Wednesday, May 03, 2006


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Monday, May 01, 2006

The man who fought Suharto with a pen

'In recent years, the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who died yesterday at age 81, came to be known as a chain-smoking curmudgeon and consistent critic of the corrupt legacies of the Suharto regime and western-style consumerism. But if anyone ever deserved the right to be the grumpy contrarian — a south-east Asian Günter Grass, the German author known for his pointed social criticism — then Pramoedya was it...' More

Did she borrow or did she steal?

'Kaavya's this girl with awesome grades and parents who were obsessed about her getting into Harvard. They even hired a college admissions consultant, which lots of parents do these days. This consultant reads some of Kaavya's writing, which happened to be about a girl whose parents want her to get into Harvard so badly that she never has any fun. The consultant sends it to a big agent, who sells it to a book packager, who makes a deal with a big publisher. The book is called 'How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life'. And Kaavya, just 17 at the time, got close to US$500,000 for a two-book contract. She also got a movie deal with DreamWorks. Oh, and she got into Harvard, too...' More / Book pulled off shelves