Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

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According to The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have begun investigations into numerous writers of fiction, including famed author Elif Shafak. The campaign has been described as a serious violation of free speech rights, all breaking off from recent, rather vicious debates on social media about authors who write about difficult topics, such as child abuse and sexual violence. After a page from a new novel Abdullah Sevki was shared on Twitter, the novel quickly generated deep controversy when the chapter showcased featured a first person account of a child being sexual assaulted from a sexual predator’s POV. The government of Turkey has issued …

Bret Easton Ellis: Millennials “Don’t Care About Literature”

Bret Easton Ellis: Millennials “Don’t Care About Literature”

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“What is Millennial culture?” probed American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis in an interview with the Sunday Times. There are innumerable answers: destroyers of deadbeat chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Aeropostle, winners of participation trophies, helpless crybabies who can’t fit houses into their avocado budgets. Fed up is as good an answer as any. It’s admittedly difficult to define any generation in a single sentence, particularly if that sentence is a condescending remark from a man who is “not really bothered” by politics—a facet of society some might consider to be the essence of culture (come on, didn’t all our favorite throwback …