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Remembering Lou Reed Through His Writing

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The late Lou Reed was a very prolific writer, having penned a number of books, essays and music reviews throughout his career.

Reed (pictured, via Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) was the author of a number of books including: Pass Through FireThe Collected LyricsBetween Thought and Expression: Selected LyricsLou Reed’s New York; and Emotion in Action.

In a famous essay published in 1966, Reed criticized the poetry world of Robert Lowell and wrote, “The only decent poetry of this century was that recorded on rock-and-roll records.”

 

Reed continued writing into his final days. One recent review that Reed wrote about Kanye West’s Yeezus album. The album was not very well received, but Reed liked it. Here is an excerpt: “There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit.  But the guy really, really, really is talented.  He’s really trying to raise the bar.  No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet.”

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The Literary Community Remembers Lou Reed

Artist Lou Reed passed away on Sunday morning. His friends from all around the literary community have been sharing their memories of Reed on Twitter.

Lou Reed, a longtime friend and contributor, died today at the age of 71. Read an excerpt from our Winter 1972 issue: http://t.co/2RrR2cktNl

— The Paris Review (@parisreview) October 27, 2013
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Salman Rushdie Launches PEN World Voices Festival

Global literati dined on Rioja and tapas in the sunny patio of the Instituto Cervantes this afternoon, celebrating the launch of the PEN World Voices Festival.

In this GalleyCat video, festival chair Salman Rushdie at once praised Americans for new political openness while criticizing our “paucity” of translated works. Running from April 27 until May 3, the New York City festival will feature 160 writers from 40 different countries.

Some of the marquee names participating in the festival include: Neil Gaiman, Parker Posey, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson. It is the fifth anniversary of the literary festival. In all, there are 60 events–the complete schedule can be found here.