SOURCE: The New Republic
The novelist targeted the absurdities and self-congratulation of utilitarian philosophers, the forerunners of the tech industry's "effective altruism," in his 1854 "Hard Times."
by William Lambers
Three ghosts visiting Americans this holiday might show the lifesaving benefits of food aid in the past, the scope of food insecurity today, and the prospects of hunger worsening in the future.
SOURCE: NY Times
“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other."
by John Broich
Hint: That was the birthplace of classic liberalism.
SOURCE: BBC News
Dickens stipulated there was to be no statue of him in his native land, but Portsmouth unveiled a bronze statue for the author's 202nd birthday. Should they have?
SOURCE: Guardian (UK)
Arnold Harvey is waiting for me outside his flat overlooking Clissold Park in north London. With beard, lank grey hair and a large stomach that may be the product of eating too many fry-ups at the greasy spoon next door, he looks like a bucolic version of William Golding. It is his first ever interview and he is nervous, expectant. After a lifetime of what he believes to be academic condescension – or worse, conspiracy – he sees me as a possible source of redemption. This could be tricky.Harvey, who has written most of his books using the initials AD rather than his first name Arnold, which he dislikes, has been exposed in the Times Literary Supplement as the possessor of multiple identities in print, a mischief-maker who among other things had invented a fictitious meeting in 1862 between Dickens and Dostoevsky. This startling encounter was first written up by one Stephanie Harvey in the Dickensian, the magazine of the Dickens Fellowship, in 2002, and quickly hardened into fact, cited in Michael Slater's biography of Dickens in 2009 and repeated by Claire Tomalin in her biography two years later....
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