Author and scholar Benedict Anderson died yesterday in Batu, Malang, East Java. Best known for his influential 1983 study Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism, he also wrote many other books, including Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination (2005) and The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand (2012). Next summer, Verso will publish Anderson’s memoir A Life Beyond the Boundaries.
Elusive novelist Elena Ferrante grants a rare interview to the Financial Times: “I believe that, today, failing to protect writing by guaranteeing it an autonomous space, far from the demands of the media and the marketplace, is a mistake. . . . I think authors should be sought in the books they put their names to, not in the physical person who is writing or in his or her private life. Outside the texts and their expressive techniques, there is only idle gossip.”
Poet and basketball columnist Rowan Ricardo Phillips reflects on Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the Paris Review.
Tonight in New York, László Krasznahorkai, the author of Satantango, among other novels, and the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, will make a rare US appearance, discussing his work with Salman Rushdie and Valeria Luiselli.