This excellent 2013 offering introduced me to Lahiri’s grasp of details–such as the husband who washes dishes right after eating to make sure he can clean them well. I like the book a whole lot more than this lukewarm review in the Times because perhaps I am not as familiar with the history of the communist movement in India, and I was not distracted in the least by the plot. Lahiri has clearly lived many places in the world and her writing reflects it. There was a blend worth savoring of telling items like the wife’s stinging hands after cutting chili peppers with her in-laws, the motif of the lowland flora and history, both personal and national.
This 2005 autobiographical pic by Noah Baumbach is an excellent warning to all who might refer to a work of art as a “minor Fitzgerald.” A pompous fool plays Jeff Daniels, who is a writer grown estranged to his wife and clinging to his two boys. The title of this excellent review, “Growing up Bohemian and Absurd in Brooklyn,” fails to convey the appreciation A.O. Scott feels for this movie. The themes are universal, but the setting happens to be Park Slope in the 80′s, which gives rise to excellent baggie costumes.
This swimsuit is far from the most controversial use of Hindu iconography, but the design by NYC-based designer Mara Hoffman angered many Hindu leaders. They take exception with the commercial use of the likeness of their god of wisdom, I learned for this story in the Daily News.
After the mayor announced support for closing school on the Asian Lunar New Year and two Muslim holidays, local Hindu leaders decided to speak up for one day off out of the five days of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Though observances vary by religion and region of India, people who trace their roots to India in New York City agree it’s time to allow kids to celebrate at home with their families, I learned for this story in the Daily News.
One hidden pleasure of the city is how many footsteps have been taken on the spot where you stand. A historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society told me that Richard Wright used to sit and write at the 149-foot tower in the middle of Fort Greene Park called the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Both that spot and a very interesting part of Flushing might be turned into National Park sites in coming years due to a couple of bills introduced by area members of Congress and signed off on by the National Park Service last week, I learned for this article in the Daily News.