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October 10, 2011

Notable Occupants 1

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The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations attracted two notable literary figures this weekend. Author and activist Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) addressed protestors. Here’s the longer, uncut version of her speech. On Sunday, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek (Living in the End Times) gave an address as well.

October 10, 2011

Coetzee Archive to the Harry Ransom Center 1

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The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas made headlines when it acquired the David Foster Wallace archives. Now it’s added another high profile author to its collection: J. M. Coetzee.

October 10, 2011

The Eclectic Reading List at Occupy Wall Street 12

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Everyone knows that you are what you read. So to learn more about the protesters who have been occupying Wall Street for the past three weeks, it makes sense to find out what they’re reading.

October 10, 2011

Bad Bookshops: An Appreciation 12

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As great as it is to be able to choose whatever you want on Amazon, sometimes what you really want is to have no choice at all.

October 9, 2011

Why Bookstores Are Needed 0

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While calling for the preservation of the wonderful St. Marks Bookshop, Paris Review editor Lorin Stein explains that “magazines like The Paris Review need good bookstores, where the staff knows how to spread the word about good writing, face to face, hand to hand.”

October 9, 2011

Silly Prizes 0

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In a piece with which our own Mark O’Connell probably agrees, Tim Parks explains the Nobel Prize for Literature’s inherent silliness.

October 8, 2011

Eaten Whales 0

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Apropos of nothing in particular, here’s a fantastic cake inspired by Moby-Dick. Apropos of whales in general, however, is this beautiful video on the disintegration of a whale carcass inspired by “Radiolab.”

October 8, 2011

Fright Night 0

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Canada’s famous Nightmares Fear Factory is setting the tone for Halloween with its hysterical Flickr stream of spooked guests.

October 8, 2011

Business v. Literature 1

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Have the literati really framed the way we think about capitalism by disparaging business practices? If so, Forbes‘ Bruce Upbin is asking readers for examples of books (other than Mildred Pierce) in which business is portrayed nicely.

October 7, 2011

The Primetime Magicians 2

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Jonathan Franzen and Chad Harbach aren’t the only two authors adapting their works for television. Lev Grossman is working on an hour-long Fox series based on his novel The Magicians.