“I no longer believe that the Internet can be saved: it’s too late. The arguments that it can be saved by a bill of rights-style Magna Carta or through more specific regulation are too little too late. That is because calls to save the Internet are based on the false assumption that it is a neutral system. The Internet’s central design features – protocols, domains, networks, servers, data, codes – and its governance structures are deeply political and embedded within political and economic structures.”
Over the past months I spoke with 20 gatekeepers in the fiction world—agents, editors and publishers—to see whether they anticipate a change in the types of stories that shape the American novel. While they were apprehensive about making generalizations, most, if not all, seemed shaken by the realization that they are out of touch with a significant portion of the American electorate. And for several, the only way to remedy that is by actively seeking out stories from Trump country.
Says Martha Graham Dance Company artistic director Janet Eilber of Childs, “She is one of the people who truly went in the other direction of Martha Graham, and part of what we do now is inviting vastly different perspectives on our legacy. We want their own separate, unique voices. We want the contrast. It brings context to the Graham classics.”
Indeed: “The lead editorial pulled no punches, describing executives at Alden Global Capital, the paper’s hedge-fund owner, as ‘vulture capitalists.’ ‘We call for action,’ the editorial continued. It went on to make the case that ‘Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom. If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell The Post to owners who will.'”
They’re navigating a lot of money questions. “Since Years & Years won the BBC’s Sound of 2015, lead singer Olly Alexander has been refreshingly open about his sexuality. Speaking at a Stonewall event recently, he said he was advised by a media trainer not to disclose his sexuality when the band signed a record deal – but he ignored the advice.”
Will Hailey pursue her conducting career? What will happen to Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters, er, Thomas and Gloria? WHEN WILL JOSH BELL CAMEO NEXT? Unless another company steps in after Amazon decides to go “blockbuster” instead of “niche, but extremely fun,” we’ll never know.
The director of (most recently) Isle of Dogs has affected not only other movies but also everything about our visual world, including Instagram and much more: “He has had a boggling influence over the rest of pop culture, too, on fashion, design, pop and social media. It ranges from Gucci’s billion-dollar renaissance, trading on various elements of Tenenbaum-chic, to the recent video for SZA’s Broken Clocks, where the singer and friends cavort in a very Anderson-like US holiday camp. And where there isn’t homage, there is downright parody.”