July 24, 2015

Pearson, the education and publishing giant, has sold the Financial Times to the Japanese financial news company Nikkei for $1.3 billion (though so far it appears to be hanging on to its half stake in the Economist). So much the better, Felix Salmon writes, for the FT, which should thrive all the more once it “breaks free of its English parochialism.”

Simon & Schuster has let it be known that it will allow Mark Whitaker’s admiring biography of Bill Cosby—which in the course of more than five hundred pages ignores the many accusations of drug-aided sexual assault that have now been a matter of public record for several years—to slink quietly out of print. There will be no paperback, and Amazon blurbs from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman have been withdrawn.

9781576877999You can already pre-order Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey, the latest provocation by Renaissance man James Franco, for whom just publishing a single LDR-themed poem apparently wasn’t nearly enough. His co-author is David Shields of Reality Hunger fame. If the concept doesn’t seem promising, perhaps you’re forgetting this special issue of The New Inquiry; come to think of it, we could all do worse than to reread that, and leave Franco’s version alone.

Angelina Jolie is directing an adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir of Cambodia under Pol Pot for Netflix, who will release it late next year.

A trick “worthy of Bugs Bunny himself”—Michael Chabon salutes E. L. Doctorow.

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