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Denis Johnson's papers go to Texas and more book news

July 7, 2010 |  1:05 pm


Denis Johnson, who won the National Book Award for his massive Vietnam novel "Tree of Smoke," will be giving his papers to the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, it was announced Wednesday. As is typical of an author, manuscripts, drafts, correspondence and other papers will be included in the collection; less typically, it will also include props from the movie made from Johnson's short story collection "Jesus' Son," including a prosthetic eye the author wore in the film.

Is Jezebel a profit-making site full of sassy, young feminist outrage, or a place for "petty jealousy, cleverly marketed as feminism"? Emily Gould claims the latter in a piece for Slate.

In late June, a Fox affiliate suggested that Chicago libraries were a waste of tax dollars. Chicago public library Commissioner Mary A. Dempsey responds, "Let me speak about the Chicago Public Library which serves 12 million visitors per year. No other cultural, educational, entertainment or athletic organization in Chicago can make that claim."

The Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic Magazine is now underway. Like TED, it's putting many of its conversations and presentations online; the roster includes businesspeople, teachers, leaders and authors engaged in current affairs, politics, finance, planning and, well, ideas.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: A manuscript page from Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke." Credit: Harry Ransom Center

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