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26 April, 2009

The Postman Joins Gatsby

Check out Norman Mailer’s ten favourite American novels.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 9:19 PM

18 March, 2009

Writers who never “shed their leaves”

Dick Cavett talks to Cheever & Updike - Oct 14, 1981. (Earlier post.)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 11:39 AM

04 March, 2009

Bibliomania

Orhan Pamuk on his “Turkish Library” and “buying books, as if to take revenge on the life I was fleeing.”

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 3:28 AM

16 February, 2009

Hamlet, the Facebook edition

“The king poked the queen. The queen poked the king back. Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.” (HT: Gautam John)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 7:49 PM

12 February, 2009

Twitter Of The Shrew

Shakespeare’s on Twitter now. Oof. (HT: Sanjeev.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 6:52 PM

02 February, 2009

The Cupertino effect

“I apologize for any incontinence” and other spell-checking horrors!

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 12:43 AM

zyzzyva, sussurous, chiaroscuro, etc.

The 100 most beautiful words in the English language.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 12:38 AM

01 February, 2009

A Conversation..

..about the craft of fiction and the art of writing (Oct 2008). RIP, Updike.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 7:56 PM

31 January, 2009

‘Clasping And Unclasping’

Ian McEwan delivers a lovely tribute to John Updike.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 1:09 PM

01 December, 2008

Garden and Cosmos

The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 2:21 AM

25 November, 2008

Guess that mimed album cover

Play the game; Beware: Man in leotard posing! - via Mefi.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 2:11 AM

24 November, 2008

Literary Tastings

Perhaps now we know why Monica got Leaves of Grass from her paramour. (My pick - Walden)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment | The good life at 5:02 AM

28 September, 2008

Vanity Fair

Covers, Portraits & an article by Hitchens.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment | The visual arts at 12:49 PM

27 September, 2008

Literary Oddities

A Mefi post with links to “Unusual books. Unusual art made from books. Unusual bookcover. Unusual bookshelves. Unusual bookstore.”

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment | Oddball | The visual arts at 11:32 AM

21 September, 2008

Collecting colours over a cup of coffee

p.i.g.m.e.n.t.i.u.m - a painting a day

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment | Blogs at 6:37 AM

14 August, 2008

Put all those books to good use

Create a book pile.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 8:40 AM

11 August, 2008

The Literary Olympics

Have a go. I scored 10.8.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 8:10 PM

30 July, 2008

Welcome! You are on The Ledge.

A gateway into “international literature”.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 6:35 PM

25 June, 2008

Name’s Bond. James Bond.

He’s back in the Ian Fleming “centenary novel”:  Devil May Care

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 10:10 PM

18 June, 2008

A huge democratic moment

“Have blogs been good for books?”, ponders Robert McCrum.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 12:03 AM

13 June, 2008

Value their art, not their personalities

Even the most romantic poets can sometimes be awfully hard of heart.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 10:38 PM

02 June, 2008

The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs

Rolling Stone has a list. My favourite from it: No. 25.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 2:51 AM

23 May, 2008

Another list of books

This one plays on the “reader’s lingering sense of inadequacy”, opines William Grimes.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 10:08 PM

18 May, 2008

100 Essential Jazz Albums

David Remnick presents a “guide for the uninitiated.”

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 1:10 AM

03 April, 2008

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao…

... wins the Tournament of Books.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment at 4:29 AM

30 March, 2008

Writing on sex

A “finite set of possibilities.”

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 7:56 PM

It’s not you, it’s your books

An Essay about Love & Literary Tastes

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 7:35 PM

29 March, 2008

From behind a screen of aural smoke

The oldest recorded human voice (followed by a fit of giggles!)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 6:19 AM

28 March, 2008

How to write a song

Measure for Measure, a new songwriting blog over at the NY Times, promises enlightenment.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment | Blogs at 4:45 AM

27 March, 2008

Not so hot

.. but compared to Heaven’s Gate, Paris Hilton’s movie is “a rank amateur.” Not her amateur movie (no links, sorry!), but her latest release.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Arts and entertainment at 3:14 AM

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