• August 13, 2015

    You may remember the UK’s former PM, Tony Blair. Judging by recent polls, his once-progressive party, Labour, may soon return to something like its pre-Blair roots, as left-wing social democrat Jeremy Corbyn seems poised to win the leadership. Now, at the ready with metaphors mixed—are Labour Party members playing sports? Sleepwalking outside? Scripting a horror film?—Blair has published what might be the op-ed of the year: “The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below. . . . It is a moment for a rugby tackle if that were possible. . . . We know where this ends. We have been here before. But this sequel will be a lot scarier than the original. So write it if you want to. Go over the edge if you want.”

    Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, it’s nice to see that the President still has time to write letters to the editor.

    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith

    Showtime is turning Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir of her adventures with Robert Mapplethorpe, into a mini-series.

    Ukraine has banned a whole list of books published in Russia, while in Moscow, the publishing house Algoritm may face legal action from several Western writers who have found out that they’re the unwitting authors of Russian-language books in a series called Project Putin.

    Always fun to find out what other people spend their money on: Gawker has got hold of Buzzfeed’s internal financial documents.

    In Japan, Haruki Murakami has just published an eight-volume e-book of his answers to some of the forty thousand questions submitted to him by fans online earlier this year: One asked if he’d ever wanted to be a cat, to which the answer, inexplicably, was no.