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“The more you know, the less they tell you.” – Mirta Ojito, quoted by S. Mitra Kalita in Telling True Stories Photo credit: National Library of Ireland

The Life-Changing Magic of Questioning Yourself on a Regular Basis

Someone once told me that the state of one’s room reflects the state of that person’s mind. The other day, I remembered this when I looked at how messy my apartment had become – the stacks of books collecting dust, clothes that I never wore and the souvenirs from various events and conferences I didn’t know what to do … Continue reading The Life-Changing Magic of Questioning Yourself on a Regular Basis

All the rolling wheels that contradict Death! Thoughts on Tomas Tranströmer’s Selected Poems

Tomas Tranströmer’s Nobel Prize-winning collection, Selected Poems, discusses big concepts– God, heaven, existence– but does it through small, specific objects and simple words. With vivid imagery and scientific precision , Tranströmer brings the infinitude of uncertainty back to the familiar and natural. After reading Selected Poems, I felt like I had experienced enough of Tranströmer’s beautiful poetry that I could, … Continue reading All the rolling wheels that contradict Death! Thoughts on Tomas Tranströmer’s Selected Poems

My Recent Jonathan Franzen Obsession: Thoughts on Farther Away, The Corrections, and Freedom

Reading a Jonathan Franzen novel makes a voyeur out of everyone. You get a bird’s eye view of a dysfunctional-yet-loving family, and you get to see them mess up. Repeatedly. The parents make parenting mistakes, the kids squander opportunities and ignore their parents, disconnections widen, and alliances shift. In many ways, Franzen’s stories are incredibly … Continue reading My Recent Jonathan Franzen Obsession: Thoughts on Farther Away, The Corrections, and Freedom