More than 500 authors from around the world — including Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Arundhati Roy and Margaret Atwood — have asked the United Nations for an international bill of digital rights. They write:
“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.”
Meanwhile, David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, comments on the recent PEN American Center survey which found that a number of American writers avoid or are considering avoiding controversial topics for fear of government surveillance. He tells Morning Edition,
“If … writers are saying they’re already self-censoring based on a dynamic in which you’ve seen the government not interpose in any significant way, it disappoints me that writers have not shown the courage of their convictions. I think it says a lot about writers — maybe more about writers than about the government.”
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“Before pop art, there was such a thing as bad taste. Now there’s kitsch, schlock, camp, and porn.”
― from Running Dog, by Don DeLillo
Don DeLillo, an essayist, novelist, playwright, and short story writer, has described his fiction as being influenced by “the fact that we’re living in dangerous times. If I could put it in a sentence, in fact, my work is about just that: living in dangerous times.” DeLillo was born today in 1936.
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David Foster Wallace’s postcard to Don DeLillo, courtesy of Electric Literature:
9-1 (CARDS WERE GIFTS–NO OFFENSE INTENDED)
DEAR D2, I AM NOW A LICENSED CA DRIVER, WHICH FROM THE SENSE I GET IS OFFICIAL STATE-CITIZENSHIP IF ANYTHING HERE IS. THERE IS A PALM TREE IN MY BACK YARD THAT’S 11 1/2 FEET AROUND. A BRICK SHITHOUSE OF A PALM TREE. ¶ THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOTE. I HAVE NOT YET READ THE GADDIS, BUT I’M IN CONTACT WITH FRANZEN, WHO’S APPARENTLY BEEN CHARGED THE TASK OF A COMPREHENSIVE GADDIS PIECE BY THE NYer, AND IS ‘STRUGGLING’ WITH IT. ¶ THIS BLOODY MENGENLEHRE BOOK (IT INTIMIDATES ME THAT YOU KNOW THIS TERM) TURNS OUT NOT TO BE DONE — BOTH THE MATH-EDITOR AND THE GENERAL EDITOR WANT REPAIRS — OFTEN THEIR DEMANDS ARE MUTUALLY CONTRADICTORY. I WILL END UP HAVING SPENT 11 MONTHS FULL-TIME ON A PROJECT I’D PLANNED TO KNOCK OFF PART-TIME IN 4. I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER FOURIER SERIES AS LONG AS I LIVE. ¶ I’D LOVE A CHANCE TO EYEBALL YR. NEW NOVEL IF YOU DON’T OBJECT. AND I HOPE VALPARAISO IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH THE TROUPE.