April 2011

For the Bard

Yesterday April 26 was Shakespeare's birthday, well, it was the day he was baptized. Nobody knows the exact date when he was born but traditionally it was celebrated on April 23. I can tell you that on either day there was no Google Doodle for him and "Shakespeare" was not on the Twitter trending topic [...]

Friday, 22-April-2011 22:03:12 On my way to see the band The Boxer Rebellion that started at 10. It's 10 now. Am nowhere near Double Door the bar/concert venue. Panic attack 22:04:58 I'm going by myself again. [I went to see them for the first time last September]. With extra tickets. Maybe I'll give the ticket 2 [...]

A flower for me

  As I walked out the train depot, I saw his familiar face from afar. He has taken over the position from Mr. Jim, the white-haired veteran whose presence has been a staple at this corner of the corridor connecting people to the bustling city life. I used to give something every time I walked [...]

This paragraph from A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award (ETA: AND the 2011 Pulitzer Prize!) for fiction, is one of the most hauntingly vivid descriptions of a marriage that I have ever read. At the same time the description sounds clinical, meticulous, it strikes me [...]

Things You Should Read

Instead of reading my blog, here are two things I came across today that you should read over the weekend: From the New York Times, A Gay Former N.B.A. Player Responds to Kobe Bryant, by John Amaechi, who in 2007 was the first NBA player to come out. We have all heard that Kobe called [...]

I know many of you have written about spam comments lately. Like the piracy industry, the spamming industry gets smarter and smarter each time we retch up our defense against it. I have been observing the improvement in quality in the spam comments I have been receiving and been amazed by how much I could [...]

But the Kitchen Sink

(This post was written while I was waiting to board my flight) My flight is at 9:05 pm on a Sunday night. Tonight. It is really not a surprise to those who have been living in this part of the world for a long time that the weather went straight from Winter to Summer. Forget [...]

Hubris. In case you are worried that all your kind compliments may have given me an ever-expanding ego, No Worries, my friend... I emailed several of my Annie Lennox+Sabina-From-The-Unbearable-Lightness-Of-Being inspired photos to The Husband. I got one line in response from him: What are you planning to do with those pictures? And this came only [...]

I saw these for sale when I made an emergency run for coffee at the store: a dozen for $1.99. I normally do not buy flowers, the same reason I do not make the bed: What's the point? But I made an impulse purchase that day and I am glad I did. Whenever I pass [...]