I agree with the sentiments expressed by many people - this book would never have been published except to cash in on Bolano's posthumous popularity. Nevertheless, it brings out a candid Bolano, and some of the interviews are more conversations between writers, and hence enjoyable. The least inspiring conversation in the book is the Last … Continue reading Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview & Other Conversations
Sebald's already immortal book Rings of Saturn is being further etched into a visual medium. Grant Gee has made a movie on the book, Patience (After Sebald), which is premiering on January 28th. More on the movie can be seen here. This picture, taken by Grant Gee, seems like a beautiful introduction to the walking … Continue reading A movie on Rings of Saturn
I started reading this book somewhere in April last year, then abandoned it due to travel schedules, and have been reading it amidst different books since last month. A long drawn read sometimes hampers a reading experience, but not when the book has been written with as much clarity as Czeslaw Milosz has accorded the … Continue reading The Captive Mind
This is one of the most heartbreaking, yet perfect endings in cinema. The ruin of a life, abandon and infinite pain. I visited Angkorwat recently, and kept going back to this moment of acute melancholy and perfection in those ruins.