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News Tue Nov 18 2008

Obama the Next Oprah?

More speculations on what our soon-to-be president will do for literature. For one thing, a black president? No longer a courageous work of fiction. [via]

The Sun-Times gets in on it too with thoughts on an Obama book club. Sure, Obama's interest in literature might spark an increase in national interest in literature, but would you read Thucydides just because you saw it in the President's hands? (I'd like to be all snobbish and say that the presidency would have no effect on my literary interests whatsoever, but you know, I just might be convinced to dig out my old copies of the Greek lit too.)

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