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Harper Lee Versus the Museum, and Other News

September 23, 2013 | by


  • Fresh on the heels of her recent settlement, eighty-seven-year-old Harper Lee is now at loggerheads with the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville. The small museum is largely devoted to To Kill a Mockingbird; Lee is seeking a trademark for the words when used on clothing and souvenirs. The museum, for its part, contends that these sales are vital to its continued operation.
  • “The only thing I ever walked out of was Dr. Doolittle with Eddie Murphy … It’s remarkable what I’ll sit through—it really is.” David Sedaris talks movies.
  • “Few writers in any genre, fiction or nonfiction, have described the workings of white-collar crime with such clarity and precision.” An appreciation of John D. MacDonald
  • Speaking of: Gerald Kersh, “a prolific, strange, and compelling writer who avoided any taint of respectability.”
  • Just in time for Banned Books Week, North Carolina County has voted to ban Invisible Man.



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    1. Amal | September 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Harper Lee’s trademark battle with the museum in her county isn’t “Fresh on the heels of her recent settlement.” I believe she filed for the trademark last year (9/12/12), and the museum filed its opposition on August 19, 2013 (I have a link to the filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office on my blog). The settlement with her former agent happened in September 2013.

    2. Sadie Stein | September 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the correx, Amal – and the informative post!

    3. Sopna Khatun | February 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Here’s a quote about John D. Macdonald that I often see bouncing around the web (I hesitate to quote from Wikipeida, which we all know is generally stuff we can wipe our asses with, but this seems legit). “Macdonald is by any standards a better writer than Saul Bellow, only Macdonald writes thrillers and Bellow is a human heart chap, so guess who wears the top grade laurels?” That’s from Kingsley Amis.

    4. Elizabeth | April 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      “The stars, McGee, look down on a world where thousands of 4-H kids are raising prize cattle and sheep. The Green Bay packers, of their own volition, join in the Lord’s Prayer before a game. Many good and gentle people have fallen in love this night. At this moment, thousands of women are in labor from the fruit of good marriage.

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