"It was neither a luxurious nor a profitable trade, and my friends at school would wonder how my father managed to pay my school fee. My literary-minded colleagues, however, would imagine the store as a retreat filled with days of quiet reading and fancy thoughts of opening their own bookstores."
Bookshop Memories in a Changing India - NYTimes.com
Beautiful (but sad) piece on dying independent bookstores in India. Really worth a read.
"Vivid language. And such ease of description. This is an advantage of being white — one of the advantages, at least, although I know I’m merely speculating about a large group — you can judge others and yet never suspect that you are merely telling your version of the truth. Even I, with my swarthy skin and timid soul, am taken in by the pose. And I nearly fall over with gratitude when, a paragraph later, looking at another photograph of Chandra’s, Ashenden concedes that “in his turban and long, pale tunic he was not without dignity."
On Being Brown in America - NYTimes.com
Really an important op-ed.
"These conversations show what the poor are really like when they aren’t forced to respond to stock judgments of pity, embarrassment, dismissal and disgust. They also illustrate the strategic lifestyle of a people for whom survival, not success, is the most realistic aspiration."
‘A Free Man,’ by Aman Sethi - NYTimes.com
Great review. Need to get around to this soon.
"We have more and more ways to communicate, as Thoreau noted, but less and less to say. Partly because we’re so busy communicating."
— The Joy of Quiet - NYTimes.com
"The best chance this year to repeal the irrational ban on openly gay members of the military slipped away Tuesday, thanks to the buildup of acrimony and mistrust in the United States Senate."
Editorial - Military Equality Goes Astray - NYTimes.com
I’m a huge fan of the language used in this editorial. Irrational indeed.
Definitely well said.