OUCH! I've been Asia-Sentineled.
Your humble narrator (yeah, the "humble" is meant ironically) has just learned that his little contretemps with his fellow HK Litfest organizers is lampooned in www.AsiaSentinel.com, a news website that has been stirring things up in Asia recently.
Their correspondent describes this quarrel as "confused and tangled... like [the author's] crime novels". I am thinking of taking revenge by tracking him down and exacting some poetic justice by making him listen to chunks of my deathless prose.
I was annoyed last month when their reporters savaged my friend Geoffrey Dobbs, organizer of the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Indeed, when I was interviewed by The Book Show yesterday, they asked me about the Sentinel's allegations, so it is obviously read far and wide.
Having said that, the Sentinel's correspondent quotes this blog, so I can't really complain.
The Asia Sentinel is a fascinating beast. I'm quite sure it upsets many of the people mentioned in it, but at the same time, one cannot help but grudgingly admit that it is necessary, unlike most of the publications in Asia. Thank God there are still a few journalists with the courage to do some opinionated writing and genuine investigative journalism. The piece they did recently on Singapore -- it's the sort of fearless thing that no one else does any more.
But one thing baffles me. Where did they get the photo? And what party had I just come out of?