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I'm thrilled to announce that my story "Stone, Well, Girl" is up today at SmokeLong Quarterly. 
The girl would kick it on the way home from school, some fallen thing on the ground. Perhaps a stone, squarish, leaping small across other stones. I think it
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Congrats Sunny! At work now, but going to find some time to read this. 
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New blog entry on weekend reads, the act of rereading, and tweets on twitting #twitter  
I am not a big re-reader, and I know I should be. I happen to read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy once a decade for some reason — not because I am a huge Le Carré fan or of the spy novel in general (I am neither) — but because there's a mystery in its patient rhythms, in how the story progresses ...
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Some choice reads for you folks this weekend (though it's really beautiful out, and shouldn't you be outside?).
First up for your reading pleasure, a gorgeously creepy transnational tale by the awesome Isabel Yap, “Good Girls” (Shimmer); DrFaustusAU draws Nick Cave's “Red Right Hand” as Dr. Seuss (via Dangerous Minds); “From above, the mass of the city looks arbitrary, as if someone flung paint at a map ...
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More weekend reads.
This is the second Jenny Xie story I've read, and I'll be looking for more. “If You're Reading This” (Devil's Lake); John Joseph Adams has a new anthology of military fantasy entitled Operation Arcana — not the sort of thing I read at all (and I should) but these three stories below are pretty ...
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Stuff I read and thought about this week.
Barbara Jane Reyes on teaching America Is In The Heart and Dogeaters (barbarajanereyes.com); Marathons, not binge-watching. Rex Sorgatz on “How Netflix Broke the Unbreakable Spoiler Alert” (The Message); “'Is the Philippines trying to kill me?' I ask.” Laurel Fantauzzo, in “The Animals in My ...
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So hey, I wrote every day for a year. Some lessons, thoughts, etc.
Yesterday was my 365th straight day of writing at least half an hour a day. I learned a few things: The daily practice is non-negotiable. In the past several years I have stopped writing many times. That skipped day turns into a week, then a month, and before I knew it, I lost the right to call ...
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Weekend reads. Also, Satan.
Sometime when I was 13 or so, I dedicated my life to Satan. I'm sure someone dared me to do it, but I don't remember. Which means I had a witness — my brother, or my cousin — other than smiling or frowning deities, but I can't recall for sure. I do remember thinking about my poor parents if the ...
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Yeah, I didn't discover Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate until much later. =)
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No Pacquiao content; here's what I did instead.
The April 20 issue of The New Yorker was a bumper crop of gripping, if depressing, reading: Sarah Stillman's previous New Yorker article on the police's reliance on drug confiscations to fund their departments — and we know now that it was standard operating procedure in Ferguson as well — is ...
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Stuff I liked reading the past couple of weeks or so, plus thoughts on writing (and reading) time.
So the thing about these “Weekend Reads” — and mind you, I read through a lot of stuff all through the week, and these are already the gems — is that being able to read them wouldn't be possible if I hadn't done two things: a) go on a strict social media diet, and b) uninstall all my games from ...
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Some great fiction, scary or otherwise, long or short; stuff about writing, love and lives online; a travelogue about not really traveling; and "the Mission burrito."
Or for the rest of the week. Some old, some new: Hope you're near a taqueria while you read this (and not just Chipotle): Jun-Dai Bates-Kobashigawa on burritos (Medium). Erica Plouffe Lazure's lovely flash fiction piece, “842 Dongba RD, 6-B, Chaoyang, Beijing, PRC“ (Cha); Goldberry Long's “The ...
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Hey, it's that time of the year again: my yearly roundup.
Man where did the time go. It's almost 2015 and I'm a year older. It's been a good year. I spent the last third of the year angry and anxious, though I'm feeling a lot better now. The other two-thirds were a blur. Changed my job and moved to another department. Celebrated my dad's 80th.
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Born and raised in the Philippines, Benito M. Vergara, Jr. is the author of Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines (University of the Philippines Press, 1995) and Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City (Temple University Press, 2009). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and has taught Asian American Studies and Anthropology at different universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently works as a business analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and is working towards a certificate in project management. He also writes about movies at film, eyeballs, brain and everything else at The Wily FilipinoHis most recent publications are a short story in the anthology Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 7 and an essay in The "Other" Students: Filipino Americans, Education, and Power.
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