There's something about the '50s that draws me to it. I don't know if it's because of watching I Love Lucy growing up, or because something about New York City in the 1950s is part of pop culture, but the decade holds a fascination for me.
I may never eat a madeleine without thinking of Proust and his contribution to our understanding of human memory.
What is so thrilling about Tahir's writing is that everything, and I mean everything plays a role - every tidbit of information scattered either in Ember or in Torch, every simple line a character says. Nothing is left unused. And it makes the writing as sharp as a Teluman sword.