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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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Hi Pak Adib,

Silverfish is a cool place to hang out. I started going there when they first opened in Sri Hartamas...very sparse at that time, but I'm glad that Raman is doing well. I attended a creative writing course he organised at the Bangsar premise and really enjoyed it for the social and creative opportunies. BTW, I was in KLCC today and got a sprain in my neck too ;) That tree is so beautiful.

Hi Anis,
Thank you for the feedback and I am glad to know that you had attended the writing courses he organised.I also wanted to attend but could not find the time.

Raman also managed to get Malaysian writers to submit short stories and he had published them into two Silverfish New Writing anthologies.The first was edited by Amir Muhamad and the second one by Satendra Nathan.

These are available at some bookshops for RM 25 each.

It was full house at the reading yesterday. Salleh has managed to amaze and amuse the audience.

Personally,I enjoyed the experience and look forward to another round of such event.

Hi!
Assalammualaikum.
I'm residing in S'pore permanently for d past few years, so kinda outdated wif M'sia scene. Read As I Please somewhere early dis year, after picking up n continue writing. Suprised at d lenght M'sian r at now. Difficult to find M'sian writer's book here so might be going over somewhere later dis year. Not very well verse wif KL. Juz wanna ask bout where I can go for good books, places, event dat might help during my stay there.
Cool place u have here, Thanks.

I spent half day with Salleh Ben Joned last week, driving to Sungei Penchala to look (unsuccessfuly, I might add) for a traditional Malay kampung house he once lived with his then Danish wife. Sungai Penchala has changed so much since the late 70's (it even has a traffic light now) that it has become virtualy unrecognisable.

Having rojak at a roadside stall for lunch and meeting old friends at the Univerisity of Malaya's Academic Staff Association in the evening, he was his ebullient self, holding court and standing his own.

I have known Salleh for at least 20 years now, from when he used to live in the University of Malaya flats off Jalan 16/1. Reading NOTHING IS SACRED has made me see him in a different light. Sure, we are friends and we talk about stuff. But reading the book made me realise his breadth and depth of literature, especially poetry, not only in Malay and English but also in other languages.

His AS I PLEASE columns are gems of social commentary. His rapier-like sardonic wit and command of the English language makes him a world-class writer in my eyes.

My only wish is that he writes something soon for a wider (not just Malaysian) audience. Then, the world would benefit from and recognise his genius.

Clearly born ahead of his time and I suspect unappreciated in his tanah air, he is the sort of literary Michaelangelo that needs a world audience to flourish and be appreciated.

I am not that familiar with Malaysia's political scene apart from reading them from the papers. A few days ago, I stumbled upon AS I PLEASE at a local(Singapore) bookshop on my way to work. I was looking for something about Singapore to let my Australian boyfriend (friend??) read but Salleh's book, the way his name is spelled and the title of the book, caught my eyes. Bought the book and definately with no regrets! Witty, funny, serious and very informative as well as entertaining. The way he tackled difficult and boring topics/subjects are particularly interesting. Never have I read a serious book, laughing and smiling all the way! Good work!

AHFW,
You are very fortunate to have Salleh as a friend.I love to know and be friends to writers. I met Salleh at Silverfish and found him a colourful character.

Hi there,

I would like to introduce booksnbiscuits, a retail
outlet specialising in interesting books (plus free biscuits and coffee!) located at Plaza Mont Kiara.

We have a range of books from Asian writers, fiction,
literature and others, that you and your members may find interesting.

Our customers are a nice mix of local professionals and
expatriates. Heck, anyone and everyone is welcome lah!

We have a range of book related services to offer the ever hungry crowd and our small but homely outlet is also available for bookings to be used as reading lounges, poetry sessions, content discussions and other clubs/associations requirements.

Please have a look at our website @ http://www.booksnbiscuits.com
for further details.

Great discounts, great books (that's for you 2 decide) and great company.Let's also help the local scene by having more of our local writers come on over to booksnbiscuits and having their work read, debated and discussed.

Spread the word mates.

Thanks and look forward to meeting you soon.

Regards,

Gerry

I have just returned to the USA after 10 years in Malaysia. I met Salleh ben Joned on many occasion. He is not only a personable man, but a superior intellect wrapped in the whole cloth of a great poet.

He is a national treasure. Malaysia is blessed by his work and life. I look forward to reading his latest work.

Joe Dirvin

Previous post had grammatical errors.
I have just returned to the USA after 10 years in Malaysia. I met Salleh ben Joned on many pleasant occasions. He is not only a personable man, but a superior intellect wrapped in the whole cloth of a great poet.

He is a national treasure. Malaysia is blessed by his work and life. I look forward to reading his latest work.

Joe Dirvin

I enjoyed reading ben Joned's column in NST during the early 1990s in the paper's literary page. His observations clearly stood out, quite frank expressions of views. Liked Ras Adiba's pieces in the same paper.

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