New Book Speaks of the Compulsory Hijab and Women’s Rights in Iran

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You may have already heard of Masih Alinejad, the Iranian runs the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, and dedicates much of her life to protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab laws. Uncovered her hair is a mass of beautiful corkscrew curls, but the beauty of them isn’t the issue here, her entire head of hair has become a political symbol and now she has a book out too.

Masih says she isn’t anti-hijab, but she doesn’t want to wear one and believes that throughout the world women should have the right to choose. However, Iran hold a compulsory hijab law and they have their own morality police to enforce it, and Masih’s protests have seen her imprisoned, forced to leave Iran and now unable to see her family.
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London Review of Books Dedicates Entire Issue to Grenfell Tragedy

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For the first time in the history of the London Review of Books, the new edition contains just one article; a 60,000 word investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy and its political aftermath.

The edition is written by the London Review of Books editor Andrew O’Hagan and is entitled ‘The Tower’, described as “the fullest account yet” of the tragedy. Read More

Stephen King speaks to Colbert about Trump Twitter block scandal

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Stephen King and Donald Trump have never been fans of one another but the celebrated author has now doubled down on his disdain for the POTUS.

Following a spat during the release of the movie adaptation of King’s IT where Trump ended up blocking the author on Twitter, King banned Trump from seeing his movies. Due to a recent ruling, federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald stated that President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter, so it seems he will now have to unblock Stephen King.

How does King feel about this, and will he start interacting with the president again after his unblocking? King spoke to Colbert recently and gave his thoughts on the matter.

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Michelle Obama Reveals Cover for Memoir

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We announced the coming of Michelle Obama’s memoir back in February 2018 and now we can finally reveal the official cover for her widely anticipated memoir out in November.

Becoming presents us with Michelle Obama’s life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Michelle’s memoir will be printed in 24 languages and sell for $32.50 in the United States.

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Trevor Noah is back with a new book!

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Trevor Noah has done it again! He’s back with a new humorous poke at the Commander in Chief of the good old USA.

Never one to shy away from expressing his opinions, thoughts, and feelings about… Well, anything… Noah and his team have produced a hilarious new book based on the Twitter ramblings of the 45th President of the United States.

As seen on The Daily Show, an illustrated portrait of the Donald J. Trump Twitter account, with analysis and “scholarly” commentary from the writers of The Daily Show and an introduction by Trevor Noah.”

Available for pre-order now and on sale 31st July 2018.

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13 times Harry Potter fans got political

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As much as people would like to argue it doesn’t, and that For Reading Addicts should steer clear of politics, fiction and reality often cross over. There is no escaping politics as life is political, reading is a political act, and literature has recorded and reflects that.

The Harry Potter fandom knows this all too well… The world of witches, wizards, and magical creatures is often fraught with clashes and strong opinion, much like our own. Occasionally this particular literary world has been seen to reflect our own in such a way that many fans cannot help but make comparisons, no matter how obscure, hilarious, or downright ridiculous.

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Nazi Germany, Book Burnings and Censorship

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As the National Socialists rose to power in 1933, censorship also rose along with their ideals. On May 10th 1933, the first book burnings took place, an event that would spread through the next two months and millions of books were burned and destroyed.

The Nazi party eventually published a list of ‘damaging and undesirable writings’ the Liste des schädlichen und unerwünschten Schrifttums packed with authors of Jewish descent, authors with pacifist tendencies, communist sympathies or suspicion there of. Although the original list encompassed only Nazi Germany, as the Nazis occupied other countries, the lists expanded and each country had its own list of literature that must be destroyed. Read More

Women’s Storybook Project Celebrates 15 Years of Helping Incarcerated Mothers Read to Their Children

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For the past 15 years, the Women’s Story Book Project of Texas has been helping women in prison remain connected to their children by allowing inmates who have maintained good behaviour to read to their children. The organisation provides the mothers with a range of books to choose from and helps record them onto CD’s so their children can still hear their mother’s voice reading to them.

One inmate, named Myeisha Garcia, who a part of the programme finished her recording by saying “We’ve come a long way, and I love you,” to her two daughters who currently live with their grandmother. She was sentenced to 10 years after she was charged for manslaughter after killing her boyfriend in a domestic violence fight which she claims was self defence.
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Find out how a bad male author would describe you…

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Twitter caused quite a stir recently when one writer decided to expose a bad male authors for what they are: sexist and dull.

While bad writers of all genders exist, it is a strange phenomenon that sees many male authors write female characters with no sense of them as a person. They describe their bodies as if they were something to consume, and their personalities as an aside, if at all. It becomes more uncomfortable when they attempt to write from the woman’s perspective- giving her an inner monologue that wouldn’t be out of place in a pornography film script.

Let’s make it clear: women do not describe their bodies as if it was for male consumption. That’s the first and most basic rule. The second rule would be- if you can’t write a female part without instantly sexualising her, maybe don’t bother.

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The similarities between March For Our Lives and Harry Potter are remarkable

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Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent for Time, and a radio host for Alter Family Politics on , SiriusXM 102. Having delved into much of the current issues in her day job she noticed some striking similarities between the young people’s March For Our Lives and the goings on in the world of Harry Potter.

Charlotte took to Twitter to see if anyone agreed, and if anyone had thought the same.

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