The Great Contrarian
Akshay Sreevatsa ponders over Christopher Hitchens and his book, Letters to a Young Contrarian
To Wait and Not See Nothing
Atharva Panditon writes on Tor Ulven, the modernist Norwegian poet who has commanded respect and considerable influence over contemporary Norwegian poetry, and yet, hitherto remains largely unknown in English-language literature.
Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the opening night of Operap, the musical experiment. I am Coby Sunders, the producer of the show. I am also…
The Myth and the Miserable
I was in love with a mythical creature for the longest time. I didn’t meet her by the sea; she wasn’t washed ashore by a…
All the Love in the World
The year after she left, my mother visited our house in San Diego only twice. The first time, she came with a U-haul truck and…
It was the day before Christmas in Calcutta. It was 1997, and the city, like its name, still retained much of its old world charm….
a leaf has come to the door
so bend the ear to whence we
reinvented ourselves through
curlicues of air,
From the Beginning
Did you exist in God’s mind from the beginning?
Persisting as light that shined from the beginning?
Letters to Federico
Your initial lines still as unreadable,
Final lines just as your self,
How your words had gradually
Into your overwhelming sense of
Shame, sorrow, and fire.
Too little salt, too much sea
Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov
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