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Friday News: Authors United to call on the DOJ, Amtrak’s Writers Residency project, Olivia Pope’s popularity, and more banned books to read

Friday News: Authors United to call on the DOJ, Amtrak’s Writers...

According to Preston, a letter addressed to William Baer, assistant attorney general for antitrust, has been drawn up and calls for a closer look at Amazon’s practices. News of the letter, said Preston, was leaked “very prematurely.” –Publishers Weekly

Amtrak is excited to announce the selection of 24 members of the literary community as the first group of writers to participate in the #AmtrakResidency program. Over the next year, they will work on writing projects of their choice in the unique workspace of a long-distance train. The 24 residents offer a diverse representation of the writing community and hail from across the country. –Amtrak

These new Olivias are popping up around two years after Scandal premiered in 2012. That was the same year The Atlantic‘s huge Anne-Marie Slaughter cover story “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” a dissection of what happens when women’s professional and family lives intersect, was widely discussed. We’re still having conversations about the issues raised in Slaughter’s essay, but it’s important to remember what spurred her into writing the essay: she was sick of watching young women being duped into believing a fairytale. . . .

Olivia Pope offers a different option. She’s fully aware of not being to able to have it all. (In her case, the stakes are soapier, since “having it all” involves sleeping with the president.) Instead, Olivia shows us that there’s nothing wrong with trying to have everything that she can.

–Vox

Tuesday News: BISG focuses on collaboration, Alibaba’s massive IPO, the New York Times flubs race again, and the years top banned books

Tuesday News: BISG focuses on collaboration, Alibaba’s massive IPO, the New...

Echoing Michael’s video message the panel also urged more industry collaboration. Indeed the growing emphasis on collaboration between separate players in the supply chain and the emphasis on publisher/customer outreach can produce friction in an industry used to clear demarcations between manufacturer, retailer and consumer. But Catogge said publishers and retailers have to reassess the notion of “owning the customer,” and Toolian called earlier models of channel ownership, “outdated notions of customer relations. We need to share our understanding of customers though not necessarily their email addresses.” –Publishers Weekly

Alibaba is a holding company. It owns Taobao.com, China’s version of eBay, and Tmall.com, another popular shopping destination where major international brands like Nike and Samsung have online stores. It also owns a business-to-business commerce site, and it developed a fast-growing cashless-payments system, Alipay, which is a Chinese version of Pay-pal. (As Vauhini Vara notes, the company has also been compared to Walmart.) In short, Alibaba has done a better job than its Chinese competitors in mimicking the American pacesetters that first demonstrated the power of these network effects. –New Yorker

There are some big questions here – about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories about women and race. They are worth exploring in depth. . . .

“This is a signal to me that we have to constantly remind ourselves as editors of our blind spots, what we don’t know, and of how readers may react.”  –New York Times