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Cumberbatches decline to whore out wedding; media reduced to reporting fan reactions.

February 16, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television 2 Comments →

Ha ha ha! Try journalism.

Martin Freeman was said to have been best man, aww. So they’d already rehearsed it, just switched roles.

To Kill A Classic: Does Harper Lee really want her 60-year-old “sequel” published?

February 07, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Current Events No Comments →

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Harper Lee’s entire reputation is based on one novel, the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird. She never put out another novel…and then her publisher announces that a “sequel” to Mockingbird will be released this summer.

For decades she refused to have that novel published, and her wish was honored and enforced by her lawyer Alice Lee, who was also her sister.

Three months ago Alice Lee died. Then the publisher announced that the novel Go Set A Watchman would hit stores.

Of course To Kill A Mockingbird fans are thrilled, but is this what Harper Lee really wants? She has always been reclusive. She was cheated of the proceeds of Mockingbird. She is reportedly senile.

What is the truth here?

More: An earlier story about the disputed Mockingbird royalties in Vanity Fair.

Another angle: Don’t do it, Harper Lee, by Jessa Crispin of Bookslut

If all beauty pageants were like this, we would watch them

February 03, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events No Comments →

And if all Oscar nominees were required to dress themselves without the aid of stylists we would start watching the Academy Awards again.

Binge-listening: Serial, the podcast

January 30, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events 2 Comments →

As soon as we get the episodes. Hurry up, download.

Charlie Hebdo, by a survivor

January 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Places No Comments →

The cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Cabu at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, Paris, May 23, 2012. Photo by Patrick Fouque/Getty Images

Dear Friends of Charlie Hebdo and Libération,

Right now I have nothing left but three fingers wrapped in Band-Aids, a heavily bandaged jaw, and just a few ounces of strength, a few minutes in which to express to you all my affection and thank you for your friendship and your support. This is all I wanted to say to you: if there is one thing that this attack reminded me about, or even taught me in the first place, it’s why I practice this profession at these two papers—out of a spirit of freedom and the sheer fun of expressing it, whether in the form of news or caricature, in good company, and in every way possible, however unsuccessful, without feeling the slightest need to judge the result.

Continue reading at the NYRB Blog.

Maggie Gyllenhaal rules The Honourable Woman as a drowsy baroness.

January 09, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television No Comments →

As Nessa Stein, the Anglo-Israeli title character of the BBC mini-series The Honourable Woman, Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like she needs a good, long nap. She enunciates each syllable carefully, draws out her sentences, slowly elongates her neck and stretches her limbs like a languid giraffe. She can’t even stand straight without clutching the rostrum, one leg crossed in front of the other as if for balance. It’s a wide-awake star turn that keeps us entertained throughout the labyrinthine turns and deceptions of the drama written, directed and produced by Hugo Blick.

Read our review at The Binge in BusinessWorld.