We cannot fix the problems of Cambodia, Taylor and I, with the three dollar mini guns we finally buy in an attempt to join the fight. Our guns leak as soon as we fill them, but they allow us to be part of the action.
The most useful lesson of the personal letter is in the way it shifts and changes, proving intimacy, individuality or authenticity does not transcend time.
Polidori takes Byron’s protagonist, Augustus Darvell, and turns him into Lord Ruthven, the aloof darling of London society.
How did a 400-line poem based on the writings of a Persian sage and advocating seize-the-day hedonism achieve widespread popularity in Victorian England?
There is a widespread misapprehension that Hindi is the national language of India. Although this misapprehension, the question is whether a national language is politically feasible for a country like India.
Most people experience buildings in precisely this ‘vignette’ form, seeing them briefly at different angles and in varying but specific circumstances.
When we departed for a ludicrously expensive multi-generational, guided, two-week tour to Greece, I imagined gaping at the architecturally perfect Parthenon, feeling spiritually-centered in Delphi, home of the Oracle, center of the Earth.
During my time in Andalusia it was music that came to symbolize the rich beauty and depth that is to be found in the blending of cultures. I didn't expect to start exploring a new genre of music—it simply happened.
Wonderfully clever as those stories were, they have, I fear, led many to regard Simla as a town populated by 'Mrs. Hawkbees,' by frivolous grass widows, idle hill captains and the genus known as bow-wows.'