• April 25, 2016

    Marlon James

    Marlon James

    In New York, the PEN World Voices Festival opens tonight with an event titled “The Drug Edition,” which will look at “our society’s need for mind-altering drugs and the all-too-human desire to escape reality.” Participants include Marlon James, Anne Enright, and Paul Muldoon. You can find the full schedule of events here.

    Today, former Grantland staffers Andy Greenwald (author of Nothing Feels Good) and Chris Ryan (Lethal Weapon) will launch their new podcast about Game of Thrones (the TV show) at Channel 33, the podcast network of Bill Simmons’s eagerly anticipated site The Ringer.

    After the New York primaries last week, a website with the Huffington Post banner ran a piece with the headline “Sanders Supporters in New York See their Votes Switched to Hillary.” But it wasn’t actually the Huffington Post. Snopes reports on the hoax.

    Novelist Daniel Kehlmann (author of the book F) talks with scholar Michael Maar about a series of similarities between Vladimir Nabokov’s work and a book by a now forgotten writer named Heinz von Lichberg. It’s not plagiarism, notes Maar, but probably a series of elaborate inside jokes, which Maar is attempting (with the help of Nabokov’s recently published Letters to Vera) to figure out.

    At Medium, Jotham Sederstrom, an editor at the Daily News, took full responsibility for the instances of plagiarism found in the recent work of columnist Shaun King, which surfaced last week after the Daily Beast noted that one of its own articles had been quoted without attribution by King. Says Sederstrom: “In all honesty, the controversy — a fuck up on my part, to put it bluntly — comes down to two unintentional, albeit inexcusable, instances of sloppy editing on my part and a formatting glitch that until Tuesday I had no idea was systematically stripping out large blocks of indented quotations each time I moved Shaun’s copy from an email to The News’ own Content Management System, or ‘CMS’ as it’s called in media parlance.” Gawker provides more evidence that King originally cited his sources and that the attributions were removed in the editing process. Sederstrom has since been  fired. His apology on Medium gives an overwhelming sense of how increased workload and office pace can threaten journalistic standards.

    Last week, the gossip site TMZ broke the news of Prince’s death more than fifteen minutes before any other news organization would confirm it. The Washington Post points out what it calls a paradox: “Although [TMZ] has been quite reliable on many major stories, mainstream news sources are reluctant to rely on its say-so alone.” But this doesn’t seem like a paradox so much as a difference in approach and standards. Being more than “quite reliable” takes a little more time (and often a verified source).

    Authors Rob Sheffield (Love Is a Mix Tape), Michaelangelo Matos (The Underground Is Massive), and Carl Wilson (Let’s Talk about Love) celebrate the genius of Prince.

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