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Alyjude_Sideburns on AO3.
She wrote a lot of the Stargate SG1 & Sen stories I really like. Perennial favorites.
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4 days ago by blissthisway
VS Naipaul (1932-2018): A memorable writer whose books were informed with a dubious political gaze
n an early letter written by VS Naipaul to his sister Kamla, one can find the concerns that would animate his writing career up to the very end.It was 1949, and a precocious, 17-year-old Naipaul was spending his last few months in Trinidad before leaving for Oxford on a government scholarship. After informing Kamla, who was studying at Benaras Hindu University, that he was finishing filling out his application forms, he went on to write about Beverley Nichols, author of the unflattering and largely-forgotten Verdict on India: “He went to India in 1945, and saw a wretched country, full of pompous mediocrity, with no future. He saw the filth; refused to mention the ‘spiritualness’ that impresses another kind of visitor. Of course the Indians did not like the book, but I think he was telling the truth.” Revealingly, he warned his sister: “Please don’t get contaminated”.
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4 days ago by thomas.kochi
The VS Naipaul reading list: Five books that reveal his complicated legacy
It took the death of VS Naipaul to remind people not only how unacceptable many of his views were to a readership that prizes gender equality, anti-racism, and egalitarianism, but also how remorselessly precise his prose was as it sought to convey his ideas. It will be interesting to see whether Naipaul, largely unknown to young Indians despite his Nobel Prize, acquires a new readership now.It took the death of VS Naipaul to remind people not only how unacceptable many of his views were to a readership that prizes gender equality, anti-racism, and egalitarianism, but also how remorselessly precise his prose was as it sought to convey his ideas. It will be interesting to see whether Naipaul, largely unknown to young Indians despite his Nobel Prize, acquires a new readership now.
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4 days ago by thomas.kochi
Ten writers talk of words they detest and prefer not to use (and of words they love)
Why do certain words evoke abhorrence from those who make a living out of words?..there are words we love to loathe – from imprecise words that English language teachers have long advised writers not to use (like “good”, “bad”, “sad”) to euphuistic ones like “pusillanimous”
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4 days ago by thomas.kochi
It's Not Laura Ingalls Wilder Who Is Prejudiced, It's The Librarians
In Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, her family shows entirely reasonable fear plus charitable, patient treatment of people whom long experience indicates may rape and scalp them. This is the opposite of racism. It is remarkable.
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5 days ago by fairyrevel
Creating author pages with Jekyll and Siteleaf - Siteleaf
In this tutorial, we show you how to set up your Jekyll blog with author pages and leverage Siteleaf to maintain your content.
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6 days ago by scottkillen
Hindi writer Nirmal Verma’s stories from the 1960s give us people in love with loneliness
..a translation of a Hindi story in our English textbook that I was never able to forget. So haunting was its mood that every time I visited a hill station in subsequent years, I was reminded of its blue haze and misty melancholy..The story in question was Nirmal Verma’s “Under Cover of Darkness.” The World Elsewhere and Other Stories is an anthology of selected stories by Verma, translated by various people. The title is apt because the stories are set in different places – a hill station in India, a park in London, a hospital in the Czech Republic – with characters of diverse nationalities mingling with one another.Before Verma, Hindi and Urdu language writers such as Munshi Premchand, Ismat Chugtai, and Saadat Hasan Manto, who belonged to the All India Progressive Writers Association, championed literature that emphasised social ills such as poverty and oppression of the masses. Verma was a pioneer of the Nayi Kahani (New Story) literary movement in Hindi literature with his very first collection of stories, titled Parinde (Birds). It marked a shift away from social to psychological realism, and to a focus on the middle class.Verma was sometimes known as the “poet of loneliness.”Occasionally, a fleeting connection offers a glimmer of hope, only to ultimately fail. Adultery is a recurring topic. The relationships in these stories are shrouded in secrecy, confined to specific rooms and days, and fraught with longing and desire.Spring will return, and find me waiting for the summer. Autumn will be back too, followed by the short misty days of winter.”
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13 days ago by thomas.kochi
Pig and People - The rise and fall of the first Russian populists.
The importance of Russian populism lies less in its programs than in its ethos, a guilty idealism that can teach us a lot today—not only about populism itself but also about the clash of any idealism with recalcitrant reality.
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17 days ago by fairyrevel

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