At the Singapore Writers Fest 2011, Filipino writer and teacher Butch Dalisay might be the most political I’ve heard him, probably the most comfortably honest. It isn’t everyday after all that we admit to a lack of readership where we come from in Manila and sincerely seem sad about it, not often that a powerful writer from our shores will bravely enter into a conversation about what ails his writing production, what limits it, what renders it moot and academic given the state of the nation from which it sprouts.
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