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Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

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Edit note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Book News: New Book To Feature Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mar 29, 2013

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

  • The former girlfriend of the late, iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is reportedly planning to write a book that will include previously unseen works of art — including murals he painted on the walls of her apartment when they lived together in the 1970s. Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist before falling in with Andy Warhol and then becoming briefly famous before his death of a heroin overdose in 1988. Now Basquiat's paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars.
  • "The cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity!" — Ayn Rand on C.S. Lewis.
  • Amazon bought Goodreads, the book recommendation website with 16 million members, which NPR's Krishnadev Calamur wrote about last night. Salon reported that "a shudder went through the entire world of publishing Thursday afternoon." A blogger for the small publisher Melville House added, "[Goodreads] CEO Otis Chandler wrote that the seven year old website had 'join[ed] the Amazon family.' Our regular readers will know that this is akin to claiming you've been adopted by your neighborhood sarlacc pit." The acquisition seems to be partly a response to the launch of, a book recommendation website funded by publishers Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Hachette.
  • E. L. Doctorow, the author of Ragtime, is coming out with a new novel in 2014, according to publisher Random House.
  • "That [my Wikipedia entry] hasn't been deleted is as close to fame as one now gets." — writer McKenzie Wark, in an interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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