“He had this great amount of success with True Grit. I think it didn’t sit well with him,” Jonathan Portis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “He didn’t like to attract attention. He was comfortable around his friends, but shy around strangers. He preferred to go as an unknown person because he was a people watcher. He would hear snatches of conversations or see people who had a particular look and he would take note of that. You’d see them in his books.” … [Read more...] about True Grit author Charles Portis dies aged 86
In Tennessee, Memphis Light, Gas and Water said about 23,000 customers were without power Saturday morning. Damage was widespread throughout Shelby County, Tennessee’s most populous county that includes Memphis, including downed trees and power poles, some of which will need to be replaced, according to the utility. … [Read more...] about Eleven dead as storms batter seven states from Texas to Michigan: Millions face tornadoes, up to 12 inches of snow, widespread flooding and cancelled flights – while East Coast residents hit the beach in bizarre warm weather
What's more, there has been speculation that the couple will enroll their children in public school. Jill and her siblings were all homeschooled, but Derick got a formal education and is now earning his law degree. … [Read more...] about Derick Dillard is blasted for describing cooking as ‘women’s work’ while sharing a photo of wife Jill Duggar and their son in the kitchen – but was he TRYING to bait his Instagram critics?
The news came amid more signs that US consumer spending is picking up. According to the commerce department, it increased in September by 0.6%, while personal income rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.1%. The personal savings rate fell from 4.1% to 3.6%, the lowest level since December 2007. Earlier this week the latest US gross domestic product (GDP) figures showed household spending increased by a higher-than-expected 2.4% in the third quarter, compared with 0.7% in the previous quarter. … [Read more...] about Whirlpool to cut 5,000 jobs
Each of the photographs, printed for the first time, including works by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee, bears an eerie black spot. The black circles – obliterating the entire face of a farmer in North Dakota, the right eye of a woman in Arkansas, or resembling an eclipsed sun hanging in the sky over labourers in Maryland – were created when the negatives were censored in the 1930s by clipping them with a metal punch. … [Read more...] about Censored images of 1930s America to go on show in London