August 29, 2016

Google has finally revealed why it shut down novelist Dennis Cooper’s blog and canceled his email account earlier this summer. On his Facebook page, Cooper writes that “some unknown person’s flagging of one image on a ten year-old group-curated page that wasn’t even technically on my blog is the reason they disabled my blog and email account.” Late last week, Cooper announced that Google has agreed to release the decade’s worth of data and archives from his blog. Cooper’s blog—“in a new, non-Google spot”—relaunches today.

Director Harmony Korine is working on an adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, about a middle-school teacher who seduces one of her students.

Ian McEwan. Photo: Thesupermat

Ian McEwan. Photo: Thesupermat

Ian McEwan, whose upcoming book Nutshell centers on the experience of a fetus as its mother conspires with its uncle to kill its father, worries that he may get shot at a book signing. “Someone’s going to come up, especially in the States, shooting at my chest, you know. It would be quite easy,” McEwan told The Guardian. He has other concerns, such as repeating himself and possibly boring his interviewer, but he is sanguine about the difficulties of writing from the point of view of an unborn person: “[McEwan] solved the problem of how a foetus could know enough about the outside world to make sense of what he overheard by making Trudy an avid listener to Radio 4 and podcasts.”

Far-right news site Breitbart hopes to capitalize on the growing nationalist sentiments worldwide by opening a European branch. “Germany and Brussels are also being considered but France is a particularly attractive option for expansion, [editor in chief Alexander] Marlow said, given the prominence of far-right politicians, concerns about terrorism and the impact of Islam on society.” Glenn Beck spoke with BuzzFeed about what steps Trump might take if, after losing in November, he starts his own television channel. “Make sure that it is clearly understood my disdain for this entire vision,” Beck said.

The New York Times is searching for dedicated editors to cover education, climate change, and gender issues. The new positions will be exclusively focused on digital journalism and “independent of the department structure.”

The Village Voice has tapped Rolling Stone contributing editor (and former Voice music-section editor) Joe Levy to be its interim editor in chief.

Alan Moore spoke to Publisher’s Weekly about the origins of his new novel, Jerusalem. The 600,000 word book came out of Moore’s meditations on the hereafter. “He found various conceptions of the afterlife lacking. The conventional Christian idea ‘didn’t sound like it was quite the kind of lifestyle that I’d like to pursue for the rest of eternity,’ he says. ‘All of that golden marble, it sounded like a 1980s plasterers bathroom.’” After realizing that his life now was the ideal eternity, “he wrote an immense novel that encompasses all of his feelings for home and family. And along the way, he says, he unknowingly re-created Albert Einstein’s thinking about time and space.”

Poet Max Ritvo, known for his work in the New Yorker and elsewhere, has died at 25. Four Reincarnations, his first collection of poetry, will be published in the fall.

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