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Literary Culture Clash

Every year the MacArthur Foundation gives a small number of $500,000 fellowships to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.” In recent years, this so called “genius grant” has been awarded to, among others, Junot Díaz, Aleksandar Hemon, Edwidge Danticat, and Colson Whitehead. The thing these writers have in common, besides their talent, is that they are represented by the same literary agent: Nicole Aragi.

via Literary Culture Clash, Jonathan Lee interviews Nicole Aragi – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ – Deadline.com

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose directorial debut was 2009′s Nowhere Boy about the early life of John Lennon, has been secured to direct Fifty Shades Of Grey, the sizzling novel adaptation from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Fellow Brit Kelly Marcel has written the script for the movie, based on EL James’ bestseller that follows the relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca are producing alongside James. “Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” said De Luca. “EL James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit.”

FBI Foiled and Followed Author

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes’ Marxist leanings and criticism of the Vietnam War led the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to purposefully delay — and deny — the author’s visa applications during the 1960s, newly released documents reveal. The FBI’s file for Fuentes, one of the 20th Century’s most influential Latin American authors, chronicles more than two decades of monitoring that included keeping tabs on him through sources who worked at New York University and Columbia University.

Paula Deen fired from Food Network after admitting to using racial slur – NY Daily News

Paula Deen fired from Food Network after admitting to using racial slur – NY Daily News.  Celebrity chef Paula Deen, 66, was canned by the cable channel on Friday after releasing a groveling video apology on YouTube for using the N-word and cracking racist jokes at her Savannah, Ga., restaurant.  She gave a video statement to address her racism scandal.   “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong I have done. I want to learn and grow from this,” she said in the 45-second video posted on YouTube. “Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

Stephen King’s Paperback-Only Crime Novel: Back to the Future? | The Authors Guild

Anyone who has been around publishing long enough to remember the events of 2000 may feel a bit nostalgic reading the stories about Stephen King’s decision to publish his next book, Joyland, in print only. He’s jolted the industry before.

via Stephen King’s Paperback-Only Crime Novel: Back to the Future? | The Authors Guild.

E.L. Doctorow and Mark di Suvero Strike Gold at American Academy of Arts and Letters – NYTimes.com

E.L. Doctorow and Mark di Suvero Strike Gold at American Academy of Arts and Letters

By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

The novelist E.L. Doctorow and the sculptor Mark di Suvero have been awarded gold medals for the arts by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards were announced on Wednesday at the academy’s headquarters in Upper Manhattan, as part of a ceremony inducting three new regular members and one honorary member, Bob Dylan, to the 250-person group.

via E.L. Doctorow and Mark di Suvero Strike Gold at American Academy of Arts and Letters – NYTimes.com.

Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut — Vulture

Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut

By Jesse David Fox

Scarlett Johansson’s agents are having a busy Cannes. It was announced today that, after getting cast as co-star in Jon Favreau’s Chef, Scarlett Johansson will be directing her first feature. Entitled Summer Crossing, it is an adaptation of a Truman Capote novel of the same name.

via Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut — Vulture.

IRS Wrong To Target ‘Patriots’–But Also To Let Non-Profits Play Politics – The Daily Beast

Forget slow-news Friday. The IRS admission today that it singled out for scrutiny political action committees with the words “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names rocketed around the Internet, fueling conservatives’ feeling of persecution.

via IRS Wrong To Target ‘Patriots’–But Also To Let Non-Profits Play Politics – The Daily Beast.