Prince Aurangzeb, 1653-1655, gouache with gold on paper. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. Her latest book is Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India’s Most Controversial King ( Stanford University Press 2017). Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth ruler of the Mughal Empire, is the most hated king in … Continue reading A much-maligned Mughal
ILLUSTRATION BY RYAN PELTIER We may complain about a defining feature of the city, but we also feed off it. BY SUSIE NEILSON As soon as the door slams, I slide to the floor in a cross-legged position and hold my breath. The room in which I have just barricaded myself looks a bit like Matilda’s chokey; a single light bulb casts a sickly yellow glow about the room, its walls lined with triangle-shaped chunks of fiberglass straining against wire mesh. In 15 minutes I will leave this room for the cacophonous world of Manhattan. I should, theoretically, be appreciating … Continue reading Noise Is a Drug and New York Is Full of Addicts
by C. Brian Smith Recently, the men on our staff have been inundated by Facebook friend requests from strange women with whom we share zero mutual friends. Just in the past couple weeks alone, Chelsie Dugan, Aurelia Justina Oviedo, Elisabeth Voland, Abigail Dixon, Marian Sayre, Marina Protonotariou and Helen Savoie have expressed an interest in networking with us. And those are just the ones we can remember and who still have active Facebook accounts. Plenty more have come and gone before seemingly disappearing altogether. It’s not just women, either. As a gay man, I’ve received a carousel of friend requests from … Continue reading Who Are All These Strange Women Trying to Friend Me on Facebook?