May 7, 2015

How the West Inverted its Literary Values

By Amit Majmudar

In a true missing-the-forest-for-the-trees phenomenon, modern literary criticism has left unremarked, to my knowledge at least, the totally anomalous body of “great literature” that has come out of Europe and […]

February 7, 2015

#poetinspaceproject

By Amit Majmudar

    We’ve sent animals and plants into outer space and observed them. We’ve sent scientists of various disciplines to run experiments—that is, to do their work in that environment and […]

September 5, 2014

Political Poetry

By Amit Majmudar

  Should poets speak truth to power? Is it their role to court censorship, to call out social injustices, to commentate, to dare reveal political iniquity for what it is […]

February 8, 2014

An Alternate Second Half of the Aeneid

By Amit Majmudar

A story about Virgil on his deathbed, possibly apocryphal, tells how he ordered his literary executors to destroy the Aeneid because it was imperfect; that he preferred that the poem […]

December 28, 2013

Epic Fail

By Amit Majmudar

The most inflated reputation in literary history came about as the result of genuine literary merit crossed with a transnational empire and language. Many people would assume I speak of […]

October 8, 2013

The Endgame and the Spin

By Amit Majmudar

  In all high-minded or “holy” group violence, you’ll see two factors at play: The Endgame and the Spin. (Which one of these two gets emphasized and reviled depends on […]

September 9, 2013

Human Beings Writing about Human Beings

By Amit Majmudar

  I am, I am told, an “Indian-American” writer, and my novels are Indian-American novels. Sometimes they’re called “immigrant fiction,” even though I’ve never immigrated from or to anywhere. My […]

September 2, 2013

Drug Culture and the Nature of an Elect

By Amit Majmudar

  To “open the doors of perception,” to recognize the futility of getting and spending and focus on experiencing the moment, to access superhuman reserves of strength or love—such are […]

October 19, 2012

Now or Never: The Writer and the Age

By Amit Majmudar

One thing that’s underestimated about writing is how now-or-never it is, how suddenly it crowds out of a few people. Many of the most powerful, permanent “ages” in literature have […]