Month: May 2004

  • The Babu hates real work, but there’s been plenty of it coming his way over the last few weeks, and blogging will continue to be sporadic over the next few weeks. (Translated, until he crashes all his deadlines and people get the message and STOP making him work for a living.) Plus, India went to […]

  • More antidepressants: Maud Newton on Fox News.

  • And all it takes is a small dose of ZZ Packer to cheer me up again. “Like most people, Packer paid little attention to family stories as a child, but a few years ago, hearing an urgency in her grandmother’s voice, she interviewed her about her life as a sharecropper’s daughter. That led to research […]

  • And if Wylie’s take on how to get ahead in publishing doesn’t get you down, how about this item? “…Following a year that has seen the richest British publishing houses take retailers on a series of luxurious trips to Madrid, Italy and New York to promote their authors, the smaller, independent publishers are protesting. The […]

  • Reading about the Andrew Wylie method is deeply depressing. This is what the literary agent better known as the Jackal told his first prospective client: “The most important thing is to get paid. If you get $100,000, the publisher will print a lot of copies and will make sure the bookstores put your book in […]

  • There’s plenty to read on the Outlook website. Three stories of note: Arundhati Roy delivers the I G Khan Memorial Lecture: “While the word capitalism hasn’t completely lost its sheen yet, using the word fascism often causes offence. So we must ask ourselves, are we using the word loosely? Are we exaggerating our situation, does […]

  • The Babu’s feeling distinctly Eeyorish today. First Blogger offers gorgeous new templates shortly after I switched Kitabkhana over to a basic placeholder version, so I’m going to have to shift style again pretty soon. Then I went off to do the good citizen bit and cast my vote in the elections only to discover that […]

  • The shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize–for the best work of non-fiction published–is out.

  • “The zero kilometer had such gorgeous hubcaps I’m surprised she hasn’t been in an accident.” Just wondering how a sentence in the sexist slang of the “Javads” would sound. A “zero kilometer,” a reference to a car with no mileage on the clock, is a virgin. “Been in an accident” refers to a girl who […]

  • The Hindu literary review has a lot to offer, as always. Here are some of my favourites from the new issue: Anand on pictograms: “Another recent, surely ill advised, venture with creative pictograming was to place an image of an Indian goddess on the door to a women’s toilet; it was removed after the predictable […]