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Asia Argento, One Of The Leaders Of The MeToo Movement, Paid A Settlement To Her Own Accuser

“In the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.”

John Calder, An Independent British Publisher Who Fought Censorship, Has Died At 91

Calder published Eugène Ionesco, Marguerite Duras, Heinrich Böll, Samuel Beckett and nearly 20 other Nobel Prize winners. And he was against censorship: “In 1963, a few years after Penguin Books was acquitted of obscenity for publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover in Britain, Mr. Calder acquired the rights to [Henry] Miller’s Tropic of Cancer — effectively daring the authorities to prosecute him under the British Obscene Publications Act of 1959.”

This Is How A Poetry-Reading Class Can Go Horribly Wrong

Close reading is hard, which is how this class ended up telling its professor that “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” was about a prostitute. “The predominant interpretation holds sway because students have been trained that their emotional response to a text is just as valid as, say, what it means to read a text within its historical or cultural context.”

Oh Crap: Netflix Is Thinking Seriously About Adding Advertisements To Its Shows

Cries of “NO!” go up from millions of throats, but the streaming behemoth is probably going to do it anyway. As a matter of fact, it’s already in beta. “With increased competition from Hulu, though, Netflix has decided to begin testing out a new feature that brings its service more in line with what Hulu is offering. Netflix calls the new feature ‘recommendations,’ but we think a more catchy name would be ‘commercials.'”