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Wu Ming 1: I’m with the Bears Interview

Wu Ming 1: I’m with the Bears Interview

By Stir As I’m with the Bears, a collection of short stories from a damaged planet, is published, I interviewed Wu Ming 1 about his contribution, climate activism, the occupy movement and the mystery why writers on the left still do not publish under copyleft or creative commons. Stir: In Bill McKibben’s introduction to I’m with the Bears he says that “science can only go so far…it is the role of artists to make us feel”. This expresses … Read entire article »

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Will Rycroft: Catch-22 – Anniversary Animation

Will Rycroft: Catch-22 – Anniversary Animation

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 Random House commissioned an animated video with audio excerpts from the book read by Will Rycroft. … Read entire article »

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Perry Anderson: From Progress to Catastrophe – The Historical Novel

Perry Anderson: From Progress to Catastrophe – The Historical Novel

By Perry Anderson Within the huge multiverse of prose fiction the historical novel has, almost by definition, been the most consistently political. It is no surprise that it should have occasioned what is still probably the best-known of all works of Marxist literary theory, Lukács’s The Historical Novel, written in Russian exile in the 1930s. Any reflection on the strange career of this form has to begin there, however far it may then wander from him. Built around … Read entire article »

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Lupe Fiasco: The Times…An Excerpt From A “Work In Progress”

Lupe Fiasco: The Times…An Excerpt From A “Work In Progress”

By Lupe Fiasco The Times…  Stepping out into the square the first thing noticed is the emptiness. Odd because the square is crawling with people. It is at maximum capacity. It is full. The emptiness is not the lack of objects but the lack of substance. The lack of purpose. Odd again because the square is full of things to do. It is bustling with all forms of entertainment and engagement. It is full of purpose. The dual … Read entire article »

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Tracy Daugherty: The War For Catch-22

Tracy Daugherty: The War For Catch-22

By Tracy Daugherty Source: Vanity Fare The tragicomic 1961 novel that sprang from Joseph Heller’s experience as a W.W. II bombardier mystified and offended many of the publishing professionals who saw it first. But thanks to a fledgling agent, Candida Donadio, and a young editor, Robert Gottlieb, it would eventually be recognized as one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. In an adaptation from his Heller biography, Tracy Daugherty recalls the tortured eight-year genesis of Catch-22 and its … Read entire article »

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John Berger: Fellow Prisoners

John Berger: Fellow Prisoners

By John Berger: The best way to understand the world, writes Berger, is not as a metaphorical prison but a literal one. And what better way to inspire solidarity than seeing ourselves (them) as fellow prisoners? The wonderful American poet Adrienne Rich pointed out in a recent lecture about poetry that “this year, a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that one out of every 136 residents of the United States is behind bars—many in … Read entire article »

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Eva Gabrielsson: Stieg Larsson And Me

Eva Gabrielsson: Stieg Larsson And Me

Eva Gabrielsson, author of “There Are Things I Want You To Know About Stieg Larsson And Me”, on her book and her life with Stieg. (video)   … Read entire article »

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