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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Life of Pi

I just finished reading Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel. He makes a powerful case for the idea of God - and manages to link up Art with the notion of Divinity.

I found the book to drag a bit in parts while he describes Pi's sojourn by sea. As a consequence, I was forced to skip sections which were too detailed or just not palatable for my vegan consumption. However, I received a shock, like I have not got in a long while, towards the end when he knits up an alternate yarn paralleling the longer one. I was forced to re-read the sections that I had skipped in my impatience.

What actually interested me was the contrast that I experienced vis-a-vis his proposition that cold, hard factuality and crude reality offer very little to the soul. It may be that it is my imagination that is both unbridled and deranged - however, I found the alternate storyline to be clinically efficient and mercilessly savage, in rousing me from under the slight torpor that had set in during the earlier part of the book. I really do not know what it means for the initial story to be "better" - fabular or otherwise.

Monday, November 22, 2004


Another demon laid to rest. For now at least...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Was disturbed by the notion that a functional aesthetic sense, by itself, alters perception of reality.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Madness is the doubt of reason. Perhaps it is reason. Who can prove it one way or the other?

Flaubert, Gustave

Just happened to finish reading Memoirs of a Madman. It is an extremely rich and mature piece of writing, by an undeniably precocious and prescient fourteen-year-old.

Saturday, November 06, 2004


The door creaks as it, yet again, attempts to unhinge itself.

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