Oct 042010
 

Arts & Letters Daily

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The case of the <strong>counterfeit <em>Animal Farm</em></strong>. Inundated with fakes, Amazon says authors and publishers will have to police the market

The case of the counterfeit Animal Farm. Inundated with fakes, Amazon says authors and publishers will have to police the market
 
 

To understand <strong>Whitman&rsquo;s impact</strong> on present-day writing, look no further than a poetic project on delight &mdash; delight in cardinals, in log piles, in nicknames

To understand Whitman’s impact on present-day writing, look no further than a poetic project on delight — delight in cardinals, in log piles, in nicknames
 
 

No, Sally Rooney is not the &ldquo;<strong>great millennial novelist</strong>.&rdquo; This generation is too diverse for that &mdash; its books seek specific audiences, not universal ones

No, Sally Rooney is not the “great millennial novelist.” This generation is too diverse for that — its books seek specific audiences, not universal ones
 
 

During World War I, <strong>Thomas Mann</strong> performed &ldquo;intellectual military service&rdquo; for Germany; by World War II, he was Hitler&rsquo;s personal antagonist

During World War I, Thomas Mann performed “intellectual military service” for Germany; by World War II, he was Hitler’s personal antagonist
 
 

Lincoln was out of his depth politically. Moral hazard in banking isn&rsquo;t a serious threat. <strong>Walter Bagehot</strong> had a talent for epic miscalculation

Lincoln was out of his depth politically. Moral hazard in banking isn’t a serious threat. Walter Bagehot had a talent for epic miscalculation
 
 

<strong>Alcoholic writers</strong> are mythologized &mdash; but consider their pain. &ldquo;Heavy drinking is a substitute for companionship,&rdquo; Bukowski said, &ldquo;and it&rsquo;s a substitute for suicide&rdquo;

Alcoholic writers are mythologized — but consider their pain. “Heavy drinking is a substitute for companionship,” Bukowski said, “and it’s a substitute for suicide”
 
 

<strong>Our Graham in Havana</strong>. Graham Greene&rsquo;s interventions in Cuban politics were hardly fictional &mdash; he actually contributed to Batista&rsquo;s downfall

Our Graham in Havana. Graham Greene’s interventions in Cuban politics were hardly fictional — he actually contributed to Batista’s downfall
 
 

The intellectual coward. <strong>Victor Serge</strong> knew the type: playing word games, dabbling in fashionable politics, inciting &ldquo;nothing but a revolt of literary cafes&rdquo;

The intellectual coward. Victor Serge knew the type: playing word games, dabbling in fashionable politics, inciting “nothing but a revolt of literary cafes”
 
 

<strong>Charles Sanders Peirce</strong> was an intellectual titan, an American Aristotle. His obscurity stems from the abstruseness of his ideas and the machinations of his rivals

Charles Sanders Peirce was an intellectual titan, an American Aristotle. His obscurity stems from the abstruseness of his ideas and the machinations of his rivals
 
 

<strong>Ayn Rand</strong> always held a certain appeal to precocious, contrarian youngsters. Now all the cool kids want to be socialists

Ayn Rand always held a certain appeal to precocious, contrarian youngsters. Now all the cool kids want to be socialists
 
 
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