The Swedish Academy makes a specialty of frequently picking from the forgettable fringe, and it has inexcusably snubbed American writers for 20 years. Thursday’s choice of France’s Patrick Modiano for the literature Nobel is its latest dud.
The closure of Books-A-Million is not as bad as it sounds: the chain bookstore was not living up to its billing as a cultural hub, and bookstores these days are becoming irrelevant thanks to Amazon, audio books and Google, which make the world’s libraries immediately accessible at a click.
Why retired cops are as dangerous as anyone with a gun, why the free Internet as we knew it may be over, Why your friends really are richer, happier and more popular than you, plus the smashing of Sigmund Freud, Dostoevsky’s doodles and Susan Sontag’s return from the dead.
Students and faculty had no issues with the production’s use of the word “nigger,” as in the book and the movie. A Palm Coast city councilman and other unnamed “community members” did, leading FPC Principal and Superintendent Janet Valentine to censor the play.
China counted 162 million online readers in 2009, with online literature the 4th most-popular type of online entertainment after music, videos and games and E-books emerging as an important new distribution channel.
Reading poetry, Dave Riegel argues in his latest column, has a practical value in the board room, on the campaign trail, in advertising, and anywhere popular art is consumed.
Naipaul’s reputation has been growing as much for being the Susan Lucci of laureates as for publishing stories, plotless novels and journalistic travelogues at dependable intervals since 1957.