Zeba’s Newsletter

Zeba Talkhani
Reading and cultural recommendations
Created 20 Oct 2020
  • Women, envy and the usual recommendations
    05 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    Hello, I’m currently reading Ways of Living by Gemma Seltzer, described as a ‘keen exploration of what it means to be a modern woman inhabiting the urban landscape’. In it there’s a beautiful story ab...
  • On the precarious self-image of a female writer
    04 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Hello, Since reading Real Estate by Deborah Levy, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a female writer today. At this year’s Hay Festival, Sheila Heti interviewed Rachel Cusk for her lat...
  • On Connection, being a writer and India's COVID surge
    01 May 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Hello, Every time I shut my eyes I see mass funeral pyres. If I don’t distract myself with reading, writing and prayer, I crumble. Arundhati Roy’s long read on the dire situation in India put a lot of...
  • How are you? I'm languishing
    20 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hello, Like a lot of us, I too read Adam Grant’s NYT piece There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing and thought ‘it me’. The below in particular was thought-provoking and co...
  • Reading, writing and ignoring reality
    23 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hello, This is my fourth attempt at my March letter. It’s difficult not to fall into the gaping manhole that is ‘a year in pandemic’ review and clamber out of it unbruised. My attempts have left me br...
  • On writing & self-respect + the price we pay for both
    26 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Hello, I know I said if I write to you again this month it means I’m procrastinating, but I’m happy to say I’m on track for my end-of-February writing deadline. I’ve been waking up at 5:15 every morni...
  • Hollywood Park, Tall Bones, Good Girls, Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires
    09 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Hello, I’m back! I hope February is being kind to you. I turned thirty last week. I’ve never really had a birthday party as an adult and for the past three years I’ve been planning an elaborate 30th b...
  • I Refuse to Condemn, some writing truths and goodbye for now
    20 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Hello, I spent most of today in bed, listening to birds chirping outside my window, drifting in and out of sleep and reading essays from I Refuse to Condemn. I’m about halfway through the essay collec...
  • Lit events, Hurricane Season and learning to rest
    12 Dec 2020 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Hello, I had the most wonderful discussion with Dr Sofia Rehman on IG Live this afternoon and it’s left me with a warm feeling. I feel so lucky to be living in a time of such uplifting community and c...
  • On Whites, Whereabouts and more
    01 Dec 2020 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Hello, Last week I read Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods by Otegha Uwagba. It is fantastic and gave me much needed space to reflect on my response to Black Lives Matter movement online and elsewhe...
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