March 25, 2015

After receiving numerous letters asking him to “host third-party content” at theatlantic.com, James Fallows pretended to be interested, and found out what some sponsored-content generators hope to accomplish. “I am looking at getting a article placed on your site by my team of creative writers regarding some of the latest industry news around [a big online gambling company], so the article would be igaming/gambling related,but not as a advertisement.”

Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review, has signed a book deal with Henry Holt and Company. The memoir, titled My Life with Bob, is a record of and meditation on books the author has read, and it is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2017.

Yesterday, the Man Booker International Prize shortlist was announced. In recent years, the prize has been criticized for being too insular, and barely “international” at all—the past three awards were all granted to North American authors. This season’s nominees are much more global in scope, with eight works in translation and six nationalities that have never before been up for the award. The winner will be announced on May 19.

Facebook is holding talks with major media companies about hosting their news content. Instead of linking out to the publications’ websites, these stories would live directly on the social media giant’s site—a small change that could have big implications, especially for ad revenue. At The Awl, John Herrman examines what the deal could mean for both sides—and for readers: “If it works, it will increase the amount of time Facebook users spend scrolling and engaging and reading—and it will create new opportunities to turn human boredom into cash. It will make Facebook feel like a better place, one that doesn’t just link you to interesting things but that is home to them.”

At Vice, an excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book Four.

The Paris Review Daily looks at Guillaume Nicloux’s film The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (opening today at Film Forum in New York), which imagines that the French provocateur was abducted that time he went missing in 2011.

 

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