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Jessica Chastain compelled to explain that she is a professional adult, not a bratty child (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today:
• Publicists don’t want me to see their films. Hardly anyone wants to pay for my reviews. Why, again, am I making myself insane over all this?

• Actor compelled to explain to the world that she and another actor are professional adults, not bratty children. Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence Both Want an Oscar. That’s Not a Catfight.

[This was posted at the Facebook page of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.]

• Clearly, I need to write some bestsellers full of fabrications, and then I’ll get invited to speak about my work to the industry. Jonah Lehrer is discussing his plagiarism scandal on Tuesday

• The Knight Foundation, which has hired Jonah Lehrer as a speaker, says it’s all about: “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.” And yet it avoids all mention of Lehrer’s journalistic crimes in its bio for his speaking engagement: “Jonah Lehrer has written about neuroscience for a number of publications. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has published three books, Imagine, Proust was a Neuroscientist, and How We Decide. Lehrer is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in neuroscience, and he studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received his Masters Degree in 20th Century Literature and Philosophy.” Knight Foundation: Media Learning Seminar: Speakers

• Fun Princess Bride design, by Nik Holmes, today at Teefury: The Inconceivables

The Inconceivables Princess Bride Nik Holmes

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