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From Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir: ‘My Skin Crawled’ During Debate

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A sneak peek into Hillary Clinton’s new book has us all putting ourselves into her shoes – especially during the presidential debates. This and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Instead of retelling her life story, Hillary Clinton considers her new memoir to be a post-mortem of a campaign she really wishes she could do over. An excerpt shared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week lingered on a memorable moment from one of the televised debates, in which Donald Trump hovered behind her at the podium as she spoke – just days after the world had heard recordings of Trump bragging about groping women. “My skin crawled,” Clinton writes. “It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?'” Clinton goes on to discuss her habit of concealing her feelings instead of confronting people on-camera, even if that would have made “better TV.”

Infertility remains a frequent plot device in fiction, whether on a massive scale (a la The Handmaid’s Tale) or a personal one, and this cannot be viewed inseparably from a culture that looks down on childless couples. While this stigma persists in America, it’s even more intense in countries like Nigeria, and LitHub’s Ayobami Adebayo is here to discuss the way this manifests in Nigerian fiction. “Over the years,” she recalls, “As I heard stories about how many marriages became polygamous or ended because the couple didn’t have any children, it became clear that in a world that saw a childless marriage as a tragedy, the woman was typecast as the marriage’s tragic heroine and its hubris.” It’s this scenario that drives forward the plot of Adebayo’s stunning new novel, Stay With Me.

It seemed for a time that the sight of Channing Tatum decked out in Gambit gear would only exist in our fantasies, but it appears the actor is still slated to play the mutant Cajun, and we very likely have the success of “Deadpool” and “Logan” to thank for it. In an interview this week, the actor commented on how these films “came through and lit a stack of dynamite in that door and blew it off for us so now we’re going off and really able to buck the system and do something different.” There’s so much wish-fulfillment contained in this one interview, you may even want to start holding out hope for some dance sequences.

Writing a tribute to Ray Bradbury, literary megastar Neil Gaiman handed readers the three phrases necessary to visualizing worlds that have not yet become. As reprinted by Brain Pickings, those prompts are: “What if … ? If only … If this goes on …” That last one in particular opens doors to unforeseen futures, Gaiman claims: “It’s a cautionary question, and it lets us explore cautionary worlds.” As Bradbury handily illustrated for us, no two writers will reach exactly the same conclusions.