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Ben Anderson’s Final Message to a Street Musician in Jogja

Three months after the death of Benedict Richard O’Gorman Anderson in Batu—though his body was cared for in Surabaya—the word finally reaches Palrus through a sheet of discarded newspaper that he’s picked up to wrap his shoes in. The scrawny street musician chokes up as he reads the short article on … [Read more...]

Fruit Maps

The Bio Corporation once hired a drunk engineer. The employee became known as such because he really did get drunk in the most literal sense of the word. But his drink of choice wasn’t hard liquor; in fact, he didn’t like any kind of booze. Instead, he got intoxicated by consuming the very produce … [Read more...]

Writing Orang-orang Oetimu, Writing Wounds

Once I managed to accept that those stories had been invented, I started to enjoy writing. When else would I be allowed to lie to people like that? Two years ago, in 2018, a book by a little-known author won the Jakarta Arts Council annual award for best novel and became one of the most widely … [Read more...]