August 7, 2018

Joanna Coles

Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles is leaving the company. “Have you any idea of the miles I have walked on this treadmill desk through the peaks and the valleys of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and as Hearst’s first chief content officer?” the former Cosmopolitan editor said in a goodbye video on Twitter. “But my route is being recalculated. It’s time for a new adventure.”

BuzzFeed News looks into the right-wing conspiracy theorists of QAnon and speculates that the idea may have been created as a leftist prank based on the Italian novel Q.

The Washington Post is publishing a book on “Russian interference in the 2016 election and the subsequent political, legal and diplomatic fallout.” Published in October by Custom House, The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and The Subversion of American Democracy will incorporate the work of several of the paper’s reporters, including national security correspondent Greg Miller.

At the New York Times, Grace Shulman criticises The Nation’s recent apology for publishing Anders Carlson-Wee’s poem, “How To.” Shulman, who worked as the magazine’s poetry editor from 1971 to 2006, accuses the current poetry editors, Stephanie Burt and Carmen Giménez Smith, of “abandoning [the] storied tradition” of presenting challenging and provoking work and defending “writers’ right to be wrong.” As an example, Shulman offers a late-’80s Gore Vidal column that “some people deemed anti-Semitic,” which the then editor-in-chief, Victor Navasky, defended at the risk of losing the magazine’s participation in a poetry contest at the 92nd Street Y. Shulman observes, “How far we have come from those idealistic, courageous days.”

At Litery Hub, Daniel Crown writes about Victor Klemperer, the scholar and Nazi-era diarist. Crown argues that Klemperer’s memoirs, which cover the years 1933–45 and were first translated into English in the 1990s, are becoming newly relevant as a first-hand look at how a democracy can break down.

Tonight at Books are Magic, R. O. Kwon discusses her new novel, The Incendiaries.