A view from South Asia

Joshua Castellino and Elvira Dominguez-Redondo (Middlesex): The UN Declaration on Minorities and its Guidance: A View from South Asia. Amir Uprety (Muenster): Ethnic Identity Movements in Nepal: A Short Overview. Darius Lee (NUS): Here There Be Dragons! Buddhist Constitutionalism in the Hidden Land of Bhutan. Welcome to the traffic capital of the world: Michael Hobbes on what he learned from the crippling gridlock in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Zulfiqar Shah on sixty-seven years of Pakistan. Imran Khan

Paper Trail

The American Scholar has started a list of bad opening lines of novels—Richard Powers’s opening of Galatea 2.2, to take one example: “It was like so, but wasn’t.” Two new funders of Reddit, according to a list the website recently released: Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg. People are betting on who will win the Nobel Prize



Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

Daily Review


An essentially religious writer, Marilynne Robinson stands quite alone in this "unreligious age," as Iris Murdoch called it, in which we turn to art for an experience akin to prayer. With these novels, all of them wrought from theological concerns, Robinson has created a secular church of readers.


Eula Biss

As Eula Biss began investigating immunity and public health, her interest moved from the question of fear to the question of how to move past it, and into a discussion of social ethics and care: What does an individual body—scared or not—owe the collective body?


Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos

Rebekah Rutkoff

A key figure in the New American Cinema of the 1960s, Gregory J.Markopoulos made ambitious films starting in the late ’40s, complex psychodramas and romantic meditations that used symbolic color and rapid montage. For Markopoulos, the delicate and, in his words, “divine” potential of film was too easily damaged when the artist ceded screening responsibility to curators and institutions with their own priorities, both financial and