Remainders: hurried Monday edition

  • Scientists are using X-rays to recover lost writings of Archimedes (see image at right, taken from the Walters Art Gallery). These words of the Greek mathemetician have been hidden since a Christian monk erased them and reused the scroll in the Middle Ages.
  • On the eve of its 70th birthday, Penguin plans to release 70 titles “drawn from its back catalogue or new work.” Of these, only two books were written by writers of color (Zadie Smith and Hari Kunzru). James Baldwin is among the dissed.
  • “The thesis of ‘Madame Bovary’s Ovaries’ is that Darwin, or rather the forces of evolution and natural selection that Darwin did write of, underlie the plot and behavior of all human characters in literature.”
  • Orhan Pamuk, Margaret Drabble, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Robert Coover, Hwang Seok-young, and Vera Galaktionova have gathered with other writers to participate in the Seoul International Forum for Literature under the theme “Writing for Peace.”

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