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Nuggets From That New Trump Campaign Memoir, Let Trump Be Trump

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Also in today’s news: more from NYT correspondent Amber Tamblyn, and and a characteristically candid Q&A with Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s your Daily Blunt!

Depending on your intestinal fortitude, details from fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s new memoir Let Trump Be Trump (as if anyone could convince him to be anything else) may help round out your picture of what it’s like to work for CEO-turned-Commander-in-Chief – including the screaming fits and internal rivalries that have been well documented over the past year. So nothing new there, but we do finally know exactly what the big guy orders at McDonald’s: “Two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish and a chocolate malted.” Based on the restaurant’s own tracker, that’s over 2,400 calories! The book will be released tomorrow.

Of all the new jobs created in 2017, Amber Tamblyn’s as a New York Times op-ed writer is among those Trump would probably rather not take credit for. This time, the actress sounds off on the redemption narrative that our culture’s begun fretfully peddling in the wake of so many sexual assault and harassment charges. Momentous as this shift has been, we’ve only just begun to explore the effects of all this behavior on the lives and careers of women. The losses incurred by certain offenders don’t have to be permanent ones, but as Tamblyn concludes, their redemption must be earned, not assured: “If you want amends, you have to make them. You have to acknowledge the line in the sand. Once you do this, the next step is simple: Pick a side. Choose us.”

Max the cat has become an unlikely folk hero of St. Paul’s Macalester College after finding himself banned from the library. The orange feline belongs to a neighbor who lives nearby, and apparently considers the library and surrounding area part of his territory, making friends with everyone he meets. Concerns for Max’s safety, particularly during a period of renovation, prompted staff to put up the posters which only succeeded in making the cat more famous. Now a viral sensation, Max is temporarily confined to his owner’s home — he’s still getting to go out for walks, but only on a leash.

Every interview with Ursula K. Le Guin is worth reading from beginning to end. This time around, the famed sci-fi writer goes on the record with an update on her health and mood (both “Okay”), as well as opinions on ebooks, political resistance, and whether she thinks she deserves the awards that have been heaped on her in recent years. On the latter point, her response is particularly endearing betraying a rare glimpse of vulnerability: “I don’t think the rewards have been overdone. I think I’ve earned them. They are welcome and useful to me because they shore up my self-esteem, which wobbles as you get old and can’t do what you used to do.”