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Rushdie and the Mohammed Cartoons

March 2, 2006

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that originally published the Mohammed cartoons, has now posted a manifesto, denouncing the ensuing violence, signed by twelve intellectuals—including writers Salman Rushdie, Irshad Manji, Taslima Nasreen, Cha [...]

More Fictional Nonfiction

March 2, 2006

This time it’s in the Village Voice that’s been caught running made up stories—and in a totally inconsequential cover story on Neil Strauss’s ridiculous book, The Game, no less. The Gothamist has it right when they say that the most embarrass [...]

Faulkner Letter Sells for $18,000

February 21, 2006

According to the Washington Post, a letter by William Faulkner complaining that he had been “conned” into a screenwriting contract with Warner Brothers sold yesterday for nearly $18,000, according to auction house Bonhams & Butterfields. Faul [...]

Lost Larkin Tapes

February 14, 2006

The London Telegraph reports that a collection of lost recordings of Philip Larkin have been found in the attic of a former BBC sound engineer—who recorded the British poet in his garage studio. The engineer’s son jokes with the Yorkshire Post To [...]

Nobody’s Fool

February 11, 2006

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo has devised a novel plan to raise money for the Community School in his hometown of Camden, Maine. It seems Camden is facing a $79,000 budget shortfall (somebody has to pay for those tax cuts, right?), so R [...]

Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq

February 11, 2006

Read Paul R. Pillar’s article, “Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq,” on the Foreign Affairs website. Pillar’s article is going to be excerpted, spun, and debated into the ground in the coming week. Thanks to the editors of Foreign Affa [...]

Thailand upset over Yale UP Book

February 3, 2006

Inside Higher Ed reports that Thailand, upset over a forthcoming critical biography of President Bhumibol Adulyadej, has blocked access in the country to Yale University Press’s website: In Thailand, the assistant minister of information and com [...]

Congressional Staffers hacking Wikipedia

January 31, 2006

Apparently, a few Congressional staffers are rewriting or deleting portions of the Wikipedia entries of their bosses (via Slashdot). The adminstrators at Wikipedia have temporarily resorted to banning them: “the IP ranges of US Congress have been c [...]

Move Over James Frey, Here Comes… Upton Sinclair?

January 29, 2006

CBC Arts is reporting that a newly discovered letter reveals that Upton Sinclair—the famed muckracker and author of the novel Boston, impassioned fictionalization of the conviction and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti—had direct knowledge that the [...]

Portrait of John Donne for Sale

January 29, 2006

British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is leading the charge to raise money to help the British National Portrait Gallery buy a rare painted portrait of metaphysical poet John Donne. Trouble is, they need £1.6 million. The London Telegraph quotes Motio [...]