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News

No matter how hard you think you have it, someone always has it worse. This is perhaps the strongest lesson we can learn from Michael Wolff’s heart-wrenching USA Today profile (titled “White Men Tell Stories Too“) of Kevin Morris, a struggling big-time entertainment lawyer who wrote a book that no one wanted to publish because… READ MORE »


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The New Republic’s publisher, Chris Hughes, is getting backlash from a bunch of white guys and yaaaaaaawwwwwnnnnn… Oh, I know already that that first sentence is exactly the kind of youthful, web-influenced repartée about which the now-former editors of The New Republic are experiencing such fist-shaking outrage. I’m not, in the words of Lloyd Grove’sREAD MORE »


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Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin]
Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast]
Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch] … READ MORE »


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There’s a strange, magical little corner of Twitter and the rest of the Internet you may not have heard of unless you’re an author or an enthusiastic reader: the world of book bloggers. It’s where people get together for Twitter parties, hold cover reveals on their favorite blogs, and connect with readers on Tumblr. It’s… READ MORE »


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You might have seen Stephen Colbert’s take on the Amazon vs. Hachette debacle, or you might have seen articles floating around Facebook, or friends declaring that they’re not buying books from Amazon anymore. What’s the big deal, right?

Here’s what’s happening: Hachette is a gigantic publisher — right up there with Harper Collins,… READ MORE »


Entertainment

A few months ago the author Jonathan Franzen published his novel, Freedom, and among bookworms, it was like a new “Star Wars” movie being released or Angelina Jolie popping out another baby. Not only did President Obama make headlines for snagging an advanced copy to read on vacation, but Franzen made the prestigious New YorkREAD MORE »