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).
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.
Russell Simmons tweets support for Occupy Wall Street, as Bill O’Reilly has some choice terms for Zuccotti Park protesters