Friday, February 8, 2008
Blame it on Pico Iyer's Video Nights in Kathmandu. Though this travel book by Iyer was written decades ago, it still remains a classic. His "Born in the USA" is on the Philippines and how our dreams were set American on rock n roll. He interviewed singers and waiters who were working on bars singing plakang-plaka the Top 40 hits or waiting for an American hero in these songs to take them away from the slums. I still meet Americans who think the Philippines is everything Iyer wrote. Then the myth kept on repeating.