No Hard Feelings (Faraz Shariat / 2020 / German)
March 1: It is so hard to write film criticisms these days when the sign of times necessitates one to fight state violence, fascism, and imperialism with counter-violence. But it is all necessary to write film criticism during the time of crisis. The need to apprehend cultural production, or the production of commodities of culture, is part of the concerted struggle against the cultural bourgeoisie and neoliberalism. The materiality of critique always comes from the dialectical fulcrum of change i.e. to change ways of practice for the benefit of the proletariat.
March 20: With the COVID-19 cases on the rise for a second time in Metro Manila, the fear of a second hard lockdown is looming. Can’t help to shake off the feeling of anxiety. I stopped going to the gym and the government office where I’m working just suspended work for disinfection following the spread of the COVID-19 in the workplace. The feeling of being trapped creeps in and it is counter-productive.
[Some project updates]
- Film Log Discontinued. I no longer consider it necessary to log anymore via Twitter, especially the films I watch. Although for books, I’m an avid user of Goodreads. You can follow me there.
- PHDH COVID-19 Archival Collection. Still finishing the masterlist database in the coming week.
- Reading Challenge 2021. I finished three books already. I’m bound to finish another one. Will discuss this on the coming section.
March 20 (Saturday)
An Expanded Reading List, or a list that keeps on expanding. I have to keep expanding my reading list. Modify it to find what’s best to read and also to prioritize given the limited amount of time. I’ve promised to really finish Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time this year along with other three books namely Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, Karl Marx’ Capital Volume II, and Hegel’s Science of Logic.
I’m pushing to finish Snow this coming weekend. I’ve only got less that 50 pages to read. After which, I will start reading Kosinski’s The Painted Bird alongside a re-reading of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment as part of my Eastern Europe to read list.
I also have to double-time reading Edel Garcellano’s work given the deadline I have this coming April 2021 for an article.
I’m also planning to review Templexity for VCinema as part of my book review series.
March 22 (Monday)
Verso books has finally arrived via DHL Express. Well, they’re not mostly mine. I only ordered three: Critique of Dialectical Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Limits to Capital by David Harvey, and The Sublime Object of Ideology by Slavoj Zizek. Most of the books were ordered by my colleagues for their own collection. Best to stay at home and read!
March 24 (Wednesday)
LAUNCHING OF BOOK REVIEW BLOG
As I Burn the Books
I’m officially launching my book review blog inspired by Mao’s essay Oppose Book Worship. Visit it at asiburnthebooks.wordpress.com.
This is just a consolidation point of all my mini-reviews and, perhaps given the time, to include also notes of some difficult books like Hegel’s Science of Logic or Marx’s Capital. I’m also planning to place all book-related notes from old blogs to the new blog.
March 26 (Friday)