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26 September 2009 @ 03:42 pm
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs bum like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

                                        - Mark Strand  
Current Music: L.Subramaniam - Brova Barama (Kriti) Ragam Brahaduri
24 February 2009 @ 11:58 pm
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

                     - Langston Hughes
29 October 2007 @ 06:10 am
Current Music: band of horses - cease to begin
18 October 2007 @ 10:44 pm
so for the third year in a row the booker prize goes to a book that is excellent literature but not necessarily great entertainment. books that will be far more admired than they will be enjoyed. for a while, at the booker's commercial peak, from 1997 to 2003, the winners were all mega bestsellers. and pretty darn good books too.

should the prize expose millions to good literature or a few to great literature?

meanwhile, if you wonder, like i do, about the state of certain bookshops in the country, here's an anecdote. sadly all too true.

so, the head fiction buyer of a certain widely present bookstore chain, named after a popular puzzle, along with his colleagues go to visit a leading publisher of movie books. while the venerable publisher, a small legend in the trade, shows them various forthcoming books, his eye catches a certain book on her shelf. 'Ray: The Complete Illustrated Screenplay' it says. Our hero eagerly pulls the book out and flips it back and forth, the puzzlement on his face growing. "arre, this is about some charles ray (sic) banda. i thought ye satyajit ray ka book hai! that's why i thought how come i don't know this." tosses the book back on the shelf and sits back all smug and self satisfied.
10 September 2007 @ 09:04 pm
30 August 2007 @ 10:00 pm
who watches 'beauty & the geek'?

for those not in the know, it's this reality show where beautiful women are paired up with geeky men (in case you didnt figure it out from the title) to see who wins. i think.

i happened to see a bit of it earlier this weel. but i wonder, who is their target audience? geeks, no doubt fantasise about beautiful women, so they might want to watch it, but really, most geeks worth their salt are snobs (i should know), so they wouldn't watch it. the pretty women are shown as being super dumb. so they are unlikely to watch it, and im sure they will want to fantasise about handsome smart men. what is the insight behind this show. i have been trying to work it out for a few days now. damn.

and i have become a right tv freak. after heroes and lost, i have now moved on to 24. at 10-12 episodes a week, i should finish the 6 seasons in the next 3-4 months. neat. i am loving it.

meanwhile, i watched 'out of sight', that fascinating crime caper from soderbergh. and j lopez was quite smart in her role. and i got to wondering, why does fascinating have a c? won't another s would do just as well?

does anybody else love the new alpenliebe ad? i have new respect for kajol as an actress and the jingle is on repeat play in my head.

sania mirza looks very fit. lost a lot of weight and now actually moves around the court to chase down the balls. sabatini will always remain my favourite though, i still remember being devastated when she lost the 91 finals to graf. that match was also fodder for most of my earliest fantasies, i was a ball boy that gave sabatini a pep talk to help her win the match, and of course i was duly erm .. thanked for it after.

recently caught a pentagram video on vh1, i must admit i rather liked it. strange. very strange.
17 August 2007 @ 07:05 am
from his book:


Lecherous linguist –
he lays low and is laid low
after laying Lo

St. Augustine's Confessions:

This is just to say
I screwed around. Forgive me.
I enjoyed it so.

Lady Chatterley's Lover:

On the grounds, fresh game.
On the new gamekeeper, fresh
Lady Chatterley.

buy it. please do. save trees.
08 July 2007 @ 12:52 pm
so venus played a near faultless two weeks and federer made history. but my favourite moments from wimbledon 2007 weren't always about the game:

1. nicole vaidisova struggling to hide a fit of the giggles as the referee couldn't figure who had to serve after mauresmo lost the first set tie-breaker.
2. bartoli's fevered service routines, getting more and more bizarre and drawn out as the matches got tenser.
3. tatiana golovin flashing her bright red underpants but still abiding by the strict all-england all-white dress code. don't you love loopholes in the law?
4. and the super-charming jelena jankovic smiling away in the mixed doubles finals, with the crowd sensing the apparently budding romance, the smiles got broader and the cheeks redder. this was sport as a microcosm of life. truly. and i don't think i've ever seen anyone laugh in the middle of a rally before.

kate battersby of the times does some sterling sports reporting: "Yesterday evening in unaccustomed Centre Court sunshine, they spent much of their 6-4 4-6 6-4 semi-final win over Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva giggling dewily at one another. Jankovic compounded the air of fluffy romance by wearing two purple Wimbledon petunias in her hair.

One syrupy theory among the crowd had it that Murray must have plucked the blooms from a hanging basket to give to her on their way to the court. And then there was their constant whispering and hand-holding throughout the match. Or possibly that could have been tactical consultation and perfectly ordinary team-tagging in much the same way as any other doubles pair. But don’t let’s allow the facts to get in the way of a good story."
30 June 2007 @ 10:17 pm
am i the only one who thinks the whole mika brzezinski episode was a staged ham handed attempt at moral superiority?
Current Music: selva ganesh - impressions