Obsessed With The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata has to be one of the most amazing epics in the history of Mankind. It’s often been compared with Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad, but The Mahabharata is older, more massive, and has been kept much more alive, by South and Southeast Asian traditions, in unbroken chains of transmission.

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The Wondrous Travels of Ibn Battuta

When I was studying history in school, I remember reading the one mention of Ibn Battuta in our insipid textbook, which contained almost nothing outside the bounds of British colonialism and Singapore independence. Yet even then, I was curious about this 14th century Ibn Battuta character, in the same way I was curious about Marco

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A Lecture By William S. Burroughs from Youtube

From Youtube A lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called “Paranormal Voices,” a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture

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Social Scientists and Weird Titles

There are some books out there with titles and author’s names (or their pen-names) that really make you question the sanity of Mankind in general, and writers in particular. Maybe I’m too straight-laced, but isn’t Menstrual Politics in Malaysia a little too esoteric, not to mention spacey, to write an entire book on? Needless to

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