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New York Review of Books Editor Out After #MeToo Uproar

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The editor of the New York Review of Books has abruptly left his post following an outcry when the magazine published an essay by a former radio host accused of sexual misconduct that many deemed self-serving. Ian Buruma, who was appointed to lead the magazine last year, is “no longer the editor,“ according to Nicholas During, a publicist for the New York Review of Books. It was unclear if Buruma was fired or resigned, the AP reports. The magazine came under fire last week for publishing “Reflections From a Hashtag,“ an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, who has been accused of sexual assault and punching and choking women without their consent. Critics say the 3,400-word essay had inaccuracies, minimized Ghomeshi’s actions, and was an egotistical attempt to rehabilitate himself.

Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. He also apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn. Buruma defended publishing the essay (in which Ghomeshi referred to himself at one point as a “#MeToo pioneer”) in an interview with Slate, saying he was “no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation” and that the specifics of Ghomeshi’s past misconduct were not his “concern.“ Buruma contributed to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War and Year Zero: A History of 1945. Buruma also taught at Bard College.

Author Scott McClanahan to Present at GSC

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On Thursday, September 13 Scott McClanahan will visit Glenville State College as a part of the ongoing “We, too, are Appalachia” project. The series of performances and presentations, made possible by Glenville State College and the West Virginia Humanities Council, are an exploration of identity and place regarding rural West Virginia.

McClanahan is a co-founder of Holler Presents, a West Virginia based production and small press company. He has also published eight books including “Stories,” “Crapalachia,” and most recently “The Sarah Book” which was featured in Rolling Stone. He will be reading from his published works during the event, which is free and open to the public and will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Heflin Administration Building Auditorium.

His book, “Crapalachia,” details his teen years spent growing up in West Virginia. A New York Times book review called it an “intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny, and utterly wrenching” work.

The “We, too, are Appalachia” project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the presentation or the “We, too, are Appalachia” project, call 304.462.6328.

Woodward book says Trump aide privately called him ‘idiot’

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An upcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward says President Donald Trump’s chief of staff privately called Trump an “idiot” and aides plucked sensitive documents off the president’s desk to keep him from taking rash actions.

The book is the latest tell-all to roil the Trump administration with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief. The Washington Post on Tuesday published details from “Fear: Trump in the White House,” the Watergate reporter’s forthcoming examination of Trump’s first 18 months in office.

Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as having doubted Trump’s mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, “We’re in Crazytown.”

Trump’s former lawyer in the Russia probe, John Dowd, is also said to have doubted Trump’s ability to avoid perjuring himself should he be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit,” Dowd is quoted telling the president.

And Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is quoted explaining to Trump why the U.S. maintains troops on the South Korean peninsula to monitor the North’s missile activities. “We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Mattis says.

Woodward recounts that Mattis told “close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’”

Woodward also claims that Gary Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council, boasted of removing papers off Trump’s desk to prevent their signature, including efforts by the president to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The publication of Woodward’s book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that nearly all of their colleagues cooperated with the noted journalist, who cut his teeth bringing down Richard Nixon’s presidency during Watergate.

But Trump did not speak to Woodward until after the book’s manuscript was completed. The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward. Woodward tells Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Trump and was rebuffed.

The book follows the January release of author Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which led to a rift between Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist who spoke with Wolff in terms highly critical of the president and his family. Wolff’s book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes, but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.

Woodward’s work also comes weeks after former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing, including audio recordings of her firing by Kelly and a follow-on conversation with the president in which he claimed to have been unaware of Kelly’s decision.

Trump has been increasingly critical of anonymous sources used by reporters covering his administration. Woodward’s account relies on so-called “deep background” conversations with sources, in which their identities are not disclosed.

New book to focus on women in Donald Trump’s life

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A best-selling author and Newsweek correspondent has a book coming out on President Donald Trump and the women in his life.

Gallery Books announced Thursday that Nina Burleigh’s “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women” will be published Oct. 16. Burleigh, Newsweek’s national political correspondent, will draw on investigative journalism and feminist analysis, according to Gallery Books. She will write about Trump’s mother, his three wives, his sisters, daughters and female employees. She will also write about the more than a dozen women who have alleged harassment or other sexual misconduct — allegations he has denied.

Burleigh’s previous books include “The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox” and “Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt.”

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