August 11, 2016

Village Voice editor in chief Will Bourne will be leaving the publication. A statement from the paper said that Bourne “stepped down,” but a tweet from the former editor suggested otherwise: “Actually I was fired. If we’re being honest with ourselves/your readers.”

After eleven years, Huffington Post co-founder, president, and editor in chief Arianna Huffington is resigning from her namesake website. Huffington tweeted that though she “thought HuffPo would be [her] last act,” she’s leaving the site to focus on her new project, Thrive Global, “which will work with companies to improve the well-being of their employees.”

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jeff Gottlieb has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times, his former employer, accusing the newspaper of ageism and of withholding his prize money. Gottlieb won the Pulitzer in 2011 along with a handful of other LA Times reporters and editors for their investigation into widespread corruption in the city government of Bell, California.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was in London last weekend for a celebration of Half of a Yellow Sun’s tenth anniversary. BuzzFeed has a transcript of quotes from the hour-and-a-half conversation, which covered topics such as female sexuality and writers as perpetual outsiders. Of one of her narrators, Adichie said, “Ugwu is me, in that Madame Bovary way. . . . Ugwu is the character in the novel who . . . sees feelingly, and I like to think that I do.”

Annie DeWitt talks to The Rumpus about her new book, White Nights in Split Town City, and how she discovered the brutality of nature through the butchering of her family’s cow: “Beyond turning me onto vegetarianism at the age of six or seven, this highlighted an important lesson for me. Nature is both fragile and prophetic.”

Researchers have found “‘an astonishing degree’ of variance” between the UK and US versions of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. In interviews with the author, researchers discovered that “they occurred because the manuscript of Cloud Atlas sat unedited for around three months in the US, after an editor there left Random House. Meanwhile in the UK, Mitchell and his editor and copy editor worked on the manuscript, but the changes were not passed on to the US.”

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