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Stephen Elliott files lawsuit over "Shitty Media Men" list; Haruki Murakami on political chaos

Haruki Murakami

Stephen Elliott has filed a lawsuit against Shitty Media Men List creator Moira Donegan for emotional distress and libel, The Cut reports. Other defendants included in the suit are several anonymous contributors to the list, who Elliott plans to identify by subpoenaing metadata from Google. 

At Columbia Journalism Review, Sulome Anderson reflects on the news coverage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly abducted and possibly killed inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey this month.

Lauren van den Berg and Jeff Jackson discuss the challenges of writing violence.

At Lithub, Mira Jacob talks to Nicole Chung about family, assimilation, and her new book, All You Can Ever Know. “I honestly believe my race was irrelevant, to them,” Chung said of her adoptive parents, who were told by experts to raise their child in a “colorblind” way. “But it obviously wasn’t to me, or to many other people. And when I started to realize just how much it mattered, because I was getting called names at school, I did not even have the words ‘race’ or ‘racism’ to use. We had just never used these words, or even really acknowledged them.”

“I was so popular in the 1990s in Russia, at the time they were changing from the Soviet Union—there was big confusion, and people in confusion like my books,” Haruki Murakami told The Guardian as he explained his theory that his literary style is suited to chaotic political times. “In Germany, when the Berlin Wall fell down, there was confusion—and people liked my books.” Murakami tells the New York Times that he doesn’t read his reviews. “My wife reads every review, though, and she only reads the bad ones out loud to me,” he said. “She says I have to accept bad reviews. The good reviews, forget it.”