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Umberto Eco (Naturally, a Manuscript)

“… he must, must write a sequel,” wrote Pradeep Sebastian about Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose. Now, alas, he never will. My own enthusiasm for Eco’s work has cooled over the years, yet I couldn’t have been more excited … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Brief Thoughts on Short Story Collections

“At some point, I realized that I had grown more interested in collections, that is, volumes of stories gathering the work of a single author. Rather than read just one of Lord Dunsany’s tall tales about Joseph Jorkens, or one … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Kafkaesque

A couple of days ago I was trying to explain the implications of the adjective Kafkaesque to a friend of mine. I haven’t read any of Kafka’s work; however, I have read a lot about them. And like Orwell, his themes … Continue reading

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Notes and Musings on Literature and Movies: A Cosmic Shift

At one point of time, in awe of majestic cosmic questions, I scoffed at the mundane everyday world of easy familiarity, routines, and relationships. How, I wondered, could the trivial details of human existence and its everyday mechanics be even … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: The Little Details

Great story arcs, intricate plot-lines, and monumental narrative events notwithstanding, it’s the little details in any fictional or non-fictional narrative, that turn out to be most memorable. Here’s a list of some of the most memorable little details, sentences and moments from some of my … Continue reading

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