Shyam K. Sriram is an Atlanta-based college professor. He is an alumnus of Purdue and Georgia State. He is a co-author on a book chapter dealing with precinct quality in a forthcoming edited volume from Springer Press and the recent author of “To Be a Rock and Not to Roll: Promoting Political Literacy through Music and Mixtapes” in the edited volume, “Teaching Politics Beyond the Book” (Continuum Press, 2012). When he’s not teaching or reviewing books, he is hiking, rock climbing or running through mud. His favorite book is Battle Cry by Leon Uris. You can email him at email@example.com .
Wednesday, April 1 2009
As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.
Sunday, October 6 2013
Although not excellent literature, this can be a heart-breaking read at times, because all the hardships of childhood come soaring back.
Sunday, August 4 2013
M.G. Vassanji’s style is neither stream of conscious nor a collection of terse and pithy statements; rather this book is more like a well-woven collection of narratives that are all connected through one person.
Tuesday, July 16 2013
For all its heavy content, this is a novel of dark, dark humor – think Thom Jones or Peter Benchley. You don’t want to laugh, but you will, and then you will feel a little guilty for doing so.
Monday, June 3 2013
Explaining India to non-Indians is never easy, but this book may achieve that goal by illustrating not just the chaos, but the simple truth that for all of its bedlam, it is still a place of resolute, obdurate tradition.
Thursday, May 9 2013
There is no bias here, no leftist or conservative agenda. This is simply an exhaustive history of napalm, from its beginnings as kind of a scientific puzzle for technocrats to one of the most widely despised symbols of war.
Friday, June 28 2013
In the fall of 2004, I was working at WRAS-Atlanta, Album 88, and was on the graveyard shift. I was new to the world of college radio and my mind was being blown every day by bands I had never heard of.