Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade | Books | The L Magazine - New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture GuideAnybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years. Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it.
Oh I know he'd have to adapt the story to become a movie. But so little actually happens in it that it'd have to be adapted into something completely different. Which is why Prometheus has it shelved. That pretty much took the concept already so releasing a similar movie would have the people who didn't read the story calling foul over del Toro ripping off Prometheus.
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Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay <img class="aligncenter" title="bookshelf of vintage books" alt="" src="http://thenonist.com/images/uploads/KUPFERSITCH-KABINETT-DRESD2.jpg" width="343" height="344" /> Photo by the nonist There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life.
The Most Dangerous Novels Of All Time You may think this novel was only dangerous to Rushdie, but in fact more than 50 people died as a result of its publication -- or at least as a result of the extreme reaction of the Muslim community. First published in the United Kingdom in 1988, this novel, a magical realist work that includes a dream sequence about Muhammad, caused outrage among many Muslims who accused Rushdie of blasphemy. In 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa against the writer, ordering Muslims to kill him, a ruling that stayed in effect until 1998. Rushdie was bombarded with hate mail and death threats, and was forced to enter the British government's protection program. Meanwhile, despite Rushdie's apologies and written reaffirmations of his faith, several people were killed and injured in anti-Rushdie riots, including the book's Japanese translator, who was stabbed to death, and the Italian translator, who was gravely wounded but survived.