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Paul Valéry’s Mauvaises Pensées

Posted on Aug 9 by

Towards the end of his life, as his muse, Jeanne Loviton, is about to leave him, the French poet Paul Valéry collected in the many pages of his Cahiers some aphorisms, maxims,...


Benoîte Groult – Portrait of a Rebel

Posted on Jun 30 by

The French feminist, novelist and author Benoîte Groult died on Monday 20 June 2016 in Hyères, southeastern France where she lived. The author’s daughter Blandine Caunes...


In Search of First-Rate Poets

Posted on Jun 7 by

Mediocribus esse poetis Non homines, non di, non concessere columnae. [Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second rate. ]   That was the...


Vignettes of India’s Transport Scene

Posted on May 26 by

What follows are a few quick sketches of some aspects of India’s transport scene. Yes, in the 21st century. Here’s the vehicle of our dream. It is non-polluting and...

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