February 23, 2016

Umberto Eco’s final book, Pape Satàn Aleppe: Chronicles of a Liquid Society, will be published this weekend in Italy. The book was originally slated to come out in May, but the date was changed after Eco passed away this past Friday. Pape Satàn Aleppe is a collection of Eco’s essays for the magazine L’Espresso dating back to 2000. At The Guardian, Elisabetta Sgarbi, Eco’s Italian publisher, calls the new volume “an ironic book, as withering as he was.” There is no word yet about when the book will be released in English.

In the wake of Jeb Bush’s announcement that he’s suspending his presidential campaign, journalist Ashley Parker writes that reporters will miss him: “He was your goofy dad, your awkward uncle. He bungled a policy rollout in Nevada when he called ‘Supergirl’ ‘hot’ (c’mon, Dad!), he was delightfully befuddled when his Apple Watch began ringing during a meeting with an Iowa newspaper. . . . Jeb almost seemed to think aloud in real time, and we got to watch him muddle and bumble through, just like any real person.”

Hamilton, the hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the founding father, has won the The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

Magaret Sullivan

Magaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is leaving her post as the New York Times public editor to become a media columnist for the Washington Post. Sullivan has held the job since 2012 and was not shy about criticizing her employers. In December 2015, Sullivan wrote a scathing column criticizing an erroneous Times story about the San Bernardino shooters’ use of social media. On the paper’s Op-Ed page, Sullivan called for systemic change in the way the paper handles anonymous sources, and said the story was “wrong” and that it “involved a failure of sufficient skepticism at every level of the reporting and editing process” (she quoted her colleagues, including executive editor Dean Baquet, agreeing with her assessment). As Michael Calderone writes at Huffpost Media, Sullivan was the first public editor at the Times to fully embrace social media and the immediacy of the web, writing quick reactions to stories online and creating features such as the Monocle Meter, which allowed readers to send in examples of unintentionally hilarious—or possibly fake—trend pieces.  

Tonight at the Center for Fiction in New York, Richard Price will discuss his work and lead a master class in writing.

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