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Kathy Acker changes lives; Egypt's National Library and Archives suffers bomb damage

Kathy Acker

Four out of twelve writers named the late, great Kathy Acker among the authors of “books that changed my life,” for a project by n+1 that grew out of an index for the magazine's "No Regrets" series. Acker is cited for the novels The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula by The Black Tarantula (1973), Kathy Goes to Haiti (1978), Great Expectations (1983), and Don Quixote: Which Was a Dream (1986). Dennis Cooper, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and Frank O'Hara also received multiple mentions.

Egypt's National Library and Archives, in Cairo's Bab al-Khalq neighborhood, suffered structural damage on Friday when a car bomb tore through the city’s central police station, located across the street. It was one of four explosions in Cairo on the third anniversary of the protest movement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Rare manuscripts and scientific scrolls were damaged, along with furniture, lighting, and ventilation systems.

The demolition, recycling, and salvage tycoon Chen Guanbiao arrived in New York recently declaring himself “the most influential person of China” and announcing: “I Intend to Buy the New York Times, Please Don’t Take It As a Joke.” New York Magazine on the man who badly wants a media property.

Was Emily Dickinson radical or restrained? The New York Review of Books on the divisions in her oeuvre, her estate, and a new online archive of her work.

Al Jazeera America is moving to better real estate in the Time Warner neighborhood of cable news channels.

Pierre Omidyar of First Look Media is planning to launch a family of digital magazines to “bring back to journalism what’s been lost—the critical but expensive support that’s often neglected in the digital age,” he says. “We’ll give our journalists everything they need to do their jobs well.”