Sunday, January 21, 2007

What Say Lit Folk?

What have other literary folk said about the big CIA-Paris Review story? I've been simultaneously busy trying to set up the ULA's big February 25th Philadelphia Reading and have limited time on-line.

As far as I know, Maud Newton mentioned the 2/13 NY Times story, and linked to it. Credit to her for that.

Anyone else?

On Friday I asked Richard Cummings if he'd received requests for interviews or statements from establishment media outlets. His response: "No word. Nothing."

(Curious that the 1978 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was on television last night. I see parallels between the situation depicted, and the contemporary literary world.)

This matter is a huge dirty blot on American literary history-- on the integrity and credibility of American literature. Writers everywhere-- everywhere, including all who've appeared in PR's pages-- should be outraged.

Where is the outrage?

6 comments:

King said...

No surprise here: Peter's father, writer F.O. Matthiessen, was a member of Skull and Bones.
I don't see this as evidence of any "conspiracy" other than yet another example that the upper class dominates the literary world.
Let's bring democracy to literature!

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James Scott Linville said...
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King said...

Have you ever read anything more weaselly?
Linville is going to answer no questions about himself.
Instead, he's going to play lawyer, check the documents, and acknowledge ONLY what he has to.
One can see the CYA game already being played.
But James-- I want you to answer my questions.
I want you to go beyond that and tell us which of George Plimpton's many former colleagues, some very prominent in the literary field, also knew about this matter.

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