As the Hay festival began last month, the Guardian published a clever, amusing article. It asked, starting with the Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer (a big attraction at the festival), writers to ask themselves the questions they were never asked during interviews with journalists or by readers during question-and-answer sessions after readings. Read more

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A shorter version of this piece appeared in the print edition of the Hindustan Times on January 31.

And, given that this is a blog, here is some web-only stuff. Read more

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No wonder Orhan Pamuk’s new novel, The Museum of Innocence, is selling more copies in the Nobel Laureate’s native Turkey than any of his previous books. And no wonder it is being called his greatest achievement. Read more

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