• October 17, 2016

    Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman will be returning to North Dakota, this time to turn herself in after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Goodman was one of the few reporters in the country to cover the Standing Rock protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline, where she found instances of construction workers and security guards assaulting protesters with pepper spray, dogs, and their own hands. Prosecutor Ladd Erickson charged her with a riot misdemeanor, saying that Goodman was there as an activist and not a journalist. At The Nation, Lizzy Ratner writes that this is unprecedented and dangerous for working journalists: “By the same distorted logic, every muckraking news gatherer from Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair on through I.F. Stone, and, yes, today’s Matt Taibbi . . .  was not a journalist but an activist flirting with arrest.”

    Mi-Ai Parrish, president of the Arizona Republic, responded to the death threats received by the paper after its historic endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The paper has been inundated with calls and letters, some referring to reporter Don Bolles, who was killed by a car bomb decades earlier—even their door-to-door subscription sales people have been harassed. “We made our choice soberly. We knew it would be unpopular with many people,” writes Parrish. “We knew that, although we had clearly stated our objections to Trump, it would be a big deal for a conservative editorial board in a conservative state to break ranks from the party.”

    Margaret Atwood. Photo: George Whiteside

    Margaret Atwood. Photo: George Whiteside

    Margaret Atwood talks to The Guardian about one of the possible reasons Trump appeals to so many people:  “He brings out the temper-tantrum-throwing wilful brat in all of us. ‘Why can’t I do what I want? Why can’t I have what I want? Those other people are stopping me. Those other people have a bigger lollipop that I do, I’m going to take their lollipop away from them.’ But on the other hand, he couples that with the most amazing whining.”

    The New York Times take a look at Andrew Kaczynski’s recent transition from BuzzFeed to CNN, which was precipitated by a Google chat last summer with Tim Miller, the former communications director for Jeb Bush’s campaign. “Mr. Miller said CNN could use someone like Mr. Kaczynski, especially given how difficult it was to fact-check the loose-lipped Republican nominee. ‘LOL,’ Mr. Kaczynski replied.”

    Univision chairman Haim Saban talks to Bloomberg about the Clintons, Power Rangers, and his company’s acquisition of Gawker Media. Saban thinks that despite the rocky start, the purchase was a wise choice based on their target audiences: “Hipsters and Hispanics, two of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S.”

    Peter Thiel will be donating $1.25 million to Donald Trump’s campaign. Although Thiel had spoken in favor of the candidate at the Republican National Convention, his silence after the Access Hollywood tape was released had caused speculation as to whether he was still supporting the candidate.

  • October 14, 2016

    The Internet is still reeling from Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win yesterday. At The Telegraph, Tim Stanley says that “a culture that gives Bob Dylan a literature prize is a culture that nominates Donald Trump for president.” Luc Sante writes that this kind of outrage is nothing new when it comes to the Nobel Prize. At the New Republic, Alex Shepard admits that Dylan, whom he said could never win, is “a worthy Nobel Laureate.” Jodi Picoult wondered whether Dylan’s win made her eligible for a Grammy, while Salman Rushdie called the songwriter a “great choice.” Prolific tweeter Joyce Carol Oates called Dylan’s prize well-deserved: “Many of us are (almost literally!) haunted by Dylan music of the 1960s.” New York Times pop-music critic Jon Pareles asks, “What took them so long?” and literary critic Dwight Garner writes that Dylan’s Nobel “acknowledges what we’ve long sensed to be true: that Mr. Dylan is among the most authentic voices America has produced, a maker of images as audacious and resonant as anything in Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson.” At the New Yorker, writers weigh in on their favorite Dylan lyrics, and David Remnick calls for everyone to stop bickering: “Let’s not torture ourselves with any gyrations about genre and the holy notion of literature.”

    Within the Wikileaks trove of leaked Hillary Clinton emails, Quartz has tracked down the library books that Clinton requested while secretary of state—a list including Who Stole the American Dream? And The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service—while Gizmodo found an ongoing battle over email subject lines.

    Albert Samaha

    Albert Samaha

    PublicAffairs has bought the rights to BuzzFeed reporter Albert Samaha’s book. Never Ran, Never Will follows a youth football team in Brownsville, Brooklyn and examines the issues of gentrification in urban America.

    Actress Reese Witherspoon will write her first book, “inspired by the cultures of the American South.” The untitled project will be released by Touchstone in 2018.

    After Donald Trump threatened to sue the Times for libel over their most recent article alleging that the candidate has sexually assaulted women, the paper’s legal team has responded with a resounding no: “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.” Poynter explains further why a Trump would never win a libel suit against the Times. The Columbia Journalism Review talks to The Guardian’s Lucia Graves, one of the first to report on Trump’s sexual misconduct, about why these stories are just now getting significant attention: “Because a man said it. Because Trump came out in leaked video and said, in so many words, that sexual assault is something that he does regularly.”

  • October 13, 2016

    Bob Dylan. Photo: Jean-Luc Ourlin

    Bob Dylan. Photo: Jean-Luc Ourlin

    This morning, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan—who was such a longshot that a New Republic article on the prize’s betting odds was titled “Who Will Win the 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature? Not Bob Dylan, that’s for sure”—became the first American to receive the award since Toni Morrison, who won in 1993.

    Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold has won the monthly Sidney Award for his reporting on Donald Trump’s missteps. He has been awarded “$500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate.”

    The founding of Logic, a new magazine about technology and culture, was announced yesterday. Creators Jim Fingal, Christa Hartsock, Ben Tarnoff, and Moira Weigel write that they’re trying to fill a void in contemporary coverage of technology, publishing writing that doesn’t view tech as either “brilliant or banal, heroic or heinous.” The first print issue arrives in 2017.

    Wired talks to President Obama, who guest edited their November issue, about the myths and realities of artificial intelligence. “In science fiction, what you hear about is generalized AI,” Obama explained. “Computers start getting smarter than we are and eventually conclude that we’re not all that useful, and then either they’re drugging us to keep us fat and happy or we’re in the Matrix. My impression, based on talking to my top science advisers, is that we’re still a reasonably long way away from that.” MIT Professor Joi Ito also weighs in: “This may upset some of my students at MIT, but one of my concerns is that it’s been a predominately male gang of kids, mostly white, who are building the core computer science around AI, and they’re more comfortable talking to computers than to human beings. A lot of them feel that if they could just make that science-fiction, generalized AI, we wouldn’t have to worry about all the messy stuff like politics and society.”

    Storytelling group The Moth has announced plans for a second collection. All These Wonders arrives next March and will include stories by Louis C. K. and Tig Notaro, among others.

    At The Stranger, long-time editor and columnist Dan Savage rails against the banality of anniversary issues in the paper’s twenty-fifth anniversary issue. “I don’t think readers care what was in the paper 10 years ago or 20 years ago,” Savage writes. “We’re lucky if readers care what’s in the paper this week.”

    Tonight at McNally Jackson in New York, Emily Witt talks to Christian Lorentzen about her new book, Future Sex.

  • October 12, 2016

    Esquire is hosting a Spy magazine online pop-up for the rest of the election season. Cofounder Kurt Andersen explained that the decision to revive the political satire magazine—whose heyday was the late ’80s and early ’90s—was based on the loss of hosts like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and the closure of Gawker, at such an important time in the election cycle. “As Trump became the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, lots more people, pretty much every day, said to me, ‘SPY really needs to be rebooted.’”

    Two of Bernie Sanders’s senior campaign advisers are set to publish a book detailing the campaign’s organizing tactics. Becky Bond and Zack Exley’s Rules for Revolutionaries hits shelves November 18.

    Liz Heron, former executive editor of the Huffington Post, resigned yesterday. Heron was part of an interim committee created to find a replacement for Arianna Huffington, who left the website last summer. The committee has not yet announced a replacement for Huffington.

    A source for People magazine claims that NBC News originally planned to edit Billy Bush out of the Trump tape before they were scooped by the Washington Post, a claim that NBC News vehemently denies: “There absolutely was never a consideration by NBC News to edit the tape.”

    The hunt is on to find more footage of Trump behaving badly, this time from his eleven years as the host of The Apprentice. Former Democratic Senate aide Aaron Holman has created a GoFundMe to raise money for the purchase of tapes of the show’s outtakes. Producer Mark Burnett is shielding himself from requests for footage by citing “contractual and legal requirements.” Even without hard evidence, former contestants and employees spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about Trump’s sexist comments and racist behavior.

    Vox Media launched Meridian yesterday, a travel site that is fully funded by Chase Sapphire Reserve. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Branded content now accounts for two-thirds of Vox’s revenue and that part of the business continues to grow.”

    Viet Thanh Nguyen. Photo by BeBe Jacobs

    Viet Thanh Nguyen. Photo by BeBe Jacobs

    Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction. The nonfiction prize was awarded to Susan Southard’s Nagasaki.

    Artist Marina Abramovic—whose memoir Walk Through Walls comes out later this month—tells the New York Times that she isn’t as serious as everyone thinks: “Most people who are familiar with my performance work expect me to have the same severity that my long durational performances require and are surprised to discover my sense of humor when they meet me.” The last book to make her laugh? Slavoj Zizek’s Zizek’s Jokes.

  • October 11, 2016

    Nepszabadsag, Hungary’s largest daily newspaper, was shut down last weekend in a move that its employees called a “coup.” In a statement on the paper’s website, parent company Mediaworks called the closure a business decision, but journalists say the shutdown is reprisal for publishing articles critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government. “Mediaworks argues that the paper has been making losses since 2007, so why did they invest in it in 2014?” deputy editor-in-chief Marton Gergely told EU Observer. “They couldn’t silence us, so they closed us down.”

    The Columbia Journalism Review looks at the “unusually aggressive approach” of Sunday night’s debate moderators, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz. David Uberti writes that the misinformation of the Trump campaign has changed the job of the moderator from that of director and timekeeper to interrogator and translator: “Confusion—purposeful or not—has been a strategic pillar of the Trump campaign like no other candidate before him. That puts greater onus on moderators, the public’s representatives on stage, to coax meaning out of the reality television star’s scattershot words.”

    At the New York Times, public editor Liz Spayd talks to political editor Carolyn Ryan about the paper’s decision to not censor the transcript of the Donald Trump tape in print or online. The Washington Post talks to possibly the only woman to be excited about Trump’s language: Regena Thomashauer, the author of Pussy: A Reclamation, which is now a bestseller. Thomashauer is not pleased with how the word was used, but says she hopes that “p—y will rise and push back.”

    The National Book Foundation announced yesterday that former Nightly Show star Larry Wilmore will host the upcoming National Book Awards next month.

    Brit Bennett

    Brit Bennett

    The Times talks to Brit Bennett, whose debut novel The Mothers earned her a spot on the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list. Bennett notes that writing about the black community is “absolutely its own form of advocacy,” but also feels conflicted about her subject matter. “There’s this sense of guilt that my writing career is going well because black people are being killed,” she told the Times. “I’ve reached a point where I don’t know if I have anything new to say. It’s the same narrative over and over.”

    Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 co-author Jeffrey Kluger is writing a book on the first manned moon flight. Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon will be published next May by Henry Holt.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie opened up to Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant about her long silence on Beyonce’s 2012 song “****Flawless,” which sampled audio from the author’s TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists.” Ngozi Adichie quashed the rumor that Beyonce hadn’t asked for permission to use the excerpt, and said she harbors no ill will toward the singer. “I think she’s lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions,” Adichie told the paper.

    Tonight at the New York Public Library, publisher Dan Simon hosts a panel discussion with the Boston Review’s Matt Lord, Guernica’s Katherine Rowland, and n+1’s Dayna Tortorici on politically-oriented writing and the connection between journalism and social action.

  • October 10, 2016

    Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Arash Sadeghi

    Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Arash Sadeghi

    Iranian writer Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is being summoned to serve six years in jail for writing a story about stoning. Her unpublished work was found in a 2014 search of her home, which she shared with her husband, Arash Sadeghi, a student activist who is currently serving a nineteen-year jail term. Amnesty International’s Philip Luther told The Guardian that Ebrahimi Iraee “is effectively being punished for using her imagination.”

    The Washington Post details what happened after journalist David Fahrenthold got a call from a source pointing him to the Trump tape. Fahrenthold managed to authenticate the footage in just five hours: He was tipped off at 11am on Friday and the story was published on the Post‘s website by 4 that afternoon. NBC News was scooped despite having had a four-day head start, as the network was waiting for lawyers’ approval before publishing a story about the tape.  

    David Hajdu, an author and The Nation’s music editor, has signed with Norton to write a novel. The Song Was He: The Story of an Unsung Star will be published in 2019.

    Russell Brand will be writing “a guide to addiction,” to be published by Bluebird in the UK and Henry Holt in the US. The currently untitled book hits shelves late next year, and will compile the lessons Brand has learned during his struggles with a variety of vices.

    In celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Fox News network, 21st Century Fox’s tribute video neglected to mention Roger Ailes, the man who made the channel what it is today. In the video, the Murdoch family talks about the history of the network, referring to hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, along with many other executives. As Erik Wemple points out, “they all took orders from a guy named Ailes.”

    Charles Harder, the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his suit against Gawker Media, has continued to threaten Gizmodo Media and their parent company Univision with legal action. The letters, which are being published for the first time, were sent in late August after Univision bought several Gawker Media sites. The requests range from demanding the removal of two-year-old articles based on publically available documents to threatening “to sue Univision for ‘negligent hiring practices’ for its continued employment of [executive editor John] Cook.”

  • October 7, 2016

    Heather Ann Thompson

    Heather Ann Thompson

    Finalists for the National Book Award were announced yesterday. Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land, and Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy are among the shortlisted books. The winner will be announced next month.

    Greg Jackson, whose short story collection Prodigals earned him a spot on the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list, talks to The Guardian about the critical reception of his stories, his stylistic influences, and the newfound pressure to write a novel. “It’s such a slog to write one,” Jackson said. “You just feel like you’re on an interminable vacation with family members.”

    Historian David McCullough has announced plans for a book on the history of settlers in the Northwest Territory. Simon & Schuster will publish The Pioneers in 2019.

    As Florida braces for Hurricane Matthew, Edwidge Danticat writes about the devastation already wrought by the storm in Haiti. Images of the aftermath show flooded roads and roofless houses, and the collapse of a bridge that connected the two halves of the country is further hindering rescue efforts. “We will continue thinking about and trying to reach our friends and loved ones in Haiti, and eventually will find ways to help and support them,” writes Danticat, “even as we, under somewhat more favorable conditions, do our best to shelter ourselves.”

    Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer at the New York Times known for her investigative pieces on racial inequality in American schools, told an audience at Columbia University that, “based on her research, reporting, and personal experience,” she’s not optimistic about improving racial equality in the US: “But what I do know is we cannot continue to go as we are.”

    Employees of Fusion have announced plans to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East—the same union that represents employees of Gawker Media, a company now owned by Fusion’s parent company, Univision. BuzzFeed reports that the majority of online staff have signed union cards. In a letter explaining the decision, organizers said, “Fusion has produced an impressive body of work about how the right to organize is critical for American workers. It’s time we practice what we preach.”

    At the New Republic, Alex Shephard takes an in-depth look at the Nobel Prize for Literature betting pool, which unsurprisingly is driven more by money than actual chances of winning.  Shephard points out that the writers with best odds on the betting website Ladbrokes—”pasta fetishist Haruki Murakami” and “bad tweeter Joyce Carol Oates,” among others—are favorites not because they have a real chance of winning, but because people simply like to bet on them: “Let’s dispel with this fiction that the betting odds for the Nobel Prize in Literature actually mean anything. They don’t.”

    Tonight at CUNY, Tim Lawrence discusses his new book about post-disco club culture, Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83.

  • October 6, 2016

    Endorsements for Hillary Clinton continue to roll in, the most recent coming from The Atlantic and Vanity Fair. The American Presidency Project’s tally of newspaper endorsements shows that the majority of newspapers have endorsed Clinton—Independent candidate Gary Johnson has three endorsements more than Trump, who has zero. But will this slew of historic endorsements change voters’ minds? At the New York Times, Jim Rutenberg doesn’t think so: “For all the pan-ideological dismay in America’s editorial boardrooms, a huge portion of the country just doesn’t see it the same way at all.”

    The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s conservative news website, has laid off three quarters of its editorial staff, according to the Huffington Post. The remaining personnel now work from home after the website closed their Manhattan office last June. According to an anonymous source, “The few people who are still left are looking for an exit because they know The Blaze is over.”

    Nell Zink

    Nell Zink

    In an interview with The Millions, Nell Zink explains the inspiration for her most recent novel, Nicotine. “I just try to come up with figures in a situation that irritates me in a way,” Zink said. In December 2014, she found herself in the middle of one such situation: A work lunch with too-frequent smoke breaks: “He had to keep jumping up to go outside to smoke and he was missing everything. He was really addicted to cigarettes. I had this image of cigarettes and the interesting way they change people.”

    At the New Yorker, Jia Tolentino explores the unlikely similarities between Ferrante and Kim Kardashian West, who was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room last weekend. “Both Ferrante and Kardashian West were targeted because they are famous, and the celebrity of each woman is connected to the ways in which she has navigated the predicament of womanhood,” Tolentino writes. “And while their methods are diametrically opposed, both have made it their life’s work to express a specifically feminine point of view.”

    Independent bookstores are using the Internet to beat online retailers like Amazon at their own game. The New York Times highlights shops across the US, from Traverse City and Lexington to LA and Brooklyn, that are using social media followings and free shipping to lure customers away from retail giants.

    Sarah Jessica Parker talks to the New York Times Style Magazine about her new publishing imprint, SJP for Hogarth. Inspired by her father’s work as a journalist and her mother’s life as a voracious reader, Parker plans to continue the legacy of Virginia and Leonard Woolf at the imprint they founded from their home: “They were publishing work by their friends, they were telling exactly the stories they wanted to tell. I love most the idea of community here, and that the history of the imprint is personal. There was nothing mercenary about it.” Ta-Nehisi Coates also talks to the magazine about his upcoming Black Panther comic books, which he found similar to writing poetry: “You need to get things across but you don’t have much space.”

  • October 5, 2016

    Poynter talks to David Fahrenthold, the Washington Post reporter whose articles on Donald Trump’s mishandling of charitable funds resulted in his foundation’s suspension and investigation by the New York attorney general. Fahrenthold credits social media with helping him find some of Trump’s misdeeds: “There was the $10,000 4-foot portrait. I only found out about it because somebody had seen I was writing about it on Twitter.”

    Adam Kirsch writes about the revelation that Elena Ferrante is likely the translator Anita Raja, arguing that it makes a good case for cultural appropriation in literature: “It turns out that in telling the story of poor Neapolitan girls like Lina and Elena, Ms. Raja was claiming the right to imagine the lives of people quite unlike herself,” Kirsch writes. “In doing so, she was able to write books in which millions of people found themselves reflected.” At The Cut, Noreen Malone writes that knowing Elena Ferrante’s identity doesn’t change anything about the experience of reading her books: “The Bible didn’t come directly from God, and Shakespeare maybe had some help.”

    After Univision declined to include Gawker.com in their purchase of Gawker Media, debtors are now trying to figure out how to liquidate the defunct website and navigate the complex claims on the site’s assets.

    Nicholas Sparks, who has written twenty books in twenty years, talked to the Wall Street Journal about the twentieth anniversary of The Notebook, as well as his new novel. Two by Two came out yesterday and features Sparks’s first ever gay characters. “I try to vary everything in these novels, whether it’s structure or length of point of view, but also characters,” he said.

    Nicholson Baker

    Nicholson Baker

    Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids author Nicholson Baker talks to the Paris Review about pencil sharpeners, the problems of the American public school system, and technology as a memory aid. Along with copious written notes, Baker made audio recordings of his work days to get the details of student conversation just right. “There’s a moment where one of the kids, Artie, says, ‘I’ll tell you what’s not acceptable, what if I whipped down my pants and took a shit on your grave?’ I scribbled it down, as if I was a reporter in 1937, but I knew even as I wrote it that I hadn’t gotten it quite right. That’s when I realized that I had to rely on technology, to some extent, to capture the exact wording of little sudden outbursts.”

  • October 4, 2016

    Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy has sold her second novel to Penguin Random House—almost two decades after the publication of her first novel, The God of Small Things. In the time between her two works of fiction, Roy has written numerous books of nonfiction and essays, including Capitalism: A Ghost Story and Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers. Her new novel,The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, hits shelves next June.

    David Gutowski, the mastermind behind the excellent music-and-literature blog Largehearted Boy, has been hospitalized with a serious illness, and his friends have started an online fundraiser to help him through this medical crisis.  

    The fallout continues from Claudio Gatti’s article suggesting that translator Anita Raja is the author behind Elena Ferrante’s pseudonymous novels. At the New Republic, Malcolm Harris writes that Gatti’s piece was a misuse of investigative reporting techniques: “A good investigative journalist could probably prove without a shadow of a doubt that their neighbor was having an affair … but uncovering [the story] would not be correct applications of his training, even if the rest of us wanted to read the gossip.” The New Yorker also feels that Gatti’s snooping talents were misused: “If only someone had gotten him interested in Trump’s tax returns during the primaries, just think where we might be today.” The LA Times has chosen to report on Ferrante’s doxing without naming her. On Facebook, translator Susan Bernofsky writes: “please don’t post / repost that article outing Ferrante. I’d like to continue to respect her privacy by not knowing who she is. Please don’t force me to know.” Bernofsky has also mocked up t-shirts that say “Don’t tell me who Ferrante is.” Ferrante’s publisher Sandro Ferri said the author was being treated like a member of the Neapolitan mafia. The Guardian has a roundup of quotes from Ferrante highlighting her need for privacy. Deborah Orr points out the callousness of Gatti’s reveal: “Ferrante needed the support of many more people to protect her creative self. Gatti thinks he knows better than the people who know and care for the individual that Ferrante inhabits.” Many are angry with the New York Review of Books for posting Gatti’s article and Stig Abell says that the TLS would have refused to publish the piece. The Columbia Journalism Review spoke to Gatti about his decision to investigate Ferrante’s identity: “In the last year and a half, every time somebody met me [in New York], and found out I was an investigative journalist . . . they asked me only one question: who is Elena Ferrante? I really felt this is ridiculous. It can’t be that complicated to find out, so I decided to look into it.”

    Meanwhile, Ferrante’s Neapolitan series will be turned into a play in London next winter.

    Bronwen Dickey, the author of the new book Pit Bull, talks to The Rumpus about the racism that drove the anti-pitbull movement. When Dickey asked people about their feelings on the dog breed for her book, the answers she received were often filled with underlying racism. “So many people would say … ‘Those people want them to be macho,’ ‘those people get them and just abandon them,’ ‘those people get them because they want to intimidate other people,’” said Dickey.The tendency to justify things like bans that are not based in science sometimes causes people to scramble for this other rhetoric that’s really ugly and unfortunate.”

    At the Paris Review Daily, Evan Kindley and Joanna Neborsky discuss their new books about questionnaires. Kindley’s volume traces the history of the form, while Neborsky’s is an illustrated edition of the “Proust questionnaire.” The two authors ask each other questions from Proust’s famous list of queries, which, it turns out, actually had very little to do with the author: As Kindley notes, Proust didn’t create or promote the quiz (though he did fill one out as a teenager).