This month's short story selections are up at PopMatters. Here are stories from Lucia Berlin, Na'am al-Baz, Mia Alvar, Hananah Zaheer, and Laura van den Berg — all looking at working women, whether white-collar, blue-collar, or the gig economy.
Some initial thoughts about a new literary project: a podcast series on writing and translating craft. This will not be an overnight thing because I intend to do it professionally with planning and preparation. I will be fully transparent in sharing progress publicly because my hope is that it will encourage more literary initiatives across the Indian publishing ecosystem. A rising tide will lift all boats -- I truly believe this. No doubt, there will be some mistakes along the way. But I'm open to feedback and suggestions. Please just be nice about it?
If you've been following this site long enough, you know how one of my annual rituals is to set a word as my theme for the year. I'm not a religious person but I love how language and words can influence us deeply even when we're not always aware of how they do so. Meditating on a theme throughout the year keeps me on track. It's not exactly a prayer to some higher power as much as it is an anchor for me to stop me from drifting about or going off the deep end. Why "trust"? To me, trust is the bedrock of all relationships.