From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours…

God, this is Icke-y. Few things capture the bleak absurdity of 2018 than the news that Alice Walker, acclaimed African-American novelist, feminist icon and civil rights activist, has been red-pilled. In a recent New York Times interview, Walker recommended anti-Semitic conspiracy-theorist David Icke’s And the Truth Shall Set You Free as one of the books on her nightstand. A former mediocre English professional footballer and TV presenter, Icke’s unhinged ramblings include the belief that Earth is controlled by a cabal of shape-shifting extra-terrestrial reptiles, the Holocaust was possibly made up, and that Jewish organisations were secretly responsible for slavery, the US Civil War and the Ku Klux Klan.