Authors Pledge Their Support To Occupy Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street movement is getting some support from the literati, with heavy hitters like Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman publicly pledging their allegiance to the protestors.
The manifesto on the website Occupy Writers doesn't mince words:
We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.
What follows is a very long list (one that's growing every day), of authors who support the Occupiers.
Some of the other writers to sign on so far include: Margaret Atwood, Lemony Snicket, Jennifer Egan, Donna Tartt, Naomi Klein, Russell Banks, Jonathan Lethem, Ann Patchett and David Rakoff. (Conspicuously absent? Out of Touch author Brandon Tietz. Just sayin' dude. Everyone notices).
The Occupy Writers site was created by Jeff Sharlet, a journalist and author from Dartmouth College, and Kiera Feldman, a Brooklyn-based journalist, with help from Tin House and n+1. This isn't the first time the publishing world has tipped its hat toward the protestors. Two weeks ago we wrote that The Writer's Guild of America East was lined up behind them.
Meanwhile, this was a tumultuous weekend for the Occupiers. There were approximately 92 arrests across New York City, including 45 during a march on Times Square and 24 at a Citibank sit-in in the West Village. This is on top of continued allegations of police brutality.
None of that seems to be deterring the protestors. Occupy moments are taking root in cities around the world, and just from my own observations (I walk by their home base at Zuccotti Park on my way to and from work), the crowd gets a little bit bigger every day.
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