July 07, 2020

Melania Trump’s former aide to release ‘explosive’ memoir

Jul 07 2020 A former senior aide to Melania Trump who helped oversee Donald Trump’s inauguration has written an “explosive” memoir detailing her 15-year friendship with the first lady, according to reports. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was appointed as an unpaid adviser to the first lady shortly after Donald Trump won the 2016 election ... But in February 2018, Winston Wolkoff was forced out after reports that her firm had received $26m in payments to help plan Trump’s lavish inauguration ceremony in 2017 and related events. At the time, Winston Wolkoff said the firm had “retained a total of $1.62m” that...

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Humble Bundle rises to new challenges

Jul 07 2020 Humble Bundle's mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices. Under the Humble Bundle model, consumers can pay what they wish for DRM-free digital content, with some of the proceeds going to nonprofits. In partnership with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), it has helped raise more than $450,000 to support independent booksellers and comics retailers since the beginning of 2020. In addition, this year it has helped raise more than $70,000 for the Hero Initiative, a fund that supports comics creators in need and $40,000 for EveryLibrary, a political action...

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The backlash against the Harry Potter creator is a growing pain of her fandom

Jul 07 2020 In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, Helen Lewis examines the backlash against J. K. Rowling, including two fan sites distancing themselves, after Rowling argued last month that “woman” should remain a biological category: ... The difficulty of adulting also includes the acknowledgment that people are fallible, and the world is complicated. Parents, and heroes, have feet of clay. Call it a loss of youthful idealism, or call it pragmatism, it is what allows us to survive in the adult world. And this is the struggle facing Harry Potter fans. They have long resented Rowling’s continued involvement...

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Lockdown diaries: the festival programmer

This spring/summer was meant to look very different (a statement that could be applied to literally any person on the planet, I know, but bear with me just so I can give context). After 10+ years working my way up through the arts, and a particularly big year at Cheltenham last year delivering its 70th anniversary edition, I’d negotiated with my company to take a sabbatical this year and take six months out to hike the 2,000+ miles of the Appalachian Trail in the US.

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