BY: SAIRA KHAN The video, posted on the internet last summer, wasn’t supposed to be the coming-out story of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It opens with the voice of a man wryly narrating a fictional encounter in which he is asked to leave an airplane for “speaking Arabian.” The words “Queer Muslim Proud” appear on the […]
We have busier and more distracted lives than ever before. So what?
Jenny Bhatt Recently, an acquaintance, let us call her X, asked me how she could start a reading habit. Given that she is close to my age, I asked her what kinds of things she liked to read, thinking I might offer her some book suggestions. Consider my surprise when she confessed that she could […]
Exploring a range of subjects from hip-hop to JG Ballard to Get Out, Smith is both the coolly appraising connoisseur and the excited book nerd, the culture geek
BY: Alex Clark These essays and journalistic pieces, which date from 2010 to last year and cover a range of subjects from Brexit to Justin Bieber to Italian gardens and her childhood bathroom, confirm Zadie Smith as a non-fiction writer of striking generosity and perception. The generosity takes the form of a permanent, embracing invitation […]
India cannot be so opaque to history as to say no refugees will hereafter be allowed to enter its territory
Tushar Mehta Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has made an important statement before the Supreme Court (“India can’t be refugee capital: govt.”, The Hindu, February 1, 2018). Whether he intended it to or not, it contains a vision, a vision of India. Mr. Mehta presented that vision in terms of what India should not be. […]