Masha Gessen: Where to Begin
This post is part of a series in which Readers Services librarians suggest a good starting place for authors appearing in our LIVE from the NYPL series.
Masha Gessen will deliver this year's annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, "The Stories of a Life," on Monday, December 18 at the Library. Tickets have sold out, but you can still join in by watching a livestream of the event!
New Yorker stories
According to (Ellen) Page, when she was eighteen, the director and producer Brett Ratner made crude comments about her in front of other actors and outed her to the cast. He and his team allegedly proceeded to humiliate Page while also demanding her loyalty: at one point, she says, she was instructed to wear a T-shirt with the words “Team Ratner” on it. Page, according to her account, was being taken hostage. (Ratner has not responded publicly to Page’s allegations.) In a single sentence in the sixth paragraph of the post, Page mentions being sexually assaulted by a crew member—an event that she clearly sees as a consequence of being dehumanized by much more powerful men. Her assailant had no reason to fear retribution.
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