“Poetry readings used to be spaces of erotic energy in which the poets on the stage, the purveyors of beautiful words, had power, and we in the audience wanted to bask in the glow. Now that’s all forbidden.
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As allegations of sexual harassment sweep through the publishing industry—resulting in canceled book deals, boycotts by bookstores and expulsions from writers’ conferences—publishers, agents and editors are grappling with how to tackle the issue. As in the entertainment business, where celebrated actors have lost starring roles in TV shows and movies, publishing companies are facing painful trade-offs as they cut ties with accused men in hopes of minimizing any collateral damage.
Jamie Thomas, a manager and children’s book buyer at the bookstore Women & Children First in Chicago, removed books by Mr. Asher, Mr. Dashner and Mr. Alexie from the store’s shelves. “I don’t want to have our customers having to come in here and ask why we’re supporting someone accused of sexual misconduct,” she said.”
01) Crying Alex Jones Turns On Trump: He’s Crapping All Over Us!
“Infowars founder Alex Jones ripped into President Trump on Friday night after the president authorized military airstrikes in Syria, saying the decision made him “sick.”
“If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn’t be so bad,” a visibly emotional Jones said of Trump. “We’ve made so many sacrifices and now he’s crapping all over us. It makes me sick.”
Jones said the decision to strike Syria was especially painful because Trump had been “doing so good.”
“Trump’s now a fraud,” Jones later said. “Done.”
“F— Trump,” he vented Friday.
The conspiracy theorist, who interviewed Trump in 2015 during the presidential race, said in January that the president had called him several times in the previous months but he missed the call.
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01) Michigan Gov Declares Flint Water Crisis Over, Stops Supply of Bottled Water
“Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, announced he’d be stopping a state program that supplies residents of Flint with bottled water. Why? Because—according to him—the lead contamination crisis is now officially over. The reality is that Flint residents still don’t have clean drinking water, and the supply of bottled water was a crucial resource for residents that they still very much need.
“A shocking new report debunks the “97% consensus” on climate change, pointing out that, in fact, 99.94% of peer-reviewed climate science studies support the view that human activity on earth is impacting the climate, including changing air and ocean temperatures
01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #123 – Identity & Honesty (with Ezra Klein)
“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Waking Up #73).
Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and founder of Vox. Before that, he was columnist and editor at the Washington Post, a policy analyst at MSNBC, and a contributor to Bloomberg.