Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
The Map of My Village
A brief essay that takes a line from a poem by the Hindi writer Alokdhanwa to present in the portrait of a bathroom the reality of the inequality of nations. Alokdhanwa’s line is juxtaposed here with a line by John Cheever about bathrooms—the essay finding meaning, literary and otherwise, in squalid places.