• January 21, 2016

    A campaign called Stop Hate Dump Trump has been launched by a large group of notables, including Angela Davis, Cindy Sherman, and Cornel West, who are criticizing both the Trump campaign and the media responsible for “normalising Trump’s extremism by treating it as entertainment, by giving it inordinate and unequal air time and by refusing to interrogate it or condemn it.”

    Eileen Myles

    Eileen Myles

    Joanna Rothkopf has interviewed Eileen Myles about her presidential campaign in the 1990s, in which she “exhibited more political integrity than anyone currently running.” It’s a good opportunity to reread her inspired campaign letters, too. But let’s not forget that (thanks to Jedediah Purdy) our tradition of the poet-politician is still alive and well in Sarah Palin.

    Should be easy for Bernie Sanders to keep perspective on the Democratic nomination when either way he’s already made it into People magazine.

    Grace Coddington, inadvertent star of The September Issue, is stepping down as creative director of Vogue after twenty-eight years. (The new “at large” version of her job sounds quite appealing, though, as she’ll keep an office and an assistant at the magazine, but have a little more time for projects like a sequel to her book.)

    Geraldo Reyes, head of Univision’s investigative unit, says that, pace Sean Penn, traditional journalists were offered interviews with Chapo Guzmán, too. Reyes himself claims to have turned the cartel boss down twice, in 2013 and again last year, because of Guzmán’s demand for approval of the results. Guzmán is evidently serious about his brand management: After Reyes’s interview-less investigation was broadcast in late 2013, a source revealed that El Chapo “had projected the Univision show on a big screen installed outdoors at one of his mountaintop camps so his bodyguards could watch it. [D]ozens of Guzmán’s employees cheered on several occasions during the broadcast—especially the part detailing his first jailbreak in 2001.”

    Win some, lose some: Gawker has found a new investor, but it’s also become the subject of yet another lawsuit.

    A stage version of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, now on in Boston starring Nick Offerman, hopes to make it to Broadway soon.

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