I been sending the usual links I would hoard for this occasional post over to twitter. But, it has been too long, yes? Some links to tide over the long Sunday:[play Cohen's Avalanche, Famous Blue Raincoat as you read]
Add:John McWhorter, The Cosmopolitan Tongue: The Universality of English, World Affairs, ships the culture cart and the language horse on the QE2 to the new world.
Thanks for the recs -- I heartily second those of the Kunzru and Rose pieces, hadn't encountered any of the others...
Finally! These real links are so much better - I cannot tell you how much I detest http://bit.ly/whatsit.
LOL, yeah, got on Twitter myself, but of course, now realize that in doing so, I had forgotten the cardinal rule: if I'm on it, it can't be cool.
Speaking of recommended links, I think our Pakistani friends (who have likely mostly seen this anyway) will get an especial kick out of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzy-HeYYfro And for those who get their kicks hearing Sheikh Rasheed get abused: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yozjh-S4Ec (funny but sad too; I don't follow Punjabi well but nevertheless) And, so Karachiites don't feel left out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IS-WAgoe8o
Sorry, meant to add this link to the comment above, in honor of my first love (desi cinema), and sepoy's (Lahore, I think): http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/7323749.jpg
Thanks for the recs - will check out Eugene Rogan's book.
Eugene's book is being launched here next wed - want me to get you an autographed copy? :P
Szerelem: How is Oxford treating yoU?
It's been really rather fantastic so far - I am very happy with the MEC and St. Antony's in particular and also some of the South Asia courses, which I am sitting in for. Eugene is actually my academic supervisor here - he's wonderful. Let me know if you're heading here at any point!
That's great. I hope to visit Oxford sooner rather than later. Just drop my name around the watercooler and maybe I will magically get an invitation. What SA courses are you sitting in?
Well just a couple actually - the main S Asia Seminar series which runs for two terms and is chaired by Polly O'Hanlon. We did Mughal successor states today! It's been rather fun so far - better than the ME Seminar series, which is sad, since that is my core course. And literary Urdu - reading Manto (Mehmooda and Toba Tek Singh once we finish that) and Umrao Jaan.
I thought you meant Lawrence Cohen