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links for 2009-07-21

  • "…what stinks about The Reader is how it attempts to manipulate readers, and how it distorts history. That’s particularly dangerous given that truths about the Holocaust are under persistent assault by the Denial Industry—when they’re not in fact misunderstood."
  • "When Francesco Piccolo jots down a thought or a cleverly turned phrase into his black Moleskine notebook, the Italian novelist feels steeped in a literary tradition built by such celebrated scribes as Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin.

    "There is a sense of pleasure knowing they used the notebook," Piccolo said. "It's like a thread that ties you to those writers."

    "But some critics wonder if the fashionable and financially successful notebooks are trafficking more in legend than legacy…."

    Oh, but it's such a beautiful lie.

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