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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice to Women on How to Use Your Voice to Be Taken Seriously

September 27, 2017 Tuesday, the towering American news anchor Charlie Rose sat folded into an armchair across from U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. More than once the interviewer threw out questions rapid-fire, and was met with measured silence from his tiny interlocutor. The two spoke for an hour and a half...

James Comey is Now Writing a Book About Ethical Leadership

July 17, 2017 After three and a half years at the top of the US’s law enforcement food chain, James Comey has a few stories to tell. The former head of the FBI is writing a book, reports the New York Times (paywall). But it won’t be filled with dirty laundry; instead, Comey...

This U.S. State Now Lets Anyone—Not Just Parents—Request to Ban Books in Schools

July 5, 2017 Nosy Floridians now have another outlet for their moral outrage. Now anybody in the US state can formally complain about books used in public schools, and schools are required to hear them out. Last week governor Rick Scott signed a bill that allows any Florida resident to formally challenge new...

A New Bill on Copyright Law Would Take Power from the Library Of Congress and Give it to Trump

March 24, 2017 US copyright laws are severely outdated, and it looks like lawmakers are finally taking action. Thursday, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that proposes to change the country’s head of copyright from someone appointed by the Library of Congress, to someone picked by the president. The...

Texas Bans 15,000 Books From State Prisons, Including Dante’s “Inferno” and “The Color Purple”

September 27, 2016 Prisoners in the US aren’t allowed to read just anything. A person in a Pennsylvania prison can get access to Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas & Movements, but not The Art of Seduction. She’s allowed a copy of The New Jim Crow, but not The Carny Folk: The World’s...

A Powerful Image of Michelle Obama and George W. Bush For the Ages

September 26, 2016 A striking image from this weekend offers some symbolic hope for Americans troubled by the country’s stark division along ethnic, political, economic, and gender lines. At the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture over the weekend, photographers including Pulitzer-winner David Hume Kennerly captured a warm...

Congress is Taking Aim at Bots that Help Ticket Scalpers Profit

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the three months leading up to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final performance in Broadway musical "Hamilton," ticket scalpers made about $15.5 million from second-party sales, The New York Times estimates. Should another "Hamilton" come along in this lifetime, scalpers are likely to have a much harder time. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate’s...

'The Catcher in the Rye' Distributed With 'Anti-White' Notice in D.C.

September 12, 2016 Holden Caulfield is known for a lot of things—his whininess, his condemnation of phonies, his disillusionment with society at large. Now, he’ll be labeled in Washington, DC, as “anti-white”—but for a cause. This month, the city’s public library system is hiding once controversial books around DC in a literary “scavenger...

Amy Schumer’s New Book on How to Be a Boss

August 17, 2016 In Amy Schumer’s new book she describes her only one-night stand ever and rains fury down on women who wear their hair down at the gym. She also remembers being a very bad employee. In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, out today (Aug. 16) from Simon & Schuster’s...

The New York Public Library’s Little-Known “Human Google” Service

July 20, 2016 Does the Pope have to be a virgin? If you’ve got fingers and a smart phone, it’s a simple matter of Googling to find out. (The answer is: No.) But there’s another, more congenial service that takes only a few jabs of the finger: Just call 917-ASK-NYPL, and a live...