• Michael McFaul
    April 18, 2019

    Simon & Schuster starts new imprint; The ethics of blocking critics on Twitter

    Simon & Schuster is starting a new imprint this summer. The “trend driven” Tiller Press will publish “practical nonfiction, serving readers clamoring for information to solve their real-world problems, achieve their goals, and lead richer, more meaningful lives.”

    After a New York Times journalist blocked former ambassador and From Cold War to Hot Peace author Michael McFaul on Twitter, Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton wonders whether it’s ethical for journalists to block reasonable critics on social media. “Is blocking someone who is a respected member of the commentariat — and a frequent source

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  • Susan Choi
    April 17, 2019

    Susan Choi on why humans are so trusting; Claudia Rankine and Morgan Jerkins in conversation

    At Vulture, Morgan Jerkins talks to Claudia Rankine black trauma, Serena Williams, and her new play, The White Card. “I love women who refuse invisibility in black femininity and who are insisting that we are worth whatever worth is out there,” Rankine said. “The policing of Serena shows up again and again in my work because the amount of respect I have for that woman floods me. We see her in a sport dominated by white people and you hear the racism against her again and again and again. And yet, she keeps winning.”

    At Literary Hub, Monika Zaleska profiles Seasonal Associate author Heike

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  • Nick Flynn
    April 15, 2019

    Predicting the Winner of the Fiction Pulitzer; The Baffler Names Its New Editor

    Last week, Chris Lehmann left The Baffler to become editor of the New Republic. Now, The Baffler has named its new editor in chief: Jonathon Sturgeon, who has been a senior editor at the magazine since 2017. “During The Baffler’s explosive growth since the 2016 election,” says publisher Noah McCormack, “Jonathon has led the way in commissioning the broad range of diverse writers that have gained The Baffler an ever-growing audience.”

    This Thursday, Michel Houellebecq, France's “best-known and most provocative novelist,” will receive the Legion of Honour, France's “highest civilian distinction

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  • Hanif Abdurraqib
    April 12, 2019

    Hanif Abdurraqib’s new monthly column; Marlon James talks with George R.R. Martin

    Michael Robbins—author of the poetry collection Alien Vs. Predator and the essay collection Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music—just announced that he has another book in the works: “contract signed for my third book of poems, Walkman. scheduled for early '21 if civilization hasn't collapsed.”

    The Verge has posted a video of a conversation between Marlon James and George R.R. Martin, in which the authors dwell on genre, violence, and a writer’s concerns about audience.

    The Paris Review has posted the first installment of poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib’s new monthly column,

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  • Carmen Maria Machado. Photo: Tom Storm
    April 11, 2019

    2019 Guggenheim Fellows announced; Why Sally Rooney is more than a millennial author

    Literary Hub’s Emily Temple writes that it’s time to recognize Sally Rooney as more than just a “millennial writer.” “In the same way that praising novels as ‘timely’ unintentionally undercuts their worth—suggesting that they have an expiration date, that their contents are only important in the moment—defining a writer by her generation, especially a generation so roundly mocked and fretted over, feels like a subtle undermining of her abilities,” she explains.

    The 2019 Guggenheim Fellows have been announced. Recipients include Carmen Maria Machado, Catherine Lacey, and Julia Bryan-Wilson.

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  • Rachel Cusk. Photo: Jaime Hogge
    April 10, 2019

    Rachel Cusk's archive acquired by Harry Ransom Center; Man Booker International Prize shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Nominees include Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies, Annie Ernaux’s The Years, and Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, among others. The winner will be announced in May.

    The Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Huevel will step down in June. Editor-at-large D. D. Guttenplan will replace her. “It’s possible to stay in a job too long,” she told the New York Times in an interview. “It’s a time of tectonic shifts, and a new editor is part of the change that I think is important to continue

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  • Annie Ernaux
    April 09, 2019

    Annie Ernaux on writing collective memoir; Chris Lehmann named editor of the "New Republic"

    Annie Ernaux talks to The Guardian about aging, privilege, and and why she avoids “I” even when writing autobiography. “When I think of my life, I see my story since childhood until today, but I cannot separate it from the world in which I lived; my story is mixed with that of my generation and the events that happened to us,” she explains. “This is the story of events and progress and everything that has changed in 60 years of an individual existence but transmitted through the ‘we’ and ‘them.’ The events in my book belong to everyone, to history, to sociology.”

    Chris Lehmann has been hired

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  • Meghan Daum
    April 08, 2019

    Remembering Vonda N. McIntyre; A new Whitey Bulger biography

    The Hugo and Nebula award winner Vonda N. McIntyre—whose science-fiction novels, including Dreamsnake, put women at the center of a genre that had typically been dominated by male protagonists—has died. “The modern feminist movement was just gaining steam,” McIntyre recalled in a 2010 interview. “And there was a lot of controversy in science fiction about whether women should have anything to do with science fiction at all, which I actually found quite hurtful.”

    Sally Rooney, George Saunders, Emily Ruskovich, and Mathias Énard are among the ten writers shortlisted for the €100,000 International

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  • Ruth Reichl. Photo: Michael Singer
    April 04, 2019

    Ruth Reichl on the similarities between restaurant and publishing culture; Susan Orlean's "The Library Book" gets TV adaptation

    At Columbia Journalism Review, Allison Salerno explains how her own journalistic standards changed after interviewing undocumented immigrants for an article on a municipal policy in Georgia that withholds water service from residents without Social Security numbers.

    On the centennial of his flight from Russia, Stacy Schiff examines the ways that Vladimir Nabokov’s life as a refugee influenced his writing.

    Ruth Reichl talks to the LA Times about money, machismo, and her new book, Save Me the Plums. “I never found the restaurant culture one bit different than the publishing culture. We all knew

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  • Miriam Toews. Photo: Carol Loewen
    April 03, 2019

    Miriam Toews on men narrating women's stories; Bryan Goldberg's plans for a media empire

    Columbia Journalism Review’s Mathew Ingram wonders if Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Washington Post op-ed calling for regulations on Facebook, as well as a nascent plan to pay publishers for content it posts on the platform, are “a genuine attempt to help media, or another part of a long-running PR campaign by a company desperately afraid of getting caught on the wrong side of antitrust legislation?”

    Adweek reports that Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg, who recently bought Gawker, The Outline, and Mic, has plans to continue expanding his media empire.

    At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Christine

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