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Innerview Issue #1

Out now! Issue numero uno of Innerview zine, the effort of editor Atie, spouse of DEP’s Acai. I haven’t actually gotten my copy yet, but judging from the pro-printed front cover listing a bunch of local DIY-Punk-Indie bands and an exclusive interview with blogging phenomenon Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar, it’s going to go out of print real soon, I suppose. So grab a copy now!

Innerview #1 has been circulated through two events previously (a gig at Wondermilk and a DEP set at the Pelita Hati gallery) and I suspect it will be sold at various local gigs as well. You can also contact the editor at the Innerview blog or visit DEP.

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Hell’s Fire Re-ignited

Mikon of Semusim Di Neraka has re-opened the gates of his fiery abode. The dark lord of Malay blogging now answers to the name of Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar. A fantastic writer, he will knock your socks off with his existential meanderings, minimalist Malay prose and wry observations of contemporary Malaysian culture. All laced with irreverent, provocative, dead-pan, blasphemous humour.

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Blogging di Kuantan Parade.

It’s been a long week. It’s been a depressing one too. Had a few professional / carik makan issues to deal with, the details of which are too complicated and personal (read: boring) to divulge in at the moment. Suffice to say that the brain-numbing ritual that I call work will continue indefinitely.On a brighter note, Mikon’s visit to these humble pages has managed to cheer me up on two counts: I no longer have to speculate as to what really happened to SDN. Secondly, I feel honoured to have attained the interest and patronage of a fellow blogger whom I consider one of the funniest Malaysian around. This may sound like a shameless plug but I think there should be no shame involved in providing encouragement and praise to someone who deserves it.

Mokciknab is another funny blogger. Her blog is not political, not cynical, not desperate to please. She blogs about her life, her family and her longing for an absent husband. What may appear as narcissism to some quarters is to me unflinching honesty and brave acceptance of one’s life.

S is growing up right in front of my eyes. She’s quite a handful these days. Try and ask her if she’s a boy or girl and she’ll say with a slight frown and a grin: “Baaay”. It’s too early to tell if this is sexual ambiguity but the rest of the household considers this really funny. I am of the opinion that she’s not old enough to even be aware that the adults around her are categorized into male and female.

T (Shahkaratul Tarantula) is considering coming back to Kuantan. This, in any case, is good news. He’s been sending out resumes and is on the lookout for a job here. His engagement to H is fast approaching a December resolution and as far as i know, H has no problems regarding moving here. So, a pre-nuptial wish is appropriate for this couple. Happy engagement and may good things come your way. If things go as planned, I’ll see more of T and together we will wage our war against perpetual boredom.

Congratulations to proud new father, R. Another girl in the gang. Looks like we’re gonna be swamped with a little posse of nagging little riot-grrrlss. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Hi exoticasyibba. Come back soon. We miss you.

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Mengapa Semusim Di Neraka masih berada di blogroll Kuburan Dakwat.

Aku tak tahu jika kau pernah membaca Semusim Di Neraka oleh Mikon. Tapi mungkin kau tak akan dapat membacanya lagi. Kalau kau klik di sini kau akan tau apa maksud ku.

Aku hanya mula membaca Mikon sejak 2 bulan lalu. Kehadiran beliau seiring dengan pengaktifan akaun Streamyx kami. Terjumpa link Semusim di Neraka di ricecooker dan bermulalah perjalanan ku masuk ke dalam dunia Mikon.

Mikon berumur sekitar 30’an, lelaki Melayu dan seorang penulis bebas. Ini semua berpandukan ingatan sahaja kerana bahan rujukan tidak kedapatan. Tulisannya bersahaja dan berbahasa Melayu dan mempunyai bau-bau eksistensialis dan anarkis.

Perkara yang membuatkan aku rindukan Mikon adalah humornya yang lahir dari pandangan yang amat sinis tentang masyarakat melayu kontempor. Golongan yang aku andaikan adalah Melayu Islam Liberal digelar Mikon sebagai golongan assalamualaikum. Mereka selesa hidup di dalam dunia Melayu mereka bersama TV3, Siti, Mawi, Fadhillah Kamsah dan menerima seadanya bahawa dunia mereka adalah jalan yang benar maka indah. Mikon banyak memberi perhatian terhadap paradoks dunia kerohanian/spiritual Melayu yang sentiasa mahu mereka selaraskan dengan cara hidup sekular.

Pendedahan Mikon tentang tabiat alkoholnya dan kecenderungannya untuk mempersendakan agama terancang akan mencabar kepercayaan dan ilmiah setiap Melayu Islam Liberal. Tidak hairanlah jika Semusim di Neraka menyalakan api kemarahan segelintir anggota blogosphere. Ramai yang menentang tetapi ramai juga yang menyokong. Situasi ini aku ambil sebagai petanda bahawa kebebasan bersuara dan berfikir di Malaysia masih wujud. Ini suatu petanda yang sangat menenangkan hati ku.

Barangkali Mikon memadamkan blognya di blogspot atas sebab peribadi. Barangkali juga Mikon adalah mangsa penggodam. Seperi Dina Zaman, JerryWHO dan pernah beberapa ketika dahulu ricecooker, ketiadaan Mikon mungkin menyenangkan pihak yang tidak senang dengan perbualan terbuka.

Maka biarkanlah Semusim Di Neraka di blogroll ku: nesan pertama di Kuburan Dakwat yang menanti kebangkitan semula untuk terus menghantui rumah-rumah dan masjid-masjid.

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