Facebook has been urging media outlets to publish directly on its platform. Which raises a question: What does the social-media site have to say about board member Peter Thiel’s secret attempts to put Gawker Media out of business by investing about $10 million to support Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the company? The answer, for now, is “no comment.” Gawker founder Nick Denton, however, is eager to comment: He has written an open letter to Thiel.
Amazon has announced that it will air the pilot of a new TV series based on Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. Another pilot will be an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon.
Some Bernie Sanders fans have argued that the Democratic primary system is “rigged” against their candidate. But according to Nate Silver, Hillary Clinton is ahead simply because “more Democrats want her to be the nominee.” In fact, he argues, if “all the caucuses were primaries, Clinton would be winning the Democratic nomination by an even wider margin than she is now.”
In an interview with Vox, Andrew Sullivan talks about how he weaned himself away from the twenty-four-hour news cycle, how his worries about Trump pulled him back in again, and why “books are becoming fashionable again.” “I think the entire economic model of the web is about to collapse,” Sullivan says. “I think there’s a content bubble of massive proportions.”
Graywolf has released the cover image for Fiona Maazel’s next novel, A Little More Human, which will be published in April 2017.