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Selling, Banning, and Walking

June 8, 2012 | by

  • Novelist Barry Unsworth has died at eighty-one.
  • The Catholic Church denounces a book; it becomes a best seller.
  • (Almost as effective as Oprah.)
  • Lev Grossman teaches us how to read and walk simultaneously.
  • “The Comedy of Noir.”
  • Where things stand: the Rumpus explores racial bias in the world of books.


    1. Lilly | June 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Walking and reading! I love walking and reading. Though there was that one time with a pole.

    2. Tom May | June 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      For an illustration of the decline of our literary culture, read the Rumpus article. The Partisans have been replaced by amateurish social scientists. To you, Roxane Gay, I say POPPYCOCK!

    3. DHMCarver | June 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Barry Unsworth — damn. Did Paris Review ever do an “Art of Fiction” with him? (I presume not or there’d be a link.) He would have been a good one to interview.

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