24/06/2020 Day 92 The usual 20 km cycle ride in the morning happened. It has been setting a calm and easy pace to the days. Later in the day, I read a short piece by Bill Morris with a rather loud title - Please! Hold Off on That Novel Coronavirus Novel! He wrote about coronavirus … Continue reading Day 92: In defense of sameness
Day 6: New normal, Gordimer and Writing
30/03/2020 Day 6 I am making sprouts on my own now. That is today’s reminder of the lockdown. It was easier to buy them off from a store and keep a steady flow of a variety of them. I am conscious of the soaking time now. Among other reminders of life in lockdown are new … Continue reading Day 6: New normal, Gordimer and Writing
Manu Joseph writes about people and spaces around Spui, in the tourist hub of Amsterdam. His dry humor is enjoyable as much as his reading of the place interesting. The trams disappear just that way! His is going after happiness as a theme, as I figure from his columns. If it is to bust this … Continue reading About Amsterdam
On Writing Well - 2Reading Zinsser on writing. On words he has these lines to leave the reader with -“Remember that words are the only tools you’ve got. Learn to use them with originality and care. And also remember: somebody out there is listening.”Zinsser is laying down the world of expression and writing for me, … Continue reading
Writing: the personal transactionWilliam Zinsser’s On Writing Well for this week. The man makes tremendous sense in his observations about writing and the process. Early on, he notes that ‘ultimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is.’ That is the personal … Continue reading
When there’s nothing else to doWilliam Burroughs speaks of why and when of his writing. No fancy reason. Plain boredom, perhaps. Someone now got plenty of it and nearing that age -BURROUGHSI started to write in about 1950; I was thirty-five at the time; there didn’t seem to be any strong motivation. I simply was … Continue reading
Pause at the edge of the country’…and it’s not this end but all the days of going under from which I will have to recover.’Remarkable end of an otherwise explicit piece by Erica Ehrenberg. More Scandinavian pieces this week.
Henry Miller on life Waking up to a morning overcast with rain. The greyness is typical of this city in these months. Even before coffee, there is a need for words. Some words that can invoke the morning. For today, it is Henry Miller’s words on ‘a well lived life’ that almost reads like a … Continue reading
Love in the city
NYT magazine’s latest cover on love in NY. Quite a work. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/07/magazine/new-york-love-city.html “I’ve lived long enough to know that loss is often very close to love,” said Barbara Ramsey, a 78-year-old former actress.
The superman suffers from a fatal flaw
The man with music, therapy and mission, in the woods has captured my imagination since years. This morning, I opened up his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and read! Next time, I’d want to teach world history (esp the great wars) in school with this deeply human and thought provoking speech. Let us dare to face … Continue reading The superman suffers from a fatal flaw