Mahbod Moghadam, one of the co-founders of Rap Genius (a website that lets users annotate rap lyrics), has resigned over annotations he made to a memoir written by Elliot Rodger, the alleged shooter of six UCSB students. Tom Lehman, the company CEO, said in a statement that Moghadam’s comments “not only didn’t attempt to enhance anyone’s understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny. All of which is contrary to everything we’re trying to accomplish at Rap Genius.”
The New Yorker‘s Ian Parker profiles Edward St. Aubyn, the author of the five-book Patrick Melrose series—”in which extremes of familial cruelty and social snobbery are described with a tart precision that is not quite free of cruelty and snobbery”—and a new novel, Lost for Words. “St. Aubyn has been careful to protect his own life from the dull tarnish of remembrance-and-release; it would pain him if readers mistook a twenty-year literary project for a therapeutic one,” Parker observes. “But the awkward fact is that writing saved St. Aubyn’s life.” Alexander Benaim reviewed Lost for Words for Bookforum last week.
At the Huffington Post, a look at why Amazon can play hardball with book publishers: “Hachette needs Amazon a lot more than Amazon needs Hachette.”
Ken Auletta reports that Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, refused to sign a nondisparagement agreement after being fired from her post. Auletta has been covering the story for the New Yorker since it broke.
Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, will be published this fall by Blue Rider Press. Davis, who is best known for her eleven-hour filibuster to prevent a senate bill that would restrict access to abortion, is also running for governor in November.
The New Yorker has made selections of Jack Kerouac’s diaries available to the public.