‘A Certain Exposure’ is certainly not my idea of exposure to Singapore books (review)

Reading Crazy Rich Asians actually left me hungry for more books about my own country of Singapore, so I started with a 2014 book by Cambridge University and Harvard Law School graduate Jolene Tan. A Certain Exposure, the Singaporean author’s debut novel, is described in the blurb as a “classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly […]

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‘Deadpool 2’ is nonsensical fun but offers nothing new (review)

This article contains mild spoilers. It’s easy not to take Deadpool 2 seriously. The sequel to the 2016 box office smash is full of graphic slapstick, fourth-wall-breaking banter and sentimental throwback music that made the first film a groundbreaking superhero hit… although Deadpool 2 doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Ryan Reynolds returns as […]

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‘The Savior’s Champion’: Jenna Moreci writes a bizarre, homoerotic ‘Hunger Games’ (review)

This article contains mild spoilers. I’ve been a fan of Jenna Moreci since her debut novel Eve: The Awakening was released in 2015. The self-published author who posts videos of writing advice on YouTube is a hilarious, lovely woman. When an Amazon glitch prevented me from buying an eBook of Eve three years ago, I contacted […]

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‘Stripped’: Christina Aguilera’s forward-thinking career changer (Xploring Xtina Part 2)

The album title was everything Christina Aguilera wanted at that point in her career. In the literal sense, the then-21 year old woman wanted to strip off her clothes and explore the spectrum of sex. Figuratively, the oppressed artist wanted to strip off the “hype” and “gloss” that had constructed this cookie-cutter teen idol image […]

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