About those silver linings in spite of COVID

Friends, below are some curated virtual events, artistic and literary, that are the silver lining in COVID skies. Because wherever you are in the world, COVID can’t stop you from attending these. So I’ve listed them below from soonest to latest. I could only list some, and there are many great ones I’m missing. Maybe you can write in comments about those.

Scott Coon reading from Lost Helix

Hey! Don’t miss this, readers! How lucky is it that we can watch the very talented Scott Coon reading from his amazing debut novel, Lost Helix!!! Leave comments and Scott will see them. Buy the book itself from Amazon, Kobo, Powell’s and other sites…. Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Helix-Scott-Coon/dp/1939844681 Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lost-helix-scott-coon/1135144023?ean=9781939844682 Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lost-helix iTunes – https://books.apple.com/ca/book/lost-helix/id1490128516 Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/993588 Bookshop.org – https://bookshop.org/books/lost-helix/9781939844682 Powell’s – https://www.powells.com/book/-9781939844682 Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50386208-lost-helix Dancing Lemur – http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/sciencefictionfantasy

In praise of regional cuisine

In my next novel in progress, Homeland Blues, there’s a lot about food. Specifically Indian food. Exile from it. Diaspora marriages and communities built on it. Craving for it. Craving for regional soul food. For the pungency of flavors that make you temporarily stop breathing as they exact your love. And about perhaps nativist disdain among South Asians for the popular Indian restaurant brand “curry” foods palatable to Americans, and I’d say especially Americans, who tend to be adamant about the sanctity and primacy of American tastes (sorry Ameri ca but you can be tyrannical even outside politics). One of…