While Arianna Huffington may no longer be treating Donald Trump’s campaign as more entertainment than politics, Trump himself evidently does view it as a media story. Announcing that he planned to skip Thursday’s Republican debate after a stand-off with Fox News (over the network’s refusal to replace Megyn Kelly as moderator), he said: “Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me.”
Much to everyone’s chagrin, it seems that David Bowie had better things to do than write his memoirs.
Today Library of America launches a new twice-monthly column, The Moviegoer, that celebrates films based on classic American literature. First up is a piece on Michael Mann’s The Last of The Mohicans by Michael Sragow, who quotes the director calling James Fenimore Cooper’s book “a whitewash of land grabs and cultural imperialism.” Mann, Sragow writes, “thinks that he has turned his back on Cooper. What he’s really done, perhaps, is to liberate Cooper from himself.” There are columns to come on The Age of Innocence, The Maltese Falcon, The Innocents (the 1961 adaptation of Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw”), and one by the writer Harold Schechter about true crime in American cinema.
New York has a profile of Jim Rich, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, that discusses the newfound popularity of its front page: “We don’t shy away from the controversial issue,” Rich says. “You’ve seen publications on the right, but there’s a vacuum on the middle left on these issues, a consistent, strong voice, and I like to think we’re doing a decent job of filling that void.” The piece also notes that the News is now selling prints of its covers, and that if all else fails, that might be one way a tabloid paper could hope to stay in business.
An unfinished Beatrix Potter story, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” will be published later this year, complete with angular drawings by Quentin Blake, best known for his work as Roald Dahl’s illustrator.
And, a still more adorable development: For the more adventurous Jane Austen fan, Hot Topic apparently has a new clothing and lingerie line inspired by the soon-to-be-released Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.