Ámauteurish! is the open-access repository of the collected work of Joel David, set up and maintained as a single-source personal archival website. It includes out-of-print publications and links to still-available material. For list of announcements in preceding years (also in reverse chronological order), please click here for: 2017; 2016; 2015; and 2014. The articles from Millennial Traversals that appear in Book Texts have been restored, but only for the latter feature. If you’re using a smartphone or accessing this on an app, you can jump to the other major sections by choosing them from the Menu option above. In case the top-page menu is inaccessible, here are the sections and their features:
• About – provides extensive descriptions of the rationale as well as of the author;
• Books – contains my out-of-print books and links to published books, as well as edited volumes, chapters in anthologies, and papers in proceedings;
• Articles – contains materials published in journals (Non-Journal Articles and National Midweek Articles have their own separate pages);
• Reviews – contains my commentaries on films as well as occasional books and plays, arranged according to title of production (Auteurs & Authors reorders this same list according to each work’s creator);
• Remarks – contains my articles and statements published since 2016, opening with “Mega-Meta: A FilmCrit Folio”;
• Extras – would be mostly my non-written output, plus selected ephemera and juvenilia, opening with a “Special Folio on Manila by Night (1980)”; and
• Contact – provides a means by which I can be reached.
This page serves as the home (or front) page of the blog. Buttons for sharing on Facebook or Twitter, or by email, will appear at the bottom of each posting. The search box, copyright notice, and Creative Commons Attribution will also appear at the footer of every page on the website version of Ámauteurish! In general, when an entry’s permanent listing in this blog is unspecified, it will be found in its appropriate subcategory in the Extras section.
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December 15 – Just in time for Christmas shopping: my book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic can now be ordered overseas directly from its Canadian publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press. The price at this moment is about US$3 less than Amazon’s. Least expensive, for bulk orders of at least 25 copies, would still be Bulk Bookstore’s, though unfortunately they only ship within North America.
December 3 – The latest revised schedule for publication of SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema is early 2019. Coverage will be the entirety of existent Philippine cinema from the earliest available film to the end of 2018. Toward this end, I deleted the “Short Takes” links in the Reviews and the Auteurs & Authors sections.
November 17 – A report on the final defense (where I was panel member) of the pioneering dissertation by Louie Jon A. Sanchez, titled “Ang Drama ng Ating Buhay: Isang Kasaysayang Pangkultura ng Teleserye sa Filipinas Hanggang 2016” [The Drama of Our Lives: A Cultural History of Teleseries in the Philippines Until 2016], held at De La Salle University.
November 16 – As plenary speaker at the 3rd Panpacific International Research Conference held in Royce Hotel at Clark Freeport Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga, I delivered a lecture titled “Condemned Property: Video Piracy as Nationalist Resistance in the Philippines.” The event was sponsored by Panpacific University. Please click here for a posting of the PowerPoint slides.
October 23 – In the intensive social-media interest over Nora Aunor’s exclusion once more from the proclamation of the latest batch of National Artists of the Philippines, I scanned and uploaded Quijano de Manila’s “Golden Girl,” from his out-of-print book Nora Aunor & Other Profiles.
October 18 – Not my first film review of a Sharon Cuneta film, but the first I made of her indie-film project, Mes de Guzman’s Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, titled “Tears Go By” and published (another first) in her exemplary All Things Sharon fan website.
October 5 – Finally managed to watermark the videos posted on the blog, most of which appear in the Extras section.
September 8 – The Articles section now leads to a list of my journal publications. All my other articles (for newspapers, magazines, online outlets, etc.) now appear in a section called Non-Journal Articles.
August 31 – A page linked in the Books section dedicated to Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, so that the foreign-published monograph contains its own blog feature, like the rest of my sole-authored books.
August 24 – “Signal Rock and a Hard Place” is the revised version of my review of Chito Roño’s film, originally published in the Philippine Entertainment Portal on August 17, 2018. This piece will remain in the Remarks section of this blog.
August 17 – “Signal Rock and a Hard Place” is my review of Chito Roño’s Signal Rock, out today in the Philippine Entertainment Portal.
August 16 – “The Millennial Traversals of Millennial Traversals” is the lecture I read during the launch of the University of Santo Tomas’s UNITAS website. This post will be respectively stored in the Events portion of the Extras section.
August 7 – “Queerness as Defiance in Manila by Night” is the lecture I delivered during the launch of Angela Stuart-Santiago’s project Pro Bernal, Anti Bio (on Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic), at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This post will be stored in the Special Folio on Manila by Night (under Texts).
July 30 – “Innocence Regained” is the revised and updated version of my review of Khavn’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, originally published in The FilAm on July 16, 2018, as “Amid the Nightmare of War, a Coming-of-Age” (see below). This piece will be stored in the Remarks section.
July 25 – Magsine Tayo!, the website that used to make available an excellent and subtitled transfer of Manila by Night, has been shut down. I will be writing more on this later.
July 16 – “Amid the Nightmare of War, a Coming-of-Age” is my review of Khavn’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, out today in The FilAm.
July 14 – My 2015 open-access volume, Millennial Traversals: Outliers, Juvenilia, & Quondam Popcult Blabbery, is now in book form, published as special issues by the University of Santo Tomas’s UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society:
May 11 – A special folio on Manila by Night (1980) now opens the Extras section.
April 16 – Revisions may be found in the blog sidebar (below the page, on a mobile device). The list of metacritical articles is now a boxed feature in the Remarks section, while most of the other features will be found in the newly overhauled Extras section.
April 15 – A Statement on the Availability of Filipino Films during the Internet Era, to be housed in the Remarks section. In connection with this as well as with my Arsenal Pulp Press book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, a newly video-remastered subtitled print of the film may be found at the also new (blog-no-longer) Magsine Tayo website [update: please see July 28, 2018 entry above].
April 3 – The inclusion of journals in either or both the Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) and Scopus databases, and/or their defunct status, is now indicated via superscripts after the ISSN(s) of each title in the Journal Publications section.
April 1 – SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema, the years-in-the-making Summit Media project with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, will now have a target release date of July 2018. Not an April Fools Day announcement, I’m hoping.
March 30 – My contribution to the Roundtable on the Filipino Film Canon of the November 2017 issue of Plaridel (14.2), titled “Muzzled Bombardments: The Philippine Film Canon and Its Discontents,” has come out.
March 29 – Millennial Traversals, the first (as far as I know) non-journal open-access volume in the country, now contains links to an announcement regarding the book’s forthcoming availability.
March 23 – Another category, “Remembrances,” has been added to the browser sidebar (bottom of the page on mobile devices), between Source Exchanges and Filipiniana listings. Among the names featured are Lino Brocka, Johven Velasco, Dolphy, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and Bernardo Bernardo. [Now transferred to the Extras section – see April 16 announcement.]
March 21 – “Farewell Farewell, Bernardo Bernardo” is the first of a two-part tribute to the recently departed multitalented artist. The second part, also out in the same issue of The FilAm, has been titled “Toward the End, a Hopeful Outlook for the Philippines.” The article itself will be stored in this blog’s Remarks section.
March 13 – “Bernardo Bernardo: Exchanges on Facebook Messenger” is what it says: a compilation of my social-network personal correspondences with the late major performing artist, source of several of my recent output including the book manuscript and its attendant interview of Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic.
March 7 – The “Source Exchange” I conducted with Jerrold Tarog, in preparation for my review of his 2015 blockbuster Heneral Luna. Plus a surprise entry: a contribution, titled “Parallel Growths,” that I had completely forgotten about, in commemoration of Kritika Kultura’s thirtieth issue.
March 4 – The interview with Bernardo Bernardo, originally titled “Manay Revisits Manila by Night” and published on this blog, is now an Appendix in my Arsenal publication, Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic (Matthew Hays & Thomas Waugh, series editors). I have replaced the original with a page excerpt from the book.
March 3 – “Source Exchanges,” featuring the discussions I conducted with artists, authors, and producers of reviews and interviews, will now be a section in the blog’s Special Features sidebar (appearing at the bottom of the page on mobile devices). [Now transferred to the Extras section – see April 16 announcement.]
February 28 – Matthew Abaya’s Vampariah, which I had reviewed in January 2017 (see “Peerless Vampire Killers”), is now complemented with a “Source Exchange.” Both review article and exchange will be maintained for now in this blog’s Remarks section.
February 26 – My first book, The National Pastime: Contemporary Philippine Cinema, has been “reillustrated,” with pictures restored from the original print edition, plus a few more from other sources.
February 20 – My first article for the country’s oldest journal, published by the University of Sto. Tomas, is out: “A Certain Tendency: Europeanization as a Response to Americanization in the Philippines’ ‘Golden-Age’ Studio System,” in UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society, vol. 29, no. 2 (November 2017), pp. 24-53.
February 7 – A new feature, “Facebook Pages & Groups,” has been added to the Suggested Features sidebar (found on the right side of the blog page in the browser version, and at the bottom of the page on mobile devices). It will be the last entry, located at the bottom portion, after the listing of recommended blogs.
January 13 – Announced as “available” by January 16, Manila by Night, an entry in Arsenal Pulp Press’s Queer Film Classics series, may now be ordered online via Amazon. The book’s copyright year is nevertheless listed as 2017. At the Extras section, I posted the extensive storyline I originally drafted for the book’s synopsis section, that had to be eventually reduced to one medium-length paragraph.
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