"Tweets were sent. Dictators were toppled. Internet = democracy. QED. Sadly, this is the level of nuance in most popular accounts of the Internet's contribution to the recent unrest in the Middle East." Evgeny Morozov reconsiders the claim that Facebook and Twitter were driving forces behind the Middle East uprisings.
Biographer and critic Hazel Rowley has passed away at the age of 59. She wrote biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (Tete a Tete), Richard Wright, and Christina Stead, as well as the 2010 first-couple study Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage. Rowley was an accomplished essayist and frequent contributor to Bookforum, in which she wrote about Wright and the 1950s culture wars, Beavoir’s 1960 trip to Brazil, and Paris’s legendary Village Voice bookstore.
Hazel Rowley, photo by Mathieu Bourgois.
Theodore Ross has a funny—and wise—article called “Drinking off the Job,” detailing how his life has changed after his recent departure from Harper’s magazine: "The past few weeks the better part of my social life has revolved around drinks. I can’t speak to the cultural mores of other industries, but publishing tends to liberally grease the runners of those it transports out the door."
This April, OR Books is publishing Tweets from Tahrir, a collection of pivotal mini-dispatches from the epicenter of the Cairo uprising—telling the story of the Egyptian Revolution as it unfolded 140 characters at a time.
New Yorkers: Throughout the day, CUNY is hosting a conference called “The Scandals of Susan Sontag,” with participants including Susie Linfield (author of The Cruel Radiance), Elaine Showalter (A Jury of Her Peers), Laura Kipnis (How to Become a Scandal), and others.