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Burning Words: Taboo of incinerating books

A joss paper book project investigates the taboo of incinerating books

The crickets crank up their mating call just after dusk - a metallic shrilling more like an electrical alarm than local insect life.

Alone, in a little house embedded in the Malayan forest, I can hardly hear myself think. Stuffing wireless music pods into my ears, I keep going, scribbling fragments of prose and poetry on joss paper squares.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2019, with the headline 'Burning words'. Print Edition | Subscribe