WELCOME to the compiled online essays Red Meat: Love in the Time of Racisms (The Online Essays), a collection of essay pieces from the author's column Red Meat in the now-defunct Tacloban City-based e-zine Bananacue Republic. This is the first online book compilation of essays by the author!


Red Meat:
Love in the Time of Racisms

(The Online Essays)



Red Meat: Love in the Time of Racisms (The Online Essays)

First published 2010
by Banana-Cue Books, Publisher
179 D.M. Morales Street, Lolomboy Barrio
Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan Province
3018 Philippines

Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 Vicente-Ignacio Soria de Veyra

All rights reserved. Readers are welcome to view, save, file and print out single copies of this work for their personal use. No reproduction, display, performance, multiple copy, transmission or distribution of this work, or any excerpt, adaptation, abridgement or translation of same, may be made without written permission from Banana-Cue Books, Publisher. Any person who does any unauthorised act in relation to this work will be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

to Agnes



1. Star-struck Contentment (Sept 8, 2004)
"A tourism industry will have one final achievement. Ideally, it leads people to rediscover themselves as a people -- their contexts, their own voices, their concepts."

2. In Defense of the Karaoke (Sept 15, 2004)
"For the intelligentsia and business elite who cater to the philosophy that it's best to keep the majority stupider than us, that is, better to keep them contented and carefree, I suggest that as annex to the public school system the state likewise distribute karaokes/videokes and Hallmark Cards-esque love-song CDs . . ."

3. Passion for Profit (and Vice Versa) (Sept 22, 2004)
"...who we buy is a reflection of ourselves. Who we choose to sell to reflects who we look up to. We are judged thus, but mostly by ourselves, in the now and in the later. And the reason why there is no law against an art patron's right to ruin an art piece he bought is this issue of trust between the buyer and the seller who in essence have been morally (not legally) married to each other by their similar taste in art."

4. A Quiet and Dangerous Game (Sept 29, 2004)
"Golf. It's a game off limits to Filipinos."

5. Passion for Profit (and Vice Versa) Part 2 (Oct 6, 2004)
Where I pick it up from where I left off two issues back and, again, try to hit Art right on the money.

6. How the World Changes (or, Beyond 9/11) (Oct 13, 2004)
Here, I leave political analysis to better unpredict the future.

7. America Not War? (Oct 20, 2004)
Here I paint a realist mural, starring the world's criminal cop.

8. America Not War? (Second of Two Parts) (Oct 27, 2004)
I resume here my painting of that realist mural by way of Moore, starring the world's criminal cop.

9. Art as Politics; Politics as Art (Nov 3, 2004)
On anime fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Ralph Nader's freedom and John Kerry's restraint.

10. Love In The Time of Racism (Nov 10, 2004)
On Filipinos, Tsinoys, Fil-Ams, Ams, Jews, Hitler and fundamentalists.

11. Love In The Time of Racism (Part 2) (Nov 17, 2004)
"Were I a communist and wise, I wouldn't campaign for the candidate who would make this country a better place, now, would I?"

12. Science's Perpetual Crucifixion (Nov 24, 2004)
". . . once science as a mental practice cum philosophy is assimilated into religions as a way of living, then perhaps there will be less use of faiths by corrupt men seeking wealth or fame or power via the non-questioning teachings of dogma."

13. The Ecology of the Perennial Plant Called Gossip (Dec 1, 2004)
". . . complaining about others makes one a respected journalist or a senator-hero deserving of a TV show, while complaining about oneself merely makes one a poet, and therefore a fool."

14. Colors and Politics Are Like Apples and Oranges (Dec 8, 2004)
"The colors you choose, with their politics and psychological effects, could speak of a truth about you, but also possibly a lie."

15. A Hobbesian View (Dec 15, 2004)
"(Macapagal-Arroyo) recognizes that today Poe will be the people’s good man, having been weakened by Death and been Christianized completely."

16. The Holidays (Neighborly Christians) (Dec 22, 2004)
"I don’t believe Christmas is anything more than for families to get together, compare wealth notes, show churchgoers the latest fashion, consume ‘good’ food, increase Philippine Airlines' and Lucio Tan’s profits."

17. The Holidays (Anatomy of an Explosive Powder) (Dec 29, 2004)
"This New Year’s Eve, no one would like to believe that nothing will change in the coming year, in Tacloban and in much of the archipelago."

18. On Social Criticism's Kicking Up A Wave (Jan 05, 2005)
"Computer analysis and simulations project a tsunami from this occurrence that an ocean vessel in the middle of the Atlantic might experience as no more than a weird and harmless water bump, but which all of the souls of Florida and many other souls from the US East coast will remember in heaven as the 600-foot water monster that rose near their coastlines, obliterating existences from Miami to New York and even inland to Atlanta, but with its biggest achievement perhaps being the wiping off of all the structures and vegetation in the Disney World state."

19. The Dogs of our Time (Jan 12, 2005)
"In this country of ours, Rene Saguisag is not the only genius at discovering all sorts of justifications for any move made by a client or his own person in the company of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino stalwarts. Gloria Arroyo's party has its own army of similar geniuses."

20. Christianity, the Anti-Christ Religion? (Jan 19, 2005)
"Faith is preached not with the primacy of words; it is better preached with the awesome view of the different kinds of black holes in space that---according to the physicist Stephen Hawking---may actually constitute a large part of the universe, most of them being invisible outside of the galaxies of visible matter, with all of these holes warping (nay, eating) time and compressing the matters and energies of the universe into tiny black balls that may actually be wormholes into other universes."

21. The Middle Class Will Always Be With Us (Jan 26, 2005)
"...with the premium we put on packaging value we often allow ourselves purchases we hope we’ll soon learn to love, even as we often can’t and one day finally tire of trying."

22. Charcoal Center of the Philippines (Feb 2, 2005)
"...one of the things that Olongapo and Marikina and Naga City can teach us is that radical improvements can happen in a culture that welcomes influences from without."

23. Standing Up to Thieves (Feb 23, 2005)
"A certain great concern thinks video and audio piracy is killing the local film and recording industry. I beg to disagree."

24. A Criticism of Criticism? (Mar 09, 2005)
"...to appreciate life is to appreciate one’s duties and obligations to the attainment and sustenance of that life."

25. Reality TV (Mar 16, 2005)
"...to the intelligent, as against the merely degrees-holding, there is no final cut."

26. Drama (Mar 23, 2005)
"What reason have I to continue with this social criticism bit when I hardly seem affected anymore by any of the grunts and gargles of the selfish celebrities in the latest news on (mal-)governance?"

27. Rays of Light (or; Movies as Gossip, Lives as Art) (Mar 30, 2005)
"What if the character Ray Charles wasn't a real person?"

28. A Roman Orgy (Apr 06, 2005)
". . . obviously now, there are two sides to the late Pope. And many of us would rather focus on the one rather than the other."

29. A Criticism of Criticism? Part 2 (Apr 13, 2005)
"There is so much in present society that smacks of the corrupt noise of self-preservation, from the voices of politicians with their corporate or bank account interests to the screams of mass elements who have yet to learn that there are products to be derived from a boss's kick."

30. What's (And What Isn't) In Philippine Tourism (Jun 05, 2005)
"Tourism boards neither have the attitude you need nor the projected knowledge of what travelers are looking for or want to do."


one more Red Meat essay from 2005 to follow

some of the above essays have been revised, updated and/or adapted in my high-art and pop culture criticism blog A Party-Crashing Angle: to see those, click here.




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-- this online book of essays first launched October 2010