Unrequited Love in The Invention of Morel

There comes a moment while reading The Invention of Morel when you finally begin to understand what's happening. That final resolution of the impending mystery, somewhere two-thirds into the work, is rightly posited as an exemplar of Adolfo Bioy Casares’ craft and depth of imagination. Prior to that resolution, there are perplexing appearances, (arguably) drab…

Gliding down the Essay

For a long time now, I have been unsettled by categories. There is an increasing disquiet about gradation, labelling, classification, and the elaborate procedures they present themselves with. Classifications and categories portray order, a solid neatness that accompanies an encasing. As a person with a fondness for order but for whom order only remains an…

Seeking Familiarity- in Culture and Beyond

Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri, writing under the pen name of Jhumpa Lahiri, was born to Bengali parents from Calcutta who had immigrated to the United States of America when she was three. Living as a child of immigrant parents, Lahiri always encountered a conflict between two identities- the distinct Bengali identity of her parents, and her…

Dissecting Ayn Rand’s Objectivism II: Are Dagny and Dominique too Perfect?

As we saw earlier, Ayn Rand always accorded primacy to any sort of intellectual contribution. To reproduce John Galt’s statement, “The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him…” This intellectual capability became the sole standard against which Rand characters were to be measured, even when they…