07 Apr '12, 11am

Blogged: Silly writer is silly

I said something silly when I was speaking to a group of university students earlier this week. (I also spilled coffee on myself while their eyes were all trained on me, but that's another story.) These were university students nearing the end of a course on popular culture in Singapore, and I was supposed to talk about Singapore: A Biography , the writing of history, the role of memory, nostalgia and so on. In the midst of some blatheration about the importance of everyday living spaces, and how heritage should be something alive, not dead and documented, I said frivolously, "I think we should blow up Orchard Road and start over." Which, for anyone reading this without their sarcasm-meter turned on, I of course did not mean literally , but that wasn't the reason I kicked myself later for saying it. No, it bugs me that I said it because I was implying that Orchard Road ---...

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