Recode editor at large Kara Swisher is joining the New York Times as an opinion contributor. “The power and influence of the tech companies is among the most important and complex stories of our era, and we are very excited at the prospect of having Kara bring her experience, intellect and courage to bear for Times readers,” the company said in a statement.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to Vulture about raising children, feminism, and Philip Roth. “There was a humanity in Philip Roth’s work that is often overlooked when we talk about his misogyny. I read his women and roll my eyes but there is a truth there, because there are many men like his men,” she said of the concerns over the late novelist’s work. “Maybe there are people who want Philip Roth’s misogynists to die at the end of the novel so that they’ll know misogyny is bad. But that would be a little easy, wouldn’t it? The world is complex.”
Maggie Nelson talks to the Los Angeles Review of Books about the Gowanus Canal, past selves, and the recent reissue of her first book, Something Bright, Then Holes.
Maris Kreizman looks at Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything, a sixty-year-old novel that focused on workplace sexual harassment, and sees a connection to the current #MeToo movement. “I finally had confirmation that what I’d tolerated as ‘just the way things are’ might actually not be okay at all, in my own career and beyond,” she writes of her first time reading the book. “Just like the women readers who saw themselves and their own experiences mirrored back to them in The Best of Everything, I found #MeToo was a way to begin to articulate all of the things I’d repressed.”
Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient has been selected as the public’s favorite Man Booker winner. “Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list, especially when it is placed beside a work by VS Naipaul, one of the masters of our time, or a major work like Wolf Hall,” Ondaatje said when he accepted the award at the Man Booker 50 festival. “I suspect and know more than anyone that perhaps The English Patient is still cloudy, with errors in pacing.”