• August 5, 2016

    A British woman was stopped by airport security after a crew member on her flight home to the UK reported her to police for reading Malu Halasa’s award-winning book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. “Ironically, a part of my job is working on anti-radicalisation,” Faizah Shaheen told The Independent, “assessing vulnerable young people with mental health problems [who] are at risk of being radicalised.”

    In the latest n+1, Nikil Saval asks: “Why is the question facing the left always, Is it good for the left? What about everyone else?”

    “I am romantic about reading, not about carbon byproducts,” New Yorker writer and American Heiress author Jeffrey Toobin tells the Times, to explain his iPad habit. He also mentions that “musical rights to” his senior thesis on Samuel Adams “are still available.”

    Haruki Murakami. Photo: wakarimasita

    Haruki Murakami. Photo: wakarimasita

    Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti keeps spreading death rumors about still-living writers, this time targeting novelist Haruki Murakami. Murakami’s publishers confirmed yesterday that the 1Q84 author is alive and well, much like Cormac McCarthy, who was Debenedetti’s previous mark for a Twitter death hoax.

    Tronc—formerly Tribune Publishing—is splitting into two separate entities: troncM and troncX. M is for print media, while X denotes digital and stands for “exchange.”

    Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are set to publish Stronger Together in September. The book will focus on policy.