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September 17, 2013 | by

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  • During an argument over the works of Immanuel Kant, a Russian man was shot in the head. He is, shockingly, not seriously hurt, but the shooter faces up to a decade in jail for “intentional infliction of bodily harm.”
  • The distinguished poet Graham Nunn—former artistic director of the Queensland Poetry Festival—has apologized for serial plagiarism. After getting caught.
  • James Patterson: “I’m going to give away $1 million in the next twelve months or so, to help independent book stores. We’re making this big transition right now to ebooks, and that’s fine and good, and terrific, and wonderful, but, we’re not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way. What’s happening right now is, a lot of book stores are disappearing, a lot of libraries are disappearing or they’re not being funded. School libraries aren’t being funded. This is not a good thing. It used to be you could go to your drugstore, you’d find books everywhere.”
  • The president of the Ohio board of education is calling for the ban of The Bluest Eye by native daughter Toni Morrison. Debe Terhar calls the 1970 novel “pornographic.” Says Morrison, “I resent it … I mean if it’s Texas or North Carolina as it has been in all sorts of states. But to be a girl from Ohio, writing about Ohio having been born in Lorain, Ohio. And actually relating as an Ohio person, to have the Ohio, what—Board of Education? —is ironic at the least.”
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    1. Seth | September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

      This Russian “intentional infliction of bodily harm” conviction apparently does not apply when the victim is LGBT.

    2. Ira Lightman | September 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Nunn hasn’t apologized

    3. Shelley | September 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      There’s such a vacuum out there that it’s almost reassuring that someone cares enough about a book to be stupidly threatened by it….

    4. Adam | September 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      In Soviet Russia, argument refute you!

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