If you write an open letter and post it on a New Yorker blog, you should expect a response. Especially if you are Philip Roth.
Mr. Roth created a medium-sized stir when he discovered Wikipedia and wrote them an open letter on The New Yorker’s Pageturner blog two weeks ago. Mr. Roth took issue with Wikipedia’s entry for his book The Human Stain – the character of Coleman Silk, the professor who “passes” as white was inspired by Mr. Roth’s friend Melvin Tumin, not the author and literary figure Anatole Broyard, as Wikipedia (and frankly everyone else) assumed. Despite the fact that Mr. Roth felt he was an authority on his own characters that he created, Wikipedia required secondary sourcing. It should be noted that the Read More
After enduring weeks of founder Jimmy Wales staring plaintively at the top of every Wikipedia page, imploring users to give him $16 million in installments of pocket change, the Wikipedians are ready to kick back.
There will be Wikipedia parties in 300 cities this weekend to celebrate the site’s continued ad-free existence, Read More
Michel Houellebecq, the man considered by many to be among the Francophone world’s leading literary treasures, has been accused of ripping off entries from — where else? — Wikipedia.
The French Slate, Slate.fr, found certain passages in the writer’s new novel The Map and the Territory eerily reminiscent of entries on the user-generated Read More
The longstanding tradition associated with Agatha Christie’s 1952 mystery play The Mousetrap requires audience members to guard the identity of the murderer with their lives once they leave the theater. If you’ve seen it and meet a person who hasn’t, custom implores you to use discretion and refrain from spoiling the ending.
Wikipedia, of Read More
Last night, on June 2, Jason Calacanis was introduced as Silicon Alley’s “original pimp” by Meetup’s Scott Heiferman and debuted a new version of his “human powered search engine,” Mahalo.com. “My wife is here,” Mr. Calacanis said to the crowd of about 775 entreprenuers, venture capitalists, tech geeks and Silicon Valley randoms who Read More
This morning in a front-page story by Catherine Rampell, The New York Times took a moment to gush about its Nobel prize-winning columnist, Paul Krugman.
After listing the Princeton professor and columnist’s many laurels, Ms. Rampell wrote:
In recent years, in his column and a related blog on nytimes.com, nearly everything about Read More