January 2011

Everybody knows who Yara Sofia is in Puerto Rico. And if you don’t, then sorry darling, this is not your world. --One of Kuzhali Manickavel's favorite quotes from Ru Paul's Drag Race, Season 3. For the past few months I've been up to my earlobes in Blaft Publications. Last week (?) I posted an interview [...]

On Salman Taseer

Ki Muhammad se wafa tu nay to hum teray hain/ Yeh Jahan chiz hay kiya, Loh o Qalam teray hain Be faithful to Muhammad and I am yours/ This world is nothing, the Tablet and Pen are yours. I have a short piece in The Caravan India: Forfeiting the Future: Pakistan’s crisis can’t simply be [...]

Days of Anger

أيام الغضب Jan 25th. Jan 28th. It isn't a domino effect. ((The "narrative" likes to see everything connected in the Middle East or Africa, with helpless masses, force fed some conspiracy theory or some mishmash of presumed victimhood are always pawns waiting to tumble. Hence, you cannot have true democracy in the M.E. because the [...]

My review of a whole raft of Blaft publications comes out in the February issue of Bookslut. In the meantime, I'll be posting some interviews with prominent Blaft personages. Here is the first: an interview with Rakesh Khanna, co-founder and editor of Blaft, and Pritham K. Chakravarthy, translator for The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp [...]


The opening of Interpolation: the Safeway at Oracle and Ina: Absolutely, that was my turf. Less than a mile from the four or five houses and apartments where we took turns living. We did our shopping there. Not that you could tell this from a photograph; you would have to distinguish it from eighty other [...]

The killer has been garlanded. Facebook fan pages, twitter clouds of praises. For his victim, Salmaan Taseer there are small candle-light vigils and columns bemoaning him for "going too far". How far did he go? He visited a woman who is "accused" of blasphemy and he called the law which enables such prosecutions a "kala [...]

Discovered: Lapata

Ralph Luker, at Cliopatria, announces the Annual Cliopatria Awards in the History blogosphere. Guess who won a 2010! Best Writer: Lapata @ Chapati Mystery Lapata's essays are not so much written as they are assembled, careful collages of visuals, text, and quotations always cunningly integrated into architectural unities. Her style always serves her subject: in [...]

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