Month: July 2006

  • Sorry, Wraith Picket, your book won’t do

    This has become almost too easy–take a famous book by a well-known author (in this case, a Nobel Prize winner), send out a few chapters to publishers and agents and rake in those rejection letters. Even so, it’s fun when it’s Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm being rejected by a score of Australia’s […]

  • Ghostposting

    Like tons of people out there, I’m irritated at the Blogspot/ Typepad/ Geocities block (Neha has a running update on the situation at Within/Without), chiefly because whoever ordered the ban borrowed his script from Kafka via Monty Python. Is there an official block on these domains? Sorry, we can’t tell you. If there isn’t a […]

  • Heavenly bodies make exquisite corpse

    (“Exquisite Corpse: Game of folded paper played by several people, who compose a sentence or drawing without anyone seeing the preceding collaboration or collaborations. The now classic example, which gave the game its name, was drawn from the first sentence obtained this way: The-exquisite-corpse-will-drink-new-wine.“–André Breton (Waldberg, 93-94)If you’ve never played Exquisite Corpse before, here’s how, […]

  • Zinedine Mersault

    Roger Cohen compares Zidane to…Camus? Camus, writing during World War II, the son of a man killed in World War I, captured a 20th-century senselessness in his story of a man driven to an irrational act for which he feels no remorse, for which in fact he feels nothing. The story of Zidane in the […]

  • Marvel vs DC

    In the Washington Post, Hank Stuever asks the really big question (link courtesy Griff): Marvel or DC?Back when it mattered, you used to be certain. You would ally yourself and endlessly argue the merits in comic-book stores or at a convention at the airport Ramada. DC Comics, led by Superman, was for people who adored […]

  • Shelley you must be joking?

    What Kenneth Neill Cameron described as “One of the unsolved mysteries of Shelley bibliography” can now be solved, for a copy of the pamphlet has been discovered and is in the possession of the booksellers Bernard Quaritch. But no. Shelley’s long-lost Poetical Essay, the pamphlet he published anonymously the same year he was expelled from […]

  • Raja Rao (1908-2006)

    Victor Rangel-Ribeiro on Raja Rao, who died this Saturday in Texas at the age of 97: Because I belong to the generation of Nissim Ezekiel (b. 1924), which came two decades after the triumvirate of Indian fiction writers (Mulk Raj Anand, born December 12, 1905; R.K. Narayan, born October 10, 1906; Raja Rao, born November […]

  • The Duck does Indian SF

    Samit Basu does a wonderful series of posts/ essays/ interviews on speculative fiction in India–archive this immediately. Here’s a sample, from the essay on IWE and the genre of speculative fiction: “Spec-fic to friends, is essentially an umbrella, a bar where a number of disgruntled genres come to hang out, its leading patrons being fantasy, […]

  • Blotting the copyist’s book

    I’m coming in late on this, but bear with me.This is what happened: Prufrock, who runs an admirable lit blog, spotted a paragraph in Mahmood Farooqui’s 1,500-word review of Jan Dalley’s book on The Black Hole in Outlook, that had been lifted directly from Anne Garvey’s review of the same book in The Independent. Prufrock […]

  • The name is Colaabavaala, Captain Colaabavaala

    The excellent Naresh Fernandes on the life and bizarre career of Captain F D Colaabavala, ex-Indian Army (and Navy) man who hitchiked around the world, wrote colourful and almost certainly exaggerated accounts of his exploits (Time Out Mumbai link: might require subscription/registration): He walked on the wild side. In Indian Mafia in Action, he set […]