To forget your troubles, read pulp fiction. Among the best of these are stories by David Goodis (1917 – 1967). Goodis’ tales are the dark side of 1950s America. Among my favorites is his story, The Burglar, honored by Library of America for inclusion in a volume of five Goodis pulp fiction stories.
Too bad Goodis is not alive today. What might he do with the emerging news about the “secret sisterhood”, the Cult of NXIVM, “a bad-ass bitch boot camp,” and Sara and Clare Bronfman, members of NXIVM and the daughters of Edgar Bronfman, the deceased chairman of Seagram Company? (Background: Secrets Of the NXIVM Sisterhood, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 22, 2017.)
And now added to the plot is Allison Mack. “Did Allison Mack Confess She Sold Children to Rothschilds and Clintons?” asks almighty Snopes. Snopes says not exactly. It is, advises Snopes, “A real case of sex trafficking charges involving a ‘Smallville’ actress, but ‘child sex cult,’ ‘Rothschilds,’ and ‘Clintons’ are catnip to the disinformation set.” 
So we have Allison Mack – innocent unless proven guilty, by the way – allegedly involved “with an organization called Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ium), an Albany, New York-based group that claimed to be a self-help program but was, in reality, a pyramid scheme in which some recruits were exploited sexually and for their labor, prosecutors allege in court filings.” 
So pulp fiction from all this: It started innocently enough, with Allison Mack, an attractive doe-eyed blonde, lured into NXIVM which told her it wanted to empower women. But it turns out to be a cult having as its guru a math genius named Keith Raniere. And Raniere has lured in wealthy heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman. As the tale unfolds, we have our little lamb, Allison Mack, to her horror sucked ever more deeply into a web of evil. And then is introduced into our pulp fiction tale a washed-out detective who sees a chance for redemption when he tunes in a “Smallville” episode and falls head-over-heels for the dame, Allison Mack. Several cliff-hanger chapters ensue, with the washed-out detective barely surviving yet all the while getting closer to the real truth. But will Allison Mack realize that the detective loves her true? And will the detective straighten up and walk the narrow path? Or does it all come to naught for them both in the end, even though the math genius guru has his operation exposed?
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 “Did Allison Mack Confess She Sold Children to Rothschilds and Clintons?”, Snopes, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/allison-mack-rothschild-clinton/
 “‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack granted bail in sex trafficking case”, by Sandra Gonzalez. CNN, April 24, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/entertainment/allison-mack/index.html