I think I owe an explanation. I know that Patti Smith is known more as a singer-songwriter than as a writer (though I would hope that Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize has blurred these boundaries for good). But I love Patti’s words almost as much (or maybe more- don’t hate me) than her music- I love her… Continue reading Patti Smith
I must admit, I am a recent devotee. I wasn’t familiar Octavia Butler until a few months ago, when a friend suggested her and described the impact that reading her book had had on her. I didn’t have any other O-writers that I was personally touched by, to paint for this series. AND I was… Continue reading Octavia Butler
My N 🙂 It’s only fair, that I should share a poem by her? Here you go: Fundamentalism By Naomi Shihab Nye Because the eye has a short shadow or it is hard to see over heads in the crowd? If everyone else seems smarter but you need your own secret? If mystery was… Continue reading Naomi Shihab Nye
My M ❤ The bold force of nature who spent her life highlighting and fighting for the most oppressed, most vulnerable.
My L is the Mexican author (and also a politician! as I found out while researching on her before making the portrait) Laura Esquival. I read her magical book “Like Water for Chocolate” two years ago and just this summer watched the magical movie that is based on it (the screenplay for which was also… Continue reading Laura Esquivel
My K ❤ Like many non-Malayalam readers, I got acquainted with her first through her autobiography…it might be one of the first truly feminist writing I had seen until then. I loved it so much, I made my mother sit down so I can read parts of it to her- ultimate sign of a book’s… Continue reading Kamala Das
The 10th portrait in the Writerly Women series, and my J. 🙂 I am reading her biography by Tracy Daugherty- “The Last Love Song”. I wish I didn’t have such a compelling need to know more and more about the people I admire, because you never know what you’ll find- inspiration or disappointment. And why… Continue reading Joan Didion