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Jemele Hill joins "The Atlantic"; Myriam Gurba on unlikable narrators

Myriam Gurba. Photo: David Naz

Former ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Hill addressed her departure from the sports network, social media, and being a black journalist in the sports world. “Mike (Smith) and I specifically were called political, way before any of the Trump stuff ever happened,” Hill recalled of her experience hosting SportsCenter with Smith. “And I always thought that was a very interesting label, because frankly, I think that most of the time it was said because we were the two black people."

A Stockholm district court has sentenced Jean-Claude Arnault, whose sexual misconduct led to the postponement of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, to two years in prison after he was convicted of rape.

Anne Elizabeth Moore has been hired as the new editor in chief of the Chicago Reader.

At The Guardian Ben Fountain and Malcolm Gladwell discuss Trump, vulnerability, and Fountain’s new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again.

At The Believer, Nikki Darling talks to Myriam Gurba about whiteness, sexual violence, and trauma in her book, Mean. “It was important for me to write a narrative about trauma as an unlikable narrator. I wanted not to include unlikable victims or survivors, per se, but victims and survivors . . . who are more ‘fully human,’ as opposed to angelic, creatures,” she said of the women who’s stories of sexual assault and trauma are included in her book. “I frequently emphasize my meanness and my pettiness and my bitchiness throughout the narrative, almost to sort of challenge the reader. Did I deserve this even though I’m a fucking bitch? No, of course not. And did it correct my bitchiness? No. I’m still a fucking bitch.”

Tonight at the New York Public Library, Aminatou Sow talks to Rebecca Traister about her new book, Good and Mad.