Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt
A.M. Holmes beat out Kate Atkinson, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, and a handful of other worthy contenders to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction yesterday at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London. After receiving the £30,000 prize for her novel May We Be Forgiven, Holmes noted that this was “the first book award I've won." This might also be the last time the award is given under this name: Beginning next year, the prize will be known as the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, thanks to a three-year sponsorship from the liquer company.
Contrary to the way it is depicted in the new film Hannah Arendt, the friendship between Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt, argues Michelle Dean, was forged not in their discussions of “men and love” but in their sparring over ideas, and in their contentious relationships to the “circle of men who explain things.”
Investigative news outfit ProPublica has launched a Kickstarter campaign to pay an intern $22,000 to spend a semester researching paid and unpaid internships.
The Awl is hiring an editor-in-chief.
Amazon has launched launched a new site in India, though you won’t find any Amazon products on it. Because Indian laws don’t allow online multibrand retailers to sell their own wares, amazon.in will be merely a platform for third-party sellers.
According to Slate, disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer (Proust Was a Neuroscientist) “is now shopping around a book proposal on the science—and perhaps the redemptive power—of love.”