FROM Tosh Berman
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.
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."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.