December 30, 2015

Reporters without Borders has published one of the bleaker year-end reports, pointing out that 110 journalists were killed in 2015. The reasons for some of the deaths remain unknown, but it has been confirmed that at least sixty-seven of the journalists “were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting.”

At Variety, Thelma Adams looks at the problem of gender disparity in film criticism.

Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh

The Barnes and Noble Review hasn’t been sending its regular newsletters this month, which has apparently caused some to wonder if the online publication is on the rocks. But Mary Ellen Keating, a senior VP of communications for the company, has assured readers that nothing is wrong: “We have no plans at this time to discontinue the BN Review. Weekly marketing emails were suspended only due to the holidays.”

At the New Yorker, science writer Maria Konnikova explores “How Stories Deceive.”

An interview with writer Joanna Walsh, author of a new story collection, Vertigo. “I like the idea that my stories are external to me, and that I ‘make contact’ with them. This image suits my process more than the ‘building’ metaphors I often hear, or Sontag’s thing about writing being like trying to shove a large piece of furniture through a doorway.”

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