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Some Unexpected People’s Library Authors

Occupiers can enjoy books by Dershowitz, Wiesenthal, Roth, and more

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An occupier bones up on his trade.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Yes, there are 20 volumes by Chomsky, 11 by Vonnegut, and six each by Naomi Klein and Matt Taibbi. But the People’s Library at Zuccotti Park, which has more than 3,000 donated volumes, also contains works by:

• Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

• Isaiah Berlin.

• Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg by Bloomberg).

• William F. Buckley, Jr. (!—it’s like that scene where Annie has a National Review in her apartment and Alvy makes fun of her).

• Sloane Crosley (2).

• Alan Dershowitz (2!).

• Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

• Irving Howe (Socialism in America and Ashes Out of Hope: Fiction by Soviet Yiddish Writers).

• A.J. Jacobs.

• Primo Levi.

• David Mamet (plays).

• Azar Nafisi.

• Cynthia Ozick (three!).

• Philip Roth (American Pastoral and The Human Stain).

• Ruth Minsky Sender.

• Vladimir Sorokin.

• Leo Strauss.

• Simon Wiesenthal.

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RaLynn says:

Is this supposed to make up for the anti-semetic rhetoric that is definitely going on at the protests? All the photos of books by Jewish authors being read at the protests do not mask or erase the fact that a lot of OWS organizers and participants think Jews are to blame for the financial crisis and recession. This is a problem that needs to be seriously addressed.

They also got Kafka,Ginsberg, Heller, Franken, Alinsky and, of course, Shteyngart… and those were all in the first few pages.

I am particuularly impressed that they have 20 volumes by the Jew hater Chomsky. The more I read Tablet the more convinced I am that you have no understanding of Jews, Judaism or Jewish life. (But then again, you are the children of Haaretz). We unfortunately are still afflicted with absurd suicidal leftism and bundism that many so called Jews have inherited from the sub-human conditions of Eastern Europe. How many generations will it take to eliminate the paranoia that socialists and tikkun olomers have afflicted us with. Nicholas II is dead! The Russian revolution and Communism are dead. Let us bury it forever, kiss it good bye and move on as normal people.

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