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Alan Bennet at Occupy LSX & Other Book Links

It’s so nice to see an author unashamedly backing these protests, especially having read the car-crash of appalling bad logic that Frank Miller has recently used.

On this theme, there’s an interesting article in the Guardian about Alan Moore, the man behind the iconic protest mask that first manifested in V for Vendetta:

“I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction.”

While I’m linking elsewhere, there’s also a pretty cool interview with Umberto Eco today that’s worth checking out:

It’s only publishers and some journalists who believe that people want simple things. People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged.

Couldn’t agree more. As a reader, I loved to be challenged. There’s always room to grow (note: that’s nothing to do with reading fiction aimed at younger or older audiences); there’s always ways to develop your understanding of a book. Maybe reading is a craft or a skill just as much as writing?

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.