Archive for February, 2010

Salinger and Smith

February 8, 2010

A couple of pieces in the Hindu literary review by Pradeep Sebastian: on Salinger and on Zadie Smith. During my next visit to Crossword, I should remember to look for that book of essays by Zadie Smith.

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Capitalism and mathematics

February 7, 2010

Capitalism and mathematics are intimately related; mathematics functions as the grammar of techno-scientific discourse which every form of capitalism has relied upon and initiated. … feasible, in other words, to see in the realist account of mathematics an ideological formation serving certain (techno-scientific) ends within twentieth-century capitalism.

Brian Rotman, in Towards a semiotics of mathematics (of course, from 18 unconventional essays on the nature of mathematics).

Tributes to S Rajam

February 5, 2010

Hindu has several pieces on the musician, painter and actor S Rajam who passed away recently:

  1. Gowri Ramnarayan
  2. Rupa Gopal
  3. Randor Guy
  4. Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam
  5. Lakshmi Venkatraman

Plenty of interesting information and moving tributes in there; take a look!

Remembering Indira Menon

February 1, 2010

Sriram Venkatkrishnan, in his blog, posts the tribute that he wrote for Sruti remembering Indira Menon, who, I understand, passed away last November.

Onion’s obit to JDS

February 1, 2010

Titled Bunch of phonies mourn J D Salinger is short and a must-read.