What Does Hollywood’s Reverence for Child Rapist Roman Polanski Tell Us? by Hadley Freeman

What Does Hollywood’s Reverence for Child Rapist Roman Polanski Tell Us? by Hadley Freeman

Excerpts:

… On 1 February 1978, after 42 days in jail, Polanski fled the US while awaiting final sentencing, having pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. On these facts, everyone agrees.

There are no hazy conspiracy theories – we know exactly what happened because Polanski admitted to it and later wrote about it in astonishing detail in his autobiography, Roman by Polanski, published six years after he left the US and went to France, where he still lives.

… But, in truth, for many British and US actors, working with Polanski never lost its cachet, and arguably had even more once he became excluded from the US mainstream.

Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Winslet and many more have appeared in Polanski movies in the decades since his conviction, and questions about why they were working with a convicted child rapist were seen as tacky, proof of a rigid mind more focused on gossip than art.

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Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

8 rejection letters that will inspire you to not give up  

Excerpts from the page:

U2’s Rejection Letter

“Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’…”

U2 were given the generic refusal letter treatment by RSO Records after Bono (Paul Hewson)  mailed the London based label a demo tap in 1979. “We have listened with careful consideration,” the label’s Alexander Sinclair said, and we’ll never known whether that’s actually true. Either way, Mr. Sinclair must be kicking himself now.

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Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

We Can Encourage Our Better Angels

Social science points to several ways we can be more virtuous people

Role Models. Role models can help us see the world in a new way. They can be some of the people closest to us – my role models include my parents and my college roommate.

Or they can be people we don’t know, such as the Polish sewer worker Leopold Socha, who saved 10 Jews from the Nazis by protecting them underground for more than a year. They can even be examples from stories, like the good Samaritan or the bishop who forgives Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.”

Role models reshape our imagination, serve as great sources of wisdom and advice, and perhaps most important, inspire us to change our lives and become better people.

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Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

…But when people are asked about their countries, they switch from Pollyanna to Eeyore: everyone else is miserable, they insist, and the world is going to hell in a handcart.

This disconnect originates in the nature of news. News is about what happens, not what doesn’t happen, so it features sudden and upsetting events like fires, plant closings, rampage shootings and shark attacks.

Most positive developments are not camera-friendly, and they aren’t built in a day.

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Initiative Time’s Up Launched by Hollywood Women

Sexual Harassment Prevention Initiative Time’s Up Launched by Hollywood Women

300 Hollywood women announce initiative to fight sexual harassment in all workplaces

The #MeToo movement has given rise to #TimesUp, an initiative by 300 prominent women in the entertainment industry to fight sexual harassment and gender disparity in every workplace across the country from “movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike.”

Time’s Up: Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.

The initiative, which is called Time’s Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.

The Hollywood project is described as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”.

It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Initiative Time’s Up Launched by Hollywood Women

Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon are among the key players of the effort, which includes a legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar industries and the call for women to wear black to the Golden Globes.

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Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Excerpts:

[The author of this work describes having written biographies of many famous authors, and he noticed after having written several of them, that there were gaps in their biographies]

…We live in a time of productivity and deliverables, when anything other than relentless upward movement in a career can be cause for self-excoriating anxiety.

But stretches of failure, disappointment, and obscurity are part of every life, even posthumously celebrated ones. The facts of some authors’ biographies make it hard to imagine that their lives felt as special at the time as their work has proved to be since.

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Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist

by Sharon Loeffler As told to Gene Maddaus

Excerpts:

…Hollywood has always looked the other way when it comes to sexual misconduct. When disturbing stories emerge, we are told to separate the art from the artist. Even last year, the president of the Academy urged people to go see “The Birth of a Nation” and consider it independently of the director’s [Nate Parker’s] past [of allegedly raping women].

But asking us to ignore an artist’s misconduct and focus on the art just protects that artist’s career from the consequences of his actions.

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