VS Naipaul finds no Woman Writer his Literary Match

From The Guardian:

VS Naipaul, no stranger to literary spats and rows, has done it again. This time, the winner of the Nobel prize for literature has lashed out at female authors, saying there is no woman writer whom he considers his equal – and singling out Jane Austen for particular criticism.

In an interview at the Royal Geographic Society on Tuesday about his career, Naipaul, who has been described as the “greatest living writer of English prose”, was asked if he considered any woman writer his literary match. He replied: “I don’t think so.” Of Austen he said he “couldn’t possibly share her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world”.

He felt that women writers were “quite different”. He said: “I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me.”

The author, who was born in Trinidad, said this was because of women’s “sentimentality, the narrow view of the world”. “And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too,” he said.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83

From the NY Times:

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the central figure in the tumultuous national drama surrounding assisted suicide, died Friday in a Michigan hospital. He was 83 and lived in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

The cause of his death was not immediately known, but local media reported that he had suffered from kidney and respiratory problems and that his condition had been worsening in recent days. His death was confirmed by Geoffrey Feiger, the lawyer who represented him during several of his trials in the 1990s.

Video: Woman screams following TSA patdown

From Policeone.com:

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Another video of a TSA patdown confrontation has gone viral, as a cell phone video captured a woman screaming that TSA officers in Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport “just molested” her.

The video, captured by her son, shows the woman screaming frantically after a patdown that she “wants a police officer”. Various personnel, including police, TSA agents and Southwest Airlines representatives, tell him to turn off his camera, which he refuses to do.

The woman is escorted out of the screening area by Phoenix police officers midway through.

In an interview with AOL, her son, Ryan, claims that “he had witnessed his mother’s breasts being groped and that while his camera was off the TSA accused his family of being ‘hired actors’ and interrogating them about who they work for.”