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Advice columnists, Instapoets, and lawsuits

Mallory Ortberg

The New York Times has a piece about whether activists like those at the University of Missouri should allow reporters more access to their encampments. The university is in the spotlight this week as its president and a chancellor have both been forced to step down over their failure to adequately address “persistent racism” on campus: The decisive moment seems to have come when the college football team refused to play over the weekend, announcing that they would strike until the president was gone.

After nearly a decade, Slate’s Emily Yoffe is stepping down from the Dear Prudence column this week to become a contributing editor at the Atlantic, and the Toast’s Mallory Ortberg is taking over what must surely be one of the internet’s most rewarding jobs—giving solicited advice to strangers.

The fallout continues from Rolling Stone’s discredited 2014 story “A Rape on Campus,” as the University of Virginia fraternity named in it has now filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine.

The New York Post and New York Daily Newsreport on recent troubles at the Feminist Press, which is also facing a lawsuit, this one from a former staffer who claims she and others were forced out after management decided the press was "too lesbian" and needed to focus on books with more "mainstream appeal."

In the New York Times, a report on the wildly popular “Instapoets” flourishing on social media, one of whose new collection “recently hit No. 3 on Nielsen’s top 10 best-selling poetry titles, ahead of Dante, Homer, Seamus Heaney and Khalil Gibran.”

The New Yorker reviews Vladimir Nabokov’s letters to his wife, Véra—who meticulously destroyed hers to him—as a kind of mystery story.

There’s still time to support the delightful Bluestockings bookstore, whose fall funding drive ends on November 16.