One of literature’s most striking descriptions of the creative process can be found in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Pale Fire.” An academic, Professor Kinbote, recalls standing on a terrace with the poet John Shade. Shade, he says, is soaking in the view: “perceiving and transforming the world, taking it in and taking it apart, re-combining its elements in the very process of storing them up so as to produce at some unspecified date an organic miracle, a fusion of image and music, a line of verse.” The moment reminds Kinbote of one from his childhood, when he watched “a conjurer . . . quietly consuming a vanilla ice.” Nabokov disliked the idea that others would search his writing for glimpses of his personal life. In a 1944 biography of Nikolai Gogol, he stated his disdain for “the morbid inclination we have to derive satisfaction from the fact (generally false and always irrelevant) that a work of art is … [Read more...] about Who Owns a Story?
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Melissa Silverstein is the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood and the artistic director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. The views expressed here are her own. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN) Please note: the commentary below contains spoilers for 'Frozen 2.' On an especially cold evening last week, I noticed a group of girls with blue tulle skirts peeking out from beneath their winter coats. I was confused, to say the least. A few seconds later, it became abundantly clear: They were all dressed as Elsa from "Frozen." Melissa Silverstein Of course. Disney on Ice was in town, and along with their adult accompaniment, they were tramping towards the arena, the closest they could get to reaching the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. With "Frozen 2" hitting theaters this weekend, they'll soon have another place to wear their beloved costumes. It's no surprise that Elsa is the "it" girl of the Disney world now. She is the perfect symbol of … [Read more...] about ‘Frozen 2’ is more than a princess movie
Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News Farris Wilks, right and his brother Dan laugh with their sister Beth Maynard while telling a story about her time working for their company, Tuesday evening, April 23, 2013. Maynard started working for her brothers in 1978 and retired this week. less Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News Farris Wilks, right and his brother Dan laugh with their sister Beth Maynard while telling a story about her time working for their company, Tuesday evening, April 23, 2013. ... more Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News Farris Wilks, right and his brother Dan laugh with their sister Beth Maynard while telling a story about her time working for their … [Read more...] about Billionaire fracking brothers hammered by Permian holdings
Gina Haspel. Photo: The OSS Society via YouTube President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Deputy Director Gina Haspel, almost withdrew herself from consideration for the job over concerns that she would face a difficult confirmation process thanks to her role in the George W. Bush administration’s torture regime. The Washington Post reports Haspel told the White House she wanted to step aside if her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday was going to damage her or the CIA’s reputation, triggering a panicked effort by White House officials to get her to change her mind. In 2002, al-Qaeda suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was subjected to torture by waterboarding at a CIA black site Haspel oversaw in Indonesia. She also had a hand in issuing an order to shred 92 videotapes of CIA interrogations, destroying evidence of war crimes committed by the U.S. government, though a special prosecutor who looked into the matter ultimately filed no charges against anyone … [Read more...] about Haspel Nearly Walked Away From CIA Director Nomination
close Video Potential legal troubles loom for Comey, despite avoiding prosecution on leaks DOJ declines to prosecute the former FBI director over leaked memos; reaction from Reps. Tom McClintock and Andy Biggs. At least 14 FBI employees were referred to the agency's internal ethics office for unauthorized disclosures of classified or sensitive information in the last three years, according to FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) documents obtained by the conservative transparency group Judicial Watch. The documents, released Tuesday, offered a window into what the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) has characterized as a culture of leaking at the FBI, which allegedly permeated the bureau's highest levels, and how the agency polices itself. In several instances, the documents show that OPR's proposed punishments for FBI employees were reduced dramatically. IG and DOJ reviews of the FBI's handling of the counterintelligence probe into President … [Read more...] about FBI employees disciplined for unauthorized disclosures received lighter punishments after internal review, docs show