• 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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  • Kate Zambreno
    April 25, 2019

    Kate Zambreno on writing and motherhood; Why presidential candidates love quoting James Joyce

    At the Paris Review, Kate Zambreno and Sarah Manguso discuss motherhood, capitalism, and Zambreno’s new book, Appendix Project. “The body is so often left out of the question of writing. I needed to be a writer after I gave birth—I needed to think and have a vehicle or container in which to think,” Zambreno said. “Everyone was telling me that becoming a mother would take away that existential drive to make work—but it was the opposite. I have never felt more full of life and death, and it made me become reborn as a writer, through the joy, and the suffering.”

    The Liar author Nora Roberts is

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  • Ian McEwan. Photo: Urszula Soltys.
    April 24, 2019

    The Markup staff resign; Ian McEwan on Philip Roth's writing advice

    Three months before technology news site The Markup’s expected launch, editor in chief Julia Angwin has been let go from the Craig Newmark–funded project that she helped found with Sue Gardner and Jeff Larson. Angwin says that she was pushed out by Gardner after she refused to “change the site’s mission to ‘one based on advocacy against the tech companies’ instead of ‘producing meaningful data-centered journalism about the impact of technology on society,’” the Times reports. Several staff members have resigned in protest.

    tells The Guardian.

    Ian McEwan talks to Literary Hub about Bach,

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  • Prince. Photo: Scott Penner
    April 23, 2019

    Prince memoir to be published in October; The similarities between novels and letters

    Prince’s memoir The Beautiful Ones, which was announced just before his death in 2016, will be published by Random House in October. “Spanning from his childhood to his final days as one of the most successful musical acts of all time,” The Guardian reports that the book will include “Prince’s unfinished manuscript alongside photos from his personal collection, scrapbooks and lyrics, including his original handwritten treatment for his 1984 hit Purple Rain.”

    Quartz’s Annaliese Griffin examines the sexist media coverage of Pintrest as the company prepares to go public. “The fact that pinners,

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  • Rebecca Solnit
    April 22, 2019

    Rebecca Solnit rewrites "Cinderella"

    BuzzFeed examines the Mueller report and revisits the story that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. At the Washington Post, Paul Farhi points out that the Mueller report shows fake news came not from the media but from Trump and his team. Also at the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada, who just won a Pulitzer for criticism, argues that the Mueller report is “the best book on the Trump White House so far.” Meanwhile, three printed versions of “The Mueller Report” have risen to the top of Amazon and Barnes & Noble best-seller lists.

    “The mantra I give to my students is: Write every

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  • Carmen Maria Machado. Photo: Tom Storm
    April 19, 2019

    Carmen Maria Machado on women vampires; Alex Pareene joins the "New Republic" as staff writer

    Carmen Maria Machado talks to Electric Literature about Carmilla, a vampire novel by J. Sheridan LeFanu that predates Dracula by two decades and is now being reissued by Lanternfish Press with an introduction by Machado. “The connection between narratives of vampires and narratives of women—especially queer women—are almost laughably obvious,” she says. “The hunger for blood, the presence of monthly blood, the influence and effects of the moon, the moon as a feminine celestial body, the moon as a source of madness, the mad woman, the mad lesbian—it goes on and on. It is somewhat surprising to

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