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Well, This Is Depressing, and Other News

November 19, 2013 | by


  • The Oxford Word of the Year is … selfie.
  • Here is a series of cowboy poets, looking very authentically cowboy-ish indeed.
  • Well, swell. Right-wing extremists destroyed a statue of the poet Radnóti Miklós, who died during the Holocaust, and are burning his books.
  • “Wonderful Doris Lessing has died. You never expect such rock-solid features of the literary landscape to simply vanish. It’s a shock.” Margaret Atwood salutes the late laureate




  1. Mark Valentine | November 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    There is a simple response we can all make to those who attack the memory of Miklos Radnoti and burn his books. Read more of his work. There’s a good selection of his work in translation, Clouded Skies, from the University Press of New England; Arc Publications published his Camp Notebook in 2000; and Enitharmon Press issued his final poems as Forced March in 2004. Miklos Radnoti was a profoundly courageous and clear-eyed poet, and any of these are well worth reading.

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