Friday late night links

  1. Review of the book How to talk about books you haven’t read: Yes; the reviewers have read the book (and rate it A):

    How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read is a very good read: all aims aside, it’s just damn entertaining. But it’s also thought-provoking and clever, and if Bayard occasionally gets carried away (insisting readers should welcome books in absolutely ” all their polyvalence”, etc.) he’s on solid-enough ground most of the way.
    A must-read for anyone who cares about books.

  2. No! not every single vote counts; and, Fabio also explains why that is a good thing;
  3. I think it is Rajaji who pointed out the crucial role played by the English education that the Indian middle class obtained from the British in our freedom struggle; and, it probably is K M Munshi who said that on that day when the middle class refuses to engage in politics, it will be the death knell of democracy. In this piece in Prospect, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad talks about the failures of Indian middle class (via A&L daily);
  4. Scriptwriter of Chak De India on the script; a tribute to Qurratulain Hyder; a tribute to the man who moved the mountain (Reminds me of Blake: Great things are done when men and mountains meet // This is not done by jostling in the street). All three links are via Uma at Indian Writing.

Happy reading!

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