November 2012


I don’t get this. Why does this idiot want to be an onlooker? For future attacks, dear terrorist person, let us strike a deal. Stage a small but spectacular strike. Barkha Dutt will fly in to cover. Kill her in your next bigger strike. Stay out of Madras.

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

Actors often repeat the cliche that comedy is a difficult art. The little I have read, I am now convinced, the cliche — which is probably not true — works in reverse for writers. Evoking a genuine sense of tragedy and yet not make the reader tire or second guess appears an almost impossible task. [...]