Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:50:00 am
Alice Walker has refused to let an Israeli publisher release a translation of The Color Purple in protest of that country’s treatment of Palestinians. In a statement, Walker writes that she has “determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”
Reflecting on Bret Easton Ellis’s claim that he wants to make a movie out of Fifty Shades of Gray, Laura Miller considers bad books that have led to good movies.
Can authorial style be broken down by mathematical modelling? Yes, according to mathematician José Binongo, who was discussed last week on Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast. Binongo believes that by analyzing writers’ “function words”—i.e. those words that serve a special purpose—it’s possible to identify a
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