FROM Jeff Feuerzeig
The rise and fall of JT LeRoy Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy had a tragic young life. He was a truck-stop prostitute in West Virginia and a homeless drug-addict in San Francisco. He turned that heartbreak into a memoir in 1989 and became the “it-boy” of the literary world - embraced by writers like Dennis Cooper and Mary Carr and celebrities like Billy Corgan and Courtney Love. And then, it all blew up. The New York Times revealed that he was actually a she . And JT Leroy’s hard-scrabble story was a fiction written by a woman named Laura Albert. Now, there’s a new documentary about what happened. And this time, Laura Albert - aka JT Leroy - is telling her own story.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?