• August 12, 2016

    Arianna Huffington. Photo: David Shankbone

    Arianna Huffington. Photo: David Shankbone

    After Arianna Huffington’s announcement that she will be leaving her Post, the media is speculating on whether AOL-owner Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo contributed to her decision. Business Insider has a good run-down of what Thrive Global, Huffington’s new start up, will do: “Thrive wants to move Huffington’s wellness brand beyond books into other Thrive-related products—think pillows, candles, and food supplements.” Fortune says, “Despite the many slings and arrows the company has taken over the years—some of them justified, others not—there is little question that Arianna Huffington was and is a media pioneer.”

    BuzzFeed speaks to ten former Twitter employees, all of whom say that abuse on the social media site “is not just a bug, but . . . a fundamental feature.” One interviewee recounts a meeting about whether the site should allow ISIS beheading videos to stay posted: “‘You really think we should have videos of people being murdered?’ someone who attended the meeting recalls [former CEO Dick] Costolo arguing, while [former head of communications Gabriel] Stricker reportedly compared Costolo’s takedown of undesirable content to deleting the Zapruder film after objections from the Kennedy family.” Twitter said in a statement that “there are inaccuracies in the details and unfair portrayals but rather than go back and forth with BuzzFeed, we are going to continue our work on making Twitter a safer place.”

    After a British woman was stopped by airport police for reading Syria Speaks: Art and Culture From the Frontline, the publisher has ordered a reprint of the book due to rising sales.  

    PEN America is resurrecting the PEN/Nabokov Award, focusing on international writers. In their announcement, president Andrew Solomon called the award “a welcome counterbalance to rampant xenophobia and increasingly jingoistic provincialism,” and highlighted the Lolita author’s “cross-cultural legacy.”

    Muhammad Ali Unfiltered will be released in October by Derek Jeter’s publishing imprint. The book will include “both famous and obscure” photos of the boxer and text by Ali and his widow, Lonnie Ali. It is the second in Jeter’s Unfiltered series, following Jeter Unfiltered.

    Amy Schumer tells the Times, “I read everything by Elena Ferrante, whoever she is. But not right before bed, because I have furious nightmares.” She also admits her inability to get through Fifty Shades of Grey, “I only made it three pages in. That feels mean . . . but I truly felt so alone. Everyone loved that book, and I couldn’t wait to get on the ride with them, but it was unreadable to me. I loved the movie, though, and have watched it several times.”

    Former Gawker editor in chief A. J. Daulerio is the last defendant in the Hulk Hogan suit that has not filed for bankruptcy. Daulerio was in court yesterday, where Hogan’s lawyers asked to be allowed to search for more of Daulerio’s assets. “As of Monday, Daulerio had just $1,505.78 in his checking account, according to a screenshot of his bank statement submitted to the court.”

    On Usher’s “Snapchat, you might find him tearing a new Ducati through the night or enjoying a contemplative moment in the steam room, his abs on display, his junk tastefully concealed by an oversized emoji. But in private Usher is researching the Yoruba Diaspora. … And he reads: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me (2015) and Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost (1998), an excoriating history of Belgian colonialism in the Congo.”

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