Happy Birthday, Karan Mahajan, born 24 April 1984
- When things are good, you can see no other way of living; when things are in ruins, there appear a million solutions for how this fate could have been avoided.
- I tend to see my characters from inside and outside at once; this is a technique I use to retain a slight distance. It means my characters can act in unexpected ways on two axes: physical and mental. It isn’t just, ‘I thought this and then I did this,’ which is the technique of the modern psychological novel. (via)
- Terrorists have goals beyond their supposed pacts with God. They are authors, too. (via)
- Novelists get to say plenty in their massive tomes; rock singers only get four-minute songs with two verses and a chorus’ worth of lyrics, and so there’s a real pleasure in accessing the intelligence behind the music, even if it doesn’t qualify as ‘great literature’. (via)
- When I had worked on my first book, I had readily shown bits and pieces to everyone – for encouragement, to force myself to write.
- Terror is a form of urban planning.
Karan Mahajan is an Indian-American novelist, essayist, and critic. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. A selection of his writing for magazines is available here: Writing.
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