Lost in Translation

It’s funny how you can speak the same language as someone, yet still have no idea what they’re talking about. I followed a link to a very short English-language article on the Indian movie website Filmi Tadka because the headline interested me: “Shahrukh Khan – Don’t Mix Religion with Politics.” Reading the article, I learned… Read more »

The Blog: Bollywood Edition

And now I would like to offer a few more movie recommendations for the uninitiated, from the only-recently initiated.  I’ve never been one for plot summary. Instead, I’ll tell you a snippet about what struck me, while also trying to convey a little something about why Bollywood has captured my heart.  (BTW — if you’re… Read more »

Because I’m Tired

I have been working hard on a LONG speech (60 minutes) I’m giving next week in Chicago, and I feel like I should write something here about speech-writing and revising and timing and practicing, but, you know what? I’m too damn tired. Also, I’ve been researching the American health insurance industry and, well, do I… Read more »

“It’s a barbarity that clarity is a rarity.”

News: the Fire paperback is coming out on January 25, 2011 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon and BN.com. I don’t have any timing information regarding Bitterblue, but I promise to post it here once I do. So, my subject heading is a line of dialogue I enjoyed from last week’s episode of… Read more »

Mamet, Hogwarts, Plus, Come See Me in Chicago

Every once in a while, I watch the movies of a writer/director whose writing style is completely different from my own, and think about how funny it would be if that writer were to make my books into movies. For example, David Mamet. Here’s the scene between Katsa and Po, when they’re arguing in Katsa’s… Read more »

The Men, the Guns, and the Stupidity

I’ve recently been compelled — not against my will, exactly, because I did say, “Yes, okay,” but let’s just say that there are other things I would rather be doing — I’ve recently been compelled to watch a lot of Westerns in succession. I reckon Westerns just ain’t my thing. I reckon in most cases… Read more »