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Ezra Pound’s List of the 6 Types of Writers and 2 Rules for Forming an Opinion

Ezra Pound’s List of the 6 Types of Writers and 2 Rules for Forming an Opinion | Literature | Scoop.it
A taxonomy of scribe sensibilities, with some advice on how to make up your mind.
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Return of the native

Return of the native | Literature | Scoop.it
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire, which challenges Western narratives of the ‘white man’s burden’, has been raising hackles in the West and in India.
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25 Advertisements By Dr. Seuss Before He Was Dr. Seuss

25 Advertisements By Dr. Seuss Before He Was Dr. Seuss | Literature | Scoop.it
Before he was Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel was a succesful advertisement illustrator. The library at UC San Diego has an incredible collection of his pre-Dr. Seuss work.
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The Claremont Institute - Who is Ayn Rand?

The Claremont Institute - Who is Ayn Rand? | Literature | Scoop.it

Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I'm about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.

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Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey to be reworked by Val McDermid

Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey to be reworked by Val McDermid | Literature | Scoop.it
Austen's early novel is to be reimagined by the bestselling crime author for a modern audience, as a suspense-filled teen thriller, writes Alison Flood...
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Toni Morrison on love, loss and modernity

Toni Morrison on love, loss and modernity | Literature | Scoop.it

Toni Morrison believes that divorce is good for you, that Viagra should be banned, and that reality TV shows are little more than modern-day ‘lynchings’. And when she talks, presidents listen.


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Gabriel García Márquez's writing career ended by dementia

Gabriel García Márquez's writing career ended by dementia | Literature | Scoop.it

Brother of Nobel prize-winning Colombian writer says side-effects of cancer treatment have accelerated his decline.


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Letters of Note: All of my friends were on the shelves above

Letters of Note: All of my friends were on the shelves above | Literature | Scoop.it
Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence.
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The Man Within My Head, By Pico Iyer - The Independent

The Man Within My Head, By Pico Iyer - The Independent | Literature | Scoop.it
The Man Within My Head, By Pico IyerThe IndependentAs one of our most eclectically minded travel writers, Iyer in his prose has always had an elegant discretion about himself, a limousine hush compared to the tuk-tuk clatter of Paul Theroux or the...
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Maurice Sendak: 'I refuse to lie to children'

Maurice Sendak: 'I refuse to lie to children' | Literature | Scoop.it

83-year-old Maurice Sendak was in fine angry form in this final Guardian interview. Rupert Murdoch? He represents how bad things have become. The US right? Schnooks. Life? Awful.


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Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads, and the case for criticism as memoir.

Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads, and the case for criticism as memoir. | Literature | Scoop.it
Jonathan Lethem’s new book, Fear of Music, is a collection of 23 short essays about Talking Heads’ album of the same name. It’s essentially a work of music criticism, but David Byrne isn’t the only artist the book concerns itself with.
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 186, Salman Rushdie

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 186, Salman Rushdie | Literature | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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Geoff Dyer: the literary establishment and me

Geoff Dyer: the literary establishment and me | Literature | Scoop.it
'The important thing is the unspoken assumption that this establishment – whatever it is – is a bad thing'...
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Irvine Welsh tears into Booker prize

Irvine Welsh tears into Booker prize | Literature | Scoop.it

Booker sets upper-class Englishness as cultural yardstick, says Trainspotting author at Edinburgh writers' conference.


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Religious censorship crushes creativity. So is it ever right to ban art?

Religious censorship crushes creativity. So is it ever right to ban art? | Literature | Scoop.it

Jeet Thayil: India's tendency for self-censorship is saddening.

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Does Money Make Us Write Better? by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Does Money Make Us Write Better? by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | Literature | Scoop.it
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Borges: An Unquenchable Gaiety of Mind

Borges: An Unquenchable Gaiety of Mind | Literature | Scoop.it

On visits to Cambridge University late in life, Jorge Luis Borges offered revealing last thoughts about his reading and writing.


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Big e-reader is watching you

Big e-reader is watching you | Literature | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading Wolf Hall. Publishers are thrilled with the new data – but what does it mean for the rest of us?
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Meet the Real Alice: How the Story of Alice in Wonderland Was Born

Meet the Real Alice: How the Story of Alice in Wonderland Was Born | Literature | Scoop.it

'What is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations!'


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Jay McInerney: why Gatsby is so great

Jay McInerney: why Gatsby is so great | Literature | Scoop.it

F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, set amid the riotous frivolity of the jazz age, defines the American psyche.


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'The Lower River,' a Novel by Paul Theroux - New York Times

'The Lower River,' a Novel by Paul Theroux - New York Times | Literature | Scoop.it
'The Lower River,' a Novel by Paul TherouxNew York TimesAnd he has written what is reckoned by some to be the finest account of a writer by another writer, “Sir Vidia's Shadow,” which tells of his long friendship with VS Naipaul and its dramatic...
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India and Pakistan Remember a Writer Who Loved Both

Americans, it would seem, can never read Ernest Hemingway's fiction without a picture of Hemingway the man in mind; the writer's mythology threatens to supplant the force of his work.
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'Home,' by Toni Morrison: review

'Home,' by Toni Morrison: review | Literature | Scoop.it
Home By Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf; 145 pages; $24) "Home," the latest novel by Toni Morrison, is almost eerie in its timeliness. Set in the 1950s, it does not evoke the martini and pinched-waist nostalgia of "Mad...
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