A Failure of Imagination

There is no phrase more uninspired than “I can’t imagine.” Yet this useless utterance makes frequent appearances, especially on Facebook, in response to people undergoing great difficulty. The phrase — also invoked when face to face with someone in dire straits — has the regrettable result of shutting down communication altogether. I’m concerned about the feelings of my friends who have lost loved ones and are…

The Bercaws Arrive in India, Again

Dears, The Hindu Newspaper, started in 1878 as a weekly, became a daily in 1889 and since then has steadily grown to the circulation of 15,58,379 copies. Today’s print and online edition features a very well-written story by journalist S. Ravi about Brain in a Jar, which has just launched in India. Will 15 million…

Hooray for Bollywood!

Dears, Big news! Great news! Brain in a Jar publishing rights for the Indian Subcontinent have been sold to Fingerprint Press in Delhi. What does that mean, exactly, you ask? Here, I translate: BIAJ will come out in the English Language, in paperback, for audiences in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan,  Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan,…