Because this post from Walter is too good not to repost.
First things first, I’m posting a new poem by Vikram Seth, “Through Love’s Great Power,” because the New York Review of Books said I could:
Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul—
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.
To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak—
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.
I first read A Suitable Boy just after college, roaring through it on solitary, martini-fueled nights in my Jackson efficiency apartment. It was and is the longest single novel—at almost 1500 pages—that I’ve read. It seems, if anything, too short, with spools of…
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