A scene from the Republican National Convention
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the OWS movement on September 17, pick up the new issue of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy with essays by Jeremy Brecher, Gayatri Spivak, and David Graeber. The issue is available to download here, and fifteen thousand hard copies of the magazine will be distributed free of charge throughout New York City schools, bookstores, and streets over the coming months.
Sam Sacks’s has written a short essay called “Against Acknowledgments” at the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog. Are acknowledgments “faux-modest self-promotion”? Scroll to the end of the essay to find a lively debate.
“Paul Valéry once told André Breton that he couldn’t be a novelist because he refused to write, ‘The Marquise went out at five o’clock.’” At The Millions, Christopher Beha considers the importance of the sentence.
If the e-book doesn’t keep you up at night, new studies find that the device you read it on probably will.
An essay by Jonathan Franzen about selling his family home in Missouri after his mother’s death is headed to the off-Broadway stage, to be directed by Daniel Fish, whose last production was A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN (after David Foster Wallace).
The Atlantic asks whether readers should turn their backs on works that authors themselves disowned during their lives.
We’ve been enjoying 90 Days, 90 Reasons, a project launched by Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland that, since July, has been inviting cultural figures to explain why they’re going to vote for Obama. Most recently, author Rick Moody gave one his his reasons: “Mitt Romney opposes marriage equality.”
In the spirit of Norman Mailer, Christian Lorentzen is covering the Republican National Convention for the London Review of Books, following the delegates, the nutjobs, and all the surrounding protesters.