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Ghosting: O’Hagan’s Julian Assange

by Paddy Johnson on February 24, 2014
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Andrew O’Hagan, the once anonymous ghostwriter who collaborated with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on his abortive 2011 autobiography, broke his long silence on the project this weekend. Putting to bed over 26,000 words on the subject of his months working with Assange, the hacker is described by turns as funny, lazy, courageous, paranoid, narcissistic, driven by spectacle, dishonest, and manipulative. The story focuses on the collapse of the one of the most high-profile books deals of recent times—2.5 million with the publisher Canongate.

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Old Men, Little Girls, and Bad Paintings

by Corinna Kirsch on January 31, 2012
  • The internet might be run on cats, but this sea otter rap proves that all mammals are proper fodder for a meme. []
  • Guards at London’s National Gallery went on strike this past weekend to protest staff cuts, and they’re planning even more walk outs in the days to come. [The Guardian]
  • In preparation for the Guggenheim’s upcoming exhibition by teen prodigy Francesca Woodman, Cabinet‘s profile on another child genius, the poet Minou Drouet, provides some good background into the life and times of precocious youths. It’s filled with absurd stories – like how the French government locked “this little kitten” in a room to determine whether she wrote her own poems. [Cabinet]
  • This weekend, Tyler Green commented on NPR’s “oh-so-impressive art coverage” [MAN], an atrocious piece of journalism that asks that old and tired question, “Is Jackson Pollock really an artist?” Groan. [NPR]
  • Author Jonathan Franzen, that overly satirical writer about the failures of masculinity and the American dream, rants against ebooks, but ends up sounding like a whiny luddite who doesn’t understand kids nowadays with their new-fangled technology. [The Telegraph]
  • House arrest won’t prevent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from hosting his own TV show. [New York Magazine]
  • So far, six people have completed the Gagosian Spot Challenge. And all they got was a lousy t-shirt. [other criteria]
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Massive Links: Androgynous Model Andrej Pejic Censored | Hans Ulrich Obrist Talks with Julian Assange | Ai Wei Wei Has Not Been Harmed

by Paddy Johnson on May 16, 2011
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Today in Massive Links androgynous male cover-model Andrej Pejic gets censored by Barnes & Noble, and Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist talks with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. We wish he’d asked more questions. Meanwhile Ai WeiWei received his first visit while under arrest in China for unspecified crimes. His wife says he appears to be in good health.

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