April 13, 2018

J. D. McClatchy. Photo: Geoff Spear

At the New Yorker, Alexandra Schwartz remembers her time studying poetry under Yale Review editor J. D. McClatchy, who died earlier this week at the age of 72. Schwartz writes that McClatchy “was a towering, booming presence, commanding, elegant, initially fearsome, later endearing, witty, sharp, amused. He broke his favorite poems down for us, exposing their layers and devices, revealing to us his own admiration for their art.”

The 2018 Man Booker International Prize shortlist has been announced. Nominees include previous winners Han Kang and Laszlo Krasznahorkai, as well as Virginie Despentes, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, and Antonio Muñoz Molina.

Eileen Myles talks to Paul Holdengraber about David Bowie, book blurbs, and the hatred of poetry.

In a Twitter thread, Call Your Girlfriend podcast host Aminatou Sow detailed her experience of being misquoted in CNN commentator Sally Kohn’s new book, The Opposite of Hate. The two discussed Kohn’s project in a shared Uber ride last summer, but Sow says that there was no understanding that she would be quoted.

The Daily Beast reports on a ninety-minute meeting between Univision’s digital media head Sameer Deen and the editorial staff of Gizmodo Media Group, which was held after CEO Raju Narisetti announced his departure and a Wall Street Journal article reported that the company may face budget cuts of up to 35 percent. Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo writes that the discussion left staff “wondering which is the more attractive uncertainty: sticking it out with Univision and potentially being gutted, or possibly being sold to new overlords and facing down the unknown yet again.”

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