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Charlotte Brontë Poem at Auction, and Other News

April 11, 2013 | by

Charlotte Brontë poem

  • An itty-bitty, handwritten Charlotte Brontë manuscript has sold at auction for £92,000.
  • In Hong Kong, one small bookstore has become a haven for banned Chinese books.
  • The City of New York is ponying up $230,000 to pay for the Occupy Wall Street Library destroyed in the 2011 Zuccotti Park raid.
  • With numbers dwindling, a Texas book club folds after 120 years of regular meetings.
  • I hereby call for a moratorium on … whatever this genre is.



    1. GZ | April 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Obviously that ‘spank me’ book takes literary sources to the lowest common denominator. That this genre is considered viable though, shows that even the philistine consumer considers said literary sources somehow relevant. This is less depressing than 50 Shades of Gray, based on a Twilight fanfic.

    2. ivoryhobo | April 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hmm… I have think it’s more a matter of adding some ironic distance to one’s desire to read trash. Makes me think of an old Onion headline: Ironic Porn Purchase Leads to Unironic Ejaculation.

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