Jeff Feuerzeigâ€™s documentary Author: The Real JT Leroy Story had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, and Amazon quickly acquired the film over the weekend. Laura Albert, the woman who pretended to be Leroy (and fooled a lot of people), attended the premiere, and told the audience that she is (surprise) working on a memoir.
The New York Times has now been publishing online content for twenty years.
Janet Malcolm does not think much of Jonathan Bateâ€™s biography of Ted Hughes. Malcolmâ€”who has written brilliantly about psychoanalysis and about Hughes and his wife, Sylvia Plathâ€”eloquently describes the peculiar hostilities running through Bateâ€™s book: â€śBate wants to cut Hughes down to size and does so, interestingly, by blowing him up into a kind of extra-large sex maniac.â€ť Later, she points out, â€śBateâ€™s cluelessness about what you can and cannot do if you want to be regarded as an honest and serious writer.â€ť
Phyllis Nagy, who wrote the screenplay for Todd Haynesâ€™s Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmithâ€™s novel The Price of Salt, is creating a new series based on Rachel Kushnerâ€™s first novel, Telex from Cuba.
At Bookforum, ex-Mormon horror writer Brian Evenson, discusses his new book, the brutality of his stories, and how he plays tricks on his audience: â€śYou, as a reader, donâ€™t really know whatâ€™s happening until itâ€™s quite a bit too lateâ€¦â€ť