Wednesday afternoon remainders

  • Andrew Delbanco discusses his new Herman Melville biography with Robert Birnbaum. “Pierre is a book which is almost impossible to understand if you don’t at least open the possibility that Melville is trying to find a vocabulary for talking about what people nowadays would call transgressive sexuality,” he says.
  • Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, Amitav Ghosh, Paul Auster, Russell Banks and other writers around the world “plan to mark March 20, the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, as the ‘day of political lies.'” (Via Bookslut.)
  • Betty Friedan: honored with a second-class postage stamp.
  • South African writer Antjie Krog stands accused of plagiarizing Ted Hughes.
  • As Google and other web-baxed companies enable the electronic distribution of content, what role is left for the public library?
  • Mainstream publishing houses “are starting to look at free content on-line as a way of convincing readers to pay for the product.” (Via Bookninja.)
  • Jessa Crispin likes self-published comics.


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