Radiant Void: Pop Signals and Notes on the Culture of the Human Spirit by Karl R. De Mesa

Radiant Void: Pop Signals and Notes on the Culture of the Human Spirit

byKarl R. De Mesa

Kobo ebook | September 23, 2015

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Karl De Mesa's Radiant Void is a collection of engaging and observant reportage and journalism on Philippine popular culture, from indie music, the comedy of Michael V, the rise of sleeping disorders among call center agents, to the rise of MMA in the Philippines.
“If there is one thing that’s enviable in Karl De Mesa’s writing, it’s his sense of restlessness. Coupled with a zeitgeisty sense of phraseology and a penchant for the grotesque, this agitation—encapsulated in spitfire Hunter S. Thompson-vibe notes on a sort of continuing present-day doomsday (a socio-cultural doomsday, if you may)—is even more marked, even more gripping than in his already-golden fiction. I say this because, shit, what’s more terrifying than the real world? In Report From the Abyss, De Mesa respects his subjects enough to offer himself up to a sort of voluntary drowning, a drowning in worlds not entirely his, an unwelcome, chest-thumping guest so snarky in prosody and observation—nay, journalism—that these very worlds are shaken, momentarily plucked from their otherwise steady orbits.” - ALDUS SANTOS, Author of Vocalese (Poems) and Repeat While Fading
“Karl R. De Mesa’s writing is like a Mac running on a multi-core—fast, gripping and smooth. The only choking that happens is the one you feel at the base of your throat after reading it.” - ISHA, movie soundtrack scorer, folk-jazz singer
“Philippine culture is not a melting pot, as Karl De Mesa makes clear in this engaging set of essays on the rich smorgasbord that comprises the country. There are pop culture icons here, but also underground heroes, contemporary babes (Marian and Solenn), and discerning pieces on how “Jingle Magazine” and a defunct rock club shaped much of today’s music culture without most of today fans knowing it. Then there’s the reportage about deadly family feuds in Mindanao and sleepless call center agents, and you begin to wonder, all this in the same country? The flip side of disunity is diversity, and it takes a writer of Karl De Mesa’s versatility to capture it in all its riotous glory.” - HOWIE SEVERINO, news anchor, journo icon
Title:Radiant Void: Pop Signals and Notes on the Culture of the Human SpiritFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 23, 2015Publisher:Flipside Digital Content Company, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:6210100252

ISBN - 13:9786210100259

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