Update: Deadline is one week from today– Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 12 noon EST Dear Readers, I am working on a post about book buying, browsing, searching in South Asia. I would like to solicit from you anecdotes and stories about looking for books in any language other than English while in South Asia. [...]
The commercial would begin with a shot of a blue-green planet afloat in dark space. Then, with instant thousand-fold magnification, the camera would digitally zoom into the part of the landmass in the northern hemisphere that lies above the Indian Ocean, the subcontinent flecked closer to the top of the screen by the white crest [...]
Very Promising new collection of essays on Pakistan. It will make a fine addition to this. Beyond Crisis: Re-evaluating Pakistan Edited by Naveeda Khan Published by: Routledge India Publication Date: 23/02/2010 Pages: 544 About the Book Through the essays in this volume, we see how the failure of the state becomes a moment to ruminate [...]
“When you walk you are freed from the worries of ordinary life” – Kanai Das Baul. “I know it is not exactly like every family, but in this burning ground, in this place of sorrow, we have found new hope.” – Manisha Ma. There are nine lives but eleven stories. Prasannamati Mataji and Prayogamati, Jain [...]
[Acknowledgments: This paper was part of a conference panel; I want to thank my fantastic co-panelists: Abhijeet Paul and Anis Ahmed who wrote about Bengali literature; and the unfailingly insightful Aditya Adarkar, our discussant. I want to especially thank Richard Delacy, whose many keen insights into the use and abuse of Manto have most definitely [...]
[Sepoy notes: I have badgered Lapata to release some of her academic writings here on CM. They are excellent bits of research and analysis - which deserve a wide, global audience - also because we are talking about a revolution. This paper, Particularities of Partition Literature: Looking Beyond the Master Narratives of Partition Studies, was [...]
3 QUARKS DAILY PRIZE IN ARTS & LITERATURE: We are now going to do the Arts and Literature Prizes, and here’s how it will work: we will soon begin accepting nominations for this prize. After the nominating period is over, there will be a round of voting by our readers which will narrow down the [...]
No, I doubt I’d be that kind of father not rural not snow no quiet window but hot smelly New York City seven flights up, roaches and rats in the walls a fat Reichian wife screeching over potatoes Get a job! And five nose running brats in love with Batman And the neighbors all toothless [...]
Afghanistan won by 29 runs. Click for a Tribal breakdown.
How is it that it would not occur to a learned person that the theoretical school of Botulism was a hoax?
This article has been making the rounds; I got it from a twittering Sepoy. I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly the motivation for the lie is. Is it exploitative? (if we don’t have graduate students, we will have to teach Intro to Whatever Studies ourselves!) Evil? (let’s take bright, naïve young people full [...]
Hasan demands that this headline exist somewhere, and so it does. Here is a statistical analysis of over 210 million facebook accounts which one can query by country etc. Pakistan’s lists of group likes are quite instructive: Vin Diesel, for example, beats out the Prophet Muhammad. “I really hate slow computers” tells you something more. [...]
Most of my usual conversation (passing/commenting on links) has moved to twitter, so doing a sunday link post seems almost, well, retro. Still, things I do for you, gentle readers, will always be en vogue. Because that is how awesome you are. Each and every single one of you. Drake Bennett’s Changing History, Boston Globe, [...]
Dear Dr. Lapata In an effort to speed up the publication schedule and work through our backlog, we are attempting to collect any remaining permissions from authors who are moving up in line for publication. Our records indicate that we still require permissions for the image(s) contained in your article, “(redacted).” Please return these permissions [...]
Last week I gave a small talk to a group of Model UN students at Hildesheim U. Thought I’d archive the presentation – and share it here. Not much going on. My main concern was to show the difference between internal and external public/policy debates*. And maybe also to step away from (inter)national narratives. I [...]
Doing some research, I came across an official Pakistan government publication celebrating the 5 year anniversary of its existence. I scanned a few of the adverts in the issue. The paper I am writing concerns the “long history” of Pakistan such that allowed Mortimer Wheeler’s Five Thousand Years of Pakistan: An Archaeological Outline (1950) to [...]