An idea for a novel I probably will not write

Sunday November 19th 2006, 2:31 pm

The river’s first sighting by a European was in 1516, when Spanish seaman Juan Díaz de Solís discovered it during his search for a passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. He and a group of his men disembarked in what is today the Uruguayan Department of Colonia and were attacked by the natives […]

Language Log: Oldest Writing System vs. Oldest Language

Sunday September 17th 2006, 10:54 am

Language Log: Oldest Writing System vs. Oldest Language
This morning NPR reported on an exciting find in Veracruz, Mexico: the discovery of fragments with apparent writing dating back to the Olmec civilization, nearly 3000 years ago. This would, the NPR introducer of the segment said, be “the oldest writing found in the Americas”. She then handed […]

In humiliation and degradation is to be found truth: American writers are losers

Friday February 03rd 2006, 4:11 pm

Telegraph | Arts | Prophet of the neon wilderness

Nelson Algren’s 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side made a mockery of the American dream. Set among the pimps, whores and con men of New Orleans, it was a brave - and prescient - exposé of the nation’s contempt for its own people, says Richard […]

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