Meanwhile, what Toni Morrison did for Coates, CNN’s Don Lemon is happy to do for himself: If he weren’t a journalist, he tells Ana Marie Cox, he’d “probably be a writer like James Baldwin.” (Or failing that, an activist: “But not like Dr. King, even though I admire him. I’d probably be more of a Malcolm X. I believe the best way to improve yourself is to improve yourself.”)
Roundup season is in full swing, but alongside this year’s best-of lists, you may want to consult these: the tri-state area’s richest writers and, inspired by Esquire, Rebecca Solnit’s not-to-read list for women.
Just try enjoying this week’s New Yorker now that you know David Remnick thinks he’s too cool to play a Katy Perry song in public.
(That said, it’s still very much worth reading Raffi Khatchadourian’s AI piece.)
Thanks to George Saunders, the Wall Street Journal book club will be reading Tolstoy’s brilliant and not-read-enough Hadji Murad.