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Jeb Bush's 1995 "Profiles in Character"

Joyce Carol Oates

The Huffington Post has dug up Jeb Bush’s 1995 book Profiles in Character, and quotes extensively from a chapter titled “The Restoration of Shame.” There, the former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate argued that “public humiliations” might help deter women from having children “out of wedlock.” In the course of his argument, Bush cites an American literary classic: “Infamous shotgun weddings and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter are reminders that public condemnation of irresponsible sexual behavior has strong historical roots.”

In response to author Kamila Shamsie’s article about gender bias in the publishing industry, the independent press And Other Stories has vowed to publish only books by women in 2018.

Michelle Obama is helping edit the July/August issue of More magazine.

When Joyce Carol Oates tweeted, in response to the killing of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, that it is “so barbaric that this should still be allowed,” many people wondered if she was losing her sense of reality. The comment, Oates has assured her readers, was “meant as a joke.”

Amazon’s e-book business practices are being reviewed by European antitrust regulators.

Paul Bacon, who designed iconic book covers for novels including Catch-22 and Portnoy’s Complaint, has died at 91.