The schedule for the annual New Yorker Literary Festival, held this year September 19th through September 21st, is up. Events feature, among others: Aleksandar Hemon, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Cunningham, Lorrie Moore, Grace Paley, E. L. Doctorow, George Saunders, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Tobias Wolff, A. S. Byatt, Sherman Alexie, Zadie Smith, Donald Antrim, Robert Stone, Charles Dâ€™Ambrosio, Richard Price, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, ZZ Packer, Dave Eggers, Calvin Trillin, Deborah Treisman, Edwidge Danticat, Aleksandar Hemon, Paul Muldoon, Gary Shteyngart, Jamaica Kincaid, and Adam Gopnik. (Via The Literary Saloon.)
Arundhati Roy believes that Noam Chomsky has unmasked the so-called “free world,” revealing:
that public opinion in “free market” democracies is manufactured just like any other mass market product â€” soap, switches, or sliced bread. We know that while, legally and constitutionally, speech may be free, the space in which that freedom can be exercised has been snatched from us and auctioned to the highest bidders. Neoliberal capitalism isn’t just about the accumulation of capital (for some). It’s also about the accumulation of power (for some), the accumulation of freedom (for some). Conversely, for the rest of the world, the people who are excluded from neoliberalism’s governing body, it’s about the erosion of capital, the erosion of power, the erosion of freedom.
(Thanks to Vikram for the link.)
The Guardian has featured a section of JM Coetzee’s new novel, Elizabeth Costello. I haven’t read this piece yet, but in general I agree with Splinters that “Coetzee, as a writer, is easy to read, but complicated; the best combination.”