A Deer Is a Deer

On the second floor, we entered a room filled with bronze busts. Here were the heroes of the Chinese revolutions, from Chairman Mao to President Jiang Zemin. The “Ten Marshals,” including Ye Jianying, Dai Qing’s stepfather, were there. So were Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and General Zhu De. As a fraternal gesture, the North KoreanContinue reading “A Deer Is a Deer”

What Kind of a Day is Today?

“What kind of a day is today?” Tanya McCandlish Phillips, membuka tulisannya 43 tahun lalu. Ini soal penutupan eatery terkenal di Times Square. “It is the kind of a day that if you wanted a slice of cheesecake at Lindy’s, you couldn’t get it.” Jawabnya sendiri. Phillips seorang wartawan legendaris The New York Times di tahun 1950-an. Era dimana banyak darah muda di Times yangContinue reading “What Kind of a Day is Today?”

Air Mata

Tak banyak hal di dunia yang begitu kabur seperti air mata. Seorang meneteskannya ketika bunga-bunga dalam hati membuncah tak tertahan. Yang satu, ketika irisan itu datang menyayat, ketika yang tak diharapkan mendatangi. Meski begitu, siapa yang matanya tak pernah meneteskan bulir-bulir itu? Mungkin benar omongan orang bijak, kedua mata ini, sesekali, perlu dibasuh. Membersihkan pandanganContinue reading “Air Mata”