I'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my cu...moreI'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my current play? Do I keep everything as it is? Is it ok still to mention Osama Bin Laden? Because he had written this whole thing about the situation in Afghanistan and the problems about to erupt there and Americans level of engagement etc.. *prior* to 9/11. So, some do actually pay attention. The artists..
I adore Kushner, of course I don't -like- all of Angels in America; similar to 'Fisher King', it's not really something I could -like-, but I greatly appreciate them both. And it's cool, he's coming here to Minneapolis to open his next work, pretty awesome.(less)
Ok, this came out while I was deep into parenting and career hilarity and what, but still; surprised I never heard of it. Looks very interesting espec...moreOk, this came out while I was deep into parenting and career hilarity and what, but still; surprised I never heard of it. Looks very interesting especially today after reading 'Dreams from my Father'!(less)
My Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it. I understand where the c...moreMy Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it. I understand where the criticisms come from to an extent, but I know from being involved with our local (big terrible horrible) public school system that paradigms of reality are subjective, and talking about them is often very difficult, especially across paradigms with an absence of trust. In her book, she talks hers, and the listener can hear widely different things. The idea that the poor have 'low moral values' is something I really hope isn't actually part of this, I've come across that elsewhere and I really feel like that's a way to excuse racism etc.. Human beings have 'high' and 'low' 'moral' values in various combinations their whole life, but criticizing the behavior of the rich always has a very different tone than criticizing the behavior of the poor. Anyway, the bottom line for me is: given she'll be wrong with some of what she says here, it remains possible that some/alot is true. And as long as one doesn't substitute her truth 100% into our own definition of truth, but instead holds it as a possible component of our truth, such exposures can only be useful.(less)
I have *a* copy of this, not sure if it's this one; but as time nears to read it, it's great to hear about different versions. And the more synopsis I...moreI have *a* copy of this, not sure if it's this one; but as time nears to read it, it's great to hear about different versions. And the more synopsis I come across the better, will really help me while reading it to absorb as much as possible.(less)
Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. But would be fascin...more Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. But would be fascinating as a snapshot at that point in time, just prior to the huge tilt that took place in 1991.(less)
Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. Otherwise possibly i...moreProbably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. Otherwise possibly interesting just for the incidental info in it, possibly.(less)
Blood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.
My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psych...moreBlood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.
My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psyche w.r.t. India over the past century in the family of the writer, also interesting.
Erotic Politicians and Mullahs - Hanif Kureishi (1985): Very full of content, not simply-enough-for-me written, will need to re-read, possibly multiple times. All about Pak, and Pakistanis in England, and England, and England-Pakistan. Does help fill in a bit my huge question-vessel in regard to Pak. More of this writer may well be of interest.
White Lies - Amit Chaudhari (2001); Very distinctly honest about the gently brutal interactions of people with different levels of power, the texture of such a relationship. In the same vein (at my level of familiarity anyway) as Thrity Umrigar's 'Space Between Us' and Rohan Mistry's 'Fine Balance.'
Mumbai - Suketa Mehta (1997): Some of the same content as 'Maximum Ciy', but thought would be petty to skip it since I have it in my hands etc.. Felt more afterward like maybe I'd read more..
6 March, 1989 - Salman Rushdie (1989) - poem about that period. Wow, like it! Maybe his books won't be so impossible for me to go in with.
Kabir Street - R. K. Narayan (1997): Excellent.. the sort of writing I love, a slice of life. I'd known I'd like him already, and have some whole books of his. Can't wait!
Unsteady People - Ian Jack (1989) : Fascinating sociological essay basically, about attitudes of the powerful toward the powerless in India, in brutal honesty. Then a comparison to the same in England - with the conclusion that is the same in England, only there they cover it over with make believe hoo-ha to make themselves feel better. And that in India it's all in the open atleast.
What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat - Chitrita Banerji (1995) - interesting about the writer's mother, and how fervently she wanted to keep to all the ritual laws regarding widows in that region, and her (the writer's) reaction to her mother's response. Need to read more of this writer!
Jihadis - Pankaj Mishra, 2002 - fascinating all about the rise of the Taliban and the situation in Pakistan and all sorts of related aspects.. Is the clearest account I've read from someone who actually sought to understand the Taliban and their rise. Not quite 'sympathetic' maybe, but very close - very useful to read to get a fuller-than-trivial glimpse. Also usefully clear about anti-US anger and its causes.
And actually I did already read the next one: Two Indians on America - Amit Chaudhuri & Ramachandra Guha (2002).
Pariah, narrated by Viramma over ten years to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine. This is non-fiction, an account of her life as midwife and agricultural worker in Karani, a village near Pondicherry. In this account Viramma the obstacles faced by political organizers who visit; some of the details about her activities as midwife, some information about her children (many of whom have died, who she grieves deeply), and a lot about evil spirits and other entities that her belief system includes. The presence of this piece makes me reconsider the whole book to an extent.. wait - who pulled this together? What might the overall message be? Hmm...
Serendip, by Ian Jack, short and ok.. Still was wary.
The Tutor, Nell Freudenberger - quite long, extensive info about the main character; probably more than the writer actually knew. Liked some things about it, not all of it.
Dervishes, Rory Stewart - excerpt from 'The Places Inbetween' - fascinating about the struggles within Pakistan for what -kind- of Islam is approved and acceptable; vs. what -kind- has been in place since the beginning. Totally changed my attitude about his book, will look forward to reading it now.
Little Durga, Shampa Banerjee - all about the filming of Satyajit Ray's filming of Pather Panchali! She was in it, as a child! Fascinating and awesome.
My Hundredth Year, Nirad C. Chaudhuri - wonderful, all about aspects of his writing, how it was received, written as of his 100th birthday. 'The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian,' 19051 was his first published book.
So, as is clear at this point, this book has a really wide scope of work and subject and format and writing style etc.. I was never one much for compilations, but working my way through this I've become aware that they can serve a huge purpose.