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The Political Is Personal
First on the Wire . In   Between the World and Me ,
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, 'All our phrasing – race relations, racial chasm,
racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy –
serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, ...
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Jo March: the Calm and the Storm
First on Scroll .  This is the culture of apathy: drizzle, don’t
drench; don’t let anyone know you care. Emotional investment, or even the appearance of emotional investment,
weakens you. Coast along. Don’t let art speak to you. Don’t even look at art
long ...
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Paradise Lost - and Regained
First on Hindu Business Line INK . Apathy happened almost imperceptibly. It spread
like slow poison, a piecemeal thing at first. Then, it grew insidious. I saw
the rupture only after it had actually happened: I seemed to have stopped
reading. Sunday afterno...
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Book Blurbing
First on Scroll .  Rumour
has it that when Robert Frost was once asked, ‘What’s your poem about?’, he
replied, ‘Read it.’ Not everyone has the luxury of being Robert Frost, though.
By which I mean that books need blurbs. And I also mean that writing a blurb...
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Why You Don't Read as Much as You Used To
First on Scroll . This
is the thing, though. It’s not the churn of the twenty-four-hour news cycle
that has dismembered that style of reading you were once so good at: the solid
uninterrupted chunk, the afternoon in the park, the sleepless night (those
slee...
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service
My next column for The Sunday Guardian . A
handsome, successful, popular twenty-nine-year-old man is murdered in a tavern
brawl. It is barely past six in the evening. The sun has not even set as yet.
He has just enjoyed supper and a game of cards. It has be...
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Sex and Literature: A Charged Relationship
My next column for The Sunday Guardian . The producers of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James have chosen 14 February –
Valentine’s Day – to release the film of the same name. Popular media has
redefined this day to denote romantic lov...
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A Return to Poetry
My next column for The Sunday Guardian . The Zee Jaipur Literary
Festival reaffirmed, for me, at least, the value of poetry in our lives. On the
first day of the festival, extraordinary tribute was paid to the art of poetry
with a keynote address on the poe...
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A Case for Reading in the New Year
My next column for The Sunday Guardian . If 2014 taught me anything, it
is that the world, which can be cruel and atrocious and heartrending, has more
good than bad: its collective consciousness grows murky every so often, but it
is lightened by a compass s...
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If Wine Were Books …
My next column for The Sunday Guardian .  Light, flavourful dishes with delicate wines: ‘You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream,
and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number
of grains of sand. The path t...
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