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The Washington Post's grand plan; the National Book Award

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The perks of being owned by Jeff Bezos: Amazon Prime members will now be automatic digital subscribers to the Washington Post (for an initial six-month period). That promises a big leap in readership, which, the Washingtonian notes, “plays into the Post’s grander plan of trying to become the newspaper brand for a national—and perhaps international—audience, a fight it’s in with the New York Times and USA Today.”

The Post, incidentally, ||has an annotated transcript| of last night’s Republican debate, if you like that sort of thing.

Amid much authorial nail-biting, the New Yorker will today announce the longlist for the National Book Award in Fiction. The Nonfiction list, which came out yesterday, includes Sally Mann’s Hold Still and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.

The LRB has a (strongly worded) dissenting view on Booker Prize favorite A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. 

A history professor is claiming that a crucial chunk of Thomas Paine’s foundational 1791 work Rights of Man is not, in fact, by Thomas Paine.

The New Yorker weighs in on Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement that Facebook will soon at long last have a “dislike” button as “a quick way to emote” about friends’ bad news.

Dave Eggers, a Knopf author, has interviewed Knopf editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta for Vanity Fair about how his is still “the best job in the world.”