My review of A.M.Homes' latest short story collection, 'Days of Awe', is up at PopMatters. These stories have her trademark darkly satirical takes on American consumerism and more. Also, they are a masterclass in dialogue and in listening to both what is said and, more importantly, what isn't said.
September's journaling theme is "memories." The memory faculty is one of our most important ones because the information we store away and retrieve from time to time influences our present behaviors and future actions. Memory helps us with all our relationships, learning, personal identity, and more. We have both short-term and long-term memory and they function differently. Working memory — where we manipulate and process stored information — is separate and useful in fields like cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience.
The Great Indian Novel (TGIN) has been an old, thorny debate among Indian literati for decades now. With literature spanning centuries in many languages and across class/caste/region divides, there has never been any consensus on what makes for truly great Indian literature. And, certainly, Indian writing in English, particularly fiction, continues to have its ups and downs. During the years when there are international awards, everyone is happy. During the years when the pickings are far too slim, as with this year, there is muttering and hissing about how bad all English fiction in India can be.