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Marlon James wins the Booker; Condé Nast chases "millennial males"

Marlon James

Marlon James—who once deleted the manuscript of his first novel after having it rejected seventy-eight times—yesterday became the first Jamaican writer to win the Booker Prize, for A Brief History of Seven Killings.

It seems some of the bigger magazines have been feeling the lack of “a very passionate audience of millennial males,” but never fear, Condé Nast has solved the problem by buying Pitchfork Media, owner of the independent music site. If you hadn’t been feeling especially worried lately about how to please male millennials, the Atlantic notes that this might be “a reminder that larger discussions around pop culture aren’t always in sync with the business practices shaping pop culture.”

And in other strange-bedfellows news, Gloria Steinem is to host a regular video segment for Vice.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, like so many of us, could use an editor, and after the release of his memo on the imminent firing of several hundred employees, it looks as if he’s found one.

If you haven’t yet seen Colum McCann’s statement about the attack he suffered while writing Thirteen Ways of Looking (a man who had assaulted his wife in the street beat McCann up after he tried to intervene), it’s worth reading.

Joshua Cohen’s live-written online serialized novel is approaching its halfway point, so you might want to catch up on the opening chapters before he and the internet commenters get back to work early this afternoon (or, of course, you may wish to wait until it’s all live again—as well as seeing the text itself emerge, this could be your first opportunity to watch an author work in close-up, via webcam).