Keith Gessen getting arrested.
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Jenny Diski does not care about crime writer Lindsay Ashford's claim that Jane Austen may have died of arsenic poisoning.
Jesmyn Ward, Stephen Greenblatt, and Nikky Finney won National Book awards for fiction, non-fiction and poetry, respectively. Samples of their books are available here.
What can you learn about a small, turn-of-the-century town from library ledgers? At Slate, John Plotz writes about a surprisingly comprehensive database that tracks the borrowing records of the Muncie Public Library between 1891 and 1902.
Twenty-three journalists have been arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street protests, including reporters from Vanity Fair, the New York Daily News, the Associated Press and NPR.
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