On Ruth and Manohla

I watched Ruth Padel begin her reading last night describing the cold weather in London. She was standing next to a rack filled with Chelsea and Manchester United replica jerseys. I wonder if she found it strange - here she was, in Bangalore, reading poetry about her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, surrounded by the paraphernalia of one of the biggest commercial juggernauts of this century.

Her poetry, especially the Darwin poems, and the extracts she read from her first, yet to be completed novel, were simply transporting.

Jezebel has interviewed my favorite film critic, the NYT's Manohla Dargis about women filmmakers in Hollywood. A must read.

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