July 20, 2015

On Friday afternoon, Gawker management removed its controversial item outing a Conde Nast CFO. Outcry against the post seemed to be almost unanimous. Glenn Greenwald called it “reprehensible beyond belief” and Lena Dunham deemed it “cruel and unnecessary.” According to Gawker CEO Nick Denton, “It was an editorial call, a close call around which there were more internal disagreements than usual. And it is a decision I regret.” But editor Max Read continues to defend the piece: “given the chance gawker will always report on married c-suite executives of major media companies fucking around on their wives.”

Since May 2014, Rohit Chopra has run @RushdieExplains, a parodic Twitter account that “affected a faux [Salman Rushdie] persona” to “poke fun at the pompous expertise of our assorted Indian pundits.” He now has more than 30,000 followers, but he has decided to change the name of the account to @IndiaExplained, due to pressure from Rushdie himself, who informed Chopra that “the joke has worn thin.”

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq

Publisher’s Weekly has given a starred review to Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel Submission, which will be published in the US in October. “This novel is not a paranoid political fantasy; it merely contains one.”

Alan Moore, the author of the graphic novel The Watchmen, has stated that he believes that adults’ current fascination with superheroes is “culturally catastrophic.”  “It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite ‘universes’ presented by DC or Marvel Comics.”

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