Last night (November 19th) Ursula Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. 'I think hard times are coming', she said in her acceptance speech, ' when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how
As I write, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been in detention for 51 days and 6 hours. I know this so precisely because someone who goes by the handle loveaiww has placed a counter on the web. On the door of my apartment is a poster with a silhouette of Ai, made from a photograph taken during
There's Occupy Wall Street. Then there's this guy, who I met standing outside an office building on 9th avenue which houses various large companies. He said his sign was working. He'd got a couple of interviews.
I 've been asked by Slate for a quote about why I added my name to the Occupy Writers list. I suspect they may not be able to run the whole statement, so I've asked them to link here. Far more eloquent that anything I can say are the