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Jonathan Franzen spent 50 minutes discussing the work of Austrian satirist Karl Kraus and slamming social media and modern technology, particularly Amazon, at his Portland Arts & Lectures appearance Thursday night. The author of "Freedom" and "The Corrections" seemed a little apprehensive and defensive about the content of his lecture, but he needn't have worried.  You might not agree with all of Franzen's arguments, and he sometimes came across as out-of-touch and a scold…

Kids can vote in the 2012 Presidential Election through the Scholastic Student Vote. The vote, which is live now at, is a longstanding tradition for Scholastic News® classroom magazines. The Scholastic Student Vote was launched during the 1940 Presidential election, and has continued every election year since then with the outcome reflecting that of the General Election in every contest but two (in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy).

Running for president is supposed to help candidates sell their books. But for Michele Bachman, book sales seem to be mirroring her faltering campaign. Bachmann’s new memoir, “Core of Conviction: My Story,” was released on Nov. 21, and sales are off to an incredibly slow start, despite the congresswoman’s media blitz. Just 3,000 copies have been sold in the two weeks since its publication. The sales figures come from Nielsen BookScan, which monitors 75 percent of the hardcover and paperback book market. The numbers don’t include e-book sales, or books sold at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, according to The

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