Traces of Alexander the Great


Afghanistan has suffered from many invasions over the millennia, but perhaps the most famous of them all is that of Alexander the Great and his armies. I was familiar with this episode in history before I first visited Afghanistan, though my knowledge grew as I walked the ground. Something I began to wonder, however, was … Continue reading Traces of Alexander the Great

Review: Moth Smoke


Mohsin Hamid’s 2000 debut novel “Moth Smoke” is a rare example of transgressive South Asian fiction, and does an incredible job of showing how the conflicts within a society come to be mirrored within individuals as well. Unlike Mohammed Hanif’s satirical look at Pakistani society in “A Case of Exploding Mangoes,” none of the characters … Continue reading Review: Moth Smoke

In Support of the Short Story


I’m sometimes surprised when I find that new writers have decided to tackle a novel, and often it seems a series, as their first publishable work. That’s not to say that it’s not possible, or even not advisable, but I think that there is a key tool in the development of a writer’s skills that … Continue reading In Support of the Short Story

Defining Success


This blog post is more personal than the ones I typically write, but there is something that I have been reflecting on lately that I wanted to share. This is the idea of being “successful.” A nebulous concept at best, it’s one that nearly all of us spend our lives chasing after. And so, particularly … Continue reading Defining Success