Meet the Writers Who Were Used as Cultural Cold War Weapons

Meet the Writers Who Were Used as Cultural Cold War Weapons

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Time to step into history class, folks.   Recently, I stumbled upon an article on Vice that featured an interview with Joel Whitney, author of Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers. In his novel, he reveals how great writers such as James Baldwin, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Richard Wright, and Ernest Hemingway became soldiers in America’s cultural Cold War. The book sets out to debunk the myth of a once-moral intelligence agency and reveals an extensive list of writers who were involved in transforming the image of America in countries suffering destabilisation due to coups, dictatorships, assassinations and other all-American interventions.         …

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Is Now Available for FREE Online!

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Is Now Available for FREE Online!

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center purchased Gabriel García Márquez’s archive for about $2 million two years ago, and, as of this week, has digitized and uploaded about half of the collection. It’s available for free online here.   Considering Márquez’s work remains under copyright protection, this decision is slightly unusual. The university’s library is famously deep-pocketed, as they have also purchased the archives of British novelist Ian McEwan and Nobel prize winners J.M. Coetzee and Kazuo Ishiguro.   The university has said that it plans to make all 27,000 pages of Márquez’s manuscripts, photographs, letters and scrapbooks …

14 Iconic Authors Bare It All in Playboy Without Taking Their Clothes Off

14 Iconic Authors Bare It All in Playboy Without Taking Their Clothes Off

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Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying the effect Hefner’s work has had on both the literary and publishing worlds. In memoriam of Hugh Hefner’s life and career, we’ve put together a list of some of the most notable authors and interviews published in Playboy to prove that yes, some people really do read it for the articles.    I had so much fun making the featured image that I couldn’t not also make a full cover. Enjoy. / Image Via The New Yorker, Photoshopped by yours truly.   If you’ve got a subscription to Playboy, be sure to check out the Playboy …

11 Crazy-Complicated Classic Works of Fiction

11 Crazy-Complicated Classic Works of Fiction

  While we wait for the robots to take over most cumbersome tasks, a brave few still take it upon themselves to tackle books that defy easy absorption or explanation. These classic works of literature are no walk-in-the-park. You may even find your self questioning your sanity. But if you stick it out, you may just end up with a truly transformative experience. Might be best to put a ‘no entry’ side on the door, ’cause you’re gonna be out of commission for the next few days/weeks/months…    ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ by James Joyce   Image courtesy of Birth.Movies.Death.   Joyce’s …