In honor of the end of the Colbert Report, the New Republic collects clips of some of Stephen Colbert’s best author interviews—with Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Richard Ford, among others.
On the New York Review of Books blog, Michael Greenberg reflects on the protests in the wake of the grand-jury decision over the Eric Garner case: “Nationally, a shift of consciousness seems to have taken place, a budging of fixed ideas about African-Americans and law enforcement. Policing has become a civil rights issue.”
And, on the Harper’s blog, Sam Frank reports on Manhattan’s three-day TechCrunch Disrupt conference: “Everyone at TechCrunch Disrupt appreciated disruption immensely. What’s not to love? Select startup founders get rich, customer-citizens get more for less, and the only losers are old-guard industries (never mind those they employ).”
In a recent interview with Gawker, Marlon James talked about his much praised book, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and his writing process: “With Seven Killings I was risking everything. I was risking explicitness. . . . Risking messing with genre just because I felt like it. Writing something because I felt like it as opposed to having this idea of what is good literature or even an idea of what’s a good paragraph.”
Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah, and George R.R. Martin feature on Barbara Walters’s 2014 “10 Most Fascinating People” list.
Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo will co-star in a film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.