for me, my personal relationships, where I live-- it's all been steady. Re: BORING. I do detest change, and yet I envy excitement. Is that the ruler of all ironies?

Eudora Welty captured an important facet of life in her literature. Healthy or not, there are many people out there just like me. People who love the sound of crickets (even though they miss real noise just a little bit on any given Sunday).

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

teach for africa: educate-- illuminate-- alleviate

strange bedfellows?? (i've used that caption an amazing amount of times now...)According to the world's most liberal economists the inspiring goals behind Tony Blair's African poverty pledge are unrealistic. Aid to corrupt governments is the same as throwing money into the Atlantic.

At the same time, Geldof's - though awesome- sent hungry Africans to bed with a big bowl of awareness. Mmmmm...

If I understand my Thomas Friedman correctly, the 1st step for Africa is full & fair democratization. That can only be accomplished by educating citizens more widely & on more diverse topics than just AIDS. Then the globalization tide can surge in & alter the landscape.