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Nearly the Booker Prize; Obama talks to Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

The winner of this year’s Booker Prize will be announced in a few hours’ time—meanwhile, you can hear from both the candidates and the judges.

For T magazine, Rachel Kushner goes to Santa Cruz for a conversation with her friend Jonathan Franzen (whom, “for the record,” she considers “principally a comic writer”) about Edward Snowden, Faust, and the rivalry between Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

And if that doesn't seem quite stately enough, for the New York Review of Books, President Obama goes to Des Moines, Iowa, for a long chat with Marilynne Robinson (you can only read the first half, so far).

There are to be no more naked women in Playboy, whose chief executive, Scott Flanders has been considering just what the desired readers (mostly city-dwelling young men) may want instead: “The difference between us and Vice,” he told the New York Times, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”

The quiet reappearance of Brazenhead Books: “Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.”