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The most wanted man in the world?

Mary Beard

The Associated Press reports that on Wednesday, an AP video journalist, Simone Camilli, and a Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, were killed in Gaza.

In its cover story this month, Wired calls Edward Snowden the most wanted man in the world.

The LARB talks to the classicist and wonderful critic Mary Beard, whose most recent book, Laughter in Ancient Rome, came out in July. Beard has been unruffled by (classy about?) the negative attention she’s received in Britain for something entirely unrelated to her formidable career: appearing on television with undyed hair. “It’s not like I’m a Stalinist about grey hair,” she told Annalisa Quinn. “In fact, I’d quite like to go pink. But I don’t like women feeling like they’re forced to dye their hair. It raises the broader question: how can women age without falling into the old crone trap? I mean, we’re back with the bloody Greeks and Romans.”

A few days ago, Jezebel wrote an open letter to its parent company, Gawker, complaining about Gawker’s failure to address the violent and disturbing gifs that have been repeatedly posted to the comments sections of the website. For months, they said, they had been petitioning boss Joel Johnson to do something about the problem, and nothing happened. Happily, a short-term solution—preventing all media uploads— is now in place. A long-term solution, a “pending comments” system, is in the works.

Buzzfeed interviews thirteen editors about how their publications—including the New York Observer, Politico, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and Buzzfeed itself—handle diversity. “It’s important to hire in a way that doesn’t oblige people to represent their own identity internally or externally,” the editor of Buzzfeed, Ben Smith, said. “Ideally, that means that you have enough, say, black or Hispanic or Mormon staff writers that, far from representing some monolithic viewpoint, they can disagree with one another about any given thing.”