• February 19, 2016

    Jill Soloway

    Jill Soloway

    Transparent creator Jill Soloway is adapting Chris Kraus’s novel I Love Dick for television. Amazon has ordered a pilot episode of the show, which is being billed as a comedy, but if the industry press is any guide, Hollywood’s idea of what the book actually is remains fuzzy (“sex-comedy,” “pyscho-sexual novel,” “Rashomon-style”). We’re intrigued to see how the Emmy Award–winning Soloway handles the source material, which is mainly made up of letters (and faxes!) between the protagonist, her husband, and the all-powerful character “Dick,” or, as Deadline Hollywood describes him, the “off-putting but charismatic professor.”

    Facebook has announced that it will open up its Instant Articles publishing platform to all writers, and will share the ad revenue that a freelancer’s post makes with the author.  

    After the Pope declared that Donald Trump was not a Christian, the presidential candidate quickly responded, in a statement, that “for a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” The New Yorker was apparently not impressed with Trump’s answer, and the magazine unleashed one of their most formidable weapons against the Donald: They turned a copy editor loose on his statement.

    Maria Bustillos visits the New Directions offices and chats with the publisher Barbara Epler, who reveals part of her pitch to prospective authors: “I can totally guarantee you that we will get lots of reviews, because I will chew on people until they review it. I’ll just personally chew on people.”

    Ben Ratliff, whose book Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways of Listening in An Age of Musical Plenty proposes a clever, genre-averse strategy for music appreciation online, recently sat down with critic Alex Ross to discuss musical taste and listening habits in the age of Pandora and Spotify.