Monday afternoon remainders

  • Haitian-Miamian writer Edwidge Danticat, whose parents fled totalitarian Haiti, explains (as controversial legislation appears poised to sail through Congress) why “torture is not just an individual affliction but a communal one.” (Via.)
  • There’s a five-year plan for the Guantánamo Bay detainees’ library?
  • John McNally reviewed Jess Walter’s The Zero for Book World, and offers this brief assessment at his blog: “while I had some issues with the book, I was absolutely blown away by Jess Walter’s writing. Some of the hilariously dark and deadpan dialogue reminded me of the best of Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. Some of the minor characters reminded me of Charles Portis characters.”


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