Prince’s Memoir ‘The Beautiful Ones’ Coming in October

Prince’s Memoir ‘The Beautiful Ones’ Coming in October

An exciting, if bittersweet piece of news comes in the form of the release if Prince’s unfinished memoir, which, according to The Guardian, has finally received a release date. Random House has that the memoir, entitled The Beautiful Ones, will be released on 29th October. An epic volume, the memoir will span from Prince’s childhood to his final days. It will contain Prince’s incomplete manuscript, along with personal photos, scrapbooks, and lyrics. Prince originally announced the book in 2016, saying the starting point for the book was his first memory and continuing onwards from there. Prince managed to complete fifty handwritten pages before …

Writers Respond to Steve Bannon Headlining ‘New Yorker’ Festival

Writers Respond to Steve Bannon Headlining ‘New Yorker’ Festival

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The flurry of condemnation and guest dropouts for New Yorker Festival following the announcement of Steve Bannon as the headline speaker was swiftly followed by the announcement that Bannon was out. The editor of the celebrated literary and cultural magazine, David Remnick, released a statement clarifying why he thought inviting Bannon was a good idea, but concluded that he had changed his mind and that Bannon was no longer to be featured at the event.   — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 3, 2018   Before and after the prominent disinvitation was issued, several writers had spoken out about the hoopla.   A favorite …

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

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This past December, a 4,000-word short story took the internet by storm when it was published in The New Yorker. The story is titled Cat Person, and details the trials of twenty-year-old college student Margot as she meets and briefly dates thirty-four-year-old Robert.   The all-too-realistic piece of fiction showcases Margot throughout the many quick-changing stages of a blooming, new relationship: the excitement, the giddiness, the butterflies of a growing new crush, the fantasies about everything this relationship could possibly grow into, all the way through unto the grounding realization that this person is not at all who you’d hoped they were.   *** SPOILERS AHEAD***   The …

‘Cat Person’ Author Kristen Roupenian Lands Paw-some Five Figure Book Deal

‘Cat Person’ Author Kristen Roupenian Lands Paw-some Five Figure Book Deal

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It’s not every day that a work of fiction goes viral. In fact, it hardly ever happens. But when Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” appeared in The New Yorker last week, it struck a chord and became one of the most-read pieces this year.    Inspired by an experience of Roupenian’s own, the story follows a college student, Margot, who has uncomfortable and unpleasant sex with an older man who continues to text her after their encounter. The story has appealed to countless people, and has been described, in its depiction of unwanted, though consensual sex, as ‘excruciating.’ That is true. …