Harold Pinter, playwright, has provoked quite a hubbub with his Nobel Prize lecture: much of it is a condemnation of United States policy since World War 2, particulary support of right wing dictatorships. He believes George W. Bush and Tony Blair should be considered war criminals. To see what the fuss is about, read his lecture, Art, Truth & Politics, or follow this link to download a recording of his lecture or the full text. (introspection points out he mentions the Philippines in his speech).
Politics can’t be far from the writer’s mind. Here is William Faulkner’s 1949 Nobel Prize banquet speech (click to listen or control-click to download):
Faulkner’s speech was later referred to by John Steinbeck when the time came for him to deliver his own banquet speech as a Laureate in 1962.The Nobel Laureates are chronologically listed on the Nobel Prize website, and you can listen to and download recordings of many of them.
Jove Francisco has an interesting entry on why he’s rooting for one candidate in Pinoy Big Brother; even more interesting are the reasons he gives why others, like Uma Khouny, won’t win.
Willie Galang has an entry on Jessica Cutler, whose blog made big news (and which is again available, apparently, on line) because of her candid writing on her sexcapades.
Yupki who is in Bangkok comments on the Thai King’s birthday and the king’s speech, which apparently included a dig at the Thai Prime Minister (and links to the speech). Is it just me, or was a lot lost in translation?
Love & Light has an entry on a grisly murder in her neck of the woods in Japan, and how people feel less and less safe.
Carlos Celdran points to a curious historical photo.
The favorite brand of toilet paper of Manila Journal? Sit & Smile!
And congratulations to the winners of the Philippine Blog Awards!
Big bandwidth fun:
Whoever thought an ostrich singing a Cristina Aguilera song could be so touching? Watch Pretty Bird.
An explicit, clever, and yet morbidly optimistic warning about HIV-AIDS:Ã‚Â watch AIDES.
Girls just wanna have fun -but watch out for that guy’s ring tone: watch the Vodaphone commercial, Night Out.
And possibly the most heart-warming commercial by Coca-Cola ever filmed –Smile.
For the record, Filipino adolescent hip hop.
Finally, since ’tis the season, an Anime version of the 12 days of Xmas.