November 19, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The National Book Award last night went to Adam Johnson for his story collection Fortune Smiles, and to the seemingly unstoppable Ta-Nehisi Coates, MacArthur Genius, for Between the World and Me.  

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.)

Yet more on the changes at Gawker, plus a word from Wonkette.

Thanks to George Saunders, the Wall Street Journal book club will be reading Tolstoy’s brilliant and not-read-enough Hadji Murad.