Book Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsey

It is first and foremost a thrill when one picks up a novel, and immediately spots out immaculate language. It is like rubbing a plum in the market, to notice that the consistency is firm, and the ashy dots on its colours are speckled throughout. It is practically assured that the first taste, if not […]

Book Review: The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas

Crudeness, un-refinedness, unkemptness; what does it mean when literature represents characters not in a moral light, not necessarily even in an amoral light, but in a light that is simply vulgar. And not in the vulgarity of caricature, either; I mean just to represent humans with all of the earnestness of realism, but with the […]

Book Review: Poor Fellow My Country, by Xavier Herbert

There are those vast forms that have informed the cultures of entire nations, but because they are cultures that are rarely discussed in the mainstream, they tend to be relics of a time and history which are often forgotten. As I began Poor Fellow My Country, the Miles Franklin winning novel of Xavier Herbert, I […]

GIRAR, INTERLUDE: THE ROD NAM DUM HUA (BANGKOK, THAILAND)

[This is an excerpt from a work in progress. More details can be found at this post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35488916] A time of change, a time of passing; this was the time of Songkran, the Thai New Year. Normally one felt Songkran in the streets. People who normally slept in for most of the day would wake […]

Book Review: No Friend But the Mountains, by Behrooz Boochani

The seamlessness of borders, and the seamlessness of bodies; these are one in the same in the opening words of No friend But the Mountains. For, as we begin this book, after what appears to be many months of pointless fleeing, on foot, by truck, we are on a boat, in Boochani’s mind, along with […]

BOOK REVIEW: New & Selected Stories, by Steven Millhauser

The 20th century American short story is a gem of a form. Call it formulaic, call it of a certain type, but the best short story writers are able to conjure up an entire feeling of a moment and time period in the space of ten pages. Certain writers like John Cheever or Raymond Carver […]

BOOK REVIEW: Lord of the Senses, by Vikram Kolmannskog

  To be in between the lines, subtly, and yet markedly so, is a condition a lot of us is starting to identify as in the 21st century, but something still experienced by a minority, and of a particular sort. As an Indian-American queer, I identify as one of these in-betweeners. Having lived a life […]

Girar, Interlude: Times Square (New York, New York)

[This is an excerpt from a work in progress. More details to be revealed shortly]   They all shouted one, and a giant ball, morphing gold and silver, dropped from the very top of a pole on One Times Square down towards the earth, landing on the roof of the building itself. Confetti rained from […]

Book Review: I Am A Cat, by Natsume Soseki

I Am A Cat is an early 20th century novel written by Natsume Soseki, one of the greatest of the Japanese modernists. The novel is a set of three volumes originally composed in Japanese, told from the perspective of a household cat listening in on the people around him. I had originally started the novel […]