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farzana-versey's picture
Jul.08.2013
I felt guilty enough to realise I could not bring about any radical change. If you need 'artistic' legitimacy for beliefs, then you are just scattered words, a riff, a mute painting. --- I learned my lesson many years ago as I walked out of her hut, her children trailing behind me in the narrow...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.14.2012
If Mo Yan had chosen to live in a swanky hideout in the nowhere space offered as asylum, there would be much jubilation over his being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Instead, he lives in China, was educated in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) school. He is the bad guy, not...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jun.04.2012
Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and globalization critic, has a must-read essay in the current Vanity Fair, excerpted from his forthcoming book. He analyzes the consensus among plutocrats that our ever-widening wealth disparity is a jolly good thing,...
farzana-versey's picture
May.14.2012
Picture this: President Barack Obama waving at the crowds in a gay parade. Behind, there are men wearing helmets, fire-hoses in hand. Helming the operation would be Mitt Romney, the enemy of the state until the elections. This could be the digitalised image on Time magazine’s cover. The...
farzana-versey's picture
Jan.04.2012
If a nation were a person, then how would she deal with freedom? The question of freedom has become exceedingly complex politically – although it always was philosophically – because even issues outside the realm of social and armed conflict have become politicised. Is political independence the...
dean-rader's picture
Dec.22.2011
When Bay Area poets Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Geoffery G. O'Brien were beaten by police during a peaceful protest at Occupy Berkeley, the answer to the question the headline poses was answered in dramatic fashion. The news spread quickly in the poetry community. We were astonished, horrified...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.19.2011
Václav Havel was with me, sitting across on a flowery print upholstered sofa in the verandah of a tony club in Mumbai. He lit a cigarette. Was smoking allowed? I do not know. I cannot remember. It was mid-1995. The staff was on strike and the British nobleman who had founded this club was a large...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.17.2011
Why would a Japanese living in the US half the year want to read my book about an Indian Muslim woman’s journey to Pakistan that comes with psychological baggage? Why am I posing this query when I do read Latin American, South East Asian, European and American fiction and non-fiction? In...
farzana-versey's picture
May.10.2011
The supra-cynics have taken over, scrawling invisible graffiti on invisible walls so that they can say, “Look Ma, no hands." It’s a twisted turn. The cynic is now the one considered politically correct. Those hailing the halo are seeing themselves as anti-establishment because they are...
rosy-cole's picture
Apr.17.2011
  The death of his father brings William Cooper a change of address and an opportunity to rethink his future.   'I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.'   The text fixed itself in William's mind. What the Wesleys had left behind was the solid framework of a sect which...