Jeb Lund picks on Ed Klein’s new book about the Clintons, Blood Feud—specifically, Klein’s calling attention to Hillary’s swearing: “Utilizing someone’s occasional profanity as the basis of a character attack is up there with a sinister ad voiceover saying, Candidate John Cussbrother uses toilets.”
Former judge Stuart Kelly makes predictions for the Man Booker prize longlist, and wonders if an American writer will make the cut.
The Washington Post has launched Storyline, a new online vertical devoted to policy journalism. The site vows to distinguish itself with data journalism and daily posts of people-focused stories.
Chuck Palahniuk is planning a graphic novel sequel to the cult classic Fight Club. Picking up ten years after the first book, the sequel will describe the frustrations of middle age. “If you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you — do you lose the best part of you?” Palahniuk asks. “Your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?” Rhetorical questions, obviously.
Introducing a poetry reading in Chicago, James Franco said his own poems were “trying to say something in addition to what’s on the surface.” The Telegraph holds its nose and reviews Franco’s debut.
The Awl voices concern over “misleading” satirical posts from the Borowitz Report, a humor blog that accounts for six percent of the New Yorker’s total traffic.