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A Brief Guide to Gender in India
‘Please be creative. This is only the beginning.’
A Thousand Splendid Stuns
‘More important than anything else that fateful year was the life-defining transcendence of Peter Gabriel.’
A Woman’s Worth
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan on the evolution of feminist judgments in India.
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
Bad Luck, Britain
‘It was a wonderful day of high summer in the Stockholm archipelago.’
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
Best Book of 1901: The Octopus
Rob Magnuson Smith on why Frank Norris' The Octopus is the best book of 1901.
Best Book of 1955: Pedro Páramo
Louise Stern on why Pedro Páramo is the best book of 1955.
Best Book of 1970: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Callan Wink on why Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is the best book of 1970.