March 10, 2016

Insights yielded in the ongoing trial over Gawker’s publication of a Hulk Hogan sex tape this week include the following: jokes between colleagues don’t hold up that well when explained on the stand several years later; Gawker isn’t too concerned with anyone’s privacy; the rest of America isn’t too concerned with Gawker and its ilk (“And what is The Hair Spin?” One lawyer inquired).  

Elena Ferrante, Orhan Pamuk, Kenzaburō Ōe, and Eka Kurniawan are on the longlist for the Man Booker International Prize, whose previous winners include Philip Roth, Lydia Davis, and László Krasznahorkai.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Nicolas Cage will direct and star in a version of Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Rape: A Love Story (which is to be renamed Vengeance: A Love Story).

After a fourteen-year run, Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin has announced that she will be shutting down the online magazine and blog in May.

Tin House has made available a fascinating conversation between the novelists Rachel Kushner and Dana Spiotta, both of whom will serve as faculty at their Summer Writing Workshop this year.

The Atlantic has published a preview of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther series for Marvel.