The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

The evidence that human life is better now than ever before is overwhelming. We know of course, that everything is not awesome. Nor does Pinker claim it is. Still, a book like Enlightenment Now has to face up to the corollary waiting at the summit of all its data: why then, aren’t we happy? Continue reading The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

What It Means To Be A Hero: American Superhero Comics v. Japanese Shonen Manga | Rajsi Rajora

In popular fiction, which is commonly conceived with this consideration, the moral integrity of a character typically determines his or her role and ideological relevance within the framework of a plot. The classic conflict between the abstract extremes of good and evil thus becomes intrinsic to the fabric of stories. Continue reading What It Means To Be A Hero: American Superhero Comics v. Japanese Shonen Manga | Rajsi Rajora

Review: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time | Bruhad Dave

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time has got humongous spiders in it. Well. The premise is simple enough. Earth bad. People worse. Much conflict. And very near the beginning of the book, the whole thing sort of snuffs itself out. By ‘the whole thing’ I mean all the planets and moons that humanity has colonised. Continue reading Review: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time | Bruhad Dave

Unrequited Love: On Canvas & In Our Lives | Neep Saikia

Dante and Beatrice- A tale of two souls who were so near yet so far from each other. Dante’s love for Beatrice has inspired countless of his literature. His love though an incomplete and even an unacknowledged one (as Beatrice had no idea of Dante’s live for her), was yet a glowing motivation for a Lover an igniting inspiration for the artist. Continue reading Unrequited Love: On Canvas & In Our Lives | Neep Saikia

Anthropomorphism in Literature: Seeing Minds in Others| Rajsi Rajora

Literature is always about the human condition. It uses creative plot devices and literary techniques to build on our conception of the world, as we know it, and attempts to seek answers to the perplexing philosophical questions of our transitory existence. But it is always left unrealized and easily ignored that no matter what we construe from everything around us, it can only ever be completely human since the entirety of experiences in our lives is nothing but that of humans. Continue reading Anthropomorphism in Literature: Seeing Minds in Others| Rajsi Rajora

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017|Abhishruti Sarmah

The Jaipur Literature Festival, despite controversies of the past, sets a perfect ambience for its first-time visitors (like me) to delve into the magical and classic world of books. It is a platform where writers and readers explore the unfathomable world of literature and with it the other forms of art, music and politics. Continue reading Jaipur Literature Festival 2017|Abhishruti Sarmah

Tennessee Williams: The Theatrical Rationale of an Emotional Man|Rajsi Rajora

In my opinion, Tennessee Williams is a man worthy of note in the vibrant worlds of Literature and Theater simply because he posses the incredible ability of unsettling his readers. The autobiographical elements, whether it be Tom’s dead end job at the shoe warehouse or Brick’s agonizing existence as a homosexual, introduce honesty and compassion in his creations that are otherwise not easily found in the world of writing. Continue reading Tennessee Williams: The Theatrical Rationale of an Emotional Man|Rajsi Rajora