Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
So That Rules Us Out, Then
That's Our Favourite Excuse, Too
To write fiction, you need both time and a space inside your head, one in which you can create an alternative universe, populated by characters who are as real to you as those you meet in your daily life. Alas, my life has not permitted that.
- Shashi Tharoor in The
Creating Original Patterns
"The worst aspect of that — and this is what the kids dislike, I think — is whether we're really just talking about formula," Chandra said. "And yes, to a certain extent you are. The challenge is to do something within that pattern that's original, that's pleasing, and has a sense of the expected — but that blows our mind with the surprise that it holds within itself."
So This Is The Future Of Blogs
A report on the activities of Delhi-based impresario Ajay Jain says he plans to set up “
Sounds nothing like a blog to us, but then, you can always try to fool all of the people all of the time.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
A Touching Post
Does This Mean That Naipaul Was Right?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Short Story Machines
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
She goes on to call Strachey "the biggest time-waster of the bunch", continuing to excoriate the man for the rest of the piece.
A few questions arise. Why have the esteemed editors of the New York Times assigned this book to a reviewer who has scant knowledge of the Bloomsbury set? Has Ms Ellman even read Eminent Victorians? And could all this muck-raking be something to do with the fact that her own book, Doctors And Nurses, is to be released soon?
Monday, December 05, 2005
Trying Really Hard To Like India
[In] Seth Stevenson's 'Trying Really Hard to Like India,'...he makes the affliction known as "Delhi belly" sound kind of fun: "I find myself playing a game I call, 'Could I Vomit in This?' The idea is to pick a nearby object and then decide if, in the event of an emergency, it could be puked into. For example, potted plant: Certainly. Water bottle: Sure. Magazine: Iffy but worth a try.
Actually, one thinks it all depends on the magazine in question.
Update: The full piece, originally a series of blog posts hosted by Slate, can be found here. More comments as and when one meets an urgent review deadline and then gets down to reading the full thing.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
The Shared Secret Of A Book
"The shared secret of a book that you both adore is like nothing else. Even though thousands of others have read it, it is still a private world. Certain cities, such as Venice, have this quality: that is because such a city is essentially an invention and a continual reinvention; the outline is always there but we make up the meaning as we go along.
"This is not to say that the great books we love are wax tablets where we impress our own image. Rather, they have such power of purpose, revealed in form and language, that they interpret us much better than we interpret them."