March 20, 2006

Smith’s Modest Master
In a recent essay for The Guardian, Alexander McCall Smith writes of the novels of R.K. Narayan, “all well-loved short books and each of them a delightful window into India.”

Battling Blindness
Novel Elaine Dundy was losing her sight. She became depressed, wondering about the loss of reading and possibly reading. She remembered the defiance of Aldous Huxley and James Thurber in their battles with blindness. Then she received a sign of hope.

What Inalienable Right?
Tom Stoppard“The idea that being human and having rights are equivalent—that rights are inherent—is unintelligible in a Darwinian world. It is easily and often overlooked that when Thomas Jefferson asserted that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were inalienable human rights, he did so on the ground that they had been endowed by God, our Creator,” writes Tom Stoppard. “Still less do we find the right of free expression being derived from God’s endowment. Is the right of free expression self-evident?”

Norah VincentWhen a Woman Becomes a Man
Norah Vincent spent 18 months disguised as a man. She relives the boys nights out, the bad dates, and what happened when she ended up in bed with another woman.” (Illustration by Matthew Martin for the Village Voice.)

Ghostwriting
The tradition is as old as the written word, but what does it take to be a ghostwriter for someone making millions of you create. Hunter Davies takes a look.

BeckettBeckett Revisited
Samuel Beckett would have loved the misinterpretation of his work on his 100th anniversary. That’s according to Terry Eagleton in the The Guardian.

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