FROM Ethan Chiel
Dennis Cooper and the case of the disappearing blog What would you do if 14 years’ worth of your work disappeared? That’s a question that writer and artist Dennis Cooper has been asking himself for the last few weeks. At the end of June, Cooper tried to log in to his Google-managed blog and it was gone: no content, no archives, no explanation. Cooper used the blog to save most of his work, for instance, he recently published a GIF novel (yes, a novel composed of GIFs) completely on the blog. And beyond using the blog as a primary publishing platform, he also used it to interact with fans and other writers on a daily basis.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.