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A million-dollar novel...?

Emma Cline

Emma Cline's debut novel, The Girls, provoked a bidding war among twelve publishers and sold to Random House, as part of a three-book deal, for somewhere in the ballpark of seven figures.

Now that the New York Times Magazine’s “One-Page Magazine” has been disposed of, editors Samantha Henig and Jon Kelly offer an oral history of the page’s “Meh List.”

A Swedish Nobel prize judge thinks that the “professionalization” of writers—via grants and creative writing courses—is putting the future of Western literature in jeopardy.

Sinead O’Connor is writing a memoir, and promises it will be juicy: “I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” she said.

Dean Baquet, the Times’sexecutive editor, has responded to the criticism that he doesn’t tweet enough (to date, he’s tweeted exactly twice) by arguing that Twitter has become “a new priesthood” for journalists.

The Washington Post will get a boost from Amazon’s Kindle: the Post is developing an app that will compress the daily paper into a tablet-friendly format, free for Kindle owners.

Here’s an excerpt from John Jeremiah Sullivan’s introduction to Best American Essays 2014, which comes out this week.