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Apr 1, 2013 @ 4:06:00 pm

Margaret Atwood

It’s that time of year again: the nominees for the National Magazine Awards (unfortunately known as the ASMEs) have been announced. While there are too many worthy contenders to name here, we’d like to congratulate Bookforum contributor Daphne Merkin for scoring a nominations in the “columns and commentary” category for her writing in Elle magazine.

More awards news: We now know who will be deciding the next National Book Awards.

For $1,400 a pop, exceptionally dedicated fans of Margaret Atwood can join the Canadian author on a seven-day cruise as she promotes her forthcoming novel MaddAdam.

At the Guardian, John Dugdale calls for the end of the campus novel.

Can nasty language anticipate real-world violence? Foreign Policy spotlights Hatebase, a social media and mapping initiative that seeks to predict ethnic violence based on instances of hate speech.

A new Kickstarter project is angling to turn Sigmund Freud’s handwriting into a typeface.

BuzzFeed, generally known as the home of corgi slideshows and left-wing cats, has launched a new section dedicated to longform journalism. With extended pieces about subjects like school shootings and Florida python hunts, editor Steve Kandell acknowledges that that the site is “BuzzFeed for people who are afraid of BuzzFeed.”