Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last


This is the last book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. It’s under three minutes of reading time. So you have more time to read these books. Or the first and second posts of book recommendations. Why bother with all this? These posts are not guerrilla marketing. I’m not a fan boy. Just someone whose been … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last

Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2


This is the second book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. The first post makes the necessary excuses about the motive for writing this. In the interest of keeping each post under three minutes of reading, I broke up what I wrote in to thirds. The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist This is first person narration that … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2

Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1


Yudhanjaya Wijeratne wants book recommendations. Or so my spies, terrified informants, and omnipresent digital surveillance AIs tell me. So here's the first of the recommendations. Written using time I don't have. Why I'll explain in the next post. Suffice it to say that Yudhanjaya is an important enough author. Important enough for the voices in … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1

Rare success in explaining Sri Lanka to non Sri Lankans


I find it impossible to "explain" anything Sri Lanka related to non Sri Lankans. Until recently, I never thought it was possible. My own failures and those of others I have seen were catastrophes of miscommunication. Thankfully I have found an exception. Before revealing it to you, its essential to appreciate the difficulties of "explaining" … Continue reading Rare success in explaining Sri Lanka to non Sri Lankans

Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era


I have been a fan of Charles Bukowski's poetry for years. He's one of the few poets I read voluntarily. Bukowski stands out because I have a stockpile of his books collected over the eons. The photo in this post is my evidence. I naturally prefer his poetry over prose. The later poems over the … Continue reading Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era

New realisations from moving old books


Reorganising the living room bookshelf gave me a panoramic wide angle view of my relationship with books and reading. At one level, I regretted my love of books. Alcoholics among you know will know the sensation of hitting rock bottom intimately. It also felt like meeting long lost friends. The pleasant surprises leading newer, better … Continue reading New realisations from moving old books

Your emails 5000 years later


Present day Iraq is littered with 5000 year old memos, invoices, account ledgers, personal letters, business correspondence, payrolls, legal documents and the bureaucratic "paperwork" kings. All of which were originally written on slabs of wet clay commonly referred to as Cuneiform (indopedia.org has a brief overview for the impatient). When dry, these "documents" become rock … Continue reading Your emails 5000 years later