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On the Books: Dick Cavett talks 'Brief Encounters' in pop culture in new book


- What do Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, James Gandolfini, Gore Vidal, and John Lennon have in common? They’re all featured characters in Dick Cavett’s new essay collection out today, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. In his latest offering, the 28-year host of one of The Dick Cavett Show—one of 20th-century America’s first media forums for entertainment culture—shares his recollections of the famous figures he encountered throughout his career. Jimmy Fallon wrote the foreword to Brief Encounters, in which Cavett also revisits his Midwestern upbringing and offers his take on modern politics and pop culture—he calls Stephen Colbert’s upcoming late-night debut “one of the great things to happen in this country,” reports USA Today. Fifty-six years after the debut of his talk show, Cavett, 77, remains as quick-witted and bold-minded as ever. “I dislike people who can’t swim, who can’t drive a car, who don’t have a television set and who don’t go online,” he says. “A great world is available to you there. It’s moronic not to be a part of it.” READ FULL STORY

Children's Laureate sparks conversation about diversity in books

British author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman took a 24-hour hiatus from Twitter after an interview posted Sunday on Sky News led to a barrage of what she called “racist tweets.”

The Sky story was originally titled “Children’s Books ‘Have Too Many White Faces’,” but several hours after publishing, Sky changed the headline to “Call For More Ethnic Diversity In Kids’ Books”—after being contacted by Blackman, reported The Guardian. “Not once did the phrase in the banner headline pass my lips because I don’t think in those terms,” Blackman tweeted to her roughly 14,700 followers.

Fifteen minutes later, James Matthews, Scotland Bureau Chief at Sky News, tweeted, “Our headline writers are changing that Malorie and pass on their apologies” at both Blackman and Richard Suchet, the Sky correspondent who conducted the interview and wrote the accompanying article. READ FULL STORY

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