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John Freeman  Author of How to Read a Novelist and Maps, poems forthcoming from Copper Canyon, writer in residence, NYU, editor of Freeman's. Exec editor @thelithub

Five years ago this little book came out first in #australia from #textpublishing - and so many of the people I interviewed in it (#johnupdike #normanmailer #adriennerich #dorislessing #guntergrass #imrekertesz #robertpirsig #nadinegordimer #seamusheaney) are no longer with us. Amazing how fast in some ways the literary world turns over.

Shadows on the lawn

Coming this fall, a new kind of best of list - 29 #writers from around the #globe and from all genres and all age groups - will appear in Freeman's: The Future of New Writing. Let's stop nationalizing our literature and speaking of novelists and poets and reporters as if any one kind of writer is more important than the next. It's what they do that matters. #reading #future #freemansjournal #allages

#NYC is not part of the confederacy


Hazy #nyc late afternoon

Wondering why there's nothing fun to do in #soho? It's this - when developers can buy and flip retail spaces for a $20 million profit after just 18 months of sitting on a property - like one did here on #greenestreet - there's no incentive for public space to have anything to do for humans. Perhaps one day the #robertmueller #russiaprobe will tell us just how much money stolen from recently privatized Russian public industries was laundered through #property in #nyc - it jacked up our #rents and #propertyvalue and the #stockmarket AND as a result SoHo is a museum and #espresso costs four bucks. Twenty years ago when I moved to #manhsttan this process was already underway and now it's over. We've reached ultimate abstraction. The point of real estate here now is only its speculative value.

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