The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh but the Guggenheim offered a solid gold toilet instead. – The Washington Post:
The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled “America” that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.
For a year, the Guggenheim had exhibited “America” — the creation of contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan — in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor for visitors to use.
But the exhibit was over and the toilet was available “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” Spector wrote in an email obtained by The Washington Post.
An offer befitting a president with such a foul mouth.
Macmillan CEO: “We will not allow any president to achieve by intimidation what our Constitution precludes” – Publishers Lunch:
The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional. But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.
This is very clearly defined in Supreme Court case law, most prominently in the Pentagon Papers case.
I haven’t read the book and have no opinion about it, but I’m glad to see the publisher stand up for Americans’ rights.