The bankruptcy of the Alaska News Dispatch should serve as “a cautionary tale that shows the limits of what a wealthy owner is willing, or able, to do for a struggling newspaper in the digital era,” writes William D. Cohan. Owner Alice Rogoff, wife of Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, bought the newspaper in 2014, but filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after being unable to keep up with the paper’s mounting debts. “Creating indispensable journalism—whether at the local or national level—is not without cost,” Cohan concludes. “If people aren’t willing to pay for it, like they pay for the Internet or cell-phone service, then it will surely disappear, sometimes right before your eyes.”
Fourth Estate is publishing a story collection by Joseph O’Neill. Good Trouble will include O’Neill’s work from the New Yorker, Harper’s magazine, and elsewhere.
At the Paris Review, Paul Youngquist reviews Blade Runner 2049, based on the work of Philip K. Dick, calling it “an allegory of contemporary race relations.” “The Blade Runner movies rehabilitate the replicant, turning it into an image of life subordinated, denied its sacredness. Replicant lives matter,” he writes. “Convincing humans to accept it, however, will take some doing.”
After BuzzFeed news exposed Milo Yiannopoulos’s ties to white nationalist groups, Steve Bannon has said that he will no longer work with him.
Actress Anna Faris talks to the New York Times about her new memoir, Unqualified.
Gizmodo has confirmed that Twitter user Reinhold Niebuhr is former FBI Director James Comey.
Marie Claire talks to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. The magazine writes that the journalists’ biggest motivation to break the story were their own daughters. “I’d sit with my baby girl before work every morning and say, ‘Mom is going to the office to do something really important,’” Twohey said. “It will hopefully make the world a safer place for girls like you.”