#throwbackThursday #Kamisnostalgis (Indonesian translation is below)
Early this year, in a conference where I presented a keynote address, a young researcher approached me and said,”Professor Lim, I’m a fan. I read every single work you have published, including the very old one from a long time ago.” I was flattered but also felt like a 100 year-old professor.
I smiled and said, “Thank you, that’s very nice of you. Oh… the very old one from a long time ago? Was it published in 19th century?” Continue reading [#ThrowbackThursday] Memorable years
When I was 16 almost 17, I read Homi Bhabba for the first time. I couldn’t understand him but I thought it was cool to borrow his terms, such as ‘hybridization, mimicry, pseudo-scientific’. Being so young, I read books I couldn’t understand just so I could use some ‘new’ words. I remember using difficult words of Bhabba, Derrida, and alike in my undergrad and early grad years to sound smart and to impress my lecturers (I used Bhabba’s type of neologisms in Theory and Philosophy of Architecture to get A, haha)
Later in my life, though, while still appreciating their works, I got tired of those who write with obscure language full of neologism, jargons and buzzwords. Not that everybody should write in the common language of the common person, but I believe in the clearness of words and sentences. I believe that great authors are those who can provide “clarity” that synthesizes complexity, not those who like to complicate complexity.
Recently, unexpectedly I was asked to provide an artist statement. I wrote many research or teaching statements as a scholar, but I never wrote a statement as an artist. Continue reading [Lim’s crap generator] Artist and Words
Again… another weekend rambling. I’m in the midst of finishing an article and packing and preparing travel documents and daydreaming…. so ….this is one of those incoherent thoughts. I actually did a little more coherent writing on Dangdut, but I’ll keep it for later.
In my last posting I might sound like bragging, but, really, it wasn’t the point of my writing (therefore you have to read until the end — thought it was long!). In fact, there, I spoke about ‘talent’ at ease because I do think talent isn’t something I can brag about at all.
Continue reading [Rambling] Something Given
I love music. I enjoy listening to and playing it. But, most of times, I play instruments by ears, not by reading music-sheets. I can read notation (for singing, for playing a melody in instruments) but cannot play complex repertoires by sight-reading. I would rather listen to the tune and then play it.
Most of times, I only need to listen to the music once or twice to be able to play it. I can write down the notes by listening to the music. Continue reading [Rambling] The (non)Elites, the (non)privileged