Harper and other headlines

"Harper Lee is back," announces freelance journalist Chris O'Shea, as the Wall Street Journal and other publications hit publish on the much anticipated preview chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ (the WSJ's link alone has received upwards of 12,000 shares). "Having a reunion with Scout," declares Marie Tae McDermott with the New York Times. Jack Malvern at The Times reveals that the "first chapter reveals something old, something new, something borrowed and - whoa - a calamity." Michelle Jones at AJC.com teases, "Second word of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman: 'Atlanta'." The Guardian has a gorgeously animated version for you to peruse, as well (at a whopping 20,000 shares). Incidentally, you can listen to it as narrated by a famous actress. "Reese Witherspoon really is the perfect read-along companion for 'Go Set a Watchman'," observes Culture Monster's Lisa Fung. Although Reynold Center's Micheline Maynard was less impressed than others: "No spoilers, but I'm kind of with Harper Lee's original editor." Fair enough, but we're all Harper fangirling over here, regardless.

With all this Harper hubbub bandying about, you mustn't overlook the fact that actor Omar Sharif (oh he of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago renown) has died at age 83. "Omar Sharif, the man who made the most memorable entrance in movies, exits," is how David Hepworth puts it. And surely you didn't miss the fact that the Confederate flag officially was removed from South Carolina's capitol this morning. Here's the Post & Courier's excellent local coverage. "Racism's logo is off the flagpole in front of the South Carolina capitol. More to do," synopsizes The New Republic's Jamil Smith. Today also happens to have been the day of the U.S.A. Women's World Cup parade. HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani applauds,"Loving the images coming out of the #USWNTParade this morning! #SheBelieves and she won!"

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