• Irin Carmon
    April 02, 2019

    Bill Keller's "exit interview"; Irin Cameron on the limits of #MeToo reporting

    At New York magazine’s Intelligencer, Irin Cameron wonders why the Washington Post killed her and Amy Britton’s story on 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager’s history of sexual harassment. “I’d believed, in the fevered months of #MeToo, that journalism could swoop in where other institutions had failed to hold big-league abusers accountable,” she writes, recounting her story. “But what would unspool that spring was a lesson beyond any one story or media organization. It was about the limits, despite undeniable progress, of journalistic institutions to tell these stories of sexual misconduct.”

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  • Amy Hempel. Photo: Vicki Topaz
    April 01, 2019

    Where Amy Hempel starts her stories; Pitchfork and Ars Technica unionize

    Gallery Books is publishing a new book by Meghan Daum this October. The Problem With Everything: A Journey Through the Culture Wars is “about calling out the tribalistic click-bait of the current moment and finding a way back to rational thought and intellectual honesty.” Daum also “offers a crucial theory about the divide between Gen Xers, who fetishize toughness above all, and Millennials, who fetishize fairness.”

    Former Splinter reporter David Ubert is joining Vice News as a media reporter.

    At Electric Literature, Jennifer Baker talks to Namwali Serpell about the intersection of race and

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  • John Cook
    March 29, 2019

    John Cook joins Business Insider; A Marlon James–inspired dinner

    Bustle Digital has bought The Outline, Recode reports. Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg first met with Outline founder Josh Topolsky last fall. “I went into the conversation with high skepticism — ‘Okay, let’s hear this bullshit,’” Toplosky said. “I did not go into the room expecting for us to hit it off.” Topolsky says that he will continue to run the website and that his current staff will join him.

    Former Gawker executive editor John Cook is joining Business Insider as investigations editor.

    The Marshall Project has launched a print publication. News Inside will be distributed in jails and

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  • Marcel Proust
    March 28, 2019

    The Mueller Report doesn't exist, but it is an Amazon bestseller...

    The Mueller Report hasn’t been made public, and it remains unclear if it ever will be, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a number-one bestseller on Amazon. If the report is released, Simon and Schuster is ready to publish it, and created placeholder pages that announce the book. As Publishing Perspectives points out, those placeholder announcements do not indicate how many pages the book will be—because no one in the publishing world knows how long the report actually is.

    Cafe Loup, the West Village bar and bistro that has for years been a go-to for people who work in the publishing

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  • Claudia Rankine
    March 27, 2019

    Claudia Rankine working on new book; Susan Chira joins the Marshall Project

    Graywolf has acquired a new book by Claudia Rankine. Just Us: An American Conversation will be an essay collection that interrogates “white privilege, well-meaning liberal politics, white male aggression, the implications of blondness,” and many more aspects of white supremacy in American culture. Just Us will be published in September 2020.

    Medium deputy editor Katie Drummond is joining Vice as senior vice president of Vice Digital. Drummond was previously the executive editor of the Outline and editor in chief of Gizmodo. At Nieman Lab, Laura Hazard Owen explores Medium’s history and wonders

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  • Mira Jacob
    March 26, 2019

    Talia Lavin sells book on white supremacists; Mira Jacob on the inspirations behind "Good Talk"

    Journalist and former New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin has sold a book on right-wing extremists to Hachette. Culture Warlords will be “an account of ‘a mouthy Jewish broad from New York’ and her encounters with the byzantine online world of white supremacists, tracing the movement’s growth, schisms, and the threat it poses to the 2020 election.”

    Melville House is publishing the Mueller Report as its first mass-market paperback ever. Skyhorse Publishing and Scribner are also planning on publishing their own versions of the report.

    At BOMB, Emily Raboteau talks to Mira Jacob about privacy,

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  • Fran Lebowitz
    March 25, 2019

    Speculating about the Pulitzers; Why running for president is like "Ulysses"

    The finalists for this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, which will be announced on April 15, haven’t been made public, but at Vanity Fair, Joe Pompeo speculates on which journalists are currently considered to be the top contenders (Carlos Lozado and Jill Lepore are favorites for criticism). As for nonfiction books, John Carreyrou’s best-selling Bad Blood, about the scandal-ridden billion-dollar blood-testing company Theranos, “is a strong candidate for nonfiction books.”

    Critic Sasha Frere-Jones has started a new blogletter in which he “will be writing about books, performances, albums, bagels, songs,

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  • Lynne Tillman
    March 22, 2019

    Dan Peres hired as Gawker's editor in chief; Lynne Tillman's morning routine

    Former Details editor Dan Peres has been hired as the editor in chief of the new Gawker.com. Peres told the New York Times that the site won’t try to emulate the style of the original Gawker. “In the later years they probably took things too far. . . . There was a lot of gratuitous meanness and sort of misguided decision-making,” Peres said. “There’s an opportunity to draw on the great things that they did and dismiss some of the not-great things that they did.”

    Vulture has confirmed that André Aciman’s sequel to Call Me by Your Name, Find Me, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in

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  • Tressie McMillan Cottom
    March 21, 2019

    Tressie McMillan Cottom on authority and trauma; Remembering Rachel Ingalls

    The New York Times remembers Rachel Ingalls, the recently-rediscovered author of Mrs. Caliban, who died earlier this month. Around the time New Directions began republishing her books in 2017, Ingalls also received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. But according to her sister, Sarah Daughn, “the diagnosis had an unexpected effect” on the author and Ingalls “began to enjoy the recognition that had long eluded her.” “She was so happy,” Daughn told the Times in an interview. “She was getting to say everything she wanted to say.

    Jennifer Finney Boylan has sold a new book to Celadon. Good Boy: A Life

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  • Ottessa Moshfegh
    March 19, 2019

    Wellcome Prize shortlist announced; Brad Stone working on new book about Amazon

    The shortlist for the 2019 Wellcome Prize has been announced. Nominees include Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Thomas Page McBee’s Amateur, among others. “They ask difficult questions . . . they blend personal with scientific research, cultural with historical, they are very creative,” judging chair Elif Shafak said of the six shortlisted books. “And these voices are very honest. They are unflinching, very candid, even when they’re across difficult subjects.” The winner will be announced in May.

    Journalist and The Everything Store author Brad Stone is working on a new

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  • Marlon James
    March 18, 2019

    Remembering W.S. Merwin; the Winners of the Windham-Campell Awards

    The 2019 Windham-Campell Awards have been announced. Danielle McLaughlin and David Chariandy have won for fiction; Raghu Karnad and Rebecca Solnit for nonfiction; Ishion Hutchinson and Kwame Dawes for poetry; and Young Jean Lee and Patricia Cornelius for drama. Each author will receive $165,000.

    W.S. Merwin, the former U.S. Poet Laureate who won two Pulitzers and a National Book Award, has died at ninety-one.

    In an interview at Desert Island Discs, Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, recalls his struggles growing up gay in Jamaica. When he was young, he wanted to not be gay to

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