paper trail

Apr 11, 2013 @ 12:29:00 am

Max Brod and Franz Kafka. | SWR/SAGI BORNSTEIN/DR

The City of New York has settled with Occupy Wall Street over a lawsuit resulting from the destruction of an OWS library during a police raid last year. According to papers filed by the OWS Library Working Group, the city seized 3,600 books last November, and only returned 1,003 of them. The city has agreed to pay the movement $47,000, and will cover $186,350 in attorney fees.

Todd Field, director of Little Children and In the Bedroom, is adapting Jess Walter’s latest novel, Beautiful Ruins.

Deborah Copaken Kogan contributes a brave and frequently shocking essay to The Nation about her “so-called post-feminist life in arts and letters.”

Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest feature is an adaptation of a novel by Italian writer Niccolò Ammaniti. The 73-year-old director is best known for Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, and most recently, The Dreamers. Me and You doesn’t have a distributor yet—and early reviews at Cannes were far from glowing—but we want to see it anyway.

The Huffington Post excerpts Amazon engineer Jason Merkowski’s forthcoming book about the development of the Kindle: “When thinking about how ebooks are created, it’s best to envision a sausage factory. Meat goes in one end, machinery packages it, and a neatly bundled sausage comes out the other. At the ebook factory, you start in the front with books from publishers. They’re chopped up, reassembled and packaged, and finally made available for sale in digital form.”

Here is a rare photo of Kafka smiling. (h/t Richard Brody).