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monty-heying's picture
Aug.08.2012
Some question the modern relevance of The Catcher in the Rye, alleging its language and characters are dated. Some people say they can’t relate because the story lacks a linear plot or a main character that undergoes a transformation.Classic literature is always relevant but may exercise the mind a...
monty-heying's picture
Aug.02.2012
Scent of a Woman and Dead Poet Society are highly successful coming-of-age stories about prep school boys wrestling with how to become a man. The Summer of '42 covers the same topic with different characters and settings. These are all successful films, but none as...
farzana-versey's picture
Apr.24.2012
the grass turned rust with congealed blood nothing could grow in it nothing could die dead blood is a lie a little must have seeped into the soil where millions toil for harvest for freedom unseen chains on ankles and wrists destiny's tryst was this Hey Ram body slumped on the ground people...
farzana-versey's picture
Mar.05.2012
That Barack Obama invoked Gandhi’s name reveals delicious irony as it posits morality with “unlimited sex”, in Rush Limbaugh’s immortal words. I’d like to draw your attention not to the moral versus the amoral, but to the two moral paradigms here. While Limbaugh can be taken to the laundry...
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...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.28.2011
Two suited guys at a candle-light dinner nibbling on each other’s flesh for a television show does not denote cannibalism. If placed in a larger landscape, it could be seen as a microcosmic interpretation of contemporary socio-political mores. The ‘noble savage’ transported into an...
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Sep.06.2011
Is chronicling of history voyeuristic? Is a show of 9/11 relics to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragedy a chronicle or exhibitionistic? I find it disturbing, for history is not merely a static event. The 9/11 Museum and Memorial at Hangar 17 at JFK International Airport houses the...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.22.2011
He was dead. For a day. Two days? I, too, do not recall. This was days after the blasts. In a crowded area where cars, buses ply, and people walk about reaching destinations, a cabbie’s body went unnoticed. Had he been a victim, he might have been seen. The concerned city kills people everyday. It...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.10.2010
Will a dissident Briton or American receive it? It is nobody’s case here that China has a clean record, but the Peace Prize is about political puppetry.     "A blink, a trembling instant passes to a flash of awareness: I’m still alive On Central Television News my name’s changed to...
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Feb.03.2010
I thought about him. His that moment, the look on his face, the stride. He was on smooth turf, but there were stones and rubble to pass. Before he was saved. Saved from what? An everyday life? What if a vehicle had not stopped for him? What if he slipped and fell on the stones? What if in that...