Month: June 2004

  • “Having spent many years of his life in the department of south Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, A.K. Ramanujan liked to describe himself as the hyphen in ‘Indian-American’. Re-reading the work of this poet, translator and curator of folklore, it strikes me that Ramanujan is also a hyphen, that valuable go-between, […]

  • It’s the summer of the serial killer. Hari Menon sees the usual summer reading special through a glass, darkly. Patrick Anderson isn’t impressed: “The serial-killer thriller is the cicada of popular fiction. The damn things are everywhere.”

  • A student at Princeton has figured out the How to Get Published in the New Yorker formula using statistical models. Of course it doesn’t work. It’s a thesis. It’s not meant to do anything remotely useful.

  • I’m still having fun at Zigzackly, but here are a few quick links: Kamala Markandaya, author of Nectar in a Sieve, has died. Obituaries are here and here.