The importance of good editing

"Two centuries of romanticism, much of it routine and degenerate, has blunted everyone’s ability to look at waterfalls and precipices in other than dusty and secondhand terms. Motoring through the Sound, watching for deadheads, I sailed through a logjam of dead literary cliches: snow-capped peaks above, fathomless depths below, and, in the middle of the picture, the usual gaunt cliffs, hoary crags, wild woods and crystal cascades."
– Jonathan Raban, Passage to Juneau

"I live tired. Afraid. Anxious. Weary. Years, I feel it in the veins, the pulsing of ruptured hope. But this morning, I wake wildly wanting to live."
– Ann Voskamp


It is not a journalist’s job to protect us from the ugly facts. Neither is it his job to protect the sensitive from the painful truth or anyone, really, from anything.

In fact, speaking more broadly, it is not a journalist’s job to make the world a better place, to ensure our right thinking, or to defend the virtuous politicians that sophisticates like himself voted for while excoriating the evildoers elected by those country rubes on the other side. It is not his job to do good or be kind or be wise. The idea that any of this is a journalist’s job is a fallacy that seems to have infected the trade in the 1970s, when idealistic highbrows began to replace the Janes and Joes who knew a good story when they heard one.

Because that’s the journalist’s job: the story. His only job: to tell the whole story straight.


Monocle / Global Briefing: MUMBAI

Messy, comical, unpredictable, dramatic, impossible, beautiful. It’s the city where people lie in the gutters and dream of the stars. From slumdogs to millionaires, fashion to finance, Bollywood to beggars, it serves as a microcosm of the unwieldy, dichotomous country it exists in. Look past the dirty streets and the bright lights and you’ll see a city that’s warm and welcoming.

The guesting game

I am still trying to understand too.

Desk Grovemade

Singapore's Business Times has the best coverage on the food beat IMHO.

Offering both a less costly platform for first time F&B entrepreneurs to tinker with new ideas and a refreshing twist for jaded diners, the dual concept eatery is taking off in Singapore in a bigger way here than ever before. BT Weekend rounds up six new eating spots where opposites attract.
Don’t mind me using Tumblr as a personal bookmark.

"From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else."

"If it is true that in India a traveler is often tested by the tumult, the hustle, the dirt, the pollution, the first-world prices and sometimes second-rate service, the inevitable upturned palms and the overall din, it is also the case that as the advertising campaigns promise, India is in fact incredible."