Review: Luka and the Fire of Life

Luka and the Fire of Life: a Novel by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2010) Remember what happened when David Lynch and William Blake went out for tea? Well, now imagine that Salman Rushdie emceed a brunch-time conversation between Neil Gaiman, Norton Juster, Lewis Carroll, and Paulo Coelho. The result would be Rushdie’s Luka and theContinue reading “Review: Luka and the Fire of Life”

Occlumency for Sleep Talkers

“Occlumency, Potter. The magical defense of the mind against external penetration. An obscure branch of magic, but a highly useful one.” –Professor Snape (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) One ominous night in fourth grade, I confronted my mother at 3a.m. to demand why my guinea pig was not on the bookshelfContinue reading “Occlumency for Sleep Talkers”