My Year of Books: 2013

January 1, 2014

(partial list) The End of San Francisco, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (July 21) Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, Bhanu Kapil (Jul 20) Basmati Brown: paths, passages, cross and open, Phinder Dulai (May 23) Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, Justin Vivian Bond (May 22) Ink on Paper, Brad Cran (May 16) Hello Cruel…

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Taj Mahal

Indian Briefs #3

December 27, 2013

Indian Briefs #3: Adaptation, Head Trips, & Agra.

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Indian Briefs #2

December 26, 2013

Part two of the blog catch-up.

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Indian Briefs #1

December 26, 2013

The first (I hope) of some brief snapshots from India. If all goes well, I’ll get caught up a bit the next few days while I’m here in Jodhpur.

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24 hours in Delhi

December 9, 2013

Delhi. I’ve read about it in guidebooks. I’ve discussed it with others who’ve been here before. I’ve absorbed its depictions in books and films.

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Imagining the next 50 years

June 12, 2013

Birthdays aren’t very important to me, generally: I don’t think I’ve had a party for one since Pierre Trudeau was in his first term as Canada’s Prime Minister.

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What’s in a name?

May 29, 2013

Not much has changed about wine bottles in thirty years, but the marketing seems to have shifted a bit. It seems that one can now buy a wine that contains a label intended to appeal to whatever taste, obsession, or fetish with which one’s attention is most occupied.

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After the BC Book Prizes

May 5, 2013

On Saturday I travelled to Victoria for the 29th Annual BC Book Prizes awards ceremony, which takes place at Government House under the auspices of the Lieutenant Governor.

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You say you want a revolution?

March 24, 2013

Because I was in the middle of turning sixteen at the time of the 1979-ish Islamic Revolution, my attention wasn’t exactly riveted on the details of the events, though I was a daily reader of newspapers as a youth.

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When hibernation begins to end

February 11, 2013

Though I witness it yearly, and have done so for the better part of a half-century, the pace of the transition of the seasons, winter to spring and fall to winter, always surprises me anew.

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Food for thought, not comfort

January 17, 2013

The idea of Burgoo is appealing to me because, generally speaking, stew is a highly desirable comfort food that in normal circumstances would make me feel better. I’d forgotten, though, that Burgoo’s stews seem decidedly unspectacular and disappointing, at least in relation to my stew expectations.

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