Taika Waititi on “Thor” and “Our Flag Means Death”

The “Thor: Love and Thunder” director can’t say no — to starring in “Our Flag Means Death,” making a soccer movie, writing a “Star Wars” idea, adapting Roald Dahl. For starters.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #our-flag-means-death-tv-program, #star-wars-movie, #television, #thor-love-and-thunder-movie, #waititi-taika, #writing-and-writers

The 25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years

Four writers and one bookseller gathered over Zoom to make a list devoted to fiction in which the city is more than mere setting.

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Inside the Push to Diversify the Book Business

For generations, America’s major publishers focused almost entirely on white readers. Now a new cadre of executives like Lisa Lucas is trying to open up the industry.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #hiring-and-promotion, #knopf-doubleday-publishing-group, #laura-warrell, #lucas-lisa, #malaika-adero, #marie-brown, #penguin-random-house, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

A Book Has Women in Africa Talking About Sex

“The Sex Lives of African Women” explores women’s experiences, in their own words, helping foster “a sexual revolution that’s happening across our continent.”

#africa, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #sekyiamah-nana-darkoa, #sex, #the-sex-lives-of-african-women-self-discovery-freedom-and-healing-book, #theater, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

How I Learned to Love My Father, the Critic

Learning to accept long-sought-after praise from my dad.

#new-yorker, #ohara-frank, #parenting, #schjeldahl-peter, #writing-and-writers

Who Can Write About What? A Conversation With Roxane Gay and Jay Caspian Kang.

Two writers debate writing across identity lines — and how to respond when an author gets it really wrong.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #cancel-culture, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

Leïla Slimani on How to Read Your Way Through Paris

Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, describes her Paris and recommends books that reveal hidden facets of the city.

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Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards

With Joaquina Kalukango’s high notes and Billy Crystal’s lowbrow jokes, the Tonys celebrated Broadway’s return after a tumultuous season.

#2022tonyawards, #actors-and-actresses, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #cbs-corporation, #music, #radio-city-music-hall, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #writing-and-writers

She Wrote a Dystopian Novel. What Happened Next Was Pretty Dystopian.

Without having even been read, a book is attacked online for its fantastical premise.

#hough-lauren, #newman-sandra, #social-media, #the-men-book, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

Werner Herzog’s Fever Dreams

The filmmaker behind “Grizzly Man” and “Fitzcarraldo” makes a late-career foray into fiction with his new book, “The Twilight World.” He feels he has finally found his medium.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #herzog-werner, #movies, #the-twilight-world-book, #writing-and-writers

We Need to Stay Heartbroken About School Shootings

After the massacre in Texas, the children’s author Kate DiCamillo captured the depth of our grief.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #dicamillo-kate, #education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022, #writing-and-writers

Andrew Holleran’s Work Has Traced the Arc of Life. Now, He Takes on Death.

Holleran, a pioneer in gay literature for a post-Stonewall age, touches on universal themes of loss and the transience of life in his latest novel, “The Kingdom of Sand.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancer-from-the-dance-book, #farrar-strausgiroux, #holleran-andrew, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #the-kingdom-of-sand-book, #writing-and-writers

Kenny Moore, Marathoner and Track Writer, Dies at 78

A three-time All-American, he began a long career at Sports Illustrated while still competing. A former top editor there said, “He was a guy with a real literary bent.”

#deaths-obituaries, #moore-kenny-1943-2022, #olympic-games-1968, #sneakers, #sports-illustrated, #track-and-field, #university-of-oregon, #writing-and-writers

Stop Pretending All Books Are Written in English

Publishers routinely omit the names of translators.

#books-and-literature, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Writer Convicted of Murdering Husband

Nancy Brophy, a 71-year-old romance novelist, was accused in the shooting death of her husband. She said prosecutors had sketched a flawed plotline.

#brophy-daniel-d-2018, #brophy-nancy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oregon, #portland-ore, #writing-and-writers

How Ukraine’s Greatest Novelist Is Fighting for His Country

Andrey Kurkov has spent his life writing about realities so absurd they defy satire. It was perfect preparation for this moment.

#books-and-literature, #brodsky-joseph, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #grey-bees-book, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kurkov-andrey-1961, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-language, #solzhenitsyn-aleksandr-i, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #writing-and-writers

Summer Reading BSuggestions

A book for “White Lotus” fans, a coming-of-age story in the Canary Islands, Werner Herzog’s debut novel (yes, it’s grim) and more.

#books-and-literature, #herzog-werner, #ohara-frank, #pym-barbara, #rhys-jean, #schjeldahl-peter, #summer-season, #writing-and-writers

Writers to Watch This Summer

Three authors discuss their new novels and what brought them to write about a young woman in trouble, three brothers from Staten Island and an anxious parrot.

#books-and-literature, #brother-alive-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #khalid-zain, #levin-adam, #mottley-leila, #mount-chicago-book, #nightcrawling-book, #writing-and-writers

Roger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101

In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.

#angell-roger, #baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #new-yorker, #writing-and-writers

Eileen Myles Watches Over an Ever-Changing New York

Now guarding trees in Lower Manhattan, the poet and author of “Chelsea Girls” says: “Things that might have once been corny to me don’t feel corny anymore.”

#chelsea-girls-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-river-nyc, #myles-eileen-1949, #writing-and-writers

‘Bros’ Is a Rom-Com That’s True to 21st-Century Gay Life

Billy Eichner and the “Bros” team made news by casting queer actors, but they also focused on writing a story that didn’t recycle straight tropes.

#actors-and-actresses, #apatow-judd, #bros-movie, #eichner-billy, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #macfarlane-luke-1980, #movies, #stoller-nicholas, #universal-pictures, #writing-and-writers

She Wrote ‘How to Murder Your Husband.’ Did She Do It?

Prosecutors are building a follow-the-string murder case against a romance novelist. She says their real story is one about love.

#brophy-daniel-d-2018, #brophy-nancy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #portland-ore, #writing-and-writers

The Twisting Trail to the Tonys: ‘Can You Believe That We’re Here?’

At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #writing-and-writers

Anne Applebaum on What Liberals Misunderstand About Authoritarianism

The writer discusses what Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” reveals about the fragility of liberal democracy.

#audio-neutral-informative, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #twilight-of-democracy-the-seductive-lure-of-the-authoritarian-state-book, #writing-and-writers

A New Class of Campus Satire

With shows like “The Chair,” a fresh group of storytellers are using college life to explore — and lampoon — privilege and identity.

#academic-freedom, #batuman-elif, #books-and-literature, #cohen-joshua-1980, #colleges-and-universities, #comedy-and-humor, #dear-white-people-movie, #dear-white-people-tv-program, #delillo-don, #hsieh-chou-elaine, #kaling-mindy, #mccarthy-mary, #nabokov-vladimir, #race-and-ethnicity, #reed-ishmael, #simien-justin, #the-chair-tv-program, #the-sex-lives-of-college-girls-tv-program, #travel2022, #writing-and-writers

Returning to Istanbul, a Place of Competing Identities

When Aatish Taseer first traveled to the Turkish city, he was closeted and just beginning his writing career. This time, he explores revolutions personal and political.

#baldwin-james-1924-87, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #istanbul-turkey, #travel-and-vacations, #travel2022, #turkey, #writing-and-writers

A Writer Returns to the Grand Canyon, This Time With His Mother’s Ashes

Thomas Page McBee first visited the national park as a child on a family vacation. Thirty-three years later — and 11 after starting testosterone — he finally reckons with his parent’s death.

#arizona, #discrimination, #grand-canyon-ariz, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #testosterone, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #travel-and-vacations, #travel2022, #writing-and-writers

James Ijames on Winning a Pulitzer and Making ‘Hamlet’ a Comedy

The 41-year-old playwright’s show “Fat Ham,” set at a Southern barbecue, hasn’t even had an in-person production yet because of the pandemic.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ijames-james, #public-theater, #pulitzer-prizes, #theater, #wilma-theater, #writing-and-writers

Midge Decter, an Architect of Neoconservatism, Dies at 94

As a writer and intellectual, she abandoned liberal politics, challenged the women’s movement and championed the Reagan Republican agenda.

#deaths-obituaries, #decter-midge, #neoconservatism, #podhoretz-norman, #writing-and-writers

Searching for What Connects Us, Carlo Rovelli Explores Beyond Physics

The physicist ranges widely — from black holes to Buddhism to climate change — in his new book, “There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness.”

#books-and-literature, #carnell-simon, #philosophy, #physics, #rovelli-carlo-1956, #writing-and-writers

Vauhini Vara on ‘The Immortal King Rao,’ Her Dystopian Novel That Crosses Into Reality

In Vauhini Vara’s debut novel, a boy from rural India becomes a tech mogul in a world consumed by Big Tech. What seemed impossible, she said, has become real, in life and in technology.

#books-and-literature, #caste-systems, #content-type-personal-profile, #indian-americans, #the-immortal-king-rao-book, #vara-vauhini, #writing-and-writers

‘The Bad Guys’ and the Crossroads Its Author Faced

Unable to support his family with his children’s books, Aaron Blabey was ready to give up. Then he came up with the concept that’s now a best seller and an animated movie.

#animated-films, #blabey-aaron, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #the-bad-guys-book, #the-bad-guys-movie, #writing-and-writers

The Limits of ‘Lived Experience’

Privileging only those voices with a stake in a story carries its own risks.

#books-and-literature, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

Alice Walker Has ‘No Regrets’

Walker has grappled with some of the thorniest issues of 20th-century America. She’s also taken troubling stances. She has now opened up and shared her diaries, giving readers a window into her life.

#anti-semitism, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #content-type-personal-profile, #icke-david-author, #religion-and-belief, #walker-alice, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

Emily St. John Mandel on Time Travel, Parenting and the Apocalypse

The novelist explains why we secretly long for different worlds, and how post-apocalyptic fiction quells our grief.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #mandel-emily-st-john, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sea-of-tranquility-book, #station-eleven-book, #writing-and-writers

There Are Many Russian Cultures. Be Careful What You Cancel.

Those who react to the war in Ukraine by canceling “everything Russian” are in danger of falling into a familiar brand of nationalist thinking.

#classical-music, #culture-arts, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poetry-and-poets, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #writing-and-writers

What Does It Really Mean to Make Art?

When we set aside our romantic notions, we see that creativity is continuous, and fueled by life itself.

#ai-weiwei, #armstrong-louis, #art, #butler-octavia-e, #culture-arts, #da-vinci-leonardo, #flaubert-gustave, #glass-philip, #herzog-werner, #kelly-raja-feather, #mori-toshiko, #morrison-toni, #paderewski-ignace-jan, #picasso-pablo, #tculture2022, #tiravanija-rirkrit, #writing-and-writers

Searching for the Notorious Celebrity Book Stylist

In the name of personal branding, influencers might be paying someone to make them look like readers. But does a novel deserve more respect than a handbag?

#books-and-literature, #celebrities, #fashion-and-apparel, #hadid-gigi-1995, #jenner-kendall, #libraries-and-librarians, #models-professional, #poetry-and-poets, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

Books About Death and Grief Can Bring Hope

The saddest stories can show us how full of grace the fallen world can be.

#books-and-literature, #death-and-dying, #friendship, #grief-emotion, #love-emotion, #what-we-wish-were-true-book, #writing-and-writers

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #eno-brian, #facebook-inc, #language-and-languages, #musk-elon, #openai-labs, #software, #talese-gay, #writing-and-writers

Vladimir Sorokin Says Russian Writers Should Fight Back in War on Truth

With eight forthcoming translations of his books, Vladimir Sorokin is gaining recognition in the West just as, he says, Russian writers need to fight back in a semantic war on truth.

#berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sorokin-vladimir, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

A White Author’s Book About Black Feminism Was Pulled After a Social Media Outcry

The book “Bad and Boujee” centers on Black women’s experience, but critics said it was written by a white professor and was flawed in its execution.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #religion-and-belief, #writing-and-writers

Ocean Vuong’s Reading List

“I feel truer to myself while reading than I do experiencing the world through my body — so any chance to read is ideal for me.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #poetry-and-poets, #vuong-ocean, #writing-and-writers

Will Substack Go Beyond Newsletters? A Company Weighs Its Future.

The publishing platform’s founders want Substack to be an “alternate universe on the internet.” But it faces copycat rivals, an exodus by writers and a need to move beyond newsletters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #media, #news-and-news-media, #newsletters, #social-media, #substack-inc, #writing-and-writers

Delia Ephron’s Memoir Could Be Called ‘Love, Loss and Love Again’

In “Left on Tenth,” the veteran author looks back on a series of life-altering events, including a whirlwind romance at the age of 72.

#age-chronological, #books-and-literature, #dating-and-relationships, #ephron-delia, #ephron-nora, #friendship, #left-on-tenth-a-second-chance-at-life-book, #movies, #new-york-city, #writing-and-writers

Jack Higgins, Author of ‘The Eagle Has Landed,’ Dies at 92

Under various pseudonyms, he wrote adventure novels that sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #higgins-jack, #writing-and-writers

Who Is MacKenzie Scott?

Three decades after worrying about making rent, she is now giving away billions — all while trying to keep herself out of the spotlight.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #content-type-personal-profile, #morrison-toni, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #writing-and-writers

Delia Ephron Writes Her Way Through Cancer to a Happy Ending

Her new book is a medical thriller, a cancer memoir, a love story and a hero’s journey — except there were two heroes: Ephron and her husband, who walked with her.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #ephron-delia, #ephron-nora, #kass-jerome-1937-2015, #leukemia, #manhattan-nyc, #movies, #sleepless-in-seattle-movie, #writing-and-writers, #youve-got-mail-movie

Novelist Samantha Hunt Revisits Her ‘Haunted’ Childhood Home

In her fifth book, Samantha Hunt describes finding a manuscript left behind by her late father in the family’s 18th-century house.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hunt-samantha, #mr-splitfoot-book, #pound-ridge-ny, #writing-and-writers

Eric Boehlert, Media Critic and Writer, Dies at 57

“He was fearless and brilliant in his investigation of hypocrisies and double standards in the media, and his contribution was priceless,” his family said in a statement.

#boehlert-eric, #deaths-obituaries, #media, #new-jersey-transit, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #writing-and-writers