Articles by Nandini Ramachandran
May 02, 2012
The Avengers: Joss Whedon strikes againThe movie has all the signature qualities of a Joss Whedon show: violent technology; human connection; a self-ironic villain; and sidekicks who steal the show, including, of course, a kick-ass heroine.
Jan 02, 2012
An ode to the Werewolf: fantasy fiction's most popular shape-shifterWerewolves are creatures who are victims of unlucky accidents; regular humans who have inadvertent contact with the supernatural.
Nov 25, 2011
Why books are a great reason to escapeArdent readers are parasites upon the current of history: we live for the drift, the doze, and the dream; we hope someone else is doing the steering.
Nov 02, 2011
Why Edward Said and his writing matterEdward Said was a prolific writer. The key to reading him is following in his footsteps: construct a chronology, track trajectories of thought, torment yourself with text until you locate context.
Oct 21, 2011
Happy 82, Ursula Le GuinUrsula Le Guin — celebrates her 82nd birthday today — has always been a writer of sweeping vision, and her books bring together tropes from science fiction and fantasy alike.
Oct 17, 2011
The iconic food writing of MKF FisherMs Fisher's writing highlights the enjoyment and the experience of food, rather than the making of it. Her recipes, as a result, are quick, quiet affairs: a short list of ingredients and an illustrative description of how they are to be combined.
Oct 08, 2011
The transformative and surrealistic works of Tomas TranströmerThis year's Nobel Prize winning poet, Tomas Tranströmer won't write about things you'd like to hear. The surrealism in his poetry is a treat to discover.
Sep 26, 2011
Must-see guide to Hollywood serialsMany of the offerings may seem dismal, but there is some good news to be found this season. For starters, 'The Good Wife', which stars an Indian-origin character we can all root for.
Sep 08, 2011
Squonks and other fascinating imaginary beingsOf the all imaginary creatures that Jean Louis Bourges wrote about in The Book of Imaginary beings, the squonk is perhaps the most fascinating of them all.
Sep 03, 2011
Alternate Songs"Gritty" and "challenging", A Game of Thrones and the long awaited, A Dance with Dragons has finally arrived. Although such fantasy has a lot to offer, but it’s gratifying to have one’s beliefs validated.