Remainders: distracted Thursday edition

  • Edwidge Danticat, whose Haitian uncle died in Homeland Security custody while trying to enter Miami with a valid visa, offers a reflection on the recent immigration protests. (Via Moorish Girl; image taken from Miami Arch.)
  • Florida attorney Michael L. Silverman, outraged that the U.F. police are allegedly seeking DNA and fingerprints from a graduate student because he wrote a short story about murder, avails himself of the state’s sunshine law with an official request for information. (Background here.)
  • A collection of 94-year-old letters revealing “how close Charlotte Brontë came to being sued for the content of Jane Eyre” goes on sale in Shropshire on June 7.
  • Banville’s new crime novel is riveting. I’m a few chapters in and can’t wait to get back to it.
  • Sheila Heti, on one of her favorite writers: “I adore Jane Bowles. My Sister’s Hand in Mine collects her sole novel, play and story collection in one volume. She was American but lived in Tangiers mostly, and wrote in the 40s and 50s. Each sentence is a wild surprise, prim and odd and colloquial; she’s totally hilarious in the unsettling way of funny people who never smile at their own jokes. And she wastes no time.”
  • Rosemary Goring reports on Scotland’s new, Internet-focused libraries.
  • Pete Barr-Watson posts photos of MIT’s new $100 laptop for the developing world. (Via Boing Boing.)

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