Apparently breaking the law could be your greatest muse! At least, that’s the case for Curtis Dawkins. Dawkins was sent to prison after being involved in a botched robbery that lead to a murder in 2004, for which he’s expressed deep remorse. Now he has become a successful author, and state wants a piece of the action.
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In his debut book of short stories, The Graybar Hotel, Dawkins tells the real stories of his life behind bars which has drawn in hundreds of readers. Scribner published the collection in July and Dawkins has since earned $150,000, but the state of Michigan ain’t having it. Michigan’s Department of Treasury has filed a court complaint demanding the author/convict hand over ninety percent of his earnings as a cost of his imprisonment.
When the robbery victim’s brother spoke out about what he saw as the injustice, the state’s attorney general made the case. They explained that Dawkins shouldn’t be entitled to the money nor should he be able transfer it to his family.
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However, according to Fox61, Dawkins is said to be making the argument that the same law the attorney general is referring to also takes into consideration the obligation of the convict to provide for their family. Michigan is one of forty states in which the government is allowed to charge inmates for incarceration.
It’s tough to say, but it seems like a lose-lose situation. Whose side are you on?
As is normal with the everyday tribulations of employees, June Kenton decided to share her day-to-day working experiences with the world. Kenton happened to share her experiences in her new book, Storm in a D-Cup. She also happened to be the former employee of Britain’s royal family (i.e. Queen Elizabeth). Like many employee-boss relationships end, Kenton found herself unemployed when word got out.
Word to the wise, if you happen to be working for renowned, powerful, and filthy rich individuals, it may be best to avoid exploiting them in a tell-all book. Kenton learned this lesson the hard way.
The self-proclaimed “leading boobologist” of the U.K. and owner of Rigby & Peller lingerie has serviced members of the British royal family for years—fifty-seven to be exact.
Though one would assume that a boss-employee relationship spanning decades would be a pretty tight bond, Kenton’s contract was terminated shortly after the book was published in March 2016.
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In her autobiography tracing her successful career, Kenton disclosed some behind-the-scenes bra fittings with royal figures, including Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana. One such experience reportedly detailed fitting the Queen in front of her corgis. While that may not be particularly revealing or shocking, the lack of privacy and respect was enough to earn Kenton the boot.
Kenton told The Telegraph that it wasn’t her intention to upset anyone and expressed “shock” at the disapproval she has received from the royal family.
“It is very sad for me that they didn’t like it and I’m finding that very difficult to accept. It’s horrible and a real shock,” Kenton said.
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“I never ever thought when I was writing the book that it would upset anyone. I’ve had the royal warrant for so long I never imagined that this would happen.”
Part of Kenton’s shock is the lack of “naughty” accounts in her book, she said. “I have never discussed anything of a personal nature with any of my clients, and I never would. The book doesn’t contain anything naughty,” Kenton told The Telegraph. “But it’s a fact I have done work for the Queen, there would be a gaping hole in my autobiography if I didn’t mention it.
“I can’t even begin to explain, I didn’t do it with the intention of upsetting anyone. I’m proud of my life and what I’ve achieved and I simply wanted to share that,” Kenton added.
To make the wound deeper, Storm in a D Cup received a single review on Amazon that was pretty bad to say the least. The one-star review read:
While Kenton may have exposed her majesty in an unwanted light, it may be Queen Elizabeth who has the last laugh in the end.
It’s funny how time never seems to lessen our curiosity and desire to find the answers to certain questions. Perhaps we don’t feel satisfied with what we’re given, or deep down we know there’s just something out there that we can’t quite reach. Many people feel this way about the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
Our interests may have peaked recently with Trump releasing withheld files on JFK, his assassination, and the rumors surrounding it. Historians, citizens, and conspiracy theorists alike have been sharing mixed feelings about the release of the files. Some simply must know all they can, others don’t believe there’s anything more to it. Many think there’s more to the horrible and historic day than we may think. My grandma told me that year it was a quiet Thanksgiving; a somber cloud hung over the states that week and damn it if we’re not still thinking about November 22, 1963.
Files or no files, it may not be for everyone, but this list contains five books on JFK’s life and assassination. They may change what you’ve thought before, but what better time than the present?
This book gives us rich detail on Kennedy’s feelings towards the Cold War and how a change of heart may very well have lead to his demise. Screenwriter Oliver Stone called it “the best account” of the JFK assassination.
Posner cradles his work around the one truth of the assassination: Oswald acted alone. Now that the new files are released, could it still hold strong? Reviewed as the most reliable, this source may still have the answers you need.
A former CIA operative gives us his best knowledge and the inside information that only an agent would know. His work was used for Oliver Stone’s movie JFK and it gives you incredible bits of information that will surely make you think twice.
Ventura’s New York Times bestseller will make you question everything. From the government’s actions and cover-ups, to the possible second shooter, this author leaves nothing and no one out. After getting through these sixty-three reasons, you will be decided.
With fingerprints, evidence, and testimonies, Stone attempts to prove that Lyndon B. Johnson had JFK killed. Corruption and blackmail are the background of this book and we’re getting firsthand accounts thanks to Stone.
This may or may not be for you. Everyone seems to have differing opinions on the matter. Do you want your questions answered? Have a set belief in your head of how and why it happened? Have you strung ideas together on what seems more plausible? More documents are set to release and there’s so much more to uncover.
I think we should all remain curious, after all, doesn’t everyone have something to hide?
These are the best of times for book lovers. We’ve seen a recurring pattern of books turning into TV shows, especially through Hulu. The days of strictly pop shows and witty comedies are over because the adaptations are sprouting like roses.
Over the past year or so Hulu has released (or almost released) adaptations for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 and Castle Rock, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and now they’re unveiling it’s newest addition. Drumroll anyone?
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Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is becoming a series and we are thrilled to see this novel approach our screens.
The novel, first published in 1952, revolves around a young African-American man, whose name we don’t even know, and who feels he’s invisible due to the color of his skin and society’s limited views. We follow his life and the challenges he must face to get ahead as well as to find his identity. I had to read it for an honors class and, although I didn’t get to finish it, it will hook you from the first page.
Keep an eye out for the details of who’s to star in it and when it’ll be released. There’s not much info right now, but we’re still ready. Maybe now I’ll pick it up again, even if I don’t get credit for it.