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“The shop has accrued so much history since it opened in the 50s… The beat generation’s influence is something we admire—particularly William Burroughs using the library to research Naked Lunch. The shop also lets writers sleep there and produce work which is a unique and fascinating thing… The characters represented are both living writers and dead writers sharing this space at the same time— reflecting the sense that this space is truly steeped in history… George Whitman’s head can be found in the attic, this alludes to the picture as manifestation of Whitman’s mind, and the drawing can be read as an exquisite corpse in composition. His spirit resonates in the shop.”
London-based punk artist collective Le Gun creates drawings for Parisian bookstore Shakespeare & Company (via Melville House)

 

“Librarians are especially concerned about the number of books by and about people of color that are challenged and banned—80 percent of this year’s list “reflect diverse issues and cultural content.” Those numbers are reflected in a recent survey by young adult author Malinda Lo, who found that between 2010 and 2013, 52 percent of banned and challenged books contained diverse content. “Attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned,” said the ALA in a release. “The lack of diverse books for young readers continues to fuel concern.”
Native Americans, Iran and gay penguins top the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. (Via We Need Diverse Books)

 

For a week I’ve been falling in love with the prose of Charles Bowden.  He’s probably best known as a fearless reporter on Juarez & the lore of the border.  But it turns out he is also, & at all times, a great nature writer, a psalmist of the pit, a sober witness & a man who did his job.  I marvel that he was never struck dumb by things he saw.”
Ariana Reines on Charles Bowden and more (Via Harriet)

 

“A few students had been making queries about why no one taught Williams, Pound or Gertrude Stein, let alone H.D. I was trying to get the school to invite Allen Ginsberg to read. Jon and I had been exchanging work, he’d sent copies of Ted Berrigan’s C magazine jamming my little rustic p.o. box. He’d known Ron Padgett at Columbia University. We were on to the New American Poetry and the poetry net was widening, inviting.”
Ann Waldman on Angel Hair (via Jacket 2)

 

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