Censorship of Olympian proportions

Living in Vancouver, it seems like it’s Olympics, Olympics, Olympics from now until forever. But an article in today’s Guardian newspaper has me thinking about a different Olympic games, and a different kind of Olympic Legacy. The article tells the story of an author whose invitation to read at the library in the London borough of Hackney was withdrawn at the last minute.

The reason? An essay published in The London Review of Books which criticized some outcomes of the creation of the Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley, including destruction of allotments, eviction of travellers, and “the famous legacy revealed as nothing more than a gigantic shopping mall in Stratford.”

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