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.
Reading Like a Writer
This chapter is a manifesto for writing in the Indian subcontinent. The main thrust is toward producing writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, that makes sense of rampant violence in our society, especially violence against women and people from lower castes.