2002.  Wilco releases Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.  Many things have been said about how perfect this album is, and none of these things exaggerate.  Perfect songwriting, lyrics, guitars, and pure energy. It is just rad.

And those buildings on the cover? One time Steve McQueen chased a bad guy off of them.  So rad.



What to Read this Summer: Recommendations from DECL Junior Faculty

(Part One)

1. Kit Uychoco recommends Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. This is wonderful escapist fiction.  When the summer seems to be burning your skin, it’s great to escape into a snowy landscape filled with mystery. 

2. Carl Javier recommends Brett Martin’s Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. This is for anyone interested in reading about the new golden age of television and the conflicted characters and creators behind it.

3. Mic Chua recommends Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. For those who cannot travel abroad this summer, let Marco Polo remind you just how many cities there are out there that you’ll never get to visit.

4. Gabriela Lee recommends Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone. This is food memoir writing at its finest. You may also be interested in reading Reichl’s follow-up, Comfort Me With Apples. 

5. Francis Quina recommends The Cider House Rules by John Irving.  Don’t let the fact that one of the protagonists is an abortionist and a drug addict turn you away from this novel. This book isn’t so much about taking a life, but what it means to live a good life. Definitely challenging reading, but its rewards are infinite.

6. Mikey Atienza recommends Rio Alma’s Ang Romansa ng Pagsagip ng Osong Marso.  Mikey says, ”I haven’t read much speculative poetry, but I’m intrigued by the possibilities.  Plus, it’s a bear in space and there will apparently be lab experiments and meteor showers.  It also helps that there is a large, snarling bear on the front cover, which is the reason I bought the book in the first place.”




'The Two Questions' came from trying to write something good and not getting very far because I had forgotten that trying to write something good before I write anything at all is like refusing to give birth unless you know for sure it is going to be a very good baby.

"What I don’t understand is why I keep forgetting this and then having to remember it again. It was all the trying for something gook that got me into the very tangle this piece describes. There certainly wasn’t any fun in it until I remembered to quit trying to be good.

-Lynda Barry

source: The Great Comic Book Heroes

The incomparable Lynda Barry on the perils of creating.

Teacher Feature: A few more rescues from the mixed-up files of Dr. Judy Ick


Exhibit A: notes from a class on Romanticism taught by Anton Juan


Exhibit B: a gigantic facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio


 And finally, Exhibit C: a recent addition to her bookshelf


#ick  #diyosa  #decl  


The original character descriptions of Friends!





Patricia May B. Jurilla


1. It is not relevant at all.  That is precisely the beauty and the lure of it.  The study provides an escape into lands and lives sometimes so refreshingly removed from ours here and now.

2.  “English literature? 

What will you do after college?  Think about your future, anak

Ang tali-talino mo pa naman.  Mag-doktor ka na lang.”

3.  Of course it’s relevant!

4.  To question the relevance of studying British and American literatures is to question the relevance of studying literature in general.  It is to question a “liberalizing and humanizing pursuit.”

5.  The empire must know the center to write back to it.  How can the empire question, come up against, and break away from what it claims it is bound by yet which it does not know?

Translation: You can’t diss the canon if you don’t know the canon. 

6.  Why is English worth studying at all?

According to Terry Eagleton, in the 1930s, the study of English was so highly regarded that the question for scholars then was why waste time studying anything else: “English was not only a subject worth studying, but the supremely civilizing pursuit, the spiritual essence of the social formation.”

You are a student caught in a hopeless time warp, unable to adjust to the crazy 21st century, and so you study English.

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The word ‘indie’ is meaningless now. It’s so over-used that people think it simply means green hair.

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Not to mention, in the realm of film, all it means is a shaky camera.

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Click the image or right here and scroll over the characters to see their animations. The dialogue accents are really awesome and spot on! The rotations are really fluid and smooth but they have enough texture that they don’t feel floaty. By texture I mean there’s variations in the timing between the characters but also within each acting piece. Slow and quick head moves, staggers etc that are all dictated by the dialogue.

This awesome thing was made by Dave Besnier

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The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Batman: The Killing Joke, March 1988. Written by Alan Moore, Art by Brian Bolland


It is necessary to fall in love, if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.