Friday, August 19, 2011

Why booksales are cool

I like going to booksale stores even if I don't have money these days. My sister too. Though books are really more of her thing since she's majoring in library and information science. I'm not really a book-hunter but I like booksales. Here are a number of reasons why I think they're cool places.

1. You can buy books in booksales for reasonable and, often times, low prices. That's what booksales are for. You're even luckier if a book you're really interested in would be on super sale. Literally instant happiness just by that.

2. Book sales encourage people to read second-hand books. Second-hand books are books that have been pre-loved. Buying second hand books is helpful for the environment as paper is saved somehow. Going to booksales to find new titles to read can be your own little way of lending out a had to Mother Nature.

3. You can find rare books in booksales. Especially those books which aren't published anymore. You have a bigger chance of finding interesting titles in booksales as there is a big variation of genres and titles.

4. Going to booksales is simply fun. You can just check out the books they have in their shelves or read some snippets of an old cookbook. Entering the door itself an smelling the scent of books that have already been read feels good already.

5. You sort of feel a connection with the previous owners of the books you buy on booksales. What were they feeling while reading the book? Did they enjoy it as much as you did? Did they feel sad as much as you did? Did they got hooked in the story as much as you did? You'll never feel this when you buy a brand new book.

6. There's a better chance that you'll see a good-natured cutie in a place such as a booksale than a bar. The possibility that the cutie you see browsing on the titles in a booksale has some functional gray matter in his cranium than a cutie but boozie-lover in a drinking place.

Personally, what I check out in booksales are the geography-related books: travel, places, people, landform photography and some old titles published by National Geographic. Sometimes I go see the arts and crafts books Why don't you check out the nearest booksale or second-hand bookstore in your place one of these days? Perhaps you'll find your next favorite book there.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

On Mideo Cruz's 'Poleteismo'


Photo source: pinoyhalo.com


Mideo Cruz's controversial exhibit Poleteismo is a hot topic in the Philippines as it is said that the work is offensive to a 'Christian nation' like the Philippines.

Mideo Cruz and the Cultural Center of the Philippines don't need to be sorry for anything. It's art. It's freedom of expression. If other people are not comfortable with it, then they shouldn't go see it.

Personally, I think the pieces are surprising and uncomfortable, but not offensive. Perhaps others find it more shocking than I did. After learning what the message of the work is, I think the pieces make sense. I've seen some of Mideo Cruz's paintings on television this evening and I'm more interested in seeing his other works. I think he's really skilled and talented. His work Poleteismo need not be censored. Just because many find the work 'blasphemous' or 'offensive' that the artist should be scrapped off his right to express himself, his art and his message. Judgement is free, but no one has the right to trample another's freedom of expression.

Art is not limited only to beauty and conformity. It is an expression. An expression of various emotions, feelings, thought and messages. The purpose of art is not to make you happy all the time, but to make you open-minded and think about life and its experiences in a wider perspective.

The religious displays used in the exhibit, they're just, material things. The religious images are just things we made with our hands. True faith is intangible, untouchable.

Graft, corruption, lies within the political system, aren't these offensive to our supposedly Christian nation' as well?

Let the artists paint and let the writers write. In this issue, let God Himself be the art critic and the judge. The nation has more important problems to attend to rather than to put out hate on an artist who is just using the talent The Creator has given him.


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Here are some links to previously-written articles about the controversial exhibit. They may be helpful especially for those who do not know about the issue: