Jan 31, 2013 @ 12:02:00 am
James Joyce, sensation in China.
Forget sock puppet reviews—writers are now actively soliciting bad Amazon reviews. After his novel Short Bus got an especially excoriating Amazon write-up, Brian Allen Carr decided that rather than getting angry, he’d run with the bad press. The author has announced his “Lone Star” contest, inviting readers to submit their own one-star reviews of his work.
Reports that Islamist insurgents had destroyed thousands of 14th-, 15th-, and 16th-century manuscripts in the Malian city of Timbuktu may have been exaggerated. Although Timbuktu mayor Hallé Ousmane Cissé told the media earlier this week that roughly 40,000 rare manuscripts in the city’s Ahmed Baba Institute had been burned, TIME magazine reports that “a large-scale rescue operation” was undertaken early last year in anticipation of violence in the city.
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