Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover, 288 pages. $25.00. Magic Seeds is the second half of Half a Life, V.S. Naipaul’s novel written just before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Although the two books together do not stitch...
An Empathic Hero’s Journey

An Empathic Hero’s Journey

Perhaps all heroes are empathic.  To test that hypothesis, let’s first define hero and empathy. Hero (as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary):  “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious...
Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

  The Roman poet Horace wrote the following:  “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”  Although my Latin is weak, here’s a Wiki translation:  “seize the present; trust tomorrow e’en as little as you may.”   All humans seek a balance when they contemplate...

Filigree from Gold and Silver

SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.  239 pages. Kanishk Tharoor is both a nomadic writer and a city-dweller.  Currently making New York his home, Tharoor, as evidenced by his imaginative writing, is equally at home in other...
Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Clothing of Books.  Vintage Books, 2017, 72 pages. In India, you are sure to encounter students in uniforms on their way to school—youngsters wearing pressed white, grey, or blue cottons, sometimes set off by a solid or striped tie, almost always...