I’m writing my memoir – does that make me just a character in a book? | Hadley Freeman

It’s the age of personal experience. But once you share, you no longer really own your story

“I thought that review was judgmental and talked about me as if I were an idiot and not a journalist and not somebody who has written bestselling books and award-winning articles,” said the (for the record) bestselling and award-winning writer Nancy Jo Sales on the Femsplainers Podcast, in what was definitely the most revealing interview I encountered last week. Sales, probably best known for her work in Vanity Fair, has written a book, Nothing Personal, about online dating culture, following on from her documentary, Swiped, and 2015 Vanity Fair feature on the subject. In all of her takes on this issue, Sales concludes that these apps are bad for women, and she bases this at least partly on her own experience: “I realised this is really not fun in the way sex is supposed to be. A lot of it is bad for women. The guy doesn’t know you or care about you,” she said in the interview.

I fully own up to not having read Sales’s book yet. But, judging from what she has said, I gather it focuses on her online dating experience, and she hasn’t particularly liked some critics’ take on that. The review she described as “judgmental” was in the New York Times, and her Femsplainers interview didn’t go much better. The interviewer, Danielle Crittenden, said maybe the reason Sales, 56, found the apps so dismaying was that, despite saying she was looking for “companionship”, she said in her dating profile that she was looking for men in their 20s, and she would then invite them over for casual sex.

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‘It’s brutal’: Las Vegas cooks amid blazing heatwave – and it’s going to get worse

Tourists line the air-conditioned casino labyrinths amid record temperatures – but many locals are not able to take cover indoors

By midnight on Wednesday, two days into a scorching heat wave to hit the US west, the air in Las Vegas had barely cooled.

Throughout the day and for the days that followed, temperatures in the desert city hovered close to historic highs, peaking at 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.6 Celsius), and setting a new record for such dangerously hot weather so early in the year. Meanwhile, dust and smoke from nearby wildfires hung in the stiff hot air, casting a brown haze over the valley.

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Richard Bland excites Torrey Pines to become oldest 36-hole leader in US Open history

  • Veteran Englishman cards 67 to share lead with Russell Henley
  • ‘When I saw this place on Monday, it kind of set up to my eye’

A 48-year-old journeyman golfer from Southampton ranked 115th who had never won a top-flight tournament until 35 days ago was atop the US Open leaderboard on Friday night at the tournament’s halfway mark.

World, meet Richard Bland.

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Teetering Philadelphia 76ers clip Hawks to ward off elimination and force Game 7

  • Embiid logs 22 points and 13 rebounds as Sixers win 104-99
  • Top-seeded Sixers overcome Trae Young’s game-high 34 points

Seth Curry hit six three-pointers and scored 24 points and the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semi-final series by beating the Atlanta Hawks 104-99 in Game 6 on Friday night.

The 76ers overcame Trae Young’s 34-point effort to force Game 7 on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

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