Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

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It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

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As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

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The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published

Sep 18, 2013
Originally published on September 18, 2013 9:33 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A satiric short story by Ernest Hemingway, "My Life in the Bull Ring with Donald Ogden Stewart," will be published in the next issue of Harper's and in Hemingway's collected letters. After the story was discovered among the writer Donald Ogden Stewart's letters, Vanity Fair, which had rejected the story in the 1920s, requested permission to reprint it — only to be rejected by Hemingway's estate. Hemingway's son, Patrick, told the Independent, "I'm not a great fan of Vanity Fair. It's a sort of luxury thinker's magazine — for people who get their satisfaction out of driving a Jaguar instead of a Mini." The story is based on a real incident when Ogden Stewart apparently found himself in a bull fight in Spain. According to a 2004 New York Times article, Stewart was not a fan of the story, writing in his autobiography, "When he had sent me a 'funny' piece about myself to submit to Vanity Fair, I had decided that written humor was not his dish and had done nothing about it." It's unclear whether Ogden Stewart changed his mind or Hemingway submitted it himself.
  • Vikram Seth has found a new publisher for his novel A Suitable Girl, the sequel to his A Suitable Boy. The novel will be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, an imprint of Orion, in 2016. Seth broke with Penguin this summer after the publishing house threatened to sue him for not turning in his manuscript on time.
  • Marilynne Robinson speaks to her former student Thessaly La Force about the writing mind: "Things come to mind. Your mind makes selections — this deeper mind — on other terms than your front-office mind. You will remember that once, in some time, in some place, you saw a person standing alone, and their posture suggested to you an enormous narrative around them. And you never spoke to them, you don't know them, you were never within ten feet of them. But at the same time, you discover that your mind privileges them over something like the Tour d'Eiffel."
  • Rainbow Rowell talks to The Toast about finding out that parents in the Minneapolis area had asked that her YA novel Eleanor & Park be removed from library shelves: "Eleanor & Park isn't some dystopian fantasy about a world where teenagers swear and are cruel to each other, and some kids have terrible parents. Teenagers swear and are cruel to each other. Some kids have terrible parents. Some girls have terrible stepdads who shout profanity at them and call them sluts — and some of those girls still manage to rise above it. When these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they're saying that rising above your situation isn't possible. That if you grow up in an ugly situation, your story isn't even fit for good people's ears. That ugly things cancel out everything beautiful." (Also worth reading at The Toast: "A Partial But By No Means Exhaustive List of Egg References in the Works of P.G. Wodehouse.")
  • Update at 9:30 a.m. ET: The National Book Awards announced the longlist for nonfiction on Wednesday morning. The 10 nonfiction books are:

    T.D. Allman, Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State

    Gretel Ehrlich, Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami

    Scott C. Johnson, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA

    Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

    Wendy Lower, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

    James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865

    George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

    Terry Teachout, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

    Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

    The lists for "young people's literature" and poetry are already out. The longlist for fiction will be announced Thursday morning. The winners will be named at an awards dinner in November.

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