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Monday, October 13, 2008

Meanwhile, in England…

posted by on October 13 at 15:53 PM

The Guardian:

In an unprecedented outpouring of anger, 42 of the UK’s most celebrated writers will each publish a short story, essay or poem tomorrow attacking the government’s determination to proceed with legislation to hold terrorist suspects without charge for 42 days. The list of writers taking part reads like a literary ‘Who’s Who’ of modern Britain. They include Philip Pullman, Julian Barnes, Monica Ali, Ian Rankin, Alain de Botton, Ali Smith and AL Kennedy

What has until now largely been a political row is fast becoming a cause célèbre for Britain’s literary establishment, who are flexing their intellectual muscles in a manner not seen since leading figures in the arts world regularly clashed with the Thatcher government in the Eighties.


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HOT! I love it.

Posted by MEC | October 13, 2008 4:01 PM


jk rowling's not on that list... not that hot...

Posted by teddy b | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM
Posted by Oh, well | October 13, 2008 4:11 PM

And just look at what outstanding success the intellectuals had against Thatcher. Uh....

Posted by Fnarf | October 13, 2008 4:13 PM

Hah, Paul Constant is on vaycay. He would've liked this one! Thanks for posting this, Chris.

Posted by Ariel | October 13, 2008 5:57 PM

okay, well, to this part of the European program, it's a big ix-nay.

But mainly they're our model.

Posted by PC | October 13, 2008 6:00 PM

Pullman! Politics! The brain explodes from awesome.

Posted by scotlanded | October 13, 2008 7:45 PM

I think this post is too high-brow for your readers.

Posted by Jos | October 14, 2008 5:32 AM

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