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“If I have any advice to young people, I urge you to never write or become part of the publishing industry.” On September 26, 2014, Ed Champion stood again on the edge of a bridge spanning the East River. Champion—a blogger, critic, and unpublished novelist—had written a despairing note on Facebook the night before: “I really have no reason to live anymore.” It was the second time in three months he had contemplated ending his...
Another year, another batch of feuds, squabbles, and offenses in the literary world, from the petty to the troubling. This year had a share of controversies in the book world, from the recent implosion of The New Republic to the uproar over various aspects of Lena Dunham's memoir to the awful racist joke Daniel Handler snuck in during his turn hosting the National Book Awards. Here, your year in literary uproar. Knausgaard, anti-Knausgaard, post-Knausgaard, Knausgaard-wave http://instagram.com/p/odqNlPisiA/ Sometime roughly around...

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