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Check out page xi of The Onion Book of Known Knowledge, which features a Tagalog translation by yours truly. xoxo
"In the title story [of Monstress], a Filipino actress and her director boyfriend follow an American DIY film buff to California in search of fame: She’s romanced by the glamour of Hollywood’s leading ladies, but he wants her to play lovingly crafted freaks, such as “Squid Mother” and “Bat-winged Pygmy Queen.” The questions that surface here—about intersections between apartness, belonging, monstrosity, and beauty—reverberate in different forms throughout the book.” (via Slate)
In your face, India and China!
Last night, humanity greeted—by some calculations—its 7 billionth inhabitant, and one of the babies that the United Nations chose to represent the milestone was in Manila, Philippines. Read more.