In this podcast, Jessica Brown — a poet and Editor for Culturico — talks with Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee, author of the recently released book The Town Slowly Empties: On Life and Culture During Lockdown. In this interview, they discuss life a year ago, as the pandemic and lockdowns began. Manash discusses the diary that emerged as he navigated those early months, when time, memory, literature, film, cooking, and friendship were indelibly interwoven to those days. The conversation ends with some poems and a recipe for the listener — and some ideas for the year ahead.
- Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee, “The town slowly empties: On life and culture during lockdown“, 2020
- Eliot, T.S., “East Coker”, 1940