Listening to Cam while I'm readin' Arundhati Roy

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Meaning

Writer best known in the West for The God of Small Things

In recent times, Arundhati Roy is more well-known in South Asian activist circles for her nonfiction work containing critiques of state power, militarism and empire: especially, “The End of Imagination”, “The Algebra of Infinite Justice”, “Public Power in the Age of Empire” and “Listening to Grasshoppers”. She has clashed with the Indian state and right-wing Indian politican groups numerous times, most recently through her comments on Kashmir which resulted in “sedition” charges. Her 1997 novel, “God of Small Things”, was a global literary phenomenon and winner of the Booker Prize, but at this time seems like a once-in-lifetime phenomenon as Arundhati has, for the last 15 years, completely left the fiction world for non-fiction, and direct action activism. She is, today, one of the most globally recognized South Asian leftist public intellectual.

Interesting juxtaposition between Cam'ron rapping about materialistic tendencies vs “The God of Small Things” focusing on introspection. Listening to one while reading the other is a strange choice, no?

Also think “Listening to Camu/Listening to Can, too”

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