Noting that they are “aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power,” hundreds of writers expressed their opposition to a possible Trump presidency.
"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings," said Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th annual National Book Awards ceremony. "[But] any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
Of more than 500 writers polled by PEN International, a writers rights and advocacy group, 16 percent said knowledge of NSA surveillance led them to abandon writing projects they thought could attract unwanted government attention. An additional 11 percent said they've "seriously considered it."
Politico's piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a "bitchy woman character"; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Truthdig columnists Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer are among the notable writers who have signed this appeal urging President Obama to rethink Afghanistan. The ad, appearing in The Nation and The New York Review of Books, warns that "a new beginning will not be possible as long as we continue to spill the blood of the men, women, and children of Afghanistan."
He's not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers' strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.
With top-tier talent unwilling to cross picket lines for the sake of a gala awards ceremony, the folks who put together the Golden Globes (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC and Dick Clark Productions) scrambled to work around the whole no-actors-showing-up issue but had to settle for a newscast announcing the winners.
Late night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien are set to resume their talk shows without writers. An NBC executive says "there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay's and Conan's decision," but one imagines dwindling ratings have something to do with their plans. David Letterman, meanwhile, may work out a deal with the Writers Guild that would allow his show to come back with writers.