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J.K. Rowling Says There Won’t Be a Harry Potter TV Show

The author also shared new information on the American wizarding government

The good news is that J.K. Rowling has teased some (very minor) new information about the American wizarding world of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film spinoff. The bad news is that we’re more likely to get a Harry Potter opera or ice ballet than a TV show.

Once again taking to Twitter, Rowling shared a little bit of new information about the international system of wizarding government, tweeting that unlike the Muggle U.S. Congress, the governing body of American wizards is a single body. She also wrote that the International Confederation of Wizards is the wizarding equivalent to the United Nations.

Another reader also asked if a Harry Potter TV show was on the horizon. (After all, there are three spinoff movies and a play in the works.) Unfortunately, Rowling quickly shut that idea down. “Right after the opera, Potter-on-ice and the interpretative dance version of Beedle the Bard,” she wrote about a potential TV series. Which is kind of a shame. Imagine Quidditch on ice.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

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Scientists Detect Traces of Cannabis on Pipes Found in William Shakespeare’s Garden

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The drug was found using sophisticated gas chromatography methods

Some centuries-old pipes found in the garden of William Shakespeare still contain traces of cannabis, according to South African scientists who examined the relics with forensic technology.

The study, published in the South African Journal of Science, examined 24 pipe fragments from the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, where Shakespeare lived. Some had been excavated from Shakespeare’s garden. Using advanced gas chromatography methods, researchers detected cannabis on eight fragments — four of which were confirmed as from the Bard’s garden, the Telegraph reports. Evidence of Peruvian cocaine was found on two others, though they were not from the same property.

Though some of his readers have long combed his work for what they see as coy references to drug use, there is no proof that Shakespeare himself used drugs and earlier studies by the same South African research team, led by anthropologist Francis Thackeray at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, have attracted the derision of many Shakespeare scholars.

The new study encourages them to reconsider the evidence.

“Literary analyses and chemical science can be mutually beneficial, bringing the arts and the sciences together in an effort to better understand Shakespeare and his contemporaries,” it reads.

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These 10 Books Can Teach You the Basics of Business

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Question: What is one great book to read on the basics of running a business?

How to Win Friends and Influence People

“I highly recommend reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book has helped me become a better communicator, which makes me a better manager, public speaker, husband and friend.” — Jacques Bastien, Boogie

The Art of the Start

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki provides practical tips on how to take a business from an idea to a reality. It provides sample pitch decks and other valuable materials that every CEO can learn from.” — Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

“I just was recently given Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman and immediately started reading it. It’s great! It talks about the “secrets” of strengthening the six key components of your business. You’ll discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company, which will give you and your leadership team more focus, growth and enjoyment.” — Josh Ames, SparkReaction

High Output Management

High Output Management by Andrew Grove is an amazing book which I found very useful for improving my productivity and that of my team. Especially for first-time entrepreneurs, this small, concise book covers all the basics of management. It’s highly recommended!”

Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

“I highly recommend reading Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow. It is a quick read and will give you a great understanding of the steps that you need to take to build a sellable business. The author breaks down the process into simple and easy-to-process steps.” — Courtney Spritzer, SOCIALFLY

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh was the best book I read when starting my company wasn’t specifically about running a business but more on the importance of why and how we run our company. The book talks about the importance of company culture and customer service. I ask for everyone we hire to read this book and remember WHY we are running our business and the importance of helping our customers.” — Aimee Kandrac, WhatFriendsDo

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

“Too often we’re encouraged to run businesses based on incremental improvements over the competition. In Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Blake Masters and Peter Thiel scold that notion and urge the reader to think bigger and shoot for the stars. Too many brilliant minds are trying to figure out how to make their social feed more relevant when they could be working on breakthrough tech. That’s a reminder we could all use!” — Alex Linebrink, Passage

The Power of Habit

“I have made The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg part of my onboarding kit for my entire team. It is shows that greatness is achievable simply through consistency and tenacity. Smarts and skill are not enough; you’ve got to be willing to do the work and be adaptable. ” — Ashley Swartz, Furious corp

The Small Business Lifecycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth

“Growing your business isn’t just about doing the right things — it’s about doing the right things at the right time. In The Small Business Lifecycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth, Charlie Gilkey talks about how to understand where you are currently in the business lifecycle and how to take action to propel your business forward.” — Jules Taggart, Jules Taggart Marketing Strategy

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan poses a simple question: what’s the ONE thing you can do so that everything else becomes easier or unnecessary? It helps clarify your business and focus things down to the biggest change agents, and it encourages you to keep your eye on the top priorities. I read it on my Kindle and loved it so much that I bought the hardcover version to reference again and again.” — Rachel Hofstetter, Guesterly // PR School

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David Lipsky on David Foster Wallace and The End of the Tour

Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour"
Sony Pictures Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour"

Jeff Giles is a former Deputy Editor of Entertainment Weekly. His YA novel The Mercy Rule will be published next year by Bloomsbury.

The writer whose book became the new movie about David Foster Wallace discusses the life and mind of the late literary genius

The End of the Tour, out now, is the true story of two thirtysomething writers named David: one, played by a bespectacled and bandana-ed Jason Segel, is the novelist David Foster Wallace, who’s deeply ambivalent about the fame that his new novel Infinite Jest has brought crashing down on his head. (The novel was published in 1996.) The other, played by a relentlessly inquisitive Jesse Eisenberg, is a Rolling Stone reporter named David Lipsky. He’s a struggling author, as it happens, and he’s eager to understand what the makes the newly minted genius tick.

What follows is a week-long road trip, during which the young men size each other up and wrestle over matters both grand (life, authenticity, depression) and mundane (“Die Hard” and junk food). The existential adventure became the basis for Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Becoming Yourself, which he published after Wallace’s suicide in 2008, and which is the basis for the movie.

I recently spoke with Lipsky, whom I have known since college in the mid-1980s, about his journey with David Foster Wallace.

TIME: I’ve known you forever, and I have no trouble believing you went through David Foster Wallace’s medicine cabinet looking for secrets because I know how many times you went through my kitchen cabinets looking for junk food.

Actually, David was great on non-healthy eating. Our first morning, he said very solemnly, “Mi Pop Tart es su Pop Tart.” In reality David’s medicine chest was already open, and I was interested to see that he had a tube of Topol, the smoker’s tooth polish. He told me he’d left stuff around—his monthly Cosmo, the big Alanis Morrisette poster—for me to find. I think he wanted me to get a clear sense of what he was like.

I assume you’d read Wallace’s stuff before you knew you’d be interviewing him?

Yes, you actually urged me to read his book of short stories, Girl With Curious Hair, and then Pauline Kael talked about his David Letterman story in The New Yorker. And when David came to New York to edit his Harper’s Magazine pieces, I’d always hear about it. Friends would brag about how DFW had flown in from Illinois, how they talked with him in the hall or walked outside with him to grab sodas. People had started to treasure him even before the bigger books came along, because he was so electric and charming. So, when I got the assignment, I read Infinite Jest and watched the crowds at his New York readings. That was an odd literary experience. There wasn’t even standing room—you just couldn’t get in.

How much did you like his writing at the time? Did you think he’d end up being a fad or did you know his stuff was built to last?

Oh no: He was great. It was one of those moments, like Salinger for the fifties or Fitzgerald and Hemingway a generation before. He was getting our culture exactly right: how it feels right now to be alive. That’s an amazing gift to have and give.

Where did you keep the tapes after the interview? I assume you didn’t know you’d ever use them again.

I saved them in a shoebox, like in the movie. I had a “favorite recorded days” box. There was a tape my brother made of some Joni Mitchell for my mom, Dylan Thomas talking about Christmas, Philip Roth reading from The Ghost Writer—and the tapes of David. I liked to take them out and listen. I’d also kept the transcripts and I read them every few years. The things David said really mattered to me.

The movie really captures what it’s like to be an ambitious young writer hoping to make the kind of mark Wallace made. Do you remember what you wanted out of life when you were 30, like you are in The End of Tour?

I wanted to earn a living wage and to see something nice about me in the New York Times. I wanted my mother to be proud. I wanted all the things you want and also feel silly for wanting. I wanted readers to say they’d enjoyed something of mine—to see my photo in magazines where I’d seen photos of other writers. I wanted what David in the book calls “the fuss.”

Sometimes, when journalists sit down to write their stories, they rewrite their questions so they sound smarter, and cut all the embarrassing, human stuff they actually did in the moment. If you’d sanitized the interview with Wallace just to make yourself look cooler, there’d be no movie because a movie has to be about two real people.

That was one of the ideas of the book: if it was going to be everything David was doing, it was only fair to include what I was doing too.

In real life, we both sort of forgot what I was doing there: it was two men who liked books in a car eating bad food and talking about who they were and who they wanted to be. That was part of what I wanted to preserve, and what the movie very much does preserve. Among other things, it’s a movie about being young, and when that starts to stop. By the last couple days we spent together, David was the one working the recorder, finding words for just how he wanted to describe his life.

Why did you decide to turn the tapes into a book and did you have any contact with the family?

I did. When Wallace died, Rolling Stone called and asked me to write about him. At first, it was too sad to think about. Then NPR called, and said that when people die by suicide, there’s always the risk of it shading how they’re remembered. One of David’s great gifts is how alive his writing feels, and it seemed that could all go gray. So I talked about him on NPR, and I wrote about how it felt to be around him for Rolling Stone. David’s family read the piece and emailed about my maybe writing something longer. They are wonderful people—as brilliant and alive as David was. I think what they hoped was that he be remembered as a real, living person. And I wanted to write a book that helped. I asked my publisher if I could pause on the other book I was writing, and because they knew it was important to me they were very nice about giving me time. I sent David’s family the manuscript before it went out to my publisher. I said I wouldn’t do it unless they liked it.

When I heard Jesse Eisenberg would be playing you, I thought, Well, he doesn’t look like David, but he does have the same slightly stuttery intellect—like he’s always trying to say way too much all at once. He seemed jittery in exactly the right way.

Thank you. It’s nice to finally know what you think of me! It’s really important that the real-life Jesse is a writer—he writes plays and humor pieces for the New Yorker. He’s sharp, self-doubting, very funny. I first saw him in “The Squid and the Whale,” playing the son of two writers. It was so close to my background and to my own parents’ divorce that Rolling Stone people would say, “Hey, I just saw a movie about you.” Jesse sat down with me and had great questions about how it feels to have a tape recorder running and how to direct a conversation and how you try to find a person inside their words. We met in a diner, coincidentally—like David and I did. And when we walked our check to the cash register, he looked at me and pointed out we aren’t really the same height. I said I thought that would actually be a plus for the story the movie tells. Because of his incredible stature as a writer, David was taller than everybody.

Since Eisenberg plays such a young, raw version of you in the movie, I wished there was a title card at the end that said: “David Lipsky has gotten a lot of what he wished for: He’s written two bestsellers, and won a National Magazine Award. He is now working on an epic book about climate change, and teaches young writers at NYU.”

When I went back and read the book, I noticed how much I yearned to understand what it felt like to get what you wanted: to write a book you knew was good and get back that pleasing cultural grade. But David said a funny thing. He said, “It’d be very interesting to talk to you in a few years. My own experience is that that’s not so—that the more people think that you’re really good, actually the stronger the fear of being a fraud is.” Later, I got to see some of those things myself. I’ve always wished we could have the conversation again from the other side.


Jeff Giles is a former Deputy Editor of Entertainment Weekly. His YA novel The Mercy Rule will be published next year by Bloomsbury.

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J.K. Rowling Would Never Have a Horcrux But If She Did Here’s What It Would Be

She has a lot of thoughts on tea

Looks like J.K. Rowling isn’t taking steps toward immortality.

When a fan asked the Harry Potter author what her Horcrux would be—referring to an object that’s been enchanted by a dark wizard to contain a piece of his or her soul, so the wizard can become immortal—Rowling responded on Twitter that she would never have anything as “evil” or “despicable” as a Horcrux. But if she did, Rowling added, it would be a teabag.

Horcruxes were a focus in the final books of the Harry Potter series, in which Harry had to find and ruin all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes in order to kill him. It is super dark magic, which is why Rowling would (almost) never consider having one.

That tweet was part of a longer series of tweets about tea, and the importance of proper tea consumption, which you can read here.

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This Is The Latest Harry Potter Theory Driving Muggles Mad

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The theories that lived...and lived

If we’ve learned anything about the Harry Potter series over the years, it’s that fans will never let it go. Numerous theories and questions about the plot tend to swirl through the Internet like memories in a Pensieve, but a recently resurfaced 2014 Tumblr post is causing Muggles everywhere to stop and question everything.

In the final Potter book, we learn about The Tale of the Three Brothers, a wizard fairy tale unfamiliar to the Muggle-raised Harry. The story is that of the Peverell Brothers, who cheat Death, and receive rewards as a result: the unbeatable Elder Wand; the Resurrection Stone that brings people back from the dead; and the Invisibility Cloak, which conceals its user. These three items are often referred to as The Deathly Hallows, hence the name of the final book.

A common theory has compared Harry, Snape and Voldemort to the brothers. Voldemort is the oldest, murdered in his bed by someone who sought the Elder Wand. Snape is seen as the middle brother, who was driven to suicide after resurrecting the girl “he had once hoped to marry, before her untimely Death.” Harry as the youngest brother, who escapes Death with the cloak until giving it to his son, greeting “Death as an old friend” and going with him gladly.

The Tumblr user, though, posits that Dumbledore is Death. “He greeted Harry at King’s Cross and was the one behind Snape and Voldemort’s death….He’s the one who gave Harry the invisibility cloak too…And he had the stone and the wand too.”

Of course there are endless other theories about the three brothers, including one that names Dumbledore as the second brother, because he pined for his sister Ariana, who died at a young age. And one hypothesizes that Dumbledore is a descendant of the first brother, who crafted the Elder Wand. Then there’s also a theory that supposes Dumbledore is just an old version of Ron Weasley sent back in time to help Harry defeat Voldemort. Which just proves that these theories, much like the series, will never face Death.

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Safari Exec: Killing of Cecil the Lion Is ‘Appalling’


Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

The man who coined "Hunt with a camera, not with a gun" weighs in animals and conservation

Geoffrey Kent’s origin story dovetails perfectly with his career: the co-founder and CEO of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent was born while his British parents were on safari. Kent spent his childhood in Kenya, founding his safari outfit with his parents in 1962. The company, which has always espoused a no-hunting agenda, pioneered glamping with conveniences like mobile refrigeration, and the job took Kent around the world. His new book, Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, will be released next week, with a foreword from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks and an Abercrombie & Kent client. Here, Kent discusses endangered species, the perils of poaching and the death of Cecil the lion.

TIME: What did you think when you heard about the killing of Cecil the lion?

Kent: I was appalled and actually quite disgusted by the whole thing. It was really a dreadful thing to have happened. I had a deep feeling of revulsion.

What should have been done to prevent this?

Obviously you should have far tighter control. When you have professional safari hunting companies, they should be heavily regulated by the government, and the government’s got to make sure that the professional hunters, the people who take the clients hunting, should also have a long period of training like they used to back in the ‘60s. It took you seven years to be trained as a professional hunter. The code of ethics were very strict, like the code of ethics of a lawyer. Today I don’t believe that that is there anymore, and so I think that you’ve got to bring back professional training of professional hunters where the code of ethics is bred into their DNA from day one and tightly policed by the government. Obviously I’m not a lawyer and I’m not a prosecutor, but whatever happens, it should stop forever any animal being lured out of a national park by meat or whatever to be poached and killed in cold blood. That’s got to stop.

What do you think of the ban on bringing big game trophies on certain major airlines?

I applaud it. I feel that actually this incident of Cecil is becoming a lightning rod of pulling everybody together in this whole subject of shooting wild animals.

How do you think tourists should approach visiting animals in their natural habitats?

In the world today, you have professional hunters and you have tourists, and the two are not even on the same table. We, Abercrombie & Kent, handle tourists and travelers. And that is why I, years back, came up with the slogan “Hunt with a camera, not with a gun,” and invented the first non-hunting safaris using all the tented camps that hunting safaris used. Maybe I’ve been a trailblazer in this. People should only come to look at wild animals and take photographs and not kill them.

What are the animals we should be most concerned about in Africa today?

I’m very concerned about all the animals, but I’m particularly concerned about the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros and obviously the elephant. If we go on like we are with the poaching of the rhino, they will be extinct within 10 years, and I don’t think I’m an alarmist by saying this. We have to do everything possible within our powers to stop the poaching of wild animals.

We’re bringing a lot of the black rhino out of South Africa into Botswana, and that’s going on as we speak. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy has been working hand in hand with the people in Botswana to rehabituate and relocate these black rhino into Botswana. And that’s another way of trying to save the animals. In Botswana, there’s a massive large habitat available to rhinos, where there’s not in South Africa. And so you’re moving them into a habitat that can absorb them. And Botswana has very good policing of looking after animals, especially rhino.

How can we stop poaching?

First of all, we need the governments concerned to really say to themselves, do they actually need hunting to go on? Secondly, one has to really work out how this poaching is taking place: who is behind it? Where is it going? And everybody concerned, the consumer and the government, have to get on the same page. Ivory belongs to elephants. Ivory does not belong to us. We have to get that in the heads of people. The rhinos, too—there is no good quality of rhino horns. The fact that people say it can be used as an aphrodisiac is complete nonsense. As soon as the consumer understands there is no value to animal parts, that’s the first thing. Second thing is, governments have to police their own wildlife.

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Candace Cameron Bure Talks Fuller House, The View and DWTS

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JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Candace Cameron Bure attends the Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

The actress has written a new book about her experience on the reality competition show

Candace Cameron Bure has a full plate these days. Between shooting episodes of Fuller House, the Full House reboot for Netflix, and guest-hosting episodes of The View (some have reported she’s in negotiations to join full-time next season), the actress has written a book about her experience on Dancing With the Stars, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction. Bure took a few minutes to discuss everything from motherhood to her faith to, of course, returning to television as D.J. Tanner.

Why did you decide to write a whole book about your Dancing With the Stars experience?

Bure: Two reasons. After doing that show, I learned so much about myself in such a short amount of time. Each week really was filled with these huge life lessons, which I didn’t think I could learn at the age that I’m at. So that in itself was quite a shock and surprised me. And the other reason was that I had wanted to write a book about conviction, and yet I never felt that I had the right platform to write it. So after DWTS, it was the perfect place to write about courage and conviction, and then share the experience and all the life lessons. I was actually scheduled to write a book on a different topic, and after I had done DWTS, a week later I called my publisher and said, “Hey, can we switch gears? Because I really want to write about this and I think it would be perfect, and it’s so fresh in my mind, let me just do this,” and they were on board.

What was the original topic going to be?


You write about struggling with modesty on Dancing With the Stars. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Christian womanhood in America?

I think that so many people—and it can be both people of faith and secular people—I feel like things are often put to the extreme one way or another, and there’s not a lot of common sense that goes along with it. It’s like you hear from people that aren’t Christians, and when they mock you, they want to say, “Oh, shouldn’t you be in a turtleneck and something covering your ankles?” That’s not silly in certain cultures, but for living in America, obviously that’s something that’s said with such sarcasm, they’re trying to get at you.

And yet within Christians, everyone has a different set of standards, and that’s why it was important for me to say, “Hey, these are what my convictions are, you may not agree with my conviction as a Christian, but at the end of the day, I will stand before God on my own, you’ll stand before God on your own, so if you have a different standard, great, you’re gonna talk to him about it, I’m gonna talk to him about it, I’ll have to deal with my own consequences.” That’s where I stand, but I feel like the biggest misconception about the word “modesty” in general is just that it’s restricted to hemlines and necklines and clothes, when modesty is so much more about our character, and the way we carry ourselves, and the way we speak and act. That was the thing that I wanted to get across the most, because the Bible doesn’t really talk about hemlines.

Are Christians treated differently from secular Americans on reality shows?

I didn’t feel that I was treated differently by the people running the show or the executives. I work in a secular industry, and so I don’t ever expect anything to change for me—nor do most people change anything for me, not that I want that or ask that. But [among viewers], from Christian to Christian, it definitely can be more challenging in that area, because you are held to a certain standard, and the standards vary as to where everyone is in their faith walk. Some people are more liberal or more conservative, so there can be a lot of judgment in that regard, which makes it more challenging to live out your faith in front of everyone.

With that in mind, what do you think of the level of scrutiny around the Duggars’ show 19 Kids and Counting?

That is a very different situation. But I was actually disappointed at how people reacted, both people of faith and not of faith. That was such a sad situation to me, when that was something that happened so long ago, and it was mortifying that it was made public information when that should have never happened. Had that not been someone in the public eye, that never would have been exposed. That aspect, it was horrible, and I’m sure that the family had already gone through the grief at the time. To bring it up so many years later, and then really be scrutinized over it, I just thought was wrong in every way.

How is shooting going for Fuller House?

Fabulous. It has been amazing, it has been one of the best experiences ever, it feels like we never, ever left. Truly, we’re all having the time of our lives. And the show is really good, I know the live audience loved our first taping. So fingers crossed that everyone’s gonna love it. I really feel like we have a good thing on our hands.

Last time you worked with John Stamos and Bob Saget, you were a teenager. How is it different to work with them now as an adult?

Not really different at all. They are the same people, and we are laughing just as hard. I think we kids were more professional than they were back in the day, and I say that lovingly. They were always just joking on set, and we were like, “Hey, we’re working!” The same is true right now. The three of us girls, Jodie [Sweetin], Andrea [Barber] and I, we’re still saying the same thing, “Hey, we’re trying to work!” It feels so good to all be back together, working together — obviously we see each other all the time, we’re great friends, but it is such a pleasure for all of us to get to work again.


So many child stars end up having troubled young adulthoods, and that didn’t happen to you. Why do you think that is?

I always attribute that to my parents and the household that I grew up in, although I know other people that have had great parents but have gone through hard times. I think faith is a big factor, that was just always foundational for us, and carried through and then became more important to me as I became an adult. It’s the two of those things, and maybe my innate personality.

You’ve been guest hosting on The View a bit lately.

It’s been great, I’ve loved every time I’ve guest-hosted on the show and looking forward to more. It’s just a different medium for me to actually be myself and to express some of my opinions and viewpoints. I don’t know that there’s a lot of conservative actors out there willing to be so open about that, so I think it’s a unique opportunity for me.

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Michigan Bookstore Offers ‘Refunds and Apologies’ for Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee's "new" novel "Go Set a Watchman".
Portland Press Herald/Getty Images Harper Lee's "new" novel "Go Set a Watchman".

"This is pure exploitation of both literary fans and a beloved American classic"

A Michigan bookstore is offering “refunds and apologies” for Go Set a Watchman after calling it a “nice summer novel.”

“We suggest you view this work as an academic insight rather than as a nice summer novel,” the bookstore, Brilliant Books, said in an online statement.

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s sequel to her only other work, To Kill a Mockingbird, has been piled with criticism after readers found the book did not match the quality of its predecessor. Negative reviews haven’t stopped the book from selling out, though; within a week of release, Watchman had sold more than a million copies.

Brilliant Books compared Lee’s new book to James Joyce’s Stephen Hero, a book that was never pitched as a mainstream novel.

Hero was initially rejected, and Joyce reworked it into the classic Portrait,” the store explained in its statement. “Hero was eventually released as an academic piece for scholars and fans—not as a new ‘Joyce novel.’ We would have been delighted to see Go Set A Watchman receive a similar fate.”

The bookstore’s owner, Peter Makin, only recently decided to offer refunds after speaking to a “loyal” customer who felt deceived and only recently found out about the controversial history of the book, according to The Guardian.

“It is disappointing and frankly shameful to see our noble industry parade and celebrate this as ‘Harper Lee’s New Novel,'” Brilliant Books said. “This is pure exploitation of both literary fans and a beloved American classic (which we hope has not been irrevocably tainted).”

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