‘Pulp: ‘ Book Launch at Books Actually [IRL Adventures]

On the 19th of May I went to the book launch of Pulp: A Short History of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao at Books Actually here in Singapore.

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… a ten-year long film, book, visual art, and exhaustive research project about the history of book destruction, censorship and cultural genocide, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. Travelling and filming solo across the world, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, and buried secrets, she visits public and private collections, libraries and archives, institutions and individuals that have served as flashpoints in history.

This is the first book in a series of five, and as such holds the undiluted joy of loving books, and furious anger and sorrow at their destruction.

“If our history is anything to go by, all books are predestined ashes, whether burning, flying like confetti at a fascist parade, or pulped, dissolved, rendered into nothing more than fragments, scraps of phrases in the living memory of its ageing readers. This book (like all books) is about what it means to be human and build fictions, and also how human it is to burn them.” [x]

Shubigi didn’t really talk a lot, I WISHED SHE DID!! I wanted to hear her talk more about books as a whole and the written and printed word and whatever she was thinking to be honest. But I did take some notes!!

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In Which My Dad Shames Me For Buying More Books : Great World City + Big Box [IRL Adventures]

Yes I know I have a lot of books that I still haven’t read on my shelves, but buying books is an investment in my future!!! Kind of……………!!!!!!!???!!??

My dad is mean and always shames me when I come home with more books, even if it’s from the library!! But mostly if I buy them. Especially when it’s from a book sale. Because that means buying more than one.

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NLB aka No Loser Books [IRL Adventures]

The national library here is a GIFT and it upsets me that more people don’t appreciate it for the gem it truly is. I’m pretty sure a good chunk, at least a third of the books on my to-read list are in the entire national library. As in all of it’s locations across the island.

TREASURE YOUR LIBRARIES!!!!! And librarians.

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Bras Basah aka BOOK ZONE [IRL Adventures]

For this adventure post, I was set to take photos of this stationary store that had been open since the 1930’s here in Singapore! Since it was in Bras Basah, which is basically one of the best places to hit up if you’re in the mood to dig around for pre-loved books, I decided to do a bit of book exploring of my own!!

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All Saints Home Charity Carnival [IRL Adventures]

In which I befriend a bunch of 10 year olds, get hit on by one, do the lords work by getting them to read Calvin and Hobbes and Roald Dahl, and get asked to take selfies with a bunch of others.

Honestly I loved getting to shoot this story even if it was a small article. It gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling to know that elementary school kids still get excited over books AND reading them!!

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Feb 👄🌹🍊🍊

Ahh. The second month of the year. Also known as “the season of buying overpriced roses and buying discount chocolate”. Also, Chinese New Year! 🈷️🍊🍊🈸

🎆🏮 (belated) GONG XI FA CAI & XIN NIAN KUAI LE! 🏮🎆

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Didn’t finish my stack of short books again… But I was reading longer books too so I think that’s a good enough reason!!!!!!!! Maybe March will be the month I finish the stack and finally get to dive headfirst into my Unread section of my home library, as well as local library.

I also thought of doing a mid month book haul post, as I got a bunch of library books as -*well as bought a few second hand ones, but it’s now march so… it doesn’t…. feel like… there’s…. much……. point…………

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Qita in the Park : Book Swap Cafe [IRL Adventures]

For the last month or so I’ve been working as a temp/intern at the national newspaper here in Singapore (The Straits Times) as a Photojournalist. It has been way more hectic than I anticipated BUT I am enjoying it all the same!!

Anyway, I have been lucky enough to shoot several book related jobs and stories and I thought I’d feature them here!

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