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CDIIIntroducing a new tab for readers of On World Literature – “Written by Others.” You’ll find the tab at the top of your screen. Here I’m going to start recording some of the most interesting articles on literature and literary figures that I stumble across on the web.

We kick things off with an engaging conversation between the Canadian science fiction novelist Cory Doctorow and Simon Willmetts, a lecturer in American History and Culture at the University of Hull, UK. I found this interview in the excellent American leftist arts and culture magazine, Jacobin. Click on the title below or the image of Doctorow to read the interview…

“I Am Skeptical That Capitalism Has a Future”

Cory Doctorow on the surveillance state, Edward Snowden, and the core values of a utopian society.

About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK) and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.