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20 Questions (and Answers) for Debut Writers: Critical Linking, December 15

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In this ever-shifting and uncertain world, we all could use a little more certainty in our lives. Especially writers with a signed contract behind them and a pub date looming. With our column this month, we’re offering some simple “yes” and “no” answers (followed by longer explanation for those who feel that more is more) to common questions from writers.

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Eataly, the vast Italian food wonderland with locations all over the world, pulled products bearing Mario Batali’s likeness — including books, sauces, pastas, olive oils, and vinegars — from its shelves today. A company spokesperson confirmed to Eater that “this move is consistent with Mario Batali not being actively involved with Eataly.” Four women have come forward to accuse Batali of sexual misconduct according to an Eater NY report that details the experiences in detail.

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No good, Mario.

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