What’s in a name? Peter Schneider sits down for a one on one with Naben/Nathan to discuss identity and ideas in the context of a life in words.
No two curries are the same. That assertion is the heart of Naben Ruthnum’s acclaimed essay
Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race
which depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity. Curry is a dish that doesn’t quite exist, but, as the points out, a dish that doesn’t properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations.
If a dish can signify everything and nothing, what about an identity? We’ll explore why Naben Ruthnum, the Journey Prize-winning author, editor and journalist assumed the pen name Nathan Ripley for his award-winning thrillers Find You in the Dark and Your Life Is Mine.
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