The long-rumored merger between Newsweek and the Daily Beast is finally official, with Tina Brown as the editor-in-chief of both publications. Brown writes of the partnership: "Working at the warp-speed of a 24/7 news operation, we now add the versatility of being able to develop ideas and investigations that require a different narrative pace suited to the medium of print." As the Observer notes, Brown's last print publication was the luckless Talk magazine, which began with a bang in 1999 before folding in 2002.
Last week, Paul Devlin at Slate pointed out some transcription errors in The Anthology of Rap, writing, "this book, with its university-press imprimatur, will be quoted from by future students and scholars, and while much of it is accurate, too much of it is not." Now, the Anthology's editors respond.
Alice Gregory's moving and thoughtful book review for n+1, "Sad as Hell," which considers Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story, should be required reading in The Social Network age. Only partially about Shteyngart's book, Gregory's essay uses the novel as a backdrop for her eloquent chronicle of being young and technology addled: "I catch myself performing hideous, futuristic gestures, like that 'hilarious' moment three seconds into an intimate embrace in which I realize I’m literally rubbing my iPhone screen across his spine."
n+1's new print issue, "Self Improvement," comes out today and features an excerpt from Sheila Heti's excellent new novel, How Should a Person Be, as well responses to Freedom from n+1 editors, and much more. If you prefer "Self Improvement and instant gratification," a digital version of the issue is available now.
Tonight, Triple Canopy is hosting an event in downtown Brooklyn, featuring Joe Milutis, the author of Ether: The Nothing That Connects Everything, discussing "literary minutia," as well as Triple Canopy editor (and Bookforum freelance editor) Sam Frank reading "an adaptation of issue 10's 'Happy Moscow,' which he isn't sure how to characterize, and maybe something more he hasn't written yet but has maybe only dreamed."