| The country, says author Charles Murray, has big problems regardless of who wins the presidential election
Marvin Olasky | 10/19/12, 02:00 am
American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray writes books that create intellectual tsunamis, from Losing Ground in 1984 (which eviscerated the U.S. welfare system) to Real Education four years ago (which proposed alternatives to bachelor’s degrees; see “College crush,” Feb. 14, 2009). This year’s Murray blockbuster argues that the United States is Coming Apart.
Have you ever heard of the AIC? I hadn’t either, until I was extended an invitation to join. As an author of books for children, I have a number of contacts in this segment of the publishing world, one of which sent me an email a few weeks ago: “A message from AIC.”
| Could China’s positive reaction to author Mo Yan’s Nobel Prize lead to the ending of the country’s one-child policy?
Angela Lu Fulton | 10/12/12, 11:23 am
When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Thursday that Chinese author Mo Yan had won the Nobel Prize in literature, the elated state media in China paused programming to broadcast the news of the first Chinese national to win the award.
The excitement contrasts with the blackout of international news coverage two years ago when Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize. Liu is still in jail for co-authoring a manifest for democracy in China.
In a tall wooden room in the Purcellville, Va., train station, 10 writers sit at a table. One, named Jerry, wears an earring and has veins running through his hands like rivers. He uses those hands in big gestures as he tells us he’s writing a novel set on Mars where the repressive government prevents the sale of sushi and milk chocolate. Another writer, Val, has started coming because she’d like to quit teaching English and write. As Val taps her pen against the table, a piece of plastic breaks off, flies at me, and hits me in the forehead.