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Authors Bring Their Literary Talents to Occupy Movement

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More than 200 authors, including Margaret Atwood, have signed the OccupyWriters.com statement supporting the movement.

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Dozens of well-known authors—including Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Cunningham—are standing in support the Occupy movement and offering up some great literary bits about the protests.

More than 200 authors have signed the online pledge at OccupyWriters.com, which reads: “We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.”

Lemony Snicket—the penname of the snarky Daniel Handler who wrote the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series targeted at young readers—submitted a spot-on, hilarious list of “Thirteen Observations made … while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.” Some of the list's highlights:

4. People who say money doesn’t matter are like people who say cake doesn’t matter—it’s probably because they’ve already had a few slices.

10. It is not always the job of people shouting outside impressive buildings to solve problems. It is often the job of the people inside, who have paper, pens, desks, and an impressive view.

13. 99 percent is a very large percentage. For instance, easily 99 percent of people want a roof over their heads, food on their tables, and the occasional slice of cake for dessert. Surely an arrangement can be made with that niggling 1 percent who disagree.

The full list of observations is definitely worth reading, as are other posts by authors.

Francine Prose, the author of Blue Angel, writes on the site about why she “burst into tears at the Occupy Wall Street camp” and Chronic author D.A. Powell provides a poem called “The Great Unrest.”

The site was created by two journalists—Jeff Sharlet, who explains the venture to the Huffington Post, and Kiera Feldman.

“Maybe if they see a writer that they really admire supporting it, from whom they derived their sense of critical thought, it’s good to know that he’s standing with you,” Sharlet said.

Brian Stewart is the Communications Director at Generation Progress. You can follow him on Twitter @brianstewart.

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