• February 21, 2014

    Matt Taibbi

    Matt Taibbi

    First Look Media, the online journalism company funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has hired Matt Taibbi to head a new magazine about politics and finance. Earlier this month, First Look founded its first digital publication, The Intercept, which will produce stories based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

    The Wikipedia Books Project is raising money in hopes of printing the online encyclopedia in book form, a project that will reach 1,000 volumes of roughly 1,200 pages each.

    Over the weekend, Anne Rice, the bestselling author of vampire novels and books about Jesus Christ, used Facebook to congratulate Ellen Page for coming out as a lesbian. When others started posting nasty comments, Rice “smacked the homophobes down.”

    Joyce Carol Oates says that Twitter is characterized by a “lynch mob mentality.”

    At Bomb, Dodie Bellamy discusses two new projects, Cunt Norton, and TV Sutras: “One of the things I learned by being involved in the avant-garde is that you don’t need realism to move people. Think of Kathy Acker. Her stuff can be boring as hell, but when it comes together, it is so intense. It’s like your mouth is gaping open by her weird manipulations. No one is trying to make this believable, but we are still moved by it.”

    The AWP conference in Seattle will now be open to the public after an outcry from exhibitors.  

    Tonight in Silver Lake, Triple Canopy and the LA Review of Books are hosting a party, “Are you Sure You Want to Unsubscribe?”