Hello! Welcome to another instalment of This Week in Words, in which I collect all the interesting things I’ve read this week into one delicious article salad. Enjoy!
Marvel Developing ‘Agent Carter’ TV Series – Deadline. Remember Peggy Carter, from Captain America? She’s to get her own television series! A precursor to SHIELD, perhaps?
Neil Gaiman to reunite with Neverwhere director for Terry Pratchett project – Radio Times. More of Gaiman’s writing on our screens! For a Pratchett project no less! How exciting!
Man shot in heated debate – about philosopher Immanuel Kant – LA Times. Don’t worry – it was a non-lethal pistol and the injuries weren’t life-threatening. Which makes it okay to laugh about.
Why Americans Should Stay Out of the Booker Contest – The Atlantic Wire. This week it was announced that the Man Booker Prize, previously only open to British and commonwealth writers, will be widening its criteria to include Americans as well. Here’s why it shouldn’t.
Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Probably Had Sex Once – The Toast. Hang on, what? Honestly, here’s a pretty good case for the conclusion that Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman actually did it.
Was Salinger Too Pure for This World? – New York Times. Joyce Maynard writes movingly about her own experiences with Salinger and his affairs with teenaged girls, and about the reactions (or lack thereof) of the rest of the world.
Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out – Huffington Post. Lawrence D. Mass on Larry Kramer’s work during the AIDS epidemic, its parallels to Arendt’s political theory of the Holocaust, and its relevance now to Putin’s homophobic legislation.