Roxane Gay has sold her forthcoming book, Hunger: A Weight Memoir, to Harper.
The Observer has a juicy story about how much reporters at the New York Times resent the paper’s opinion pages, with particular scorn saved for editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal (“He runs the show and is lazy as all get out,” said one reporter), and leading op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman: “We really are embarrassed by what goes on with Friedman. I mean anybody who knows anything about most of what he’s writing about understands that he’s, like, literally mailing it in from wherever he is on the globe. He’s a travel reporter. A joke.”
Zoe Carpenter reports at The Nation that Republican Representative Mike Rogers is attempting “to silence reporters responsible for stories he considers threatening to national security.” In a hearing with FBI director James Comey, Rogers suggested that reporters who write stories based on stolen documents—such as those leaked by Edward Snowden—have committed crimes.
This Valentine’s Day, Martin Scorsese’s untitled and unfinished documentary about the New York Review of Books and its history will debut at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Amazon’s latest publishing imprint, Waterfall Press, will focus on Christian books, both fiction and nonfiction. “Waterfall Press nonfiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today’s Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres,” Amazon said in a press release.
On Monday night, the 92nd Street Y hosted a discussion between Gary Shteyngart and Elif Batuman. Shteyngart joked about the extensive travel he’s undertaken for his latest book tour: “The things I’ve seen outside of New York, you don’t want to even know. It’s not just Canada. I’m never leaving this island again, I think.” Later, he spoke more seriously about life outside of New York—particularly his experience growing up in Soviet Russia, the subject of his new memoir, Little Failure. He recalls his childhood battle with asthma, which ultimately made his parents decide to move to the US: “In 1974, we didn’t have any [steroid inhalers]. You really got to see mortality up close as a child ’cause you were always about to die.”