by Kuzhali Manickavel
Conversations Regarding the Fatalistic Outlook of the Common Man is a collection of 40 dialogues that melds the classical philosophical tradition of Plato and Socrates with the anarchic freedom of a mid-1990s chat room, and tops it all off with a dash of Senthil-Goundamani comedy. Not really, but anyway.
In this book Kuzhali Manickavel interviews children on the subject of ghosts, shoeracks, and gender-neutral pronouns. She speaks to adults about Hindi imposition, hipster racism, and iskisk deospray. She chats with Niira Radia about banana cabinets. She pesters all and sundry about Bollywood movie tropes and babies raining from the sky. Puzzles are posed, hypocrisies exposed, awesome bargaining strategies disclosed. Come listen.
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About the Author
Kuzhali Manickavel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and currently lives in Bangalore. This is her first collection of short stories. She used to blog at thirdworldghettovampire.blogspot.com. Contrary to popular belief, she is not very much fond of insects.
Short fiction collections:
- How to Love Mathematical Objects
- The Lucy Temerlin Institute for Broken Shapeshifters Guide to Starving Boys
- Eating Sugar, Telling Lies