August 28, 2015

In a New York Times op-ed, Stephen King defends prolific novelists—Alexandre Dumas, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, himself—from the “snobbish, inane, and demonstrably untrue” suspicion that fewer books make for better books.

Shulamith Firestone

Shulamith Firestone

The ubiquitous yet elusive Elena Ferrante tells Vanity Fair about some of her literary influences: “Today I read everything that emerges out of so-called postfeminist thought. It helps me look critically at the world, at us, our bodies, our subjectivity. But it also fires my imagination, it pushes me to reflect on the use of literature. I’ll name some women to whom I owe a great deal: Firestone, Lonzi, Irigaray, Muraro, Caverero, Gagliasso, Haraway, Butler, Braidotti.”

It’s not every week that AWP (the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) finds itself mired in scandal, but the discussions about diversity and access at its annual conferences have grown increasingly heated.

DailyMail.com has hired the political reporter and D.C. gossip veteran Nikki Schwab to cover the US presidential campaign. Leaving the US News and World Report (where she did “Washington Whispers”), Schwab told FishbowlDC that: “Obviously because they [The Daily Mail] are a British tabloid they appreciate all sorts of political news.”   

Buzzfeed spoke to Claudia Rankine: “I wanted the book to exist in the space of the white liberal. Because people like to say ‘oh, it’s the South,’ ‘it’s ignorance,’ ‘it’s white supremacist Fox News.’ And I’m like, no, no, no. It’s white alliance with all of those things.”

Someone’s trying to revamp books and publishing again—if you know how to do that, you’re invited to send in your manifesto.

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