New Republic editor Franklin Foer

When HHhH translator Sam Taylor moved to France eleven years ago, he spoke no French, but decided to learn it and become a literary translator in order to supplement his income as a novelist.

Newly minted New Republic owner Chris Hughes has lured former editor Franklin Foer back to edit the magazine. Foer ran the magazine for five years until leaving in 2010. In an interview on Thursday, Hughes told the New York Times that he plans to double the size of the editorial staff (there are currently fifteen employees) and open an office in New York. “I want everyone from Michael Bloomberg to Zadie Smith to Sheryl Sandberg to read The New Republic,” Hughes remarked.

Electric Literature rolls out its “Critical Hit” awards for May’s best book reviews.

New York Times editor Trish Hall revealed some “secrets” about the Grey Lady at a recent talk, including how much the paper generally pays writers for Op-Ed pieces: $150.

John Steinbeck’s son talks about what it was like to receive advice (sometimes in letters as long as eighteen pages long) from his occasionally brilliant, occasionally very absent-minded father.

A previously unpublished essay by William Gass has been released as an iPad only e-book, paired with abstract photos by Michael Eastman. Abstractions Arrive is a 15,000-word about modern art and photography.

Neil Gaiman's advice for freelancers.

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