Early last year, at the height of the “first wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, I began a long story called The Seventh Wave that was in part a way of …
This is the letter I wrote two years or so ago, but never mailed, during the administration of the Previous Guy. As I wrote yesterday (and is further e…
Between 1951 and 1954, the great Indo-Pakistani writer Sadat Hasan Manto wrote a series of nine comic letters addressed to Uncle Sam, none of which wer…
#1: V.S. Naipaul
In 1965, when I was eighteen years old at Cambridge University, the Arts Cinema near the Market Square was my favorite place. That year I saw two films…
I will capture the heavens, the king said. I will build homes for the stars and then they will be mine. They will not run from me, but be mine for ever…
A brief Wiki intro: “A Jantar Mantar is an assembly of stone-built astronomical instruments, designed to be used with the naked eye. There were five Ja…
NOTES ON LUIS BUÑUEL (AND JEANNE MOREAU AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN)
“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” – Jean-Luc Godard, film director Here is one of the stories …