Anyway, here's a video From Uzee's French publisher, Galaade, in which she discusses (in English) her last novel Thinner Than Skin, which won an award from the French Embassy in Pakistan and is also due to be released in a French edition in September.
It's a great way to learn a little something about the book. And practice your french at the same time!
Astute readers will note that I haven't been active in the blogosphere for quite some time... Sorry about that. No real excuse, other than being ferociously busy and somewhat lethargic about this particular corner of my existence. Plus, a Puerto Rican vacation, and Game of Thrones. You know how it goes.
Will try to be better. Promise.
Meanwhile, here's a picture of Dave Maine v. 2.0, complete with luminescent blue shirt and snazzy silver tie. Enjoy at your leisure.
Hey, all you UK folks, and people who prefer to shop at Amazon UK because, I don't know, it's cooler than the US one or something... The new "cash in on the Noah movie" reissue of The Flood is out now, and it looks pretty great I must say (I'm eagerly awaiting the copies Canongate has sent me). You can click here to get all the pertinent info from AmazonUK itself.
Oh, and happy tax day for you America-dwellers. Sort of.
The lovely and talented Uzma Aslam Khan recently gave an nearly-hour-long interview on Karachi radio station City FM89, which is now available to hear on the internet. It jumps around a bit due to the songs being excised (many of which Uzee chose) so it can sound slightly choppy... It's fun though, as she chats about doing promo work in Pakistan, about her musical tastes and about other stuff. And of course her books, especially the award-winning Thinner Than Skin.
Here's a fine interview with Uzma from the Herald magazine, a newsmonthly in Pakistan that also covers culture and the arts. As ever, she speaks eloquently and well about the writing process, what feeds her, and events of the day. All that, plus a lovely picture! what more could you want?
And if you've noticed I've been posting a lot about Uzee lately and not so much about myself, well... yeah. I'm fine on the health front--fully recuperated!--but the career has been in low g
Here's a link to an article about Uzee's recent talk at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi. The pictures from their Facebook page are also fun, and show Uzee's propensity to talk with her hands.
Here are some shots of the lovely and talented Uzma Aslam Khan receiving her award at the Karachi Literary Festival last month. The French embassy awarded her a prize, decided upon by a panel of Pakistani judges (yeah, I don't really get it either) for her very awesome book Thinner Than Skin.
Not sure what she's saying here, but she's certainly making an important point...
And here she is at the moment of receiving the award. Nice shoes, Uzee! The old guys sitting in th
For reasons that I don't understand, I am unable to upload photos on Blogger these days. This has been going on for weeks, with the exception of the one day when I managed to post that new cover of The Flood (below). It's tough to get too excited about posts that consist of nothing more than texts but... bear with me. Maybe it will correct itself somehow.
Meanwhile, Uzma's last book Thinner Than Skin has managed to pick up an award at the Karachi Book Festival, given by the French E
Well, that was a lame ass Super Bowl, wasn't it? The only silver lining is that the 35-point margin of victory for the Seahawks eclipses the 34-point margin when the Pats lost to the Bears 44-10 in 1986. So there's that.
Happily, I have an endless supply of mediocre-to-awesome movies to keep me diverted as I continue to recover from my early-2014 bout with near-mortality. (Nah, just kidding. Sort of.) This time around it's...
Lots of napping these days! In between, I'm catching up with some health-inducing bits of Hollywood wizardry...
NEXT UP: Equilibrium (2002)
Directed by Kurt Wimmer
OVERVIEW: Christian Bale (yes really!) plays a policeman-of-the-future who begins to have doubts about the totalitarian regime he is supporting when he forgets to take his mood-stabilizing drugs. His doubts are thrown into extreme focus when he is forced to neutralize his par
So, the reason I haven't been doing much on this blog lately is that I’ve had some medical troubles, which are happily all resolved now. (Shhhh! Don’t tell my mom.) But, even as I’m on the road to recovery, I still find myself flat on my back much of the time, which raises the question of how to entertain myself.
The answer, of course, is through a series of cheesy horror and sci-fi movies from the ’50s, ’60s and ’90s.
First up: Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Directed by Edgar
Here's my not-very-scientific acknowledgment of some stuff I enjoyed a lot (or didn't) in 2013. Definitive? Hell no.
Best book I read this year (fiction): Probably was Susan Steinberg's Spectacle, an odd assortment of short stories that are quite unconventional, in a good way (I think). I reviewed it for PopMatters so here you go. Sometimes I think the stories are mighty thin, sometimes I think they're brilliant. Probably a bit of both.
I've been absent from this blog for something like a month and a half, due to a perfect storm of external circumstances, including hectic-ness at work, the teaching semester coming to a close, the holidays, my forty-tenth birthday (gulp), and various other factors too mundane to mention here. Happily, much of the craziness is now in my rearview mirror, meaning that I will perhaps have a bit more time to tend to this rather desolate-of-late blog address.
The lovely an talented Uzma Aslam Khan has had her latest novel, Thinner Than Skin, nominated for the India-based DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The Prize is affiliated in some way with Germany's Geothe-Institut (I'm not sure exactly how) and it awards a hefty sum to the winner. Just as importantly, though, it's nice to see Uzee's fine fine book getting more of the attention it deserves.
So, a few days ago I went to the Greenfield Blues and BBQ Festival, an annual event up in Greenfield, Mass that hosts numerous good bands, plenty of tasty food (or so I suppose, being a non-meat-eater and therefore sort of out of it when it comes to BBQ) and--who knew?--a mustache contest. That's right, a mustache contest. I had no idea, but when they made the announcement, I felt the need to step up. Many are called, but few are et cetera. So I made my way to the clearing in front of the stage
The ever-lively Lori over at The Next Best Book Club blog has been running a series of author interviews called "Would You Rather," which feature questions like: "Would you rather write an entire book with your feet or with your tongue?" and "Would you rather be forced to listen to Ayn Rand bloviate for an hour or be hit on by an angry Dylan Thomas?"
As you can see, Lori isn't interested in asking the same old questions, which is all good. I