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The Disconnect Between My Experience of Actual Artworks and the Claims Made on Their Behalf – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Disconnect Between My Experience of Actual Artworks and the Claims Made on Their Behalf – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Art, Criticism, Culture, Poetry

Insofar as I was interested in the arts, I was interested in the disconnect between my experience of actual artworks and the claims made on their behalf; the closest I’d come to having a profound experience of art was probably the experience of this distance, a profound experience of the absence of profundity.

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Loyalty and Judgement – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Loyalty and Judgement – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Criticism, Quotes, Writing

He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgement.

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Partnership – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Partnership – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Love

When you have two people who love each other, are happy and gay and really good work is being done by one or both of them, people are drawn to them as surely as migrating birds are drawn at night to a powerful beacon. If the two people were as solidly constructed as the beacon […]

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Ataturk and Family Names – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Family Names – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · History

Since time immemorial, Turkish life had been centered on villages and clans small enough that in each there was likely to be only one Abdullah, one Hikmet and one Fatma. Those days were gone, and as a logical result of his Westernizing impulse, Kemal decreed that each citizen must have a last name. The head […]

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Ataturk on the Veil – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk on the Veil – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Culture, Islam, Multi-culturalism, Religion

In some places I have seen women who put a piece of cloth or a towel or something like it over their heads to hide their faces, and who turn their backs or huddle themselves on the ground when a man passes by,” Kemal (Ataturk) said in one speech. “What are the meaning and sense […]

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Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby · Uncategorized

I don’t usually use this Tumblr as a forum for commentary, but I can see from the reaction to the release of the trailer of this movie that I need somewhere to put my views on this on the public record. The below was originally posted at a now virtually extinct social media site when […]

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Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby · regular

I don’t usually use this Tumblr as a forum for commentary, but I can see from the reaction to the release of the trailer of this movie that I need somewhere to put my views on this on the public record. The below was originally posted at a now virtually extinct social media site when […]

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Time – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Time – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Culture, Humanism, Philosophy

Somehow the music seemed to have helped him to understand time. Time is a transparent medium. People and cities arise out of it, move through it and disappear back into it. It is time that brings them and time that takes them away…. Such is time: everything passes, it alone remains; everything remains, it alone […]

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Political Reasons – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Political Reasons – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris · Culture, Politics, Quotes

I was at home braiding the bristles on my whisk broom when the museum called, inviting me to participate in their new “Month of Sundays” performance-art festival. It seemed as though I should play hard to get, but after a moment or two of awkward silence, I agreed to do it for what I called […]

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Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, Environmental Policy, India, Policy

Giresh once drew for me on a piece of paper a diagram of the dance, the choreography of the commuter trains. The Bombay Central contingent stands in the centre of the train from Borivali to Churchgate. The people around them move clockwise around the BC contingent like this: first are the Jogeshwari batch, then Bandra, […]

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