Was at the Starting Out panel discussion over at the Arts Museum. Listened in, asked a question, met some people. And hello, if you happen to be passing by this corner of the internet =).
In any case, the question that I asked (and shook up my nerves, especially when it has been a long time since I had done any sort of presentation or speaking in public) was: Much has been said about how writers are now better able to connect to both readers and writers, but is it more a case of writers connecting with other writers?
My point was, despite the tremendous boon of availability, exposure and variety afforded by the internet, local writers are still largely unseen and unheard by the general public (ironic, considering that writing involves being seen and heard). A member of the audience suggested a show of hands, and on a rough count, about half considered themselves writers. Not too bad, but the panel did admit writers were a fairly cliquish bunch, although the distinction becomes less clear when one considers that dedicated readers tend to write as well (and vice versa).
For the most part, it was interesting, exhilarating and a good break from routine. I bought a copy of Ceriph on the way out, probably will read it in camp.
So that’s it for now.
Was attending this at the National Museum of Singapore today, will provide a write-up on it later, possibly to the New Nation if the submission is good enough.
For now, emails, writing and a restful weekend (or whatever’s left of it).
Rare insights into the mind of MM Lee by Elgin Toh
One distinctive feature is its extensive use of the question-and-answer format, which the authors hope will engage younger readers and capture unvarnished the robust exchanges between Mr Lee and his interviewers.
‘He gave us unprecedented access and time because he wanted to reach out especially to younger Singaporeans who may be unconvinced whether his views are still relevant in this day and age.’
‘My abiding concern for Singapore arises from my belief that the younger generation, especially those below 35, had never seen the harsh economic conditions. They therefore do not know the threats we face from neighbouring countries.’ Or as he stressed several times in the interviews, there were hard truths about Singapore that the younger generation needed to understand.
THE DANGER OF THE LIBERAL YOUNG. REALITY IS HARD. LIKE A BOOT STAMPING ON THE HUMAN FACE- FOREVER.
“Every pregnant pause from MM, interspersed with every incisive question from our writers, truly makes the whole read much more rewarding. The book and DVD set also makes for a wonderful gift and keepsake on the history and the making of Singapore.”
ALL HAIL OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE. ALL HAIL OUR LEADERS. I LOVE-
Okay, I’ll shut up now. The Straits Times will gladly provide more information.