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May.31.2010
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How do you make foreign cultures more accessible to students without oversimplifying them?  And how do you invite students from foreign backgrounds to investigate and connect with their own cultural roots?  In her course Hindu Myth, Image, and Pilgrimmage, Professor Diana Eck engages both audiences...
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May.28.2010
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Last night I dreamed I was in front of the Om Building, one of the locales in Shiva's Arms. I was on my knees making a kolam, just like in the scene where Amma is preparing to receive the "pompous bandicoot" maestro and his "vixen daughter". Outside (in real life and in the...
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May.26.2010
 Judgments collected under the awning, hummed against the shell of her ear. Her skull slammed in her head. Payroll hands weighed the options like so much gold.    Each day had been a map of dark topographies. Turning into a skid would only postpone whatever came...
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May.20.2010
It was the late sixties and I was a piano major in a small Ohio conservatory. I was trying to wrap my hands around Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart, and never thought to give pop music any love. Three chords! I was strictly long hair, and not the hippie kind. My younger brother was also a...
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May.17.2010
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I love scenes that revolve around food in novels, don't you? They can communicate the pleasure of a party for one ("For lunch, I may say, I ate and greatly enjoyed the following: anchovy paste on hot buttered toast, then baked beans and kidney beans with chopped celery, tomatoes, lemon...
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May.15.2010
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 Here's something fun--Storycasting.com. It's a site that lets you fantasy-cast your novel with actors, and argue the merits of your choices with other folks. People use it as part of their virtual book launches. I played around with the cast of my novel, Shiva's Arms, and came up with- http://www....
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May.13.2010
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea. I'm going on a blog tour...
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May.12.2010
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QY ou tackle several big themes in your book—culture clash, mental illness and its effect on a family, the ways in which tradition dies hard. Do you believe that you have a core subject, and will write through its permutations, as Faulkner did with race, for instance? A It’s tempting to lose...
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May.10.2010
Prisoner's Dilemma
 Matthew Biberman's review of my  book Prisoner's Dilemma was named Review of the Week, in the Best of Red Room category, on the homepage. Have a look:  http://www.redroom.com/blog/matthew-biberman/cheryl-and-janet-snell%E2%80%99s-prisoner%E2%80%99s-dilemma-book-review Thank you, Matthew, and thank...
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May.09.2010
Shiva's Arms
 In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I'd share the scene in my novel Shiva's Arms, where Alice, the unsuitable bride, and Amma, the Brahmin matriarch, first connect over preparations for Golu, a festival celebrating female friendship.  "It was late when Alice wandered downstairs. She...
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May.06.2010
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Nature tosses a flockto the sky. Ochre beakspoint out in showgirl synchthe backscatter of survival,the bend and breakof an injured wing. If by some thin volitionit lifts, touching downon a wiremiles away, it will floatundistinguishedfrom its fellowsin the face of a setting sun.  But this is not...
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Apr.29.2010
Shiva's Arms
 To win a free copy of my "lyrical, funny, poignant" novel Shiva's Arms, tweet your funniest or most memorable cooking experience with your mother-in-law here: http://www.twitter.com/wlbks Contest closes 4-30-10. 8pm EST
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Aug.19.2009
Sometimes I write a poem about Hindu culture for my Brahmin husband. It feeds his vague nostalgia for festivals like this weekend's Ganesh Chaturthi. Members of a Hindu household worship a clay murti of the mathematician god Shri Ganesha, and then submerge it at an immersion site. Neighborhoods...
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Aug.08.2009
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 ...is a poem from Nanette Rayman-Rivera's new collection,  shana linda ~ pretty pretty, proudly brought to you by Scattered Light Publications, my new micro press. And the first review is in!  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/65074480  why I am now a bird    Something rudimentary’s across the...
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Jul.28.2009
 This article,excerpted from http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/aug/18us2.htm ,reminds me of the first time I met my husband's nephews--one called himself Given Name Surname, while his brother used the more traditional Surname, Given name.   "Last name first, First name last, Middle initial,...
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