I still wake up sometimes, in the middle of the night, sure that Im here. Grandmas kitchen. That haven of modernity and 1980s suburban decadence. Its a fever dream. I feel the give of the cold linoleum under my hot feet.
We drove north into Mississippi as the late-summer Sabbath sun rose over New Orleans.
At first, Jeremana seems like any other neighborhood on the outskirts of Damascus. A steady stream of road-worn automobiles hobbles over the pot-holed streets that are lined with boxy, chock-a-block apartment buildings.
Indias pursuit of superpowerdom has been cheered on by the US media as well as the countrys own mainstream press, but writer Pankaj Mishras powerful portraits of the subcontinent pierce through this chauvinistic fog.
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines is Janna Levins first novel, and with it she has broken new ground. The work has been hailed as a novel of ideas recounting the lives and deaths of Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, whose discoveries radically changed the way philosophers, mathematicians and scientists understand mathematics.
Ever since the “documentary revolution” was declared in the early 2000s, there has been much hullabaloo about the different forms of doc film.