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Was Pablo Neruda Assassinated?

An international group of forensic experts concluded that Pablo Neruda’s official cause of death is incorrect–he did not die of cancer. Instead, after inspecting samples from the prolific Chilean poet’s exhumed remains, they have determined that the actual cause was related to an infection. The experts have said they “can’t exclude nor affirm the natural or violent cause of Pablo Neruda’s death.” But the discovery is already stirring up old questions about whether Neruda was assassinated in his hospital bed, by way of an injection of a mystery substance, as both his nephew and personal assistant attested.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Throws Literary Shade

Newsweek wrote about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story–namely, how it paints the first lady as a casual racist, reluctant wife of the president, and as being envious of Michelle Obama. In the story, “Mrs T” keeps a folder full of pictures of Obama on her laptop. The Americanah author wrote the story for T, The New York Times’ style magazine. Janelle Asked to the Bedroom follows a pre-election short story about Mrs T titled, The Arrangements.

Indigenous Representation On The Thor: Ragnarok Set

The Mary Sue wrote up a piece about all the ways Taika Waititi pushed for indigenous representation on the Thor: Ragnarok set. Waititi, who’s directing the film, is Māori. From shadowing opportunities for indigenous filmmakers to an opening Karakia ceremony to avoiding appropriation, Waititi did the good work for better representation and inclusion. The piece pointed out how rare it is for a movie to be turned over to an indigenous director.

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