• Eileen Myles
    May 13, 2019

    Eileen Myles in the "Paris Review"; Richard Powers on "The Overstory"

    The Paris Review interviews Eileen Myles: “If I had been a good student and an achiever, I might have been excited by a more systematic approach to writing than what I do. People loved to throw around the word rigorous in the eighties. I’d go bleh. When I started to pull something out of the pool of incoherence, it was exciting in itself.”

    At The Guardian, Richard Powers talks about how he researched his book The Overstory, which was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize. “I read more than 120 single-volume books about trees, but unlike many of the other topics I’ve written about in the past, I was

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  • Diana Evans
    May 10, 2019

    Facebook on why it shouldn't be broken up; novelist Diana Evans's book picks

    Yesterday in an op-ed, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called for the social-media behemoth to be broken up. Now, the company has responded, resisting the idea by saying that the real solution is “the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet.” Nick Clegg, a Facebook vice president, told the Verge: “Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.”

    The New York Times reports that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, had been opposed to the release of two

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  • Chris Hughes
    May 09, 2019

    Chris Hughes on why Facebook should be broken up; Health-care reporter Robert Pear has died

    In a New York Times op-ed, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes that it is time to break up the social media giant, calling for government regulation of the site, and for Mark Zuckerberg to be held accountable: “I'm disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not thinking more about how the News Feed algorithm could change our culture, influence elections and empower nationalist leaders. And I'm worried that Mark has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them." The Times has also created a video version of Hughes’s essay on their op-ed

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  • Rachel Louise Snyder
    May 08, 2019

    Rachel Louise Snyder's urgent new book on the myths of domestic violence; Will journalists learn from their past mistakes?

    At the Columbia Journalism review, Todd Gitlin wonders if the news media has learned the right lessons from their mistakes covering the 2016 presidential race: “Learning trivial lessons will not do for 2020. The dishonor and depredations of the Trump presidency expose every single one of the institutions that enabled his rise from tabloid celebrity to apprentice celebrity to full-blown commander of recklessness and untruth.”

    Poynter has an ambitious new four-part series about Southern newspapers in the era between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Some of these publications are now

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  • Michael Ondaatje
    May 07, 2019

    Reuters reporters freed; Michael Ondaatje on his new novel

    Two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been freed from prison in Myanmar after being held for more than five-hundred days. The journalists were accused of breaking the Official Secrets Act. Originally sentenced to seven years behind bars, the pair were granted amnesty by president Win Myint.

    Recode’s Peter Kafka reports that Amazon is considering paying online publishers that use affiliate links, like BuzzFeed and the New York Times’s Wirecutter.

    G/O Media, formerly Gizmodo Media, has hired Paul Maidment as editor in chief.

    “Why is a country that successfully fought a Revolutionary

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  • Layli Long Soldier
    May 06, 2019

    Graywolf Press turns forty-five

    Tonight at the National Arts Club in New York, Graywolf Press will celebrate its forty-fifth anniversary with a poetry reading by, among others, Catherine Barnett (Human Hours), Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic), Layli Long Soldier (WHEREAS), Vijay Seshadri (3 Sections), and Monica Youn (Blackacre).

    Jacob Silverman, the author of Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection, has written about trying to get by as a journalist in the gig economy. “Journalism’s dependence on part-time freelancers has been bad for the industry—not to mention writers like me.”

    Bob Morris has

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  • Mark Fisher. Photo by Georg Gatsas.
    May 03, 2019

    The perils of freelancing; Jenny Turner on Mark Fisher

    At the New Republic, Jacob Silverman writes about the economy of freelance journalism and the indignities a writer trying to scrape together a living often suffers. Silverman also notes the ways in which those who feel writing is a calling have blind spots about their own precarious situation: “Journalists can be so pious about the suffering they cover, while also wearing a protective shield of cynicism, that they excuse the material conditions of their own lives.”

    Woody Allen is reportedly pitching a memoir to publishers. According to the New York Times, so far no one is interested


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  • George and Paula Saunders
    May 02, 2019

    An tech-journalism start-up implodes; George and Paula Saunders talk politics

    After publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition on Thursday, the New York Times has cancelled its contract with the company, CartoonArts International, who provided the image. The unnamed editor who decided to run the cartoon has been disciplined and Times publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, wrote to staff that the paper’s bias training would now include a focus on anti-Semitism.

    Craig Popelars, a book publishing veteran who has worked for twenty-five years at Algonquin books, will become a publisher of Tin House. The Portland-based imprint is planning to expand its output from

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  • Joel Anderson
    May 01, 2019

    The Guardian posts a profit; Slow Burn has a new host

    The Guardian has posted its first operating profit since 1998. In 2015, the paper reported a loss of nearly 75 million dollars. In the meantime, 450 jobs have been eliminated, with 120 of those jobs coming from editorial. Part of the turnaround has come from The Guardian’s digital strategy, which makes all articles available for free but asks readers to donate.

    The new host of Slate’s hit podcast Slow Burn has been announced. Leon Neyfakh left Slate shortly after Season 2 to start his own podcast, Fiasco, and now Joel Anderson is taking the helm for season 3. The new series, which will premiere

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  • Ian McEwan
    April 30, 2019

    Book publishing's Trump problem; Has Ian McEwan read science fiction?

    At the New Republic, Alex Shephard writes about publishers’ “Trump problem.” Since books like Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear became blockbusters, publishers have been churning out quick takes on the president, often padded volumes that quickly feel outdated. As Shephard observes, “The result . . . is an industry addicted to the quick Trump fix—and an industry that is rapidly moving away from one of its seminal strengths. The point of nonfiction books is to offer something that you can’t get on television—or the internet.”

    At Slate, Laura Miller argues that Ian McEwan

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  • Hilton Als
    April 29, 2019

    New selected writings by David Carr

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced that it will publish Final Draft, the selected writings of David Carr, the late New York Times reporter who authored the bestselling memoir The Night of the Gun. The book will be edited by Carr’s widow, Jill Rooney Carr. Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the introduction. The book will be released in 2020.

    Motherhood author Sheila Heti dwells on “books that have shaped her.”

    “Every book alters something about what you thought you knew about the world.” Novelist Fatima Bhutto talks about Maggie Nelson’s underrated Bluets, the last book that made her cry, and

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  • Sally Wen Mao. Photo: Jess X. Chen
    April 26, 2019

    Sally Wen Mao on empathy and identification; How audiobooks blur the line between work and leisure

    Anne Anlin Cheng talks to Sally Wen Mao about rage, Anna May Wong, and her new poetry collection, Oculus. “When I read about Wong, and her first-person accounts of her struggles, what I felt was more than empathy—it was identification. The feelings she wrote about did not require me to imagine, because I’ve felt them too,” Mao said about her persona poems in the voice of Wong. “I recognized that what I felt was more than me—it transcended me. It was about me and it wasn’t about me—both of those statements can be true at the same time.”

    An unpublished sequel to A Clockwork Orange has been found

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