• June 7, 2016

    Sloane Crosley

    Sloane Crosley

    Sloane Crosley, the author of How Did You Get This Number and The Clasp, will be the new “Hot Type” columnist at Vanity Fair. The position became open when Elissa Schappell left last month. Crosley’s first column will appear in the October issue.

    BuzzFeed has decided to back out of a $1.3 million ad agreement with the Republican National Party, now that Trump has become the presumptive nominee. “We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company,” BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo. “However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: We don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”

    Grand Central has announced that it has acquired a new book by Tiger Woods, co-written with Lorne Rubenstein, about winning the 1997 Masters. The book will be published in March 2017.  

    Netflix will produce a new original series based on Sacred Games, Vikram Chandra’s bestselling novel about crime and politics in Mumbai. In other adaptation news, AMC will air a miniseries based on late New York Times journalist David Carr’s addiction memoir, The Night of the Gun. Bob Odenkirk will play Carr.

    As anyone who has read Jonathan Franzen’s writing about bird watching knows, the author is no fan of cats. He has said that “the bird community’s position is, we need to get rid of the feral cats, and that means cats must die.” In Freedom, one character calls cats “the sociopaths of the pet world, a species domesticated as an evil necessary for the control of rodents and subsequently fetishized the way unhappy countries fetishize their militaries.” Most recently, Franzen has expressed his animus toward domesticated felines by blurbing Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella, which will be published by Princeton University Press this fall. “Very few people enjoy thinking about the calamitous problem of free-roaming cats and biodiversity, and even fewer dare to talk about it openly,” Franzen writes. “Marra and Santella’s book is therefore doubly welcome. It’s not only important reading for anyone who cares about nature. With its engaging storytelling, its calmly scientific approach, and its compassionate handling of a highly fraught issue, this is also a book that a person might actually read for pleasure.”

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