Nishant Batsha

Notable San Francisco // The Rumpus

Aggregating and blogging literary events across the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area every week. Also showcasing books recently published by local authors. Check it out for literary events in and around the Bay Area!

Be Your Best Self: On Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman // The Millions

This is perhaps Murata at her most subversive. Labor in the first-world archipelago has more or less bifurcated into either precarious office work or precarious service work. While the digital marketer can embark on a personal branding journey, what is left for the cashier or barista in an age of zero-hour contracts and gig work? The answer comes from another aspect of branding: the store brand.

Into the Dark Waters (review of Gaiutra Bahadur's Coolie Woman) // The Caribbean Review of Books

Academics tend to call these types of silences lacunae. The term literally refers to missing or blank portions in a manuscript. It’s a fitting word. It comes from the Latin for “hole” or “pit.” In any case, only a deft writer and historian can resist the call to madness and navigate an archive filled with blank spaces. We can be thankful to have found her in Gaiutra Bahadur.

Interview with Paul Holdengräber (Director of Public Programming, NYPL) // The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

“… partly because I came from a world—a Mitteleuropa world, a World of Yesterday as Stefen Zweig speaks about. It’s a world in which the more interests you had the more interesting you were. The more scope or horizon you had, the more importantly you could contribute to the world in an interesting way.”