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On the Books: 'Insurgent' author Veronica Roth addresses concerns over gun-wielding movie Tris

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During the Insurgent premiere Monday in New York City, author Veronica Roth addressed concerns about Tris holding a gun with no trouble. In the book, she experiences difficulty doing so, dealing with the trauma of killing her friend Will. “I think having an action movie in which the heroine can’t hold a weapon, then the whole movie is about her not being able to hold a weapon,” Roth said. “But they found other ways for her to express her emotional state, other than the gun-holding.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

While Amy Dunne may have fooled the fictional detectives in Gone Girl, real life FBI vet Candice Delong saw right through her act. In a video with Vanity Fair, Delong diagnoses Amy with Munchausen syndrome and analyzes the holes in the film murderess’ story.  (Adweek)

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl,” stars are teaming up for a benefit concert April 7 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Proceeds will go to the David Lynch Foundation, which helps at-risk individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Performers include Courtney Love, Andy Kim, Will Forte, John Mulaney, Tim Robbins, Amy Poehler, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, and more. (Pitchfork)

The New York Times is expanding their online presence by recruiting 20 writers for its op-ed and Sunday Review sections. “We were looking for a broad range of viewpoints and subjects and backgrounds and geographical locations and every kind of form of diversity that you can think of,” said editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. The new contributors are signed to short-term contracts and will write about once a month. (Capital New York)

The Devault-Graves Agency is taking the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust to task. The indie publisher filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on March 16 accusing Salinger’s estate of trying to hinder the publication and distribution of international editions of Three Early Stories, a collection of Salinger’s early short stories. (Publishers Weekly)

Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes’ remains have reportedly been found underneath a convent crypt in Madrid, but scientists are not sure which fragment belongs to whom. With about 240 bodies uncovered in three burial layers, Cervantes’ bones were found among the oldest in the crypt—and in extremely poor condition. “At this point in time, there is not going to be a confirmation of individuality through genetics,” said archeologist Almudena García-Rubio. (The Telegraph)

 

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