F. Sionil Jose
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F. Sionil Jose
You should live in a manner that should enable you to devote time to writing and contemplation. As is often said, the writer is at…
You perhaps know me as a novelist. Literature is one of the arts – in fact, the noblest of the arts. That is not my…
You can’t have integrity for breakfast, but try and keep it because it is perhaps the single most important word that defines not just writers…
Writing is a solitary profession; you are really alone when you write. Then the emotions become well shaped and distinct. But their transition into words…
We recognize the distinctness of Asian art when we turn to its traditional forms, recognize it as Japanese, Chinese and Indian, even Balinese or Thai.
We must know our own roles. We should also know the roles that others play, and the rules such roles follow. In this manner, social…
To fund major cultural efforts, we must not rely alone on government and foundation patronage; if the farmer can spend for beer, he can pay…
This is the harsh truth about us: not only do Filipinos ignore books, literature – we do not understand how important the arts are –…
The Japanese bureaucracy is unique. It is also very powerful, although it is now the object of so much criticism. Many of Japan’s brightest made…
The heart of the theater is the play itself, how it dramatizes life to make it meaningful entertainment. To achieve depth and universality, the playwright…
The ethnic differences among Filipinos are very real. The paucity of arable land, for instance, explains the industry of the Ilokanos and the Cebuanos.
Some lucky people can be funny without half trying because they actually look funny, because acting funny is in their bones – fun as funny,…
Professional societies are sooner or later fractured by the ego of their leaders. Everyone wants to be president, chairman, CEO; no one wants to be…
Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories – these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of…
November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow…
Like so many poor Ilokanos, my grandparents left their village, for it could no longer sustain them. The Ilocos is a narrow coastal plain where,…
Language as a communication tool is the primary element from which literature is created. Even in pre-literate societies, it exists as songs, riddles, or epics…
Japan is very cosmopolitan – it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their…
It was in the sugar hacienda in Negros, Panay and in Central Luzon where I saw the injustices heaped upon the sugar workers, particularly the…
Indeed, the existence of class, of social hierarchy, is as old as man himself. It prevails in the jungle where strength determines hierarchy; among men,…
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