Authors create website to lend support to Occupy Wall Street

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It’s been over a month since Occupy Wall Street protesters took to lower Manhattan to protest a whole host of issues regarding financial regulation, inequality, and frustration with America’s current economic system. With growing media coverage, celeb spotting, and protests popping up in other cities all over the world, everyone has an opinion, and it’s no surprise that authors have decided to weigh in as well.

A new website, OccupyWriters.com, has sprung up in support of the growing movement with hundreds of popular authors electronically signing their support to the cause, stating, “We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.” What follows is a list of hundreds of names, including Jennifer Block (Pushed), Jennifer Egan (A Visit From The Goon Squad), and Paul Lisicky (The Burning House).

In addition to the petition, new works from authors such as Alice Walker are also popping up, including an all-too-accurate cartoon by Danica Novgorodoff and Michael Voll.

Lemony Snicket, the fictional author of the popular young adult series, put out a new essay on OccupyWriters, simply titled, “Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.”  You should really just go and read the whole fantastic piece, but the one observation that stuck out most to me, besides all the references to (let them eat!) cake, was how he explained growing dissatisfaction and resentment in a way even a child could understand: “Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.”

What Snicket is describing sounds a bit like a common plotline from the movies. The endings of such films speak for themselves.

Read more:
Alec Baldwin visits Occupy Wall Street. Somewhere, Jack Donaghy is crying into his morning shower scotch.
Occupy Wall Street marches on in NYC: Do protestors feel celebrity support is helping or hurting their cause?
Russell Simmons tweets support for Occupy Wall Street, as Bill O’Reilly has some choice terms for Zuccotti Park protesters

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  • Rhys

    Love the link to Lemony Snicket’s essay. Thanks for providing it!

  • Bruce Matteson

    OH SAY CAN YOU SEE by Bruce Matteson

    Is it too late to wonder what might have been our lives
    Had we not been obliged to adjust our visions and desires
    To accommodate the specific use of our planet that
    Those who came before us decided they must have
    In order to fulfill their precious concept of entitlement

    I don’t know much but one thing I can tell you
    It is far easier to see a cluster of piglets
    Bogarting the feed trough of nature’s grace
    If you crawl out from under the crushing weight
    Of their self-righteous self-serving blanket of moral defecation
    Which they offer up fresh from their asses
    Un-solicited but none the less heavily taxed
    To keep us warm while we wait milling about at their pleasure
    Believing that even though nothing else bears scrutiny beyond Fox says so
    They wouldn’t be lying yet once again when they assure us that
    A crumb from their bounty will surely come our way

    It seems only akin to self-preservation
    That when the air becomes too full of particulated swine feces
    It is only natural that we close our eyes to save our vision
    But tell me please……what chance have we if we can’t see where we’re going
    And whatever else you might say just don’t tell me that’s not how we got here
    I want that to be the end of my noted discontent but it’s not
    I need to blow us all in when I decry the species
    As those who have specifically beaten us to the goodies
    Are not special unto themselves by any means
    They are just us first in line
    They are first string screw your neighbor to feed your kids
    They are the petty liars and cheats that we have all been at one time or another
    That got a shot at the brass ring and took it
    Vote yourself into place and watch yourself bloat
    Vote for me and expect more of the same
    I only wonder if by the time I get my shot
    Will there be any alien culture left to attack in the name of freedom and democracy
    Or will I have to resort to cannibalism
    In order to have my time at the trough
    Be mega bountiful
    As in the manner I am anticipating

  • Handsome Smitty

    Good grief. These doofus writers are as insane as OWS (boy, is that acronym fitting). No Marxist/communist system has yet worked. Watching the fall of the communist-light Europeans should say it all. The system trades privileged rulership with educated elititest who don’t know the first thing, or much care about freedom. You buck either system and it’s off with your heads. Grow up. Life is hard and hardly fair. Deal with it. Even the poor in this country are better off than the alternative. When we fall, Stalin, Hitler and Mao will be pikers compared to the cleansing of The One!

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