Month: June 2003

  • “The author went through that added effort, there was that personal connexion, a give and take of the book. It doesn’t seem right that it should be for sale, deeply discounted, in some dusty used bookstore. And the book should mean a little more, at least to the dedicatee.” M A Orthofer at The Complete […]

  • Has “not for nothing” become the new “by the way”?

  • Trendspotting: Math is the new pink.

  • You can’t compare Margaret Atwood to cilantro. Philip Marchand won’t like it.

  • Ol’ Blue Eyes–now that Frank Sinatra’s no longer with us, Hillary Clinton wants his nickname. The Onion recently infographed her memoir.

  • “Moi is gone, Ngugi said, but Kenya needs to be wary of Moism, a condition in which the state is seen as a vehicle for looting the nation, in which ethnic hatred is promoted and national initiatives are crushed.” For the first time in twenty years, author in exile Ngugi Wa Thiongo may be able […]

  • Leon Uris is dead, and the Babu’s got new wrinkles just thinking about it. He’s old enough to remember an era when people actually declaimed passages from Exodus in elocution contests (hell, the Babu’s old enough to remember the fading institution of the elecution contest–the object of which was to make a bunch of Indians […]

  • Right Hand, Left Hand by Chris McManus has won the Aventis. “We want to know why it is that most people are one way – but there is this minority that’s the other way round. We think it has to be because there’s an advantage to being left-handed. We think they’re a bit more creative […]

  • The required reading list for Orwell appears to have shrunk to 1984, the selected essays and Animal Farm. The Babu suggests revisiting The Complete Works and rediscovering his novels. Looking for Orwell Lite? Take the quiz, compare Orwell and Huxley, Bill Gates indulges in a spot of classic Doublespeak, or read Jay Dubashi on Orwell […]

  • Orwell would have been amused at the idea that his 100th birthday could trigger such a flood of Orwelliana (the Babu intends to throw his Orwell party in 2084). The Washington Post made the obvious comment: “Orwell has suffered the famous author’s ultimate fate: He is revered and invoked more than he is read.” Orwell […]