The Crimes of JK Rowling’s PA: Accused of Stealing £23,000

The Crimes of JK Rowling’s PA: Accused of Stealing £23,000

A personal assistant formerly in the employ of JK Rowling has been accused of stealing more than £23,000 (about $29,300) from the Harry Potter author, reports The Telegraph.   Amanda Donaldson was fired in 2017 after reports of unauthorized spending came to light. According to Rowling’s husband Dr. Neil Murray, the thefts included thousands of pounds at a cosmetics store, a stationary shop, and Starbucks, (which probably accounted for about a week’s worth of coffee.) After her termination, a safe she had access to be missing even money, and coworkers of her said she often misused the company card for business expenses. …

A Real Life Haunted House Story is Getting a Netflix Adaptation

A Real Life Haunted House Story is Getting a Netflix Adaptation

Another day, another Netflix horror adaptation. The twist here is that this haunted house story actually happened. In a massive bidding war, Netflix managed to snag the film rights to a lengthy piece from The Cut about a mysterious wrathful suburban interloper known only as the Watcher. When the Broaddusses moved into their charming million dollar family home in a wealthy New Jersey suburb of New York City, they were expecting to raise their three children in peace. However when Derek Broaddus opened up one of the first letters at his new address he was unnerved to find that one of his neighbors …

Scientist in Antarctica Stabs Colleague for Spoiling Book Endings

Scientist in Antarctica Stabs Colleague for Spoiling Book Endings

Book Culture

Has anyone ever spoiled the ending of a book to you and it made you so mad you wanted to kill them? Well, a Russian scientist at a remote Antarctic outpost tried to do just that. According to the New York Post, researcher Sergey Savitsky, stationed at Bellingshausen on King George Island, stabbed his colleague in the chest because the man kept telling him the endings of books before he had read them.   The Russian Bellingshausen station in Antarctica | Image Via The Irish Times   It was apparently the first ever attempted murder of a human being in Antarctica, and it’s not immediately …

How I Started (and Ended) a Book Club

How I Started (and Ended) a Book Club

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Several years removed from high school and college, my friends and I came up with the innocent idea of forming a book club. We were well read, literary types, we told ourselves. Well, most of us were. From the very beginning, the club was intended to be an exclusive group. Not everyone in our immediate group of friends was thought of in the same intellectual light. Elitism and literature have long gone hand in hand, and we were glad to continue the tradition of excluding others from our hobby.   Image Via Giphy   In any case, secret separate group chats were formed, …

Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Wins The Great American Read

Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Wins The Great American Read

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Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird has rightfully claimed the top spot in the PBS Great American Read. The 1960 novel features one of the greatest characters in literary history, Jim Crow-era lawyer Atticus Finch and is told from the point of view of Atticus’s young daughter Scout. A true testament to justice, morality, and basic human dignity, the book was adapted into an Oscar winning 1962 film and has sold over forty million copies worldwide.    Image Via novemberschild.com   All in all, four million votes were cast for the hundred books on the list. Mockingbird held an early lead in the voting and never lost its …