• Dale Peck
    July 15, 2019

    The New Republic Retracts Buttigieg Story

    Self-styled “hatchet man” Dale Peck wrote a scathing and personal takedown of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy at the New Republic on Friday. After an outcry from readers, the story was retracted by TNR’s editors, who also apologized. Mayor Pete, for his part, seemed unfazed: “I appreciated that [the] article was taken down. I don't think it really reflects the New Republic that I know. . . . The most disturbing news story I saw yesterday was the Vice President's visit to those border facilities."

    Publishers Weekly has posted a list of this fall season’s most anticipated books by debut

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  • Vicky Ward
    July 12, 2019

    A social media summit at the White House; Support for Vicky Ward

    Yahoo News reports from the president’s social media summit at the White House yesterday. The gathering of right-wing media pundits and conservative activists was treated to a nearly hour-long speech during which the commander-in-chief railed against the mainstream media and large social-media companies and complained that he should have more followers on Twitter.

    Entertainment Weekly lists the best recent food books, including Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums, Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes From a Young Black Chef, and Anthony Bourdain Remembered.

    At Literary Hub, Marcy Dermansky explains how the

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  • Michael Eric Dyson
    July 11, 2019

    Michael Eric Dyson writing new book on Jay-Z; Philip Roth's estate goes to auction

    Michael Eric Dyson is working on a new book about Jay-Z that “wrestles with the biggest theme of his career, hustling, and what it looks like when it shows up illegally in the underground and how it looks when it’s part of legitimate society.” Jay-Z: Made in America will be published by St. Martin’s Press next November.

    Director Brian De Palma is writing his first novel. Are Snakes Necessary? is “‘a blistering political satire’ that doubles as a female revenge thriller,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The book is being cowritten by Susan Lehman and will be published next year by Hard Case

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  • Michael Seidenberg. Photo: Elizabeth Crawford.
    July 10, 2019

    Famed NYC bookseller Michael Seidenberg has died; Mary Gaitskill on #MeToo fiction

    After Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of minors on Saturday, journalist Vicky Ward claimed that her 2003 profile of Epstein for Vanity Fair had been edited to remove credible allegations of sexual misconduct. Ward says that then-editor Graydon Carter cut the testimony of two women and a corroborating witness. Ward tweeted on Monday, “I have thought often about the fact that if my piece had been published in full—with the names and stories of these women—the FBI may have come after Epstein sooner and perhaps some of his victims would have been saved.” Carter emailed

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  • Helen Phillips. Photo: Andy Vernon-Jones.
    July 09, 2019

    The "Chicago Defender" goes online-only; A profile of Helen Phillips

    The Chicago Defender, the legendary African American newspaper, will cease its print publication after tomorrow’s edition. The paper will become online only, a move that Hiram E. Jackson, the CEO of the Defender’s parent company, said will “make us more nimble.” Ethan Michaeli, the author of The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America (2016), gave a sense of the paper’s monumental importance, telling the Chicago Sun Times, “It was an essential force in American history for the whole of the 20th century.”

    At Vulture, Hillary Kelly profiles Helen Phillips, author of The Need

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  • Dani Shapiro
    July 08, 2019

    Poet Marie Ponsot Dies; Dani Shapiro's Memoir "Inheritance" Is Being Made into a Film

    In a rumored six-figure deal, Scribner has bought two books by deputy op-ed editor Clay Risen: Red Scare, an analysis of hysteria over Communism in the US, and The Whiskey Barons, which is, according to the publisher, about “the epic clash of personalities in the Gilded Age between two business titans who battled for control of the whiskey industry.”

    Dani Shapiro’s memoir Inheritance—about the crisis the author experienced after her assumptions about her family were destroyed by a DNA test—is being turned into a movie by Killer Films studio.

    Art historian, critic, editor, and curator Douglas

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  • John Edgar Wideman
    July 05, 2019

    Publishers Closely Watch Tariffs on Good from China; A New Chapter to John Edgar Wideman's "Brothers and Keepers"

    Robert Wideman, the subject of John Edgar Wideman’s 1984 memoir Brothers and Keepers, has been serving a sentence of life without parole, but now that Governor Tom Wolf has commuted his sentence, he will soon be free. Robert was convicted of second-degree murder for being an accomplice in a 1975 robbery that resulted in the shooting and death of a car salesman named Nichola Morena. Brothers and Keepers explored the different paths that the author and his sibling had taken: “However numerous and comforting the similarities, we were different," the author wrote. "The world had seized on the

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  • Aleksandar Hemon. Photo: Velibor Božović
    July 03, 2019

    Bad news on the journalism job market; Aleksandar Hemon's new book

    The Columbia Journalism Review reports on the dismal prospects for people working in media. Between January and May of this year, roughly 3,000 journalists were laid off or offered a buyout. According to Gerry Smith, writing in Bloomberg, 2019 is on track to be the worst year for the industry since 2009. Andrew Challenger, part of the firm that compiled the data, told Smith: “In most industries, employers can’t find enough people to fill the jobs they have open. . . . In news, it has been the opposite story. And it seems to have been accelerating.”

    Poynter has started a new series, “How We

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  • Emilie Pine
    July 02, 2019

    The best book prequels; Emilie Pine on her new book

    The Guardian lists the best book prequels.

    Emilie Pine talks to the New York Times about privacy, personal writing, and her new book, Notes to Self. “Because I’m an academic, I assumed it would be much more a polemic about the state of the world. It might start with me, but then it would generalize to talk about addiction issues or sexual violence against women, with statistics and so on,” she said. “I kept being irritated with myself for not being able to write the polemic I wanted. But it kept feeling really fake. I wanted to write an authentic book, though I would have never used that phrase

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  • July 01, 2019

    Carmen Maria Machado Is Writing a Horror Comic

    Carmen Maria Machado, the author of story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir In the Dream House, is writing a horror comic (a "Pennsylvania Gothic") titled The Low Low Woods, which will be published by DC comics.

    The summer issue of Aperture magazine is devoted to "Orlando," a new exhibition curated by Tilda Swinton, which explores the themes of Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel. The magazine issue, which was edited by Swinton, features work by Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, Maggie Nelson, and other authors.

    John Williams profiles Judith Gurewich, publisher of Other Press. Gurewich,

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  • Chavisa Woods. Photo: Itziar Barrio
    June 27, 2019

    Chavisa Woods on her new memoir; Emily Nussbaum on why we still compare TV shows to novels

    Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill has sold a book to Algonquin. Off the Edge: Flat Earth, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything will be “a deeply reported narrative” about the Flat Earth movement “that is part internet anthropology and part intervention.”

    Hmm Daily will stop publishing new articles next month. Editor Tom Scocca, who is joining Slate as the website’s politics editor, will continue writing the Hmm Weekly newsletter.

    “If $4 a word makes you a queen, does that make the rest of us serfs? And why are the serfs mostly, like, LGBTQ writers, people of color, and

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  • Alix Ohlin. Photo: Emily Cooper
    June 26, 2019

    Texas Monthly bought by Randa Duncan Williams; Alix Ohlin on motherhood

    Texas Monthly has been sold to Randa Duncan Williams. The daughter of oil tycoon Dan Duncan, Williams is the “ninth wealthiest person in Texas,” according to Forbes. “My family is delighted to provide the resources to support this iconic Texas institution, which is nationally recognized for its editorial flair,” she said in a statement. “The journalistic integrity and quality for which Texas Monthly is known will remain unchanged as we build upon what Genesis Park has done over the past two years.”

    The Cut’s Amanda Arnold has compiled a guide to just “what the hell is happening over at Gawker

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