· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · October
· · · · 31 (2 entries)

Massachusetts and ODF · Here is the state­ment that Sun filed for today’s Mas­sachusetts State Se­nate hear­ing on the is­sues around OpenDoc­u­ment and state’s new En­ter­prise Tech­ni­cal Ref­er­ence Model ...
Two Lives · This is the lat­est by Vikram Seth, best known for A Suitable Boy. Seth is one of on­ly two or three au­thors whose new works I buy on sight, with­out wait­ing to read re­views (mind you, since he on­ly pub­lish­es ev­ery decade or so, this is not an ex­pen­sive habit). I have on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions said that I think that Seth the great­est liv­ing writ­er of English, and may say so again. This book, a dou­ble bi­og­ra­phy of his Indian-born den­tist un­cle and Berlin-born Jewish aunt and the middle-class English life they built on the wreck­age of ter­ri­ble war wound­s, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al, is not per­fec­t, but it’s very good and you prob­a­bly won’t re­gret read­ing it. Here­with some re­marks on the book and a fun­ny sto­ry about the time I met the au­thor ...
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