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A presidential endorsement; R.I.P. Thomas J. Perkins

In a YouTube video posted on, President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the highest office in the land. “Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said confidently. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.” In response, Clinton tweeted that she was “fired up and ready to go” and got into a flame war (or skirmish) with Donald Trump and other Republicans. After Trump tweeted that Clinton was “Crooked,” she told him to "Delete your account”—her most popular Tweet to date—prompting Trump to fire back, "How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up—and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?"

Talk show host and television producer Andy Cohen announced a new installment of his memoirs, to be published in November by Andy Cohen Books, a new imprint of Henry Holt and Co. Cohen masterminded the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo. His book will be titled Superficial. His imprint is one among a raft of celebrity-sponsored book imprints—Lena Dunham (Lenny at Random House), Chelsea Handler (Borderline Amazing at Grand Central Publishing), Gwyneth Paltrow (Goop Press at Grand Central Publishing), and Johnny Depp (Infinitum Nihil at HarperCollins)—that have cropped up in recent years.

The New York Times has an amazing obit of Thomas J. Perkins, one of the founders of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who died on Tuesday of an undisclosed illness at the age of 84. Kleiner Perkins was one of the earliest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, investing in Genentech, Netscape, AOL, Amazon, and Google. In 2014, the firm was obliged to distance itself from Perkins after he wrote an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal in which he suggested that a “progressive war on the American 1 percent” was somewhat equivalent to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. Learn more about this tycoon in Mine’s Bigger: The Extraordinary Tale of the World’s Greatest Sailboat and the Silicon Valley Tycoon Who Built It, a biography of Perkins by David A. Kaplan, or in Sex and the Single Zillionaire (2007), a novel by Perkins helped along by his then-wife Danielle Steel.

Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, will appear at the New York Public Library on Monday evening to discuss her recently translated book, Secondhand Time.