In response to that country’s anti-gay laws, Los Angeles City Council members placed a rainbow flag on the St. Petersburg Sister City sign; the U.S. and the U.K. are blatantly trying to inhibit journalists from doing their job; meanwhile, certain Amazon textbooks are rented under the condition they do not leave the state they’re purchased in. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
L.A. City Council Members Unveil Rainbow Flag on Sister City Sign
Los Angeles City Council Members Mike Bonin, Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge eloquently described their anger over the anti-gay “propaganda” law now being enforced in Russia before unveiling a small Rainbow flag attached to the St. Petersburg Sister City sign prominently displayed near City Hall.
Marcel Proust’s Masturbation Problem
Marcel Proust was undoubtedly a gifted author, known largely for his classic multi-volume novel, In Search of Lost Time, a mammoth piece of work believed by some to be one of the greatest books ever written. More importantly, he was also, it is said, obsessed with masturbation.
Reporter Hijacks Panel on Russian Television to Slam Anti-Gay Law
Though he was booked on a panel to discuss Bradley Manning, James Kirchick went utterly rogue during an appearance on Russian television, slamming the country’s draconian new law that effectively criminalizes most forms of gay public expression and open support for gay rights.
Conspiracy to Commit Journalism
The UK government told the editor of The Guardian, a national newspaper: Time’s up, no more of that journalism stuff! We’ll decide when there’s been enough debate. Stop now or we’ll make you stop.
Books With Borders
Students who rent textbooks through Amazon.com’s Warehouse Deals, Inc. may be unknowingly agreeing to an unusual condition: They are not permitted to cross state borders with their books.