A good writer is a good communicator, which requires an eye for detail and a knowledge of what is being described. "Everyone was plainly already asleep, and it was some time before an aged porter emerged from the depths of the house. He was so doubled over that he cannot have been able to see … Continue reading Sebald’s prose
Reading Sebald's "The Emigrants". I so much enjoy his writings. His early death was such a cruel tragedy, but somehow reminds me of the stories and anecdotes he writes about: "Sebald [aged 57] died while driving near Norwich in December 2001. The coroner's report, released some six months later, stated that Sebald had suffered an … Continue reading The Emigrants
"In the Roman basilica of Santa Sabina, site of the motherhouse of the order of Friars Preachers, the remains of a fifth century mosaic can be seen. It depicts two women, each with a book in her hand and beneath each is an inscription: Ecclesia ex Circumcisione on one side, Ecclesia ex Gentibus on the … Continue reading Ecclesia
Feeling out of joint with the culture or our times as I do, I find myself escaping either into the future, through the reading of science fiction, or into the past, by reading works of earlier times, especially of those authors who seem more in tune with my soul, due probably to a similar defect … Continue reading Prosed
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/01/jd-salingers-unseen-writings-to-be-published-family-confirms ‘My father was writing for 50 years without publishing. That’s a lot of material’
English, the richest of the world's languages in terms of its vast vocabulary, the number of journals, the number of articles, books, libraries, and many other measures, is poor on one point: because it is a modern language, it lacks original scriptural texts, or even many important mystical works. These are usually from translation. No … Continue reading Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri
Not utmostly impressed so far with Arundhati Roi's new novel. It's kind of all over the place and I'm not sure who I, the reader, am supposed to be. Political writing, and I suppose any type of writing, from India has to decide who it is written for. In my opinion, the best writing doesn't … Continue reading Reading The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
How to become a tree Interview with Sumana Roy on her new book How I Became a Tree. Kindle edition available only in India. Hardcover available in UK.
Just finished Homeland by Cory Doctorow - a good read. Strange to read the book's after words by Aaron Swartz and Jacob Appelbaum - the former driven to suicide; the latter recently banished from Tor for alleged sexual misconduct. It's odd as well to see Doctorow speaking of services like Skype and dedicating the last section of … Continue reading Homeland, by Cory Doctorow
The director of Liberty has written an important, sometimes startling book about the battle ahead. When it comes to human rights, common sense and decency is never enough via On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti – 'I don't trust the powerful' | Books | The Guardian.