Photo: Director James Toback poses during a photocall for the movie ''The Private Life Of A Modern Woman" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 3, 2017. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)
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Nearly 40 women have come forward with sexual harassment stories involving director James Toback. Many report that Toback first approached them in public in New York, promising entree to the movie business. KCRW’s Anna Scott shares her personal encounter with Toback, and we hear from the LA Times writer who broke the story.
Author Jesmyn Ward is regularly called a modern William Faulkner. She sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” is on the shortlist for this year’s National Book Award. It’s written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past.
Author Jesmyn Ward. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.
Jesmyn Ward, Author
The Dodgers play the first game of the World Series at Dodger stadium Tuesday. Also, the Rams and the Chargers both won big this weekend. The Clippers are 2 and 0. The LA Kings have played seven games and still haven’t lost.
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