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May 10, 2013 @ 12:13:00 am

How Freedom would have been marketed had it been written by a woman.

Fed up with the abundance of gender-specific cover designs, author Maureen Johnson took to Twitter this week to call on readers to “redesign covers by Literary Dudes. Imagine they have been reclassified as by and for women.” The results are pretty excellent.

“I waited until my first book was published to learn the genre, and when Oprah announced ‘It’s literary fiction!’ just seconds after my pub date, I was overcome with joy.” At McSweeney’s, Jessica Francis Kane explains how to throw a “genre reveal party” for your forthcoming book.

The New Yorker’s efforts to focus more heavily on their web content seem to be paying off—more than 10 million people visited the New Yorker’s website in April alone.

The Village Voice’s editor-in-chief and deputy editor resigned on Thursday after being ordered to lay off five members of the Voice’s twenty-person staff. “When I was brought in here, I was explicitly told that the bloodletting had come to an end,” outgoing editor Will Bourne told the New York Times. “I have enormous respect for the staff here and the work they have been doing and I am not going to preside over further layoffs.”

The forthcoming release of a documentary about famously reclusive writer J.D. Salinger has presented Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein with a problem: how to promote a film about Salinger without giving away all of its secrets?

Caleb Crain writes the best thing we’ve read on indie filmmaker Shane Carruth’s inscrutable second feature, Upstream Color, making the case that understanding Thoreau is key to understanding the critically acclaimed film.