Yesterday, the Brian Lehrer show staged a debate about Amazon between the attorney Scott Turow and the self-published author Joe Konrath. An informal poll asked listeners whether they think Amazon is good for readers, bad for readers, or whether the answer is â€ścomplicated.â€ť ResponsesÂ were split about equally among the choices.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper (a frequent Bookforum contributor) is leaving The Intercept for Jezebelâ€”and taking a pay cutâ€”in order to report more on womenâ€™s issues.
Finalists for the National Magazine Awardsâ€”known as the â€śElliesâ€ťâ€”have been announced. Sixty-six magazines in twenty-four categories have been recognized. Among those nominated inÂ theÂ most prestigious category, Magazine of the Year,Â are New York, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. The awards will be presented February 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Academics at Wayne State University in Michigan have issued a list of â€ślostâ€ť words they recommend be recovered: caterwaul, concinnity, knavery, mĂ©lange, rapscallion, opsimath, obambulate, philistine, flapdoodle and subtopia. We insist that at least half of those are still in adequate circulation at Bookforum. The Independent was similarly unimpressed; in response, it offers its own list: bloviate, sesquipedalian, vituperate, shibboleth, escutcheon, tatterdemalion, rubicund, dundreary, and pone.
On Tuesday, after the president gives his State of the Union address, heâ€™ll have conversations with three YouTube personalitiesâ€”Bethany Mota, GloZell, and Hank Greenâ€”whom Buzzfeed describes respectively as a â€śteenage makeup expert, a comedian whose husband is an Army veteran, and a professional nerd.â€ť The five- to ten-minute interviews will feature questions from the host and from social media, and are aimed to appeal to young people.