June 2010


I don’t know why I picked a book up after reading the pretentious prick say it was pretentious. But a man who had read to Borges as a teen deserves to be read. Manguel’s poorly written sanctimonious nonsense though got me wondering: is intelligence, as we comprehend it in the modern context, by definition, an understanding of what is, or can [...]

On Federalism

Not that anyone cares, but I thought I should clarify I had no idea what I was talking about when I’d randomly use ‘Federalism’ as an argument. Please listen to Heather Gerken actually say something non-trivial on the subject. Knowledge seems so dangerous to the stupidity of my youth.

On sexism

For someone who grew up on Tamil movies and Hollywood, that the mise-en-scène and the screenplay can be used to not drive something or someone forward is a pleasant surprise in itself. Therefore my judgment of La soledad may be biased by that novelty factor; but I did enjoy it immensely. This may also be a right [...]


Susan Orlean has trouble with naming the Great war. But the memorial in Madras refers to each War in that period as an individual war. One would think that is a respectful way to treat those who laid down lives and not call their theaters battles. What did the Germans gain for giving up Gauss? Ugly hypothetical examples of architecture? Why? I remember [...]