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Extracts of exquisite writing from Mohsin Hamid’s “how to get filthy rich in rising Asia”

One of the most exquisite pieces of contemporary writing I’ve read recently is “…rising Asia” by Mohsin Hamid. Ostensibly s self-help manual, this quicksilver sliver of contemporary fiction traces the arc of the protagonist (the unarmed “you”) from childbirth (“start with a business plan”), to the final poignant, bitter-sweet “have an exit strategy.” I have … Continue reading

First Date Agenda

6:30 – 6:35pm – Awkward peck on cheek 6:35 – 6:45pm – Useless smalltalk while we size up each other’s outfits 6:45 – 7:00pm – Uncomfortable silence 7:00 – 8:00pm – Gulp down champagne, pate, cheese. Attempt not to talk with mouth full. Gaze at sunset through dense blanket of fog. Pretend to be impressed. … Continue reading