• June 2, 2017

    Maria Semple

    Julia Roberts will star in the television adaptation of Maria Semple’s Today Will be Different. Semple is currently writing a limited series based on the book for HBO.

    Scholars have discovered a new play by Edith Wharton in a Texas archive. “The Shadow of a Doubt” was written and produced in 1901, long before Wharton began writing novels.

    At the New York Times, Holland Cotter reviews the Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition on Henry David Thoreau. “As you go through the show it becomes clear how important it is to have him present, right now,” Cotter writes. “Not just because 2017 is the bicentenary of his birth but because he is a model of resistance in a rived, self-destructive, demagogic political moment.”

    John Cassidy reflects on Trump’s announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate-change accord. Cassidy calls the speech “Trumpism in its full glory—the world as a conspiracy against its sole superpower, a country that accounts for a quarter of global G.D.P. and about forty per cent of global personal wealth.”

    After one of the paper’s journalists was assaulted by a US congressman, The Guardian has seen a 40 percent increase in reader contributions.

    Conservative journalist Cassandra Fairbanks is suing Fusion reporter Emma Roller for defamation. The suit was filed after Roller tweeted a photo of Fairbanks, which included a caption that alleged Fairbanks was making a “white power hand gesture.” According to Fairbanks’s lawyers, mainstream journalists use the First Amendment “to smear and slime their adversaries at will,” when it is actually “meant to protect the Cassandra Fairbanks’ of the journalism world: independent, alternative voices of truth in a sea of fake news.”

  • June 1, 2017

    The New York Times is offering another round of buyouts in the newsroom in the hopes of avoiding forced layoffs. The paper plans to merge the current system of copy editors and “backfielders” into a single group. The Times is also eliminating the public editor role, currently held by Liz Spayd. In a memo, publisher Arthur Sulzberger noted that the public editor position was poorly suited to the digital age. “Today, our followers on social media and our readers across the internet have come together to collectively serve as a modern watchdog, more vigilant and forceful than one person could ever be,” he wrote. Instead, the paper is establishing a Reader Center. Run by International desk editor Hanna Ingber, the department will work with editorial staff throughout the newsroom to field tips, criticisms, and other feedback.

    Former CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley will now serve as a full-time correspondent on 60 Minutes. Pelley has worked on the program since 2004, and continued to work as a correspondent after he took over Evening News in 2011.

    Chris Kraus

    Politico is launching a London edition of Playbook this summer. The newsletter will be run by current Daily Mirror political editor Jack Blanchard.

    Bill O’Reilly is working on his next book. Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence will be published in September by Henry Holt.

    At Literary Hub, Chris Kraus explains why you should read Eileen Myles’s recently-reissued first novel, Cool for You. Loosely based on Myles’s childhood, Kraus writes that the novel could be considered a kunstlerroman, or “a chronicle of an artist’s becoming.” “Seventeen years after its first publication, the book feels just as radical, startling, and daringly alive as when it first came out,” writes Kraus. “Perhaps now it will be better read.”

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