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December 4, 2013 | by


  • The Supreme Court has spoken: Amazon will pay taxes in New York.
  • The family of Norman Rockwell is going to the mattresses over a new biography by Deborah Solomon, which raises questions about the artist’s sexuality. Says Rockwell’s granddaughter, “She layers the whole biography with these innuendos … These things she’s writing about Norman Rockwell are simply not true.”
  • In praise of writing while one reclines.
  • Eight prominent Dominican figures have written an open letter condemning the work of Junot Díaz, who is currently visiting the Dominican Republic. They accuse the lauded writer of “a scarce capacity for reflection and a disrespectful and mediocre use of the written word,” and resent his self-identifying as Dominican.




  1. Carolina | December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    The eight writers who condemned Diaz are far from “prominent.” And questioning his dominicanness has been sport on the island throughout his career, with a pause when he won the Pulitzer.

  2. Dan | December 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    So Diaz is being condemned by some Dominican racists who don’t know they’re racist. Sounds about right.

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