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Jan.23.2013
Why do we protect the freedom of literature and the arts and deny the same to others, even if they might use a similar creative medium or idiom? Salman Rushdie said in an interview: “I really worry about how it’s become so easy to attack books, movies, paintings, works of scholarship there...
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Jan.18.2013
Kang Yi stripped down to a thong while a young woman gave him love bites. Performance art is almost always controversial. What was the significance of this one staged on a podium at a Guangzhou auditorium? He said:  “It's a critique of the concept of chaotic love. I hope that my art...
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Jan.14.2013
As with any written word, I am intrigued by signatures. My own has caused banks and other institutions much confusion simply because I 'forget' a turn or twist there, or am in such a hurry to put my stamp on paper that the pen overtakes, leaving behind unwanted slashes and mysteriously-placed...
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Jan.14.2013
  At 3 am, the phone rang. This was a few years ago. “Hi, how are you?” I was groggy and the male voice unfamiliar, unsure. I should have hung up. Instead, I said, “I don’t think I know you.” There was a short pause and then, “But I do. I am Lt. Commander X, and I want to talk with you.” Why...
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Jan.02.2013
"Where do we begin?" "Never thought about it. Perhaps, at the beginning?" "Where is that?" "The point from where we start." "What is the start, or a start? Can you describe it? What does it look like, feel like?" "Dew on leaves..." "That is the beginning of the end. It will dry. It has no start...
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Dec.28.2012
A still-born baby would not be news. Unless the baby is a dead lamb with a human-like face. Evolution throws up such surprises. How we react to them also shows how we perceive our evolvement when confronted with other forms. Erhan Elibol, a vet, had to perform a caesarean on a sheep in a Turkish...
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Dec.27.2012
Reams spin untold stories on untouched sheets quivering before eyes zooming in, zooming out images of magnified clouds colonising the sky turning into cottonwool swabs soaked in blood unseen wounds unfelt pain Tree branches cover streets birds sing in sewers cars rush past...
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Dec.16.2012
He had the most beautiful fingers. With head bent slightly tuning the sitar, he looked like a mother putting a child to sleep. Ravi Shankar is asleep forever. He died on Tuesday, December 11, at 92. Frozen in death, memories come alive. He made the sitar, essentially an accompanying instrument...
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Dec.11.2012
"So many so-called saints are really schizophrenic — they cannot laugh. And if you cannot laugh, how can you weep? how can you cry? Both become impossible. When laughter and crying are impossible, your heart is completely dosed. You don’t have any emotions, you start living only in the head...
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Dec.07.2012
The rumour that instead of Barack Obama being in Vogue it might well be the other way round ended up as a whimper. The possibility of Anna Wintour being sent to the United Kingdom as the US ambassador might have been a mere tantaliser, but it would not be a coup. You could be a banker, a...
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Dec.04.2012
How English is English?  Will we ever know why an editor deleted words of foreign origin from the Oxford English Dictionary? Was he a racist? Or a purist? In the socio-historical context, both these words have been used interchangeably a few times. Nazism and apartheid do believe they...
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Nov.26.2012
    Sadness beckons Nameless Blameless  I reach its door  Grasp  Gasp  Naked it stands  Clasps my hands  Throttles throat  Swallows oath  We pour together  Tears  Fears  It is too late  Leave  Me  Spaces...
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Nov.21.2012
  Words like “pro-choice” did not even occur to her as they forced an iron rod into her vagina and, together with the blood, remnants of an unborn human being seeped out. She wept a little for the lost child and much more for the scalded part that was essential to her job. Shanno was a sex...
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Nov.14.2012
How can a writer retire? Is there an age limit, an “until such time” proviso in an unwritten contract? Will there be a toast to the end of the day, a little gift for “services rendered”, and then post-retirement blues? When Philip Roth’s plans to stop writing came to public notice a few days...
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Nov.08.2012
Barack Obama has not won. He just defeated the traditionally bad guy, like burning the symbolic Old Man year after year to herald a new beginning that would arrive anyway. We had been saturated with analyses in the run-up, and the ones after the elections are not much different, except perhaps...
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