Is the Booker buzz now about anticipation rather than just literary suspense?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2019


Three of the 13 books on the longlist for this year’s Booker prize are not yet published. Two of them are by literary big-hitters. ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Quichotte’ by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie’s novel isn’t published until August 29 and Atwood’s won’t be in my hands (my Kindle really) until September 10. The … Continue reading “Is the Booker buzz now about anticipation rather than just literary suspense?”

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Want a hack-proof password? Search within your favourite poem

by Rashmee

Posted on October 25, 2015


It was only a matter of time before a couple of computational linguists at the University of Southern California told us the obvious. The strongest password you can ever have is from an unusual idea or an image that’s easy for you to remember, practically impossible for a computer to crack and hard for a … Continue reading “Want a hack-proof password? Search within your favourite poem”

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How an evening at Gerry’s made me long for a 21st-century Archy & Mehitabel

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2015


It was fitting that it was at Gerry’s in Soho I properly understood something about Archy (left) and Mehitabel, famous fictional literary lowlifes of the last century. Fitting because Gerry’s (below left) is a club that attracts, as it says, “a talented group of stage and screen stars”. People, who like Archy, the cockroach imagined by … Continue reading “How an evening at Gerry’s made me long for a 21st-century Archy & Mehitabel”

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Margaret Atwood invests in a future full of readers who understand words

by Rashmee

Posted on May 30, 2015


In the beginning was the word. In the future, or at least the Future Library time capsule there will be the story. In particular, Margaret Atwood’s secret story. The one that the celebrated Canadian author added to the vault in a special room of the new Deichman Library in Oslo, which will hold the works of 100 … Continue reading “Margaret Atwood invests in a future full of readers who understand words”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK