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Writers Sell Out, and Other News

November 13, 2013 | by


  • A pretty amazing slideshow of authors shilling for products through the ages.
  • Jonathan Franzen loves Harriet the Spy. Now really want to know his views on the even odder The Long Secret and frankly bizarre Sport.
  • Herewith: a scratch and sniff wine book.
  • “The very foundation of Judaeo-Christian ethics is presented as a list.” On listicles.



    1. Drew | November 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Authors have been ‘selling out’ for more than just petty consumer goods over the years:

      “U.S. and European anticommunist publications receiving direct or indirect funding included Partisan Review, Kenyon Review, New Leader, Encounter and many others. Among the intellectuals who were funded and promoted by the CIA were Irving Kristol, Melvin Lasky, Isaiah Berlin, Stephen Spender, Sidney Hook, Daniel Bell, Dwight MacDonald, Robert Lowell, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, and numerous others in the United States and Europe. In Europe, the CIA was particularly interested in and promoted the “Democratic Left” and ex-leftists, including Ignacio Silone, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, Raymond Aron, Anthony Crosland, Michael Josselson, and George Orwell.

    2. Drew | November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Oh, and BTW…

      “But also intriguing to many is the documentary’s revelation of a C.I.A. connection to the history of The Paris Review. In the film, Mr. Matthiessen, best known as a novelist, environmental activist and advocate of American Indian rights, admits publicly for the first time that he was a young C.I.A. recruit at the time he helped start the magazine, and used it as his cover.

      “Immy cajoled me into talking about it,” Mr. Matthiessen said.”

      —-NY Times

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