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Persepolis Ascendant, and Other News

March 20, 2013 | by


  • The banning of Persepolis in Chicagoland schools has, in the grand tradition, boosted the graphic novel’s (already robust) sales.
  • “I have only one humble criticism. I wonder if you realize how good you are.” Mutual admiration letters betwixt authors (and yes, the unsolicited humble criticism is Mailer to Styron). 
  • “Philip Roth celebrated his eightieth birthday in the Billy Johnson Auditorium of the Newark Museum last night with the most astonishing literary performance I’ve ever witnessed.” David Remnick was there
  • “There is no modernist stream-of-consciousness novel harder to get through than a publisher-author agreement.” And other things every writer should know
  • Edinburgh’s Looking Glass Books: we want to go to there. 




  1. Mack Hall | March 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    By what curious twists of illogic can not buying a book be considered banning a book? A democratically-elected school board chooses to teach one book instead of another book — how is that a ban?

    And did anyone here vote in his or her last school board election? Or are ya just posturing?

  2. Brandon Elijah Scott | March 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Great blog!! 🙂

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