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Microstory

Noon

In this vignette published at Flash Fiction Magazine, a woman wrestles with ambition, inertia, and anxiety.

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Book review

The Sellout (2015) is Incisive and Relentless, But Falls Short of Greatness

The first third of The Sellout’s 288 pages is hilarious. After that, Beatty recycles himself… I would’ve enjoyed getting to know Foy Cheshire, the leader of the faux-intellectuals and the book’s chief antagonist. As it is, Foy remains a theatre-mask… The Sellout is excellent, but not great. Mesmerised by its brilliantly coloured flat characters, it the novel misses opportunities to humanise its characters.

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Artists & Scientists Personal Essay Photo Essay

Guest Post: “View From My Window”

Ms. Achint Sharma is a cognitive scientist, a reader, and a trekker. Today, Achint looks out of her window, and shares her reflections and hopes.

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Book review Politics

Newspeak And Nationalism: Are We Living In 1984’s Dystopia?

1984 predicts the charismatic authoritarians, bigoted nationalists, and media-suppressing demagogues who lead the world today.

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Artists & Scientists Website Updates

New Weekly Interview Series

Every Wednesday, I’ll be featuring an interview with an artist or scientist, hosted on the Artists & Scientists site. With this new addition, I’m up to five blogposts a week. If you’re a subscriber, and you’d rather not receive so many emails from my site, this is a good time to change your notification preferences. […]

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Artists & Scientists Interview

Interview of Me by Ana Vidosavljevic

Writer, teacher, translater, and new mother Ana Vidosavljevic interviewed me about writing. I talk about my fvaourite books, writing routine and aids, dealing with criticism, and advice I’d give myself if I could start afresh.

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Politics Short story

The Hole

In this magic realist horror story published at Novel Noctule, a wealthy young woman in metropolitan India faces her alienation in literal form.

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Book review

Analog/Virtual And Other Simulations of Your Future

Analog/Virtual would have been a better book had it kept its sights strained on the human, with a focus narrower and deeper. As it stands, it is a passable book with some interesting concepts, glimmers of insight, and competent storytelling.

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Artists & Scientists

Guest Post: “In Retrospection”

For today’s guest post on Artists & Scientists, I’m pleased to introduce my friend and colleague Aswini Madhira. Aswini is articulate, even-tempered, and spirited. She’s as enthusiastic about an impromptu outing to the newest restaurant in town, as about a discussion re: the best way to approach teaching. I’ve known Aswini as an endlessly patient […]

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Guest Post: “MAKE THE DEMON PRETTY: My experience with Depression”

For this week’s guest post on Artists & Scientists, I’m pleased to introduce Ms. Shilpi Bharadwaj, my friend and colleague. Shilpi is a fellow student of cognitive science, an avid reader, and a talented photographer and visual artist. Shilpi is equally serious about work and fun. She is interested in everything, sees the best in […]