• March 24, 2017

    At The Guardian, John Banville remembers Robert Silvers’s editing ability and knack for matching books with reviewers. “The FedEx package would arrive, containing a volume I could not imagine wanting to read, much less review,” he writes. “Yet a few weeks later I would find myself writing three or four thousand enthusiastic words on it, and wondering why I had not taken notice of this author, or that subject, before.” At the Washington Post, Christian Caryl writes that Silvers’s death came at the worst possible time for American intellectual life. “Bob’s legacy has had a profound and lasting impact on generations of American thinkers,” he writes, “and I can’t help thinking that, if we manage to survive this current era with our minds intact, we’ll owe him part of the credit.”

    The New York Times has hired Jesse Green as co-chief theater critic. Green comes from New York magazine and will be sharing the role with Ben Brantley. He is replacing Charles Isherwood, who was fired earlier this year.

    Nieman Lab looks at NowThis’s plan to expand their content beyond sixty-second videos on Facebook. After a $100 million investment in their parent company, NowThis has hired talent from MTV, the Huffington Post, and the now-shuttered Reported.ly in an attempt to move away from aggregation and publish more original video and reportage.

    At the Times, Michael Paulson talks to Pulitzer-winning playwrights Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, who will both open their first Broadway shows this spring. Paulson reflects on the gender disparity on Broadway. Nottage’s “Sweat” and Vogel’s “Indecent,” he writes, “are the only new plays by women this Broadway season; by contrast, there are eight new plays by men (none of whom has credentials comparable to those of Ms. Vogel and Ms. Nottage).” Both women have also dealt with the frustration of having their award-winning plays stuck Off-Broadway. “But both are also thrilled to be here now,” Paulson writes, “and savoring the sweetness.”

    Jami Attenberg

    Jami Attenberg asks readers to stop guessing which parts of her novel are autobiographical. Although Attenberg bears a striking resemblance to the protagonist of her latest novel—a single, childless New Yorker—she writes that she had no intention of writing an autobiographical novel. “If I had wanted to talk about the single life in a grand, public way,” she points out, “I might have written something like Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies or Kate Bolick’s Spinster.” Regardless, Attenberg hopes to someday be more accepting of questions about her personal life as it manifests in fiction, but she hopes readers will try to let go as well. “Fiction is a magic trick of sorts. But at its best it doesn’t just conjure up an imaginary world; it makes the real one disappear, it makes the author disappear,” she writes. “So, if you can, forget about everything else. Just be there with the book.”

  • March 23, 2017

    Robert Silvers. Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath

    The remembrances of Robert Silvers continue. At the New Yorker, Louis Menand remembers his regular lunch partner of seven years. “The Review will continue, we all hope, to be a great magazine,” he writes, “but everyone knows that it cannot be the same magazine without Bob, and that the world of art and ideas will be somehow smaller without him.” Ian Buruma, a longtime writer for the magazine, talks about his first piece for the Review, Silvers’s considerate editing style, and what might happen next at the publication. At the New York Review of Books, Luc Sante, Nathaniel Rich, Francine Prose, and other Review contributors reflect on their time working with Silvers. Sante remembers Silvers as an editor who never left the office, and had a habit of accidentally lighting his trash can on fire with cigarette butts. “When this happened he would get up,” Sante writes, “his eyes never leaving the page he was reading, and step out into the hall while his assistants rushed to put out the flames.”

    Medium has launched a new subscription plan for $5 per month. The decision comes after the company laid off one third of the site’s staff last January after advertising revenues proved unable to generate enough revenue. The Verge notes that it’s still unclear when new features will be made available to premium users. “At the moment,” Jacob Kastrenakes points out, “the service isn’t offering subscribers much beyond the knowledge that their money is going directly to writers.”

    Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have purchased the film rights to George Saunders’s novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Cast and crew have yet to be announced. In a statement, Saunders said that he is excited to work with the pair. “My hope is that we can find a way to make the experience of getting this movie made as wild and enjoyable and unpredictable as the experience of writing it,” he said.

    After pulling out of an office lease at a building with ties to Jared Kushner, The Guardian has announced layoffs of their US staff, possibly in an attempt to offset their losses from the deal. The paper has been planning to reduce staff in the New York office since last September.

    At Cosmopolitan, Amanda Carpenter comments on Ivanka Trump’s new White House office and national security clearance. Carpenter calls the appointment nepotism, and argues that Trump’s new title-less role takes work away from other well-qualified women. “Trump’s spinners will argue the arrangement is not a violation of federal nepotism laws because Ivanka is not being given a salary or title—a stunning symbol of privilege in itself,” she writes. “Ivanka’s too wealthy to need the salary and too well-known to need a title, a slap in the face to women who have toiled for years, for little pay, hoping to work up the ladder and obtain a White House job one day.”

    The Whiting Foundation has announced the ten new winners of the Whiting Awards: Francisco Cantu, Simone White, Phillip B. Williams, Clarence Coo, James Ijames, Clare Barron, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tony Tulathimutte, Jen Beagin, and Lisa Halliday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Google has released a “Protect Your Election” toolkit ahead of the upcoming elections in France. The kit offers help with password protection, phishing warnings, and defense against denial-of-service-attacks, all of which have been used to target journalists and election officials in numerous countries.

    The Daily Beast’s Nico Hines reflects on his now-retracted story about hook-ups during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Hines had created accounts on Grindr and Tinder in order to report the story, and did not identify himself as a journalist. “Before writing this story, I didn’t appreciate what ‘check your privilege’ truly meant,” Hines writes. “I was insensitive to the fears that constantly grip some people’s lives and it was wrong to even introduce the possibility that someone’s privacy could have been compromised.” Hines’s apology also serves as an announcement of his return to the website after “a lengthy period of intense reflection.”

    Elif Batuman

    Elif Batuman talks to LitHub about adolescence, Russian literature, and reader expectations. Batuman modeled the events in her new book, The Idiot, on stories like Anna Karenina, which toyed with with readers’ assumptions of what would or wouldn’t happen. “One reader was very angry with me,” Batuman remembers. “‘I spent the whole book waiting for them to have sex,’ she told me. She looked at me like she was asking what do you have to say for yourself?”

    At Business Insider, Oliver Darcy looks at Independent Journal Review’s “identity crisis.” The website has come under greater scrutiny since White House reporter Erin McPike was chosen as the only journalist to accompany Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his trip to Asia. Originally focused on generating content that would engage right-wing readers, the company has struggled to merge its original concept with the more journalistic, news-driven work that it does now, especially after the departure of editor in chief Bubba Atkinson. “Bubba was steering it toward more in the middle of the road. Not this crazy conservative bulls—,” one anonymous source said. “And I think we were really f—ing close. We almost got there. The clicks—the money probably was a deciding factor in why things didn’t end up eventually getting there.”

    In the New York Times’s “By the Book” column, Fran Lebowitz takes issue with the request that she suggest her favorite book that no one has heard of. “How do I know what no one else has heard of?” she asks. “I can name books that I think are fairly obscure. I could say Henry Green. But now, as of last summer, everyone is reading Henry Green.”

    Tonight at McNally Jackson, Christian Lorentzen talks to Edmund Gordon about his recent biography of Angela Carter.

  • March 21, 2017

    Robert Silvers. Photo: Annie Schlechter

    Writers, editors, and publishers across the country remember Robert Silvers, the New York Review of Books founding editor who died yesterday at age eighty-seven. At Bloomberg, Cass Sunstein writes that Silvers was “the incarnation of what a democracy needs: civility, considerateness, fairness, authenticity, humility and unfailing attention to detail, which, in his hands, turned out to be a form of love.” At the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik looks at how Silvers made the “paper,” as he called it, a mainstay of American intellectual life. “Range, variety, depth, clarity—that everything that Bob published shared in these virtues was his accomplishment,” he writes. “He will be remembered for that, and will live on not in back issues alone but also in the front-facing lives of the countless younger editors and writers he encouraged, employed, and assisted.” At the New Republic, Laura Marsh writes that while many people have described Silvers’s work as magical, it was actually much more than that. “If the Review was a rare place you could find rigorous thought, Bob made it that way not by magic but through an unwavering commitment to independence,” she writes. “He had complete editorial freedom and he troubled to exercise it.”

    At LitHub, Rafia Zakaria talks to Pankaj Mishra about his new book, Age of Anger, and how it fits into the current global political moment.

    Time and People magazines have announced that they will not be hosting their usual White House Correspondents’ Dinner party this year. People will donate to the White House Correspondents’ Association instead of attending the dinner, while Time will be present at the event. In a statement, Time Inc. chief content officer Alan Murray said, “This year we have decided to focus on supporting the White House Correspondents Association, which plays a crucial role in advocating for the broadest possible access for the press at the White House.”

    Quarterly food magazine Lucky Peach will be closing in May. Co-founder and editorial director Peter Meehan told the Times that part of the reason for the shutdown was the clashing personalities of everyone in charge. “[Co-founder David Chang] and I have had a difficult but successful partnership for years, like two objects that both have intense gravitational pull,” Meehan said. “It made for interesting friction for a while, but I think we just kind of collided in the last six months.” Lucky Peach will close its website in May and publish its final issue this fall.

    USA Today has hired its first female editor in chief. Joanne Lipman, currently Gannett’s chief content officer, will take on the role immediately.

    The New York Times reports on the alt-right’s surprising and misguided appreciation for Jane Austen. Professor Nicole M. Wright published an article on the subject in the Chronicle of Higher Education after hearing Milo Yiannopoulos quote the first line of Pride and Prejudice. In a search of a transcript of Yiannopolous’s comments, she found many examples of similar sentiments online, which vary from seeing Austen as a “symbol of sexual purity,” a “standard-bearer of a vanished white traditional culture,” or an “exception that proves the rule of female inferiority.” But Wright notes that the co-opting of Austen is more insidious than online trolling. “By comparing their movement not to the nightmare Germany of Hitler and Goebbels, but instead to the cozy England of Austen,” she writes, “the alt-right normalizes itself in the eyes of ordinary people.” In the Times, Austen scholars came to the long-dead writers defense. “No one who reads Jane Austen’s words with any attention and reflection can possibly be alt-right,” said Elaine Bander, former officer of the Jane Austen Society of North America. “All the Janeites I know are rational, compassionate, liberal-minded people.”

  • March 20, 2017

    Robert Silvers, the editor of the New York Review of Books, died this morning at the age of eighty-seven. Silvers was a founding editor of the Review and had been its sole editor since the death of the magazine’s cofounder, Barbara Epstein, in 2006. The tributes began pouring in on Twitter almost immediately, despite the fact that Silvers tended to shy away from praise: Even as one of the most eminent and admired editors in the literary world, he avoided the spotlight. As he told an interviewer in 2008: “The editor is a middleman. The one thing he should avoid is taking credit. It’s the writer that counts.”

    Jimmy Breslin

    Jimmy Breslin—the legendary New York City columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, bestselling author, and failed politician who shared a ticket with Norman Mailer—has died at eighty-eight. The New York Times obituary has many good anecdotes about Breslin’s career, including the story of what he did with a letter he received from the serial killer known as the Son of Sam. And Newsday reprints Breslin’s New York Herald Tribune column about Clifton Pollard, the man who dug President Kennedy’s grave.

    The Guardian has published an article about French novelist Edouard Louis, whose book The End of Eddy, about a gay boy growing up in a factory town in northern France, has been a bestseller in France, and is now being published in English translation in the UK (and soon by FSG in the US). In response to the working-class support of the right-wing National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, the author is decrying left-wing politicians for ignoring the plights of the working class. “Of course, I’m revolted by the right, but I never expected the right to do anything for the lower classes, but the left,” Louis says. “The left has stopped speaking about poverty, misery and exclusion. People talk about Le Pen winning the presidential [race], but the FN has been winning for the last 20 years because the left that should be representing people like my mother has abandoned them.”

    The Accusation, a novel written by a North Korean dissident who uses the pseudonym Bandi, was miraculously smuggled out of the country in 2013, and is now finding an international audience.

    We’re excited to see the next installment of writer and filmmaker Stephen Elliott’s dark, strange, and timely web series Driven, in which Elliott plays an author who drives for a car service. In the first episode, his passengers include two Trump supporters and author Michael Cunningham. In later episodes, he gives a ride to a pot-smoking cop played by Lili Taylor, and a comic-book-store employee who goes to great lengths to steal his cat from his ex.

    In his latest photography colum, novelist and critic Teju Cole studies Danny Lyon’s The Cotton Pickers, which was taken in the late 1960s, writing, “I love and hate it at the same time.”  

  • March 17, 2017

    Derek Walcott died this morning at the age of 87. During his decades-long career, the Nobel Prize-winning poet was honored with a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the T.S. Eliot Prize, and many other literary awards. In an interview with the Paris Review, Walcott described how his upbringing in St. Lucia influenced his writing. “My generation of West Indian writers has felt such a powerful elation at having the privilege of writing about places and people for the first time and, simultaneously, having behind them the tradition of knowing how well it can be done,” he said. “Our world made us yearn for structure, as opposed to wishing to break away from it, because there was no burden, no excess of literature in our heads. It was all new.”

    Slate editorial staff voted yesterday to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. Columbia Journalism Review reports that over 90 percent of the website’s writers and editors have signed union cards. The vote comes after two leaders of the drive to unionize were laid off last month.

    At the Huffington Post, editor in chief Lydia Polgreen’s plan to reorganize the website’s staff is already causing controversy at the company. A newly-created position of politics director, which would be based in DC but report to a New York-based editor has the Washington office worried about losing their autonomy. According to Politico’s Joe Pompeo, the Huffington Post’s politics staff is, “at times, highly resistant to editing oversight” by the main office. “Keep your eyes peeled for a possible power struggle,” he added.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah has been chosen as the winner of New York City’s One Book, One New York program. Publisher Penguin Random House will donate 1,000 copies to the city’s public libraries this month, and a series of panels and discussions will be held around the city in April.

    The New York Times is starting a literary advice column. Readers can write to author and editor Nicole Lamy with their “most vexing book dilemmas,” which the former books editor of the Boston Globe will attempt to solve in her “Match Book” column. The paper is now soliciting questions, which will be answered in April.

    Albertine bookstore announced the newly-created Albertine Prize yesterday. The award will be given annually to the best English translation of a French book published in the US, with the $10,000 prize split between the author and the translator, who each receive $8,000 and $2,000 respectively. The prize is also awarded not based on the decision of a panel of judges, but on a popular vote through Albertine’s website.

    In the Times’s “By the Book” column, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes talks about writing his own life story, Camus, and what he read while working on his new book, A Colony in a Nation. According to Hayes, the book that most influenced him while writing his own book was Peter Andreas’s Smuggler Nation, “because it’s about, fundamentally, the fact that America is a nation of hustlers and con men, and never has that seemed, um, more true.”

    Tonight at the 92nd Street Y, Alexander Chee talks to Viet Thanh Nguyen and Elif Batuman about their new books, The Refugees and The Idiot.

  • March 16, 2017

    Kevin Young. Photo: Melanie Dunea

    Kevin Young will take over for Paul Muldoon as the poetry editor of the New Yorker. Young is currently the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and will start working at the New Yorker in November, when Muldoon officially steps down. The two will also collaborate on an event at the New Yorker Festival this fall.

    Yan Lianke’s The Explosion Chronicles, Ismail Kadare’s The Traitor’s Niche, and Amos Oz’s Judas are among the books longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. The shortlist will be announced next month, and winner will be revealed in June.

    After refusing to bring his press pool on a diplomatic trip to Asia, Rex Tillerson has chosen one journalist to accompany him on his plane. Erin McPike, the Independent Journal Review’s White House correspondent, will be the only reporter to travel with Tillerson, a decision the State Department says is motivated by cost cutting measures and their use of a smaller plane. However, CNN noted that the C-40 flew Tillerson to Tokyo is about the same size as a Boeing 737, and can accommodate up to 111 people.

    Ivana Trump, Donald’s first wife, will publish a book with Gallery. Raising Trump, “a non-partisan, non-political book about motherhood,” will be released in September.

    At LitHub, women writers respond to Bonnie Nadzam’s recent essay at Tin House, which details the abuse Nadzam has experienced throughout her writing career at the hands of her famous male mentors and professors. Roxane Gay, Porochista Khakpour, Elissa Schappell, and eight other authors all confirm just how widespread this kind of treatment is in the literary world. Khakpour writes that reading Nadzam’s essay made her feel like her “heart was going to explode,” but not because she was shocked, but “because this experience very much exists in my body too.” Aspen Matis notes that this type of treatment isn’t confined to writing. “The fact that stories in writing programs are recorded doesn’t make them more important than all others, which are mostly only lived,” she writes. “I encourage writers to notice that we all tell stories, and act by them.”

    Tonight at the Center for Fiction in New York, Paris Review editor in chief Lorin Stein interviews Sarah Manguso about her new book, 300 Arguments.

  • March 15, 2017

    The shortlist for the 2017 Wellcome Prize has been released. Nominees include Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene, and David France’s How to Survive a Plague. The winner will be announced in April.

    Harvard professor Jane Kamensky has been awarded the New York Historical Society’s annual book prize for A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley. She will be presented with the award as part of the society’s “Weekend in History” event in April.

    Jami Attenberg

    At The Millions, Jami Attenberg talks about the inspiration for her new novel, All Grown Up. Attenberg said she wanted her book to feel more like a memoir, “like this woman was telling you every single goddamn, messy thing you needed to know about her life.” She pointed to Patti Smith’s M Train, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, and Eileen Myles’s Chelsea Girls as books that helped her find that tone: “Patti Smith just talks about whatever the fuck she wants to talk about, and Maggie Nelson writes in those short, meticulous, highly structured bursts, where you genuinely feel like she is making her case, and in Chelsea Girls Eileen has this dreamy, meandering quality, although she knows exactly what she’s doing.”

    In the New Republic, Sam Sacks looks at the current trend in literary fiction to avoid the difficult, divided present in favor of simpler times of the past, and how that might widen the current cultural gap. Sacks points to Michael Chabon, George Saunders, and Colson Whitehead as just some of the writers who struggle to represent the problems of the present in their books’ historical settings. “As long as their brand of exuberant nostalgia holds appeal,” he writes, “there’s a danger of being left with a literature that tells us only what we already know, however enchantingly.”

    At the New York Times, Amanda Hess looks into the popular podcast, Missing Richard Simmons. The Serial-style program was created by Dan Taberski, an acquaintance of Simmons’s who was disturbed by the fitness guru’s sudden disappearance from the public. But while Taberski has said that the podcast comes from a place of concern, Hess writes that it’s actually “an invasion of privacy masquerading as a love letter.” Theories entertained by Taberski about Simmons’s “disappearance” include depression over the death of his dogs and unhappiness with his physical decline, as well as less believable stories that he’s being held hostage by his housekeeper or that he underwent gender reassignment surgery, both of which Simmons has personally refuted. Hess feels that the podcast is misrepresenting Taberski’s relationship with Simmons—the two met because Taberski wanted to make a documentary about him. Even if the two had a closer relationship, Hess writes, the production would still be problematic. “Is this what friends do?” she asks. “Turn their loved one’s personal crisis into a fun mystery investigation and record it for a hit podcast?”

    Tonight at Greenlight Bookstore, Hari Kunzru talks with Lisa Lucas about his new book, White Tears.

  • March 14, 2017

    Marilynne Robinson. Photo: Kelly Ruth Winter

    Marilynne Robinson will publish an essay collection with Virago. What Are We Doing Here? aims to figure out “how America should talk about itself now,” and will be published in 2018.

    Pam Colloff is leaving Texas Monthly for a joint position at the New York Times and ProPublica. Colloff will stay in Texas while she serves as a senior reporter at ProPublica, and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine.

    The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has been hired by CNN Politics as a reporter and editor at large. At the Post, Cillizza created The Fix, a political analysis blog. Of the move, Cillizza said that he’s ready to take on whatever is thrown at him. “I don’t think it has to be The Fix 2.0,” he told Politico. “CNN has built a lot of good stuff already. They certainly don’t need me to dictate anything.”

    New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman points out that the person with the most to gain from former US Attorney Preet Bharara’s firing last weekend was Rupert Murdoch. Bharara had been investigating the company for numerous crimes, including illegally obtaining journalists’ phone records and possibly committing mail and wire fraud through their settlements with the women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. One of the shortlisted replacements for Bharara is Marc Mukasey, Ailes personal lawyer, leading many to believe that the firing was carried out to undermine the investigation. A grand jury has already been convened, however, and is expected to hear evidence in the next few days.

    At a press briefing yesterday, Sean Spicer asked reporters for thoughts on which charity Trump should donate his salary to, a campaign promise that Spicer says the president intends to keep, but has yet to follow through on.“He has kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes,” Spicer told the press pool. “The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go.”

    At the New Yorker, Andrew Marantz asks, “Is Trump trolling the White House press corps?” Marantz follows Lucian Wintrich, the newly-credentialed White House reporter for the Gateway Pundit, a conservative news website known for spreading false stories. Wintrich doesn’t get to ask any questions at the press briefings he attends with Marantz, but spends his time posing for photos at the briefing room’s podium, googling himself, and honing an unasked question about Fidel Castro that he hopes will embarrass Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Wintrich wasn’t present for Trump’s February diatribe against the media, but Marantz points out that his attendance probably wasn’t necessary. “After all,” he writes, “the man in control of the press conference was the world’s most gifted media troll, the President of the United States.”

  • March 13, 2017

    Isabel Allende is working on a new novel. The book tells the story of a car accident in Brooklyn that becomes “the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story.” In the Midst of Winter will be published by Atria next fall.

    Brit Bennett

    Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, will be made into a film. The adaptation was bought by Warner Bros. Actress Kerry Washington will produce the movie, and Bennett will write the script.

    Mark Halperin and John Heilemann announced plans for a third book in their Game Change series. The next installment will cover the 2016 presidential election and will also be adapted into a miniseries by HBO.

    At the Washington Post, Paul Farhi reflects on the slippery slope of partisan news organizations being included in the White House press pool. Last Thursday, a reporter employed by The Daily Signal, a website run by conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, was responsible for covering Vice President Mike Pence and supplying details to the rest of the press corps. Farhi writes that the website’s inclusion in the pool could lead to other think tanks requesting press credentials. “These groups could argue that they, too, qualify for White House press credentials and pool shifts,” he writes. “The slope could become even more slippery if extremist or racist organizations sought similar status.” The Daily Signal’s Rob Bluey responded that there is no reason one of their reporters shouldn’t be included in the pool, as their conservative leanings don’t affect “the fairness and accuracy” of their journalism. Bluey also identified the real reason Farhi and others raised their concerns: “They want to delegitimize news outlets such as The Daily Signal to protect their cabal.”

    The Atlantic’s Rosie Gray profiles Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, who has been acting as an unofficial spokesman for the president since his election. The conservative media company had supported Trump from the beginning of his campaign, and Ruddy has spent time with the president, who he has known for the last two decades, at his Mar-a-Lago estate since his inauguration. Ruddy said that he felt that his close relationship with the president made him the right choice to defend Trump to the media. “I felt I had a comfort level with many in the press,” he said, “so I figured it might be a good thing for me to go out and talk about my relationship with the president and his ideas.”

    At a SXSW event, Nick Denton discussed Peter Thiel, freedom of the press, and life after Gawker. Denton said that he was glad that the company’s lawsuit with Hulk Hogan, which at some points was costing $1 million per month, was settled before the 2016 election, since Trump’s win made Thiel more powerful. “It’s probably wise not to be in a fight with him at this time,” Denton said. He also lamented the state of the web and social media. “Facebook makes me despise many of my friends and Twitter makes me hate the rest of the world,” he said. But Denton isn’t entirely pessimistic about the future. “Even if we’re full of despair over what the internet has become, it’s good to remind yourself when you’re falling down some Wikipedia hole or having a great conversation with somebody online—it’s an amazing thing,“ he said. ”In the habits that we enjoy, there are the seeds for the future. That’s where the good internet will rise up again.”