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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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“Granite Throated Goblins,” Similes and Metaphors

I’m sure I’ve noticed it before, but this is the first time that I’m taking active note of it: the narrative technique of introducing a certain imagery as a simile and, immediately afterwards, using it as a metaphor. (Metaphor is, … Continue reading

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Of Notes, Notebooks, and Beautiful Friendships

I’ve always had a notebook into which I would scribble occasional thoughts and musings, copy out favourite passages from books, and even outline arguments for longer pieces of writing. Such a motley bunch of scribblings between the covers of a … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Children’s Books, a Conversation and Some Thoughts

Last week, a friend and I had a pretty incisive conversation about what we, each, found fascinating about children’s literature as adult readers. She was drawn to the possibility, which children’s fiction affords an adult, of seeing the world from … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Chance, Fundamental Laws, and Narratives

Despite being a talk by no less an intellectual personage than Murray Gell-Mann himself, Beauty, truth and … physics? is a warm, charming, clear, no-nonsense, and non-technical exposition of the aesthetic framework underlying the laws of fundamental physics. Yet, that’s not … Continue reading

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Notes on Writing: Thoughts

I always write a thing first and think about it afterwards … because the easiest way to have consecutive thoughts is to start putting them down. — E. B. White Like everything else in life, articulating thoughts by writing them … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading and Literature: My Ten

A while ago, readers on Facebook were tagging each other to list out their ten favourite books. I was tagged too. And since I like making lists, I made one. It had over thirty titles. To whittle it down to … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: The Fictioneer as Essayist

I’m a great fan of Italo Calvino’s collection of essays Why Read the Classics? However, his Invisible Cities, along with If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller and Cosmicomics, are some of the books that I keep meaning to get to, but never quite … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: British Genre Fiction

“We don’t have to think about what we like, but thinking can be part of our pleasure, rather than opposed to it.” — From an article in The Guardian by Michael Wood “… fairy was delusion, so was the law. At any … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Fantasy, Mathematics, Law

“… fairy was delusion, so was the law. At any rate, it was a sort of magic, moulding reality into any shape it chose … “… the law plays fast and loose with reality – and no one really believes … Continue reading

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