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Amazon buys JT Leroy documentary

Rachel Kushner

Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary Author: The Real JT Leroy Story had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, and Amazon quickly acquired the film over the weekend. Laura Albert, the woman who pretended to be Leroy (and fooled a lot of people), attended the premiere, and told the audience that she is (surprise) working on a memoir.

The New York Times has now been publishing online content for twenty years.

Janet Malcolm does not think much of Jonathan Bate’s biography of Ted Hughes. Malcolm—who has written brilliantly about psychoanalysis and about Hughes and his wife, Sylvia Plath—eloquently describes the peculiar hostilities running through Bate’s book: “Bate wants to cut Hughes down to size and does so, interestingly, by blowing him up into a kind of extra-large sex maniac.” Later, she points out, “Bate’s cluelessness about what you can and cannot do if you want to be regarded as an honest and serious writer.”

Phyllis Nagy, who wrote the screenplay for Todd Haynes’s Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, is creating a new series based on Rachel Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba.

At Bookforum, ex-Mormon horror writer Brian Evenson, discusses his new book, the brutality of his stories, and how he plays tricks on his audience: “You, as a reader, don’t really know what’s happening until it’s quite a bit too late…”