March 2022

Reading and writing

10 new books we recommend this week

WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN: A History of the Democratic Party, by Michael Kazin. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $35.) Kazin’s shrewd and captivating volume examines the 200-year history of the ‘world’s oldest mass party’, which has seen its political apparatus become a shadow of what it was during the heyday of the democrats in the 20th century . “The founder of this political apparatus is widely presumed to be Thomas Jefferson, but the party,” Kazin explains, “was really the work of Martin Van Buren, a largely forgotten figure whose one-term presidency turned out to be the most less interesting about him. writes Timothy Noah in his review, adding that as a U.S. senator in 1827, Van Buren united the northern poor and southern landowners who “shared a hatred for northern industrialists, high tariffs, financiers – and abolitionists”.

LEFT BEHIND: Democrats’ failed attempt to address inequality, by Lily Geismer. (Public Affairs, $30.) In the years following the loss of the Solid South to the Democrats, Geismer claims, the party followed a failed policy of abandoning the labor movement to pursue middle-class urban dwellers through the efforts of the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization at nonprofit that has promoted reducing government waste and applying market-based solutions to social problems. “Geismer’s book is a wonderfully detailed history of a now vanished faith; the DLC closed in 2011,” writes Timothy Noah, reviewing the book alongside Kazin’s story (above). “The main problem with the Democrats, Kazin and Geismer acknowledge, is that they have lost their power and their purpose by moving away from the world of work.”

THE BALD EAGLE: The Improbable Voyage of the American Bird, by Jack E. Davis. (Liveright, $29.95.) Davis takes a broad view of the decline and recent resurgence of his main subject, offering not only a natural history of the bald eagle, but also a cultural and political history that encompasses everyone from Benjamin Franklin to Dolly Parton (who founded a hospital for eagles). “With famous humans, Davis never neglects the birds themselves,” writes Vicki Constantine Croke in her review. “He writes of their long-term bonds, their massive nests, ‘as solid as an old warship’, to which they return year after year, and their eclectic appetites. …Davis shines to the fullest in this exuberant and expansive book, but mostly for highlighting individual birds.

WILD AND BROKEN SOUNDS: the wonders of sound, the creativity of evolution and the crisis of sensory extinction, by David George Haskell. (Viking, $29.) The man-made cacophony threatens to drown out the songs of birds, the crescendos of insects and the choruses of frogs — and that’s a problem, writes Haskell in this glorious guide to the sounds of nature. Haskell is a deeply nuanced and thoughtful writer who finds beauty in the din of exploitation. The book “affirms Haskell as a laureate for the land, his finely tuned scientific observations made more powerful by his deep love for the nature he hopes to save,” writes Cynthia Barnett in her review. “He helped us hear. Are we going to listen? Are we going to heed the alarm calls of our traveling companions? »

THE FALL, by Sarah Moss. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) Moss’ quietly intense pandemic novel is a masterful study in claustrophobia by a writer who has always been fascinated with isolation. Moss’ characters – four people in England’s Peak District – are confined not just by the lockdown, but by their own thoughts and loneliness. “Considered as a study in repression and displacement,” writes Lidija Haas in her review, “Moss’ provocative storyless novel becomes a psychological thriller.

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Meet the translator behind two of this year’s International Booker Prize nominations

Covers of the books “Cursed Bunny” (2017) and “Love in the Big City” (2019) in the running for the International Booker Prize 2022 [BOOKER PRIZE]

Translations of two Korean books are on the long list for the 2022 International Booker Prize – a compilation of sci-fi/horror novels titled “Cursed Bunny” (2017) by Bora Chung and queer fiction “Love in the Big City” (2019) by Park Sang-young.

The books are in the running for the British Literary Prize along with 11 other works such as ‘The Books of Jacob’ (2014) by Polish Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk and ‘More Than I Love My Life’ (2019) by the Israeli author and 2017 Laureate of the Booker David Grossman International Prize.

Among these literary heavyweights are not only Chung and Park, but also their translator Anton Hur.

After translating both “Cursed Bunny” and “Love in the City” last year, the 41-year-old Seoul-based veteran translator has earned two nominations for this year’s International Booker Prize, arguably the most more prestigious than a literary translator can receive. .

“Nominations mean the world,” Hur told Korea JoongAng Daily in an online interview on March 18. “To have both books appear on the long list is an incredible honor and something that I haven’t been able to fully process yet because it’s so overwhelming.

Anton Hur, translator of

Anton Hur, translator of “Cursed Bunny” and “Love in the Big City” [ANTON HUR]

It is no coincidence that Hur was chosen to translate the two books. In fact, he approached both authors and offered to translate their books into English.

Hur first met “Cursed Bunny” at a local book fair called Wowbook Festival in western Seoul, where he immediately asked author Chung and book publisher Arzak s he could translate it.

“Before ‘Cursed Bunny,’ I had never heard of Bora or come across his writings,” Hur said. “But the first sentence of the book was so beautiful and the rest of this short story was so fun, funny, horrific, feminist – it was everything I wanted a story to be.”

As for “Love in the Big City,” Hur already knew the author because he had been translating Park’s works since 2017, a year after Park’s debut as a writer.

Although he felt very passionate about writing Park, which is mostly queer fiction, Hur was initially reluctant to translate his work.

“His short story ‘Tears of an Unknown Artist, or Zaytun Pasta’ [the first of Park’s works that Hur read] was very long,” Hur said. “I knew it was going to be difficult to find someone to post something like 18,000 words. [in English characters].”

But after a series of translators refused to accept Park’s news, Hur decided to do it himself.

“The workload has indeed turned out to be enormous,” Hur said. “But now it’s paid off because he’s nominated for the Booker Prize!”

It usually takes Hur about four to five months to translate a book. Meanwhile, Hur approaches literary translation not only as a writer but also as an ordinary reader of a book he finds interesting or close to his heart.

One of the ways he translates as a reader is to simultaneously read and translate the book page by page instead of reading the whole book in advance.

“[Before I begin translating] I don’t want to read too carefully because I always want to be surprised when I turn the page, and I want that feeling of surprise and discovery to happen to English readers as well,” Hur said. “I don’t want the curse of knowledge in my head where I know what’s going to happen, so I’m a bit biased about the revelation in translation.”

For similar reasons, Hur is known to have strayed from the original authors of the books while translating.

Hur translates the material as he interprets it rather than deciphering the author’s intent for each sentence – like how a regular reader would read a book.

He added that translations are not just conversions from one language to another, but creative content in their own right.

“Translations are copyrighted,” Hur said. “It incorporates the translator’s style and voice.”

Hur’s work also goes far beyond the art of translation.

From finding a foreign publisher to applying for grants and marketing, translators like Hur work behind the scenes to ensure the book’s success, as the Korean author and publishers often lack language skills and outside knowledge. of the local market.

Underpinning Hur’s efforts is his work philosophy as a translator of discovering and presenting fresh, quality content to a wider audience.

“In my experience, readers don’t know what they want until they see it,” Hur said. “It’s only when you present them with a mind-blowing piece of literature that they’re like, ‘Oh, I like that.’ This is what I want to convey through my translations.

The two Booker nominations only confirm Hur’s keen eye for outstanding literature.

He is particularly drawn to books that revolve around less common issues and characters.

“As a translator, I wasn’t too excited to see so many middle-aged cisgender heterosexual Korean men on magazine covers and being pushed around by funding agencies,” Hur said.

“Cursed Bunny” and “Love in the Big City” are part of his aspiration to change the relatively hetero-normative and patriarchal literary scene in Korea.

“Bora in ‘Cursed Bunny’ attacks patriarchy and its ridiculous concepts with his humor, and it’s very effective,” Hur said. “It makes people laugh but also makes them think ‘Yeah, that’s very absurd and we shouldn’t take these stupid ideas we have about women seriously’, like the idea that men should control women’s bodies. women. It’s horrible and absurd. And we should laugh about it, then attack them for what they are – unsustainable ideas.

Hur continued, “Even Sang-young, although he seems to be a very mainstream literary writer, due to his particular subject matter of queer literature, he must have suffered a lot of backlash from the literary establishment, commentators. and the public.”

“It was very clear to me that we needed some sort of reset for the establishment and we need a way to highlight the other literature that is being written in Korea from other perspectives, outside of of the majority,” Hur said. “So it was extremely important for me to translate these works and promote them. I imagine that will continue to be important to me in the future.

The plaque given to the final winner of the Booker Prizes [THE BOOKER PRIZE]

The plaque given to the final winner of the Booker Prizes [THE BOOKER PRIZE]

Anton Hur was born in Sweden and grew up in Hong Kong, Ethiopia and Thailand. But for about 30 years of his life he lived in Gwacheon in Gyeonggi and Seoul and continues to live in Seoul today.

His translations include the books “The Court Dancer” by Shin Kyung-sook and “The Prisoner” by Hwang Sok-yong. He also won a PEN/Heim grant for his translation of “Cursed Bunny”.

“Cursed Bunny” and “Love in the Big City” were translated by Hur in July and November, respectively, and published in Britain, making them eligible for 2022 Booker nominations.

“Cursed Bunny” is a collection of 10 stories that critique modern societal issues of patriarchy and capitalism through fantastical settings and events.

“Love in the Big City” follows the exuberant but heartbreaking life of a queer man named Young who is fresh out of college in Seoul in the 21st century.

Thirteen books in the running for the International Booker Prize this year [THE BOOKER PRIZE]

Thirteen books in the running for the International Booker Prize this year [THE BOOKER PRIZE]

In addition to the Booker Prize which rewards authors of books written in English, the International Booker Prize is an annual prize awarded to a single book which has been translated into English and published in Great Britain or Ireland.

The prize recognizes the author and the translator equally, and the final prize is shared equally between the two.

Korean books that have already been nominated for the International Booker Prize are “The Vegetarian” (2007) and “The White Book” (2016) by Han Kang and translated by Deborah Smith; and “At Dusk” (2015) by Hwang Sok-yong and translated by Sora Kim-Russell.

“The Vegetarian” won the award in 2016. It is the first and only Korean literature to win the award.

A total of 135 foreign language novels that have been translated into English were considered for this year’s award.

Six books will be selected from the 13 books shortlisted for the 2022 International Book Prize Long List.

The shortlist will be announced on April 7 and the final winner on May 26.

BY LEE JIAN [[email protected]]

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Miraculous Ladybug Executive Addresses Show Casting Controversy

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir may not be on your radar these days, but it’s front and center for fans everywhere. The animated series is one of Disney’s biggest hits, and more viewers are finding the superhero show every day. Right now, however, Miraculous is making headlines for all the wrong reasons and even prompted one of its developers to speak out.

For those who don’t know, the situation around the series is tense. Miraculous is in the news right now after three of its cast members shared that they were leaving the English dub and being replaced. Anne Yatco, Reba Buhr and Joe Ochman sounded the alarm on social media before telling fans their exits were tied to unfairly low wages.

Now, Jeremy Zag caught wind of the ordeal and express themselves on Twitter. Although he hasn’t tweeted since 2017, Zag publicly posted a note to fans the other day to address the community’s outrage over the dub drama.

“Thank you very much for letting me know about the dubbing situation in the United States. We have many voice recording partners around the world. I will take care of it and do my best to solve the problem. problem urgently,” he wrote.

As you can imagine, Zag’s statement took fans by surprise, but for the right reasons. No one expected the developer to address the unfolding situation, so it was much appreciated to hear his encouraging words. But of course the situation surrounding Miraculous‘dub is the responsibility of the studios licensed to produce the performance. And as animation continues to dominate the entertainment industry in the United States and abroad, fans should expect more pay disputes like this to become public. After all, there’s no shame in negotiating a living wage, and voice actors have been notoriously undersold in the animation world.

What do you think of Miraculous’ to do contreversy ? Do you think the animation industry needs to reevaluate its pay scale? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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First Annual Writers’ Festival in Saranac Lake this summer | News, Sports, Jobs

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Writing plans to host a new writers festival in Saranac Lake this summer.

On August 19-20, ACW will present the first annual Kick*** writers festival, featuring writers, poets, comedians, mountaineers and more. The festival will take place in various locations around Saranac Lake and will include readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair, speed dating and more. The Kick*** Writers Festival celebrates how essential writing and storytelling – in all their forms – are to art, entertainment and social change.

The two-day event kicks off Friday, August 19 at the Pendragon Theater with 2021 New York State author Ayad Akhtar and 2021 New York State poet Willie Perdomo. The pair will be featured by former New York State writer Russell Banks, as well as award-winning poet Chase Twitchell. This specific reading is the result of a collaboration with the New York State Writers Institute at SUNY Albany.

On Saturday, August 20, ACW will feature memoirist, feminist and humanitarian Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first Peruvian woman to climb Mount Everest and the first openly gay woman to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. . His first memoirs “In the Shadow of the Mountain” tells how an early life of abuse and addiction led her to discover hiking as a method of healing. These activities transformed her life and allowed her not only to climb the most difficult peaks in the world, but also to found the non-profit association Courageous Girls. Her memoir is currently being adapted into a major film starring Selena Gomez.

Saturday night events will include a showcase of festival authors such as Gwen Kirby, author of the first collection of wild short stories, “Damn ** Cassandra Saw.” The authors will be accompanied by comedian and musician Marcia Belsky, whose hilarious song, “100 stamps” went viral in 2020. Belsky will perform a mix of stand-up comedy, storytelling and music alongside festival writers at The Waterhole to close out the festival on Saturday night.

“We’re proud to bring some of the country’s most exciting writers here to Saranac Lake,” ACW Executive Director Nathalie Thill said in a statement. “This festival – a partnership with the New York State Writers Institute, Wild Center, Pendragon Theater, Saranac Lake Free Library, SL Book Nook and Adirondack Council – will take place the same weekend as the Plein Air Festival, who we work with to cross-promote and even mirror some of their programs. It’s community teamwork like this that makes Saranac Lake the hub of the arts in the Adirondacks.

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Goto, Coyote among Lambda finalists

A poet’s exploration of his childhood experience in the company town created when the Jenpeg Dam was built on the Nelson River is one of the nominees for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards.

Kazim Aliit’s Northern Light: power, earth and memory of waterin which the poet revisits his childhood home to discover the effect of the dam on the Cross Lake community, is nominated in the LGBTQ Non-Fiction category.

It is one of many books with Canadian ties nominated in all 24 categories of the annual awards. Ivan Coyoteit’s Care of: Letters, Connections and Remediesa book of responses to letters the poet/performer received, is nominated in the transgender non-fiction category. Alex Ohlinchair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia, is nominated in the bisexual fiction category for her collection of short stories, We want what we want. Grace Zau is nominated in Lesbian Poetry for The language we were never taught to speak. poet and novelist Hiromi Goto is nominated in the LGBTQ Comics category for shadow lifefor which she also won an Asian Pacific American Literature Award. PJ Vernonthe novel bath house is nominated in the LGBTQ mystery category.

The winners will be announced in New York on June 11. The full list of nominees is available at

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To the list of topics that could get a teacher from the Deep South fired—topics like sex, racism, and evolution—you can now add “butts.”

An assistant manager from Mississippi told CBC As it happens recently that he was fired for reading a children’s book called I need a new ass.

Toby Price told CBC the incident started when a group of second graders logged on to Zoom for a reading event and the guest reader didn’t show up. Filling in on short notice, he grabbed the book – about a boy who notices the crack in his butt for the first time and worries it’s broken – and read it. (The book is part of a series that includes I broke my ass and My ass is so loud.)

He was later fired for his “inappropriate” book choice; the case has since been the subject of a petition by the free speech organization PEN.

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Amazon abandoned an experiment in selling physical books that began in 2015 in Seattle and eventually led to the opening of 25 physical bookstores across the United States.

According to RetailWire, the company generated just 3% of its revenue from brick-and-mortar stores, mostly from its ownership of high-end grocery store Whole Foods. As it closes bookstores and many small retail stores, Amazon plans to launch clothing stores under the name Amazon Fashion.

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An independent Calgary publisher is printing a new edition of a Ukrainian-language anthology from 80 or more years ago as part of a fundraiser for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

Durvile Publications plans to publish The Little Book: Reader of Stories for a Free Ukraine on March 31, according to a CBC report.

The book, which includes letters of the Ukrainian alphabet, illustrations, stories and poems, was originally created for the Canadian Ukrainian diaspora. The edition will include English translations by McMaster University Linguistics and Language Professor Magda Stroniskas well as a pronunciation guide.

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A wave of resignations by junior and mid-level editorial employees at major publishers has shed light on the industry’s low pay, growing workload and limited opportunities for advancement – even as major publishing conglomerates record high revenues and profits.

A number of editorial assistants and editors publicized the challenges and sparked discussion on the topic. A recent story on the PublishersLunch website suggests that part of the problem is that editors are “technologically illiterate” and offload all of their IT challenges onto junior editors and editorial assistants. The story can be found at

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Comixology rolls out new updates after feedback from readers and creators

In February, ComiXology updated its interface and phased out the ComiXology Player as part of the integration with parent company Amazon’s website and say the update didn’t go over well with fans and comic book creators would be an understatement. There was a tremendous reaction from readers and creators almost instantly, prompting ComiXology to address the situation and promise updates and improvements. Now ComiXology has started rolling out these updates. In a Twitter thread earlier this week, ComiXology addressed some of the issues users were having and revealed some of the updates they’ve made and promised more to come.

“We’ve been busy making updates since launching our updated ComiXology app and new store,” the tweet thread began. “We have listened to your feedback and will continue to share updates and new features as they are released – this is just the beginning.”

The thread covered issues like improving book resolution in the mobile app, issues with filters in new releases, improving book downloads, and more. They also revealed that the app library now aggregates content by series across multiple countries – Australia, Brazil, and India, also available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Spain, in Germany and Japan. Most of the improvements have been aimed at the US and UK storefronts, but ComiXology said it plans to “roll out additional storefronts to other countries this year.”

Amazon bought ComiXology, then one of the largest digital comics retailers in the industry, about eight years ago. In February, Amazon merged ComiXology into its own website and began phasing out the ComiXology player while merging its entire library into Amazon’s website, but although it was touted as a move ” transparent”, consumers quickly encountered a number of problems, including comics that were completely unreadable through the Kindle app while other books, namely ComiXology Originals, could not be found by some users, even when they were looking for them directly. The changes and resulting issues have prompted many users and creators to not only speak out, but also consider leaving ComiXology altogether.

It will be interesting to see how these latest updates and improvements impact the user experience with ComiXology, but it also looks like there are more updates and fixes to come. ComiXology ended its thread by promising more updates to come.

“We know how important it is to be able to play your comics on our web player. We’re working as quickly as possible to roll out improvements,” the thread says. “This is not a complete list of all the improvements our team is working hard on. Thank you for your patience and more updates to come.

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Important Reading and Writing Questions for Kate Mosse and Olivia Laing

Kate Mosse is the author of bestselling novels The fiery roomsand The city of tears. His fourth book, An extra pair of handsis his story of caring for his aging parents and stepmother.

Was it hard to write about family in An extra pair of hands?

It was, although I discussed everything with Granny Rosie – anything she didn’t want to see in the book, I cut it out. With my parents, I had to try to decide what they would be comfortable with me sharing, and what not. It’s a matter of privacy, of preserving their dignity, of things too personal to share. There are quite a few things I didn’t include.

Can you tell us about a time when you needed an extra pair of hands?

Although I am a novelist and playwright, and therefore mainly work from home, I also often have to travel to publish or to London for meetings. That’s when my husband and my brother-in-law are indispensable. Granny Rosie is bright and sharp, but she’s almost 92 and is in a wheelchair, so she needs support all the time during the day and at bedtime.

* How I Write: Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts guest author Airini Beautrais
* Wellington Area Arts Lists – March 11-13
* Secret Paintings and Interactive Sci-Fi at the Biannual Wellington Arts Festival

What are you reading right now?

I am the founding director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the world’s largest annual celebration of female creation. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we announced the long list of sixteen exceptional novels, so between editing and rehearsals for my stage adaptation of my novel The taxidermist’s daughter I offer myself to read the whole list.

And what are you working on?

I have a major new non-fiction book – Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries– part family memoir, part biography of my great-grandmother who was a novelist, and part celebration of all the amazing women who are left out of history.

It’s from my #WomaninHistory global campaign, which I launched last year to try to put women back in history, one woman at a time. The book will be out in October, and it’s just wonderful to spend time in the company of so many inspiring, pioneering and extraordinary women through the ages.

AuthorOlivia Laing.

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AuthorOlivia Laing.

Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed books of non-fiction, At the river , The trip to Echo SpringandThe lonely town . His last,Everyone: a book about freedom,explores struggles for bodily freedom, including gay rights, sexual liberation, the civil rights movement, and feminism.

What does inhabiting his fearless body mean to you?

As a trans person, there’s a lot of fear buzzing around my body most of the time. I think that’s an experience that a lot of people share, because they have a bodily identity that is subject to oppression or violence. I wanted to invite readers to imagine a world where those kinds of forces didn’t apply, where everyone could feel free to kiss, dance, attend a protest, even read a book while knowing that he is safe in his body.

What is the most interesting story or thing you have discovered while writing?Everybody ?

Bayard Rustin was one of the great architects of the civil rights movement, including organizing the March on Washington, but I had never heard of him. His involvement had been cleared because he was a gay man. He was fascinating to discover: a person who couldn’t stand injustice in any form. You couldn’t stop him: even if he was arrested, he would just start reforming the prison.

Of the people you mention in your book, Malcolm X, Freud, Susan Sontag, who would you most like to have lunch with, and what is the first question you would ask them?

I have a feeling Nina Simone and Freud would be an epic lunch. I could just sit back and let them go on, but I know Nina would come out on top.

What are you reading right now?

young heroesof the Soviet Republic, a very timely book by Alex Halberstadt. It’s about his fascinating and gruesome family history in Russia and Ukraine, and how a legacy of violence and trauma has shaped Russia.

Mosse is in conversation with Catherine Robertson and Laing with Megan Dunn, at the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, streaming through April 3. here.

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MLB writer calls out Orioles over Trey Mancini

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The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the worst MLB teams in recent memory, and it’s no secret unless you haven’t watched baseball in a while.

Not only are they bad, but they are also very cheap.

When the refereeing numbers were exchanged a few days ago, there was a disagreement between the Orioles and their most iconic player, Trey Mancini.

The slugger asked for $8 million and the Orioles are only willing to offer $7.375 million.

It seems insignificant to argue with one of your best players and a baseball icon after surviving a recent battle with cancer for money, when everyone in the baseball world knows that a baseball franchise can generate that $625,000 faster than an Aroldis Chapman pitch.

Baltimore shouldn’t treat its star like this

MLB writer Gabrielle Starr pointed to the Orioles’ comically low payroll as one of the reasons they really shouldn’t try to anger their star.

“The Orioles really need Trey Mancini when their payroll is around $12 AND he came back from beating cancer last year. The ugliest look,” she said.

After the arbitration hearing between the O’s and Mancini (and those can go wrong), the player’s future in the organization is uncertain.

He’ll hit the free agent market after the 2022 season, and we all know the Orioles aren’t particularly keen on paying players big bucks.

Mancini, theoretically still in his prime at 30, hit 21 homers and cut .255/.326/.432 last year.

He’s capable of much more, and teams could be lining up to make trade offers to the Orioles in the coming days.

If he is not traded before the start of the season, there is a chance he will be moved around the deadline.

Either way, it doesn’t look like her marriage to the Orioles will be extended anytime soon.

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Review: The Blue Book – A Writer’s Journal by Amitava Kumar

At the opening of Amitava Kumar The Blue Book – Diary of a Writer, I was filled with a sweet desire. The desire aroused by Kumar’s drawings and paintings that adorn the book and for me, also constitute its primary strength. Envy also because of his talent for painting and the image that I admire a lot but which is personally lacking. Kumar’s drawings and paintings exude a remarkable spontaneity and purpose that words often fail to capture. Pictures are text after all and in Kumar’s diary, pictures speak more eloquently than the little notes that accompany them, which also sometimes feel disjointed.

153pp, Rs.699; Harper Collins

I’m not trying to imply that the text accompanying the image should explain the image or have a direct correlation. It is a misleading undertaking, to say the least. Images don’t need text. Images are text in themselves. Images don’t need words to guide their viewing. At this point I would also like to disagree with Ian Jack who is quoted in the book as saying, “Writing is the hardest and most honest endeavor” (compared to painting or creating pictures ). One can think of several painters whose paintings speak more honestly and earnestly than writing or what writing has been able to accomplish. Gauguin, Matisse, Arpita Singh, Neelima Sheikh… The list is endless. Aperture works very differently with images; maybe even more than writing.

Here I remember John Berger, a rare master who understood both image and word. His writing about pictures is so easy and that ease translates into his prose as well. Berger’s fluency also results from long, deep meditation and an understanding of both worlds. Remember At the wedding? If you read it carefully like many of his other novels, you will see how the prose has become the image. Kumar is also an admirer of Berger, as he mentions in the book.

The author’s images could help us understand the making of fiction. (Amitava Kumar/The Blue Book – A Writer’s Diary)

Several of the images used in Kumar’s book were created during a writing residency in Texas to which he was invited. The others record his observations during a walk, travels, objects around the house, contemporary events in India, among others. These images could help us understand the making of fiction – how a story is born, where the plot comes from, how a writer sees the world. They may not appear directly in the novel Kumar is writing, but they could offer a prompt or guide a certain way of seeing and looking at the world. I would like Kumar to tell us a bit more about what a visual is for him? How does a view turn into a visual or a drawing? Is each visual a stimulus?

Let’s not forget, this is Kumar’s diary and a reviewer can’t dictate how it should be written, but diaries are messy too. There’s a lot of cutting and crossing, scribbling, scribbling, weeding out the unwanted, finding a voice. I missed this mess in the images and accompanying text. This disorder is also linked to the inner world of the artist to which we do not have access. We only see the fine work of art – the book, the film, the exhibition but not the disposal that contributed to the creation. Journal, for me, is this space. Often at art exhibitions or retrospectives, the painter’s diary or diary is displayed so viewers understand the process. By comparison, Kumar’s diary produced in book form is clean, orderly, factual.

Amitava Kumar (Michael Lionstar)

That said, Kumar’s designs are beautiful. Especially when Kumar attempts landscape drawings and paintings. In a way, they remind me of David Hockney and his fascination with landscapes. Kumar is not an imitation but perhaps a shared sensibility. I was also thinking what would this book look like without text? What if there were only images? Would that be too experimental for a mainstream publisher like Harper Collins? Would readers confuse it with an art catalog?

Maybe it would have been a different book entirely with pictures without the interference of text. The book could then potentially turn into some sort of exhibit – an exhibit that you could house on your shelf, in your office. You can display the images in any order you want – start and close as you wish. For me, it would have been a more rewarding visual expedition into the mind of the writer, his laboratory.

Kunal Ray is a cultural critic. He teaches Literary and Cultural Studies at FLAME University, Pune

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Caught in a culture war, the Georgetown day school holds fast to its mission

WASHINGTON — A decade after the Supreme Court struck down school segregation in 1954, the president of a neighborhood association here wrote a letter urging leaders of local private schools to stop awarding scholarships to advance the cause of integration, saying it was “unhealthy and reckless to have such a mixed student body.

One of the founders of Georgetown Day School, which had then been integrated for 20 years and whose population was a quarter black, responded.

Edith Nash, one of the school’s founders, noted that not only had it “always had more white applicants for scholarship aid than black ones,” but “our goal is to have a completely mixed registration,” according to the letter, parts of which were published in The Washington Post that year.

“If you think this population is ‘mixed’,” she added, “that’s your problem.”

Nearly 60 years later, Washington’s first integrated school still firmly embraces the mission of its founders. Georgetown Day has come under the national microscope this week in the escalating culture war against teaching anti-racism in schools.

The war spilled over into confirmation hearings for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman appointed to the Supreme Court, who has served on the board of Georgetown Day since 2019.

The elite private school has become the target of Republican senators, who have described it as the poster child for critical race theory, an academic term that conservatives have co-opted to challenge efforts to teach children the race. racism and inequality.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, took aim at Georgetown Day in her introductory remarks at Judge Jackson’s hearing on Monday. The school had run a ‘woke kindergarten’ programme, Ms Blackburn claimed, and had taught 5-year-olds that they could choose their gender and was ‘pushing an anti-racism education program for white families’.

Ms Blackburn told Judge Jackson that her ‘public endorsement of this type of progressive indoctrination of our children raises great concern about how you can adjudicate cases involving parental rights’.

But many parents, students and alumni of Georgetown Day say the school’s history of social justice activism and anti-racism efforts are the reason they chose to enroll there.

In interviews, many in the school community proudly cited Georgetown Day’s founding value of racial equality in defiance of segregation laws. The idea that students were being indoctrinated — and that the school’s core values ​​were being weaponized against the first black woman appointed to the Supreme Court — was as unfair as it was insulting, they said.

“The founding of Georgetown Day School exemplifies the best of this country: people from diverse backgrounds coming together to make their community a better place for all,” said Debra Perlin, parent of a first year student. She described the school as a “stimulating, caring and academically rigorous environment.”

Forty percent of the 1,075 children who attend the school identify as students of color. Georgetown Day’s academic vision is central to promoting openness and a collective commitment to justice, parents said; it held a Transgender visibility day last year and a week of Black Lives Matter events This year.

Fellow parent Chris Suarez said he wouldn’t describe his kindergarten as “woke” but worldly. “My son brings home books that reflect the diversity of cultures in the United States, that open him up to many different perspectives,” he said. “And I think that’s a valuable thing.”

Conservative lawmakers have attempted to portray Justice Jackson as a champion of critical race theory based on her past citations of authors and texts used to shape modern civil rights debates — namely, Derrick Bell, the lawyer widely credited with founding critical race theory, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the New York Times 1619 Project.

But Georgetown Day emerged as a surprising target.

Located in the wealthy neighborhood of Tenleytown in northwest Washington, the school has educated children from the liberal and conservative elite for decades. Parents who choose to enroll their children adhere to its mission, by more than $40,000 per year.

That the program was barely forced on families seeking school seemed to matter little to the Republicans who injected it into Judge Jackson’s hearings.

One of the most racist questions came from Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who said on Tuesday that the Georgetown Day program was “filled and overflowing with critical race theory.” Flanked by an enlarged page of ‘Antiracist Baby,’ by Ibrahim X. Kendi, Mr. Cruz held up book after book that he described as school assigned reading and asked Judge Jackson if she approved their messages.

He went to read a passage from another of Dr. Kendi’s books“Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism and You”, which is also in the library catalog and on the playlists at private school in Houston attended by Mr. Cruz’s children.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mr Cruz said his questions were not intended to suggest that parents did not know what their children were learning, or that there should be action taken against the school – which would undermine principles such as school choice and private school. the autonomy that the Republicans defend.

“I say Judge Jackson is a board member of a school that aggressively teaches critical race theory,” he said, “and that is an extreme and divisive theory. that pits children against other children, divides us based on race, and teaches a false and revisionist history of our nation.

Judge Jackson told Mr. Cruz that she had not reviewed the books and that they were not in her work.

But what resonated most with members of the Georgetown Day community was his description of the school’s “peculiar history,” citing the Jewish and black families who came together to create the institution in 1945 because their children could not attend public schools together.

“The idea of ​​equality, of justice, is central to the mission of the Georgetown Day School,” said Judge Jackson, whose parents attended separate schools. said to Mr. Cruz. “This is a private school such that every parent who joins the community does so voluntarily, knowing that they are joining a community designed to ensure that every child is valued, that every child is treated as having inherent worth, and none are discriminated against because of their race.

Aidan Kohn-Murphy, a senior at Georgetown Day and president of the Student Staff Council, its student government, said he was “confused” by the “trick questions” given the school’s history.

Mr. Kohn-Murphy has attended Georgetown Day since fourth grade, and he said he did not recall being instructed in critical race theory or reading any of the books Mr. Cruz posted. But along with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’, he said he’s read books that reinforce the idea that ‘the fight against racism isn’t color blind, doesn’t pretend racism isn’t colorblind. ‘does not exist”.

“Nobody indoctrinates anybody,” he added. “We are learning from the past.”

Georgetown Day also taught Mr. Kohn-Murphy how to weigh various perspectives, he said. In eighth grade, students are required to complete a project on a constitutional issue and engage with speakers who hold opposing views. His group chose affirmative action. One of his group’s guest speakers was Edward Blum, the conservative legal strategist who fought to overturn affirmative action in college admissions and helped bring a case against Harvard University to court. the Supreme Court this year.

Judge Jackson is one of 23 members of Georgetown Day Board of Directors; her best friend and roommate in college, Lisa Fairfax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is the chair of the board. Justice Jackson wouldn’t be the only Supreme Court justice linked to Georgetown Day: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court’s first black justice, also sent their children there, and Justice Marshall served on his board of directors.

Georgetown Day describes the board as working closely with its principal to ensure its “short and long-term financial health” and to safeguard its “founding purpose as a racially and religiously inclusive school whose Educational philosophy stems from the belief that diversity is the soil from which great learning grows.

Spokespersons for Georgetown Day and its board of directors did not respond to a request for comment.

The Republican National Committee this week sent an email aimed at the recently enacted school Anti-Racism Action Planciting things like affinity groups, which he said amounted to “racial segregation.”

The action plan includes a litany of diversity, inclusion and equity efforts, including “anti-racism education program for white families,“a new mentoring program for teachers of color and considering classroom demographics as part of the student placement process.

AT Parent meeting where the school principal discussed the plan, Ms. Fairfax presented a new provision in the registration contract parents sign, the school newspaper reported in January. The provision required parents to “acknowledge and understand that GDS is an institution that values ​​diversity, equity and inclusion, and is committed to working actively against individual and systemic racism, hate, oppression and bigotry of any kind”. By signing the document, parents agree to join the school’s efforts, he said.

The provision merely formalizes what many former students and parents have described as an unwritten contract understood for decades.

Sean Fine, the parent of a junior who has been at the school since second grade, said his son was learning to deal with the same societal issues the school faced when he graduated in 1992.

“Our children are not robots,” Mr. Fine said. “They are not told what to think, they are taught to question and they are exposed to ideas in an open environment.”

Referring to Mr Cruz’s attack, he added: ‘They are taught to identify things like that – tactics that distract from what we really need to talk about.’

Jonathan Weismann contributed to the reporting, and Kitty Bennett contributed to the research.

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Breaking News: Muhlenberg to Host Reading with Writer Laurie Stone

Muhlenberg will host a reading with writer Laurie Stone

Stone will visit campus on Thursday, April 7.

Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:03 PM

The Creative and Professional Writing Program and the Department of English Literatures and Writing brings prose writer Laurie Stone to Muhlenberg on Thursday, April 7 for a reading and book signing. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Miller Forum in Moyer Hall and is free and open to the public.

Stone is the author of six books, including the 2022 one Streaming Now: Postcards of what’s on and 2020s Everything is personal: Notes on now. Stone worked as a writer for The voice of the villagetheater critic for The nation and as general reviewer for NPR Fresh air. She received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The appearance of the stone is part of the Muhlenberg Writers’ Seriesin which established writers visit campus, attend classes, offer writing workshops, and participate in readings.

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Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as oil prices rise | Economic news


Stocks fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street as crude oil prices rose sharply.

Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai were down while Sydney rose slightly. US futures rose and benchmark US crude oil was trading near $116 a barrel.

After a rally last week, markets have been up and down this week as investors weigh concerns about rising inflation and slowing economic growth.

Investors are waiting to see the results of NATO meetings and a summit of European leaders on Thursday, where President Joe Biden will meet with key allies to discuss imposing new punitive sanctions on Russia; and dealing with the extraordinary humanitarian crisis caused by its invasion of Ukraine and working towards a consensus on how to react if Russia were to launch a cyber, chemical or even nuclear attack.

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The attack on Ukraine pushed already rising prices for energy and other commodities even higher.

“Pressure points are building up with oil boiling again, leading to stagflation weighing on sentiment again,” Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a commentary.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 25 fell 1.1% to 27,727.76. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.3% to 22,087.39. In Seoul, the Kospi fell 0.8% to 2,714.33, while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.8% to 3,246.19.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.1% to 7,382.60.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Wednesday reinstated exemptions for some Chinese exports from tariff hikes imposed during a fight with Beijing over its trade tactics. The exemptions, which expired earlier, apply to products such as breast pumps, pool vacuums, electric motors and industrial components.

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 fell 1.2% to 4,456.24, with more than 80% of stocks in the benchmark closing lower. The Dow Jones slid 1.3% to 34,358.50. Both indices are now on pace for a weekly loss.

The Nasdaq fell 1.3% to 13,922.60. Small company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 fell 1.7% to 2,052.21.

Energy stocks rose as crude oil prices climbed more than 5%. Hess rose 4.6% for the biggest gain in the S&P 500.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 88 cents to $115.81 a barrel. It rose $5.66 to settle at $114.93 a barrel on Wednesday. A barrel of Brent, the international standard, advanced $1.28 to $119.08 a barrel. Prices have so far risen more than 50% in 2022, raising concerns about the impact on a wide range of consumer goods and on consumer spending in general.

Many of the higher costs incurred by businesses have been passed on to consumers, and rising prices for food, clothing and other goods could cause them to cut back on spending, leading to slower economic growth. Central banks responded by raising interest rates to try to counter the impact of inflation.

Bond yields rose overall as the market braces for higher interest rates, but fell on Wednesday. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.33% from 2.37% on Tuesday.

Investors brace for the latest round of corporate earnings as the quarter draws to a close. Some companies are already giving updates.

Adobe fell 9.3% after giving investors a disappointing financial forecast and warning that halting sales in Russia and Belarus would impact its revenue. Metals maker Worthington Industries fell 17% after reporting disappointing third-quarter earnings.

Homebuilders fell sharply after the government announced that sales of new homes in the United States fell 2% in February from a downwardly revised total sales in January. While the number of resale homes on the market remains near record lows, favoring new homes, the decline comes as mortgage rates have risen.

DR Horton slipped 5.1% and Tri Pointe Homes fell 5.9%.

In currency trading, the US dollar rose to 121.25 Japanese yen dollars from 121.15 Japanese yen dollars on Wednesday night. The euro fell to $1.0986 from $1.1007.

AP Business Writers Damian J. Troise and Alex Veiga contributed. Business writer Joe McDonald contributed from Beijing.

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CT author releases book and fashion line inspired by Talitha Getty

Talitha, a Dutch-born model and actress married to John Paul Getty Jr., was no stranger to the camera, but Westport’s Jane Green said it was one photo in particular – an image of Talitha and her husband posing on the roof of their riad in Marrakech – which delighted Green.

“It was just the incredible beauty and mystery of that photo plus a look of sadness on her face that I could never fathom and always found extremely compelling,” she said.

When asked by her editor if she was considering writing historical fiction, Green said she jumped at the chance to write about Talitha. It was this photo that inspired the author to write her first historical fiction novel “Sister Stardust” as a “love letter to Talitha Getty, Marrakesh and the 60s”.

Green describes “Sister Stardust,” released April 5, as a “mixture of fact and fiction.” She paints a story about the heady days of the 60s and Talitha through the eyes of someone who is completely new to the rock n’ roll lifestyle and meets a group of people who take her with them on a trip to Marrakech . Here she meets the Gettys and they quickly bond. In the book, Green captures 1960s Marrakech by populating its history with real and fictional characters as well as evoking the era through its descriptions of the city’s sights, music, and even tastes. Green, who attended cooking school, even includes a few recipes for some of the dishes featured in her book.

In addition to writing the book, Green collaborated with MaisonMarché to create a fashion line inspired by Talitha and the book. The full collaboration includes silk kaftans with designs painted by Green, panchos, blankets, bracelets and necklaces.

“I think it hasn’t quite hit me yet that other people will buy this,” Green said when asked what she thinks of others wearing her designs. “It’s a bit like seeing people read my books; even after 25 years in this business, the most exciting thing for me is still to see someone read one of my novels.

“Sister Stardust,” will be Green’s 21st novel, and the author admitted she still had the jitters on release day. “If anything, the nervousness is worse now. It’s a very different industry today and social media has changed everything. It’s much more author-driven,” she said. “I’m very nervous with this one. It’s also my first book in three years and it’s a different kind of book for me, it’s the first time I’ve done this kind of biographical fiction.

Green also said she’s “cautiously optimistic” about sharing her new book with readers, as it was selected as an Indie Next and Library Reads pick, which hasn’t happened with any of her previous books.

The author said she spent a year researching the ’60s and the Gettys before she got down to writing; she even interviewed a few of Talitha’s friends in an effort to capture the atmosphere of the time. Green said she befriended one of Talitha’s pals and was nervous about sharing the latest book with her. The author laughed that, according to Talitha’s friend, Green had portrayed her as a much more generous person than she actually was, but praised Green for capturing “how it felt. “to be part of that crowd in the 60s without sensationalism. this.

“I feel like Talitha has woven a spell; a lot of her friends described her as an enchantress, so I think of her as someone who sprinkled magic and stardust everywhere she went,” she said.

Green notes that she romances Talitha in her book, but is quick to add that she wanted to treat her fictional portrayal of Talitha with “as much respect and love” as she could as she is aware that many relatives of Talitha are still alive.

The author will be celebrating the release of her book with several events in Connecticut and she said she will be traveling to her own Moroccan souk (market) with items from her “Sister Stardust” fashion line. To attend her events, visit

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Peach Momoko’s Marvel Comics Momokoverse Is Getting Bigger This Summer


Today sees the publication of Demon Days: Blood Feudthe last chapter of japanese comics and cover creator Peach MomokoThe one-shot series reinterprets the Marvel universe according to its own artistic influences and representations. It’s what she calls her “Momoko-verse,” a place that reimagines the company’s superhero characters within the framework of Japanese folktales. And adapted for English by Zack Davison.

Peach Momoko’s Marvel Comics Momokoverse Is Getting Bigger This Summer

But what will follow the last Blood Feud today? Well, Marvel Comics is teasing Peach Momoko’s future plans with the company – I guess we’ll find out for the July or August 2022 solicitations? More Momokoverse to come…

Peach Momoko's Marvel Comics Momokoverse Is Getting Bigger This Summer
Peach Momoko’s Marvel Comics Momokoverse Is Getting Bigger This Summer

Momoko is a Japanese illustrator who started exhibiting at American comic conventions in 2014 and saw an American publication with some stories covered by Grant Morrison when they were EIC of Heavy Metal Magazine. Since then, she has become the industry’s hottest variant cover art designer, increasingly in demand, drawing more than a dozen covers for US publishers each month, until she be chosen by Marvel Comics as the exclusive comic book creator for the publisher, under the Thai Stormbringer program of exclusive comic book creators.

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THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE DEMON DAYS SAGA! At the end of the path, Mariko Yashida finally meets her stalker: a silver-clad swordswoman named Ogin, who is also Mariko’s sister! Will Mariko have to cross blades with her own flesh and blood, or will Ogin’s giant, green bodyguard crush Mariko first? The stakes are high and the emotions even higher in this epic conclusion to STORMBREAKER PEACH MOMOKO’S DEMON DAYS SAGA! ONE-SHOT / RATED T+ In stores: March 23, 2022 MSRP: $4.99

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University Announces Class of 2026 Pre-Reading “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

The following content is purely satirical and entirely fictional.

In a change of tone from “Moving Up without Losing Your Way,” University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 announced that the pre-reading for the Class of 2026 will be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. This change was the result of a general “dissatisfaction” with the content and length of pre-reads in recent years.

“Last year just seemed too niche, like, what if I wanted to lose my way?” remarked one member of the Class of 2025. “Our pre-reader never addressed this in his book. But again, I’ve never read it, so I wouldn’t know.

Following the announcement of this change, some students again challenged the decision.

“I find Seuss to be long and straight talking in circles most of the time,” a prospective Class of 2026 member commented. I stopped reading about halfway through – six pages give or take.

Another member of the Class of 2026 eagerly offered some book reviews.

“The book presents very good arguments. I actually have a brain in my head and my feet in my shoes. But can I really head in the direction I choose? I thought this raised some fascinating ontological questions and I look forward to discussing them with my zee group in the fall! said Avi Dreader.

Other students were less enthusiastic about the choice and described the book’s writing style as “a bit elementary”.

Spencer Bauman is associate satire editor. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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‘Call my agent!’ Writer Quoc Dang Tran Reaches Deal With Universal – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Call my agent! and Marianne Writer Quoc Dang Tran has signed a first agreement with Universal International Studios, becoming the first French writer to sign such an agreement with a major studio.

The French-Vietnamese scribe will develop and produce English and French-language television projects with the Universal Studio Group division for the global market, co-produced with its recently created Daïmôn Films label.

Dang Tran wrote about a hit French series Call my agent!, Netflix French Horror Marianne and is the creator of Canal+ Nox.

Disney+ Original Sound parallels, the first French-language streamer, will debut on the platform tomorrow and premiere at Series Mania, where news of Dang Tran’s partnership was just broken by Universal International Studios President Beatrice Springborn.

Springborn called him “an incredible storyteller and producer who works across genres and elevates everything he touches”.

“We are honored that he chose the ISU as his creative home and we are thrilled to collaborate and help bring his exquisite visions to life,” she added.

Dang Tran said, “I couldn’t be happier to have a creative home in a place where the originality and distinctive view of the creative world is truly encouraged.”

Speaking exclusively to Deadline last week, Dang Tran said the streaming revolution has given non-English-speaking writers like him opportunities in genres they were previously unable to break into, like science fiction.

Universal International Studios is on board with this penchant for European talent and last week unveiled a similar partnership with Spanish producer Buendía Estudios to co-develop and co-produce Spanish-language series for the global market.

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Selling the stories of Aotearoa to the world

A new digital rights portal aims to overcome the tyranny of distance and restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic to promote Aotearoa New Zealand’s books to international rights buyers around the world.

The New Zealand Publishers Association Te Rau o Tākupu has launched which will be a focal point for the best of publishing in Aotearoa. It lists fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles, promotes award-winning books and celebrates the quality and range of our local writing talents. has been launched alongside the New Zealand stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair taking place this week (Monday 21st to Friday 25th March 2022). The fair starts well with the announcement that the local company Beatnik Publishing has received the Bologna Prize for the best children’s publisher of the year (Oceania category).

Seven publishers will showcase some of Aotearoa’s top writers through a virtual booth at the new portal, as well as a complementary physical booth showcasing the books at the fair itself, which will be managed by a local booth manager. This hybrid approach to international book fairs allows publishers to experience the excitement of an international book fair from the comfort of their own offices.

“The travel restrictions brought about by Covid have unsurprisingly hampered our traditional routes for making international connections and doing business,” says Julia Marshall, outgoing PANZ President and Gecko Press Publisher.

“However, it has also forced us all to think creatively and critically about how we might do things differently. While nothing beats meeting in person, this site will open more doors and help increase the presence of New Zealand storytelling literature to more international markets.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Says She’d “Vote Zendaya” To Star In A Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar said she would “vote Zandaya” to be the one to star in a potential reboot of the series.

As reported by Bloody disgusting, Gellar told Evan Ross Katz, the author of a new book called Into In every generation, a slayer is born: how Buffy staked our hearts, that she would “vote Zendaya” to star in a reboot of the show that aired from 1997 to 2003.

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This year marks Buffy’s 25th anniversary, and Gellar thought it would be the perfect time to share who she thinks would be a dream cast for the role.

The book also seeks to celebrate this milestone and was released last week. The official synopsis states that “Evan Ross Katz explores the cultural relevance of the show through a book that is part oral history, celebration, and memoir of a personal fandom that still has universal resonance, decades later.”

Zendaya is coming off major roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home as GM, Euphoria as star Rue Bennett, and Dune as Chani.

While there hasn’t been an official announcement of a Buffy reboot, there have been talks about it at Fox and beyond. In 2018, he said the studio was open to a reboot when creator Joss Whedon was ready to give it the green light.

Since then, allegations of abuse and unprofessional behavior have been leveled against Whedon, and two sources say Gellar herself had a strained relationship with him and didn’t want his name mentioned around her.

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Adam Bankhurst is a reporter for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.

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What is being done to increase green energy diversity in Pittsburgh?

Martin Rafanan, a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, has spent decades organizing low-wage, mostly black workers in the St. Louis area. After moving to the Hill District in 2018, Rafanan’s attention remained focused on social justice.

“For most of my work, I haven’t paid as much attention to the environment as I think I probably should,” Rafanan said. “So over the past two years, I’ve done a little more to learn more, to be educated, and to take baby steps in the neighborhood.”

These small steps include Rafanan and his wife leading a Audubon Certified Backyard Habitat, turning it into a sanctuary for birds, butterflies and other beleaguered creatures. The Rafanians also want to have solar panels installed on their house. But when Rafanan researched local installers, he realized a problem: It’s hard to find a local solar panel installer who is minority-owned or has diverse employees.

“It’s an area that will hopefully grow significantly in the years to come,” Rafanan said. “And what is the participation of people of color in this industry? It was just interesting to me.

Blacks are underrepresented in the Pittsburgh-area renewable energy sector, just as they are across the United States. Yet the region is home to people of color who are working to address this issue as activists, educators and workers.

There is an awareness of this issue in the Pittsburgh area, and initiatives are in place to help address it. However, those who work on this issue readily admit that it is complicated. Due to the importance that the green energy sector is likely to be in the future, the inclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups is a major concern.

What does the diversity of green energy look like locally?

Blacks made up about 9.7% of Pennsylvania’s clean energy sector despite making up 11.6% of the state’s population in 2020, according to 2021 Pennsylvania Clean Energy Jobs Report. Asians, Hispanics and Latinos are represented in the clean energy sector as well if not better than their proportion in the state’s total workforce, according to the report, but a September 2021 Report of E2, a national environmental advocacy group, noted that job gains for Hispanics or Latinos “have largely been in low-wage energy occupations such as the construction workforce. construction”.

Women make up just 22.6 percent of the state’s clean energy sector, despite making up about half of the state’s population.

Joylette Portlock works as the executive director of the nonprofit group Sustainable Pittsburgh and sits on the advisory board of The Black Environmental Collective. She explains that the problem is the result of several different systemic issues, including lack of access to transportation and childcare for those seeking training.

“Not just any piece of the solution is going to solve the whole problem,” Portlock said.

Portlock said she believes companies should have initiatives to promote diversity within their businesses, including engagement with local organizations that have a strong relationship with the community. Strong and accessible training programs are a necessity, she said.

“We want to have a society where everyone can fully engage and have equal access to opportunities to thrive,” Portlock said. “And when you talk about a growing industry…these are industries that are about to grow. And so if we don’t extend this opportunity to everyone, we won’t be able to take full advantage of it as a region.

Renewable energy jobs in Pennsylvania declined about 7.4% from late 2019 to late 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the 2021 Clean Energy Industry Report in Pennsylvania. Experts believe the industry will soon expand across the country thanks to initiatives fostered by President Joe Biden. Worldwide, the use of renewable electricity is expected to increase from 2020 to 2026 over 60%according to the IEA, a global source of sustainability data and analysis.

Fred Underwood works two days a week, 24 hours a day, as a full-time firefighter for the city of Pittsburgh. During some of his downtime, he operates a solar panel installation business, called Underwood Solar Future. About a decade ago, it seemed to Underwood that solar power would become a lucrative business venture in Pennsylvania.

Fred Underwood speaks with a customer, John Doyle, after checking out a solar system installed at his Apollo home. (Photo by Quinn Glabicki/PublicSource)

“When Ed Rendell said he was going to green all the buildings using solar panels, I started looking for solar panels,” Underwood said.

He started the company in 2009 after taking solar energy courses in Georgia, Massachusetts and Colorado. He also used his electrical work experience during his 26 years in the military.

PublicSource asked a few Pittsburgh-area renewable energy experts if they knew of any local minority-owned green energy companies, and each named just one: Underwood Solar Future.

But it’s far from a full-time business.

He prioritizes his work as a firefighter of more than two decades because of his salary and benefits, which he says have helped his four children attend private school and at least four years of college. Funding from a local veterans group has helped support his solar business in the past.

“Without the funding, it’s been sporadic,” Underwood said. “I did one system last year and two systems the year before.”

There are aspects of running a minority-owned business in general that have challenged him. He said the process of maintaining certification as a minority-owned business is proving incredibly cumbersome due to the amount of documentation it requires. He said he was unaware of any particular barriers in the clean energy industry that affected him as a black man, but he notes that he has only done solar work. for two minority customers.

“Have I lost contracts and what do you have because of my color? Maybe I did,” Underwood said. “I am not sure.”

Increase diversity and training

Khari Mosley, political director of activist organization 1Hood Media, spent seven years as regional program director for BlueGreen Alliance. He has high hopes for the region’s green energy sector, but notes that, for a variety of reasons, marginalized people are often left behind in the industry.

“Sometimes people may not be able to make that kind of time investment in a long-term certification program,” Mosley said. “These types of certifications that are useful when you’re particularly in an energy-efficient space or a solar space.”

Some local organizations have tried to make green energy training programs more accessible. He mentions the Pittsburgh A. Philip Randolph Institute’s Breaking the Chains of Poverty program in partnership with United Steelworkers, which offers training programs with a focus on sustainability.

The Allegheny County Community College [CCAC] also offers renewable energy training with a focus on inclusion of a diverse population. The CCAC hopes to launch a program in partnership with New Sun Rising in May that would provide 10 to 12 people with 40 hours of training over two weeks, free for participants. According to Debra Roach, Vice President of Workforce Development at the CCAC, working with New Sun Rising appealed to the CCAC in large part because of its focus on serving a diverse population.

“One of CCAC’s strategic initiatives is to provide opportunities for a variety of populations we serve, and that includes diverse populations,” Roach said.

George Ackerman directs the New Sun Rising training program. He said half of the chosen entrants would be from the Triboro Ecodistrict, which encompasses Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg, and the other half would be residents of neighborhoods served by the South Hilltop Boy Group.

“We wanted to focus, with the South Hilltop Men’s Group, on getting those certifications for traditionally disadvantaged people and getting them good jobs,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman also said New Sun Rising has funds to help attendees who may need financial assistance with transportation or missing work.

The CCAC will provide 20 hours of preparation for a TABE testa widely used adult assessment that involves reading, writing and math and is required to be eligible for the program.

“We want to be able to provide the opportunity to a diverse population, and some of the population we serve may not be eligible for the program because they cannot pass the basic education test,” said Roach.

Mosley is part of Mayor Ed Gainey’s transition team, which focuses on infrastructure. He hopes to help the Gainey administration use the $18 billion allocated by the federal infrastructure bill to create jobs and protect the environment in a way that includes everyone.

“With the new [city] administration, with an infrastructure-focused federal administration, I think that could create a great opportunity for Pittsburgh to really build on the work that’s been done over the last decade to 15 years, to really grow the economy green of the region,” said Mosley. “I think it’s really, it’s probably a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

Just as the region may begin to see the fruits of an expansion into renewable energy, Underwood may soon expand Underwood Solar Future.

“I’m close to retirement for the city of Pittsburgh,” Underwood said. “So I’m probably going to go into solar full time.”

Matt Petras is a freelance writer and educator based in the Pittsburgh area. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @mattApetras.

This story has been verified by Sophia Levin.

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1INCH Surpasses March High, That’s Where It’s Heading Next

Warning: The conclusions of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the author and should not be taken as investment advice.

1inch Network does not control much of the decentralized exchange space, however, it was not plagued by large price swings either. Indeed, over longer time frames, the 1INCH token has been in a steady downward trend since mid-November, like most other altcoins. Over the past month, the price has been swinging from $1.54 to $1.25, but yesterday’s price action indicated that this could have changed.

1 INCH – 1H

Source: 1INCH/USDT on TradingView

The $1.55 area has been a supply zone for 1INCH since mid-February. Since then, the $1.55 area (cyan box), as well as the $1.47 mark, have offered significant resistance for the bulls.

These levels were broken the previous trading day when the price broke above these two areas and also broke above the $1.61 level of former resistance. In the hours after press time, a retracement towards the $1.47-$1.55 area can be expected and will likely provide buying opportunities.

Further north, the $1.75 and $1.99-$2 regions can be expected to serve as resistance. A rally towards these areas seemed likely, as the market structure is trending higher after crossing above $1.55.


1INCH Surpasses March Swing High - Where Does It Go Next?

Source: 1INCH/USDT on TradingView

On the hourly chart, the RSI has been above the neutral 50 level for most of the past week. The Awesome Oscillator was also well above the zero line to reflect strong bullish momentum.

During the same period, the volume of transactions has increased, which means that market participants are seeing the token awakening and positioning themselves accordingly.

The OBV has also steadily increased, which means that the buying volume has exceeded the selling volume. It was inherently bullish for prices.


The market structure was bullish once the $1.556 level broke through, and the indicators also showed momentum and demand was good behind the token’s rally. The $1.47-$1.55 area could be revisited once more in search of demand/liquidity, so traders may look to buy the asset in this area. Well, the take profit targets are $1.75, $1.84, and $1.99-$2.

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Charlie Bennet’s Photobook Shows How the COVID Pandemic Has Changed NYC Through Striking Photos – NBC New York

What there is to know

  • The second anniversary of New York’s stay-at-home order is March 20.
  • “On Pause,” features stunning photos of famous New York landmarks during the 2020 citywide shutdown.
  • Interviews with New Yorkers detail how they coped during a difficult time.

It’s New York like you’ve never seen it before.

A new book titled ‘On Pause’ takes readers on a journey through the streets of New York in the months after former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered residents to stay home and all non-essential businesses closed. closed their doors.

42nd and 5th ave

The “coffee table book,” as photographer and co-creator Charlie Bennet describes it, features empty streets and isolated landmarks known to be among the liveliest corners of Manhattan.

Grand Central Terminal, World Trade Center, Bryant Park – all sorry.

“I feel like if you’re a photographer in New York and you’re going through this very, very unique time, you have to document it or cover it up somehow,” Bennet told NBC New. York.

Times Square

The book also includes interviews with writer Helena Gustavsson, who spoke with New Yorkers about their personal experiences in the time of COVID.

“We really tried to emphasize that even though it was a horrible time for the city, people were helping each other and people were really trying to keep life going in the city,” Gustavsson said.

big central station

6 Train

Check out more photos from the book here.

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Driftless Writing Center Writer Kimberly Lee to Host ‘Writing Parenthood’ Workshop | News

The Driftless Writing Center is sponsoring a Zoom reading by writer and educator Kimberly Lee on Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

The DWC and Lee are also hosting a virtual workshop titled “Writing Parenthood” on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In this generative workshop, Lee will guide participants through exploring their parenting experience for writing inspiration, while celebrating the pivotal role they play in the lives of others. This workshop is open to writers of all skill levels and will include imaginative prompts, short readings, craft discussion, and other exercises that will serve as catalysts for creativity. Participants will learn new perspectives and new approaches to developing material on this rich topic, with the opportunity to share their work and receive encouraging feedback. The DWC offers sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available.

Friday’s free public reading will be followed by a community open mic. Those wishing to read during Open Mic should pre-register by emailing [email protected] with the subject line: “Open Mic” and bring a maximum of five minutes of writing to to share.

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Lee left the practice of law a few years ago to focus on motherhood, community work and creative pursuits. A graduate of Stanford University and UC Davis School of Law, she worked as a public defender in Los Angeles. Lee is a SoulCollage®, Journal to the Self® and Amherst Writers and Artists facilitator, and a teaching artist with The Loft Literary Center, Hugo House and San Diego Writers Ink. She has served on the staff of Carve and F(r)iction magazines and is currently an editor and contributor at Literary Mama. His work has been published in various publications and anthologies. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

Zoom information and the link for this public reading and workshop registration form are available on the Driftless Writing Center website, Email the DWC for more information at [email protected] or call 608-492-1669.

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Wall Street opens higher after surging Chinese markets

A currency trader walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at a foreign exchange trading floor in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors awaited a widely expected decision from the United States.  Federal Reserve on interest rate policy.  (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)

A currency trader walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at a foreign exchange trading floor in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors awaited a widely expected decision from the United States. Federal Reserve on interest rate policy. (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)


Wall Street adds to its gains early Wednesday as markets begin to gather hope that there may be better news on the horizon on inflation, the war in Ukraine and other worries that have unsettled investors . The S&P 500 rose 1.5% and the Nasdaq 1.7%. Chinese markets soared overnight after Beijing promised to help that country’s ailing real estate sector and its internet companies. Ukraine’s president made a direct appeal for help to US lawmakers in a speech. Later today, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2018.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets are poised to follow global stocks higher on Wednesday after Chinese leaders pledged increased support for a slowing Chinese economy, as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting.

Dow Jones industrial futures rose 1.2% and S&P 500 futures gained 1.3% after Hong Kong’s benchmark jumped 9% overnight .

A variety of factors contributed to the latest rally, including comments from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggesting there was still reason to be optimistic the talks could still yield a deal with the Russian government.

Yet Russia stepped up its bombardment of the Ukrainian capital and launched new assaults on the port city of Mariupol, making bloody advances on the ground on Wednesday as Zelenskyy prepared to issue a direct appeal for more help in a rare speech by a foreign leader in the United States. Congress.

France’s CAC 40 jumped 3.5%, while Germany’s DAX gained 3.2% and Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.4%.

At its policy meeting later on Wednesday, the Fed is expected to raise its short-term policy rate by 0.25 percentage points. This would be the first increase since 2018, pulling it off its all-time high of near zero, and likely the start of a series of increases.

The Fed is trying to slow the economy enough to stem the high inflation that is sweeping the country while avoiding triggering a recession.

Inflation is already at its highest level in generations, and the most recent figures do not include the spike in oil prices after Russia invaded Ukraine. The move comes as central banks around the world prepare to end support for the global economy following the outbreak of the pandemic.

“The reference to ‘rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ is not meant to invoke despair. Rather, it is meant to convey a sense of the inevitability of the upcoming Fed tightening cycle,” said Tan Boon Heng of Mizuho Bank in Singapore.

The surge in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was a respite from recent selloffs by Chinese tech companies and other pressures that had taken it to six-year lows.

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, officials promised to “reinvigorate the economy” with “support measures” for struggling real estate and other measures, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

At a meeting led by Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, Cabinet officials called on government agencies to release other “market-friendly” policies, Xinhua said.

He also said talks between Chinese and U.S. regulators on resolving a dispute over rules governing foreign companies listed on U.S. markets had progressed.

The Hang Seng gained 9.1% to 20,087.50. The Shanghai Composite Index added 3.5% to 3,170.71.

Shares of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding jumped 23.6%. Tencent Holdings, operator of popular messaging service WeChat, jumped 23% and live streaming site Kuaishou Technology added 31.4%.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.6% to end at 25,762.01. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.1% to 7,175.20. The South Korean Kospi gained 1.4% to 2,659.23.

Renewed concerns about COVID-19 in some regions along with a long list of other concerns have caused wild hour-to-hour swings in the markets over the past few weeks. The war in Ukraine has pushed up the prices of oil, wheat and other commodities that the region produces. This increases the threat that already high inflation will persist and combine with a potentially stagnant economy.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 49 cents to $96.93 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

A barrel of US crude fell 6.4% to $96.44 on Tuesday. It had briefly topped $130 last week when concerns about supply disruptions due to the war in Ukraine were at their height.

Brent crude, the international price standard, rose 11 cents to $100.02 a barrel.

In other developments, nickel trading was halted again on the London Metal Exchange on Wednesday after briefly recovering from a week-long suspension when the price of the metal soared to over $100,000 a day. tonne. The exchange said it was investigating a “system error” that resulted in a few trades being made below the lower price limit introduced to curb volatility.

Russia is the world’s third largest producer of nickel. Its price and that of many other commodities rose on speculation of possible supply disruptions as Russia faces widening economic sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine.

In currency trading, the US dollar stood at 118.29 Japanese yen, little changed from 118.31 yen. The Euro traded at $1.1002, down from $1.0955 previously.

Starbucks shares rose more than 5% in premarket trading after chairman and chief executive Kevin Johnson announced he would retire next month. The company’s former CEO and founder, Howard Schultz, will replace him on an interim basis.


AP Business Writer Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed.

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Reading therapy for sick children at Nelson Hospital

Dr. Peter McIlroy, right, reads a book with 4-year-old patient Etta and registered nurse Margaret Doorman.  The book was donated to the pediatric ward at Nelson Hospital by Gecko Press.

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Dr. Peter McIlroy, right, reads a book with 4-year-old patient Etta and registered nurse Margaret Doorman. The book was donated to the pediatric ward at Nelson Hospital by Gecko Press.

Sick children at Nelson Hospital can now get lost in the pages while they undergo treatment, then they can take the book home.

Since the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 protocols meant that children on the pediatric ward had little or no access to toys and books while in hospital.

Now Nelson Marlborough Health and Gecko Press have teamed up to give every child their own special book to keep.

Gecko Press donated 360 books, while the hospital paid freight.

* A third of Kiwis found reading important for their well-being during confinement
* South Taranaki Libraries begin door-to-door delivery service as residential programs are suspended
* New children’s fiction tells the story of Taranaki through time-traveling youths
* Telling stories through pictures

The books cover a wide age group – from babies to teenagers.

Among the titles are Alepha first board book for babies; help and help, a book of chapters by Joy Cowley and illustrator Gavin Bishop; and riversa large format non-fiction book for children.

Gecko Press editor Julia Marshall said the books were received with open arms.

“In the hospital, where children are sick and away from home, it seems important that they have something to read – something of their own.”

Consultant pediatrician Dr Peter McIlroy said whānau’s comments were fantastic.

“The books have enhanced our ability to build trust with the whānau and to observe critical aspects of tamariki development and behavior…the pleasure the tamariki show when they realize they can keep the book is fantastic.”

The books had also helped provide a distraction that wasn’t on a screen, he said.

“Clinical staff have noted a book’s unique ability to foster shared enjoyment and engagement (free from electronic distractions) between tamariki and their parents.”

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Book creator

Idealism, greed, lies and the creation of the first big cryptocurrency craze

Laura Shin is a crypto journalist, host of the unleashed podcast and former editor of Forbes. Below, she shares 5 key insights from her new book, Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Creation of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze. Listen to the audio version – read by Laura herself – in the Next Big Idea app.

1. Power shifts from business people to coders.

My book tells the story of Ethereum, the second largest crypto asset by market cap. The initial group of eight co-founders consisted of programmers and business people. During the first months, tensions rose between developers (or “devs”) and businessmen. In the end, the developers prevailed.

In contrast, when crypto was just a thing, a Coinbase co-founder, Fred Ehrsam, said that when he was a programmer at Goldman Sachs, he was basically considered a computer scientist. Business people stood before him, barking orders with one foot on his desk.

Wall Street was once seen as the center of power, but in recent decades that has shifted to Silicon Valley. And with the rise of crypto, it left Silicon Valley and went global. News reports have reported that we regularly see Silicon Valley executives jump ship to work in crypto.

I have sources who have gone from nothing to billionaires in the space of a few years, in places as diverse and unexpected as the Philippines, India and Brazil. They are just programmers who have learned blockchain coding, so they don’t need to work for a corporation to make a lot of money, nor do they need to be near the Bay Area. They sit in front of their laptop and do everything from home.

2. Power shifts from centralized actors to decentralized organizations.

Bitcoin is notable for reaching a market capitalization of around $1 trillion without a CEO, board, or hiring employees. This is all possible thanks to the incentive design of Bitcoin the activeand Bitcoin the network. People using the bitcoin software enter a contest approximately every 10 minutes to win new bitcoins minted by the software. For them, it looks like a chance to make money, while the Bitcoin network benefits from increased security as more computers on the network means it is more difficult for a single entity to take control of Bitcoin. This approach is more original than hiring an IT department and offering them salaries and stock options.

“These DAOs, or small democracies, are a far cry from startups or traditional businesses. Decisions are made collectively and loot is shared among all token holders.

Bitcoin was the first example of a decentralized organization (meaning there’s no need for business people to run it), but my book focuses on Ethereum, which is a platform for creating everything type of decentralized application: loan protocols, social clubs, exchange protocols, granting organizations, groups of people trying to buy things like a Wu-Tang Clan album, and more. Ethereum is like an App Store allowing developers to build and upload decentralized apps, all without a CEO, board, or legal contract.

These groups are called CAD, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. You can think of them as small democracies. Some people only work for DAOs by submitting proposals to them and then doing the work if a proposal is approved. Many DAOs have their own tokens, called governance tokens, which function as a vote on submitted proposals. DAOs can have thousands of members, or they can be small groups of friends who invest in crypto or NFTs together. These DAOs, or small democracies, are a far cry from startups or traditional businesses. Decisions are made collectively and loot is shared among all token holders.

3. Even in technology, politics and personalities matter.

A popular tool on Ethereum are software called smart contracts. These are automated software that (like chat bots) will spit out various transactions, based on your input. They have often been described as financial vending machines.

It may look like sterile software, impervious to human influence. However, a fundamental tension is that programmers believe they are building what they like to call “trustless technologies,” but time and time again the personalities involved (and their clashes) affect the course of events. Even these so-called machines, which interact with larger markets, are subject to manipulation by actors behind the scenes.

“How people treat others can have a profound impact on the development of so-called trustless systems.”

For example, there was one particular developer who was instrumental in the architecture of Ethereum. He was brilliant, but also arrogant and was quick to point out the mistakes of others. After being kicked out of the Ethereum Foundation, he continued his competitive pursuits by writing blog posts that dissed the foundation’s software. Years later, he raised around $145 million worth of ether for a new project, but due to a flaw in the wallet he and his team designed to store that money, $90 million of those funds were frozen – unusable. Ethereum could did something to try to free up the money, but after his years of sowing ill will among the devs, they weren’t keen on helping him at all.

The crypto and blockchain crowd loves to dream of a world where trusting imperfect humans is not necessary, and financial transactions can be secured with the right code. But how people treat others can have a profound impact on the development of so-called trustless systems.

4. Reputation is worth more than money.

When I published my book, I was able to announce who was behind the biggest ether theft never– an amount of about 11 billion dollars today – due to peculiarities around How? ‘Or’ What the hacker stole the money. He was linked to a venture capital fund called DAO, and there were delays in any withdrawals. This person had ample time and opportunity to return the funds, and prior to the hack, the suspect contacted the creators to report flaws in the decentralized venture capital fund. These are the exact flaws that later made it extremely difficult to fix the hack without simply erasing the existence of the DAO, thus proving its concerns.

If the suspect had instead hacked it, but then come forward and said he would return the money after making his point, then the community would have considered him a hero. Indeed, there are now security researchers who are famous for identifying faulty code and saving the money before it can be hacked. Also, since it’s visible on the blockchain that the money was stolen, he couldn’t do much with it anyway.

“Because it’s visible on the blockchain that the money was stolen, there wasn’t much he could do with it anyway.”

One of the creators of DAO discovered the suspect’s identity, and said it was a shame for him that he hadn’t done anything to rectify the situation: “He really fucked the doggie. Reputation is worth far more than money.

5. Use good judgment with your business partners.

My book starts with the main character, the creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who has an idea for a new type of blockchain. He wrote a white paper and emailed it to 13 friends in November 2013, the day bitcoin first broke through the price of $1,000. It was a heady time in bitcoin. Almost overnight, the high price created a number of bitcoin millionaires. When people saw the potential of Ethereum, they realized it could turn them into Ether millionaires too. So the initial group of co-founders and colleagues working on Ethereum were a mix of idealists and opportunists with dollar signs in their eyes.

Over the next few years, Buterin found himself in one crisis after another. He struggled to see ulterior motives, struggling to distinguish between opportunists and good people without selfish intentions. Also, he had trouble telling people no, which led to multiple instances in which he was rejected by those with stronger, more greedy personalities. After years of learning, he finally found a group of true friends who weren’t attached to him because of how he could benefit them. He began to understand how not standing up for himself and his principles could harm others and Ethereum.

While Ethereum managed to make a big impact on the world despite the drama and backstabbing of its early years, Buterin would have saved himself a lot of heartache and stress if he had learned, early on, to fix limits.

To listen to the audio version read by author Laura Shin, download the Next Big Idea app today:

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Teranga Academy is coming to Bowling Green in August 2022

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Bowling Green Independent Schools, in partnership with Family Fugees, Inc. will open Teranga Academy Bowling Green in August 2022. Teranga Academy will support teens and their families who are new to the United United and American schools by offering up to three years of competency-based English immersion programs.

The Fugees Family, Inc. has worked with refugee students in school settings for 15 years and is the only network of US schools dedicated to refugee education. Fugees Family Schools are built for and by refugees and immigrants, and they have refined a successful model of centering students and their families in their approach to education. On March 9, 2022, the organization received its largest gift, a $10 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to help expand the Fugees’ nationally recognized school model to 50 U.S. school districts over the next five years. By opening Teranga Academy, Bowling Green Independent Schools will become the first public school district in America to partner with Fugees Family, Inc. for this expansion.

In high schools across the United States, refugee adolescents do not have equitable access to education based on a single model practiced from grades 6 through 12. Fugees Family Founder and CEO Luma Mufleh says, “Giving our sixth-graders textbooks that they couldn’t understand would not be compassionate or a vote of confidence. That would be setting them up for failure. Teaching them that there is no shame in being a beginner and that acquiring a complex skill requires starting with the basics is a way of showing that we believe in our students.

Beginning in August 2022, Teranga Academy will be open to Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School students who have been in the United States for three years or less, who are multilingual, and whose formal education has been interrupted. Students will attend one of three levels of the academy for a maximum of three academic years. The Teranga Academy will be an English immersion program, focused on transitioning to a new country with trauma-informed practices and culturally appropriate teaching. Classes will also include music, art, American culture, and the program will use recreational soccer to build community among students.

The goal of Teranga Academy Level One will be for students to achieve at least a third year proficiency level in reading, writing, math and English. Students will be taught by certified elementary teachers, with the basics of reading and writing and early math skills. Level two will allow students to achieve at least a sixth grade proficiency level and level three will achieve an eighth or ninth grade proficiency level, including intentional transition to Bowling Green Junior High or Bowling Green High School.

Superintendent Gary Fields says, “Our school district has worked for several years to support our refugee students, but we have not been able to do so at a level that we believe is best for the students. Our teachers have received extensive training, we’ve increased student access to multilingual teachers, and we’ve researched across the United States and found no other model that would work with cultural diversity and language that we have at Bowling Green. After hearing about the Fugee family, Luma Mufleh visited our schools on December 10, 2021 and agreed to partner with us to do this important work.

Teranga Academy teaching positions are currently posted on the district website. Training for these teachers will be provided throughout the summer by the Fugees Family, Inc. The district is also currently working to identify potential BGHS and BGJHS students who may choose to attend Teranga Academy in the fall. Registration will be optional for current students and an event will be planned in April to introduce families and students to the new opportunities available.

For more information on the Fugees family, visit

### Teranga is a Senegalese word meaning hospitality, respect, community, solidarity and sharing. The logo is adapted from the Fugees family logo, with the BGISD colors and the Statue of Liberty, representing hope, freedom and justice. Luma Mufleh is the founder of Fugees Family, with schools now in Georgia and Ohio and a growing footprint bringing educational equity to refugee resettlement communities across America. His TED Talk on Educational Justice for Refugee Families has been viewed over 1.7 million times. His book, Learning America, will be released on April 5, 2022.

Copyright 2022 WBKO. All rights reserved.

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The fallout on the market from the war in Ukraine combines the risks of past crises

The writer is president of Queens’ College, Cambridge and an advisor to Allianz and Gramercy.

Due to the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is disconnected from the world system, one economic and financial thread after another.

It will devastate the economy, once the 11th in the world and still a member of the G20. Combined with a crippled financial system, it will lead to a depression that will compromise the well-being of generations of Russians.

What is happening economically and financially in Russia and Ukraine will not stay there. Besides the tragic forced migration of millions of Ukrainians, there are consequences for the global economy and markets, both immediate and longer term.

When the fallout and fallout has made its way around the world, we will have faced some of the most difficult economic and financial challenges of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. But there is an important difference: they will all have materialized. at the same time.

Russia’s vulnerability to Western sanctions is visible in the collapse of its currency, queues outside banks, shortages of goods, increasing financial restrictions, etc. The resulting sharp contraction in gross domestic product will take years to reverse and will require a costly transformation of the way the economy works internally and interacts with the outside.

The main implications for the rest of the world, although uneven from country to country and within countries, are a combination of challenges we have seen before.

Due to disruptions in the availability of raw materials from Ukraine and Russia, as well as further disruptions in the supply chain, the world is facing high cost inflation reminiscent of the oil shock of the 1970s.

Also similar to the 1970s, the US Federal Reserve, the world’s most powerful central bank, is already facing self-inflicted damage to its inflation-fighting credibility. This comes with the likelihood of unanchored inflation expectations, the absence of good monetary policy options, and a stark choice for the Fed between allowing above-target inflation through 2023 or pushing the economy. in the recession.

As in the 1980s, rising payment arrears will be a feature of emerging markets. It will start with Russia and Ukraine, although for different reasons.

Increasingly, Russia will be both unwilling and unable to pay Western bondholders, banks and suppliers. In contrast, Ukraine will attract considerable international financial assistance, but this will increasingly be conditional on the private sector sharing some of the financial burden by agreeing to a reduction in contractual claims on the public sector of the country.

This mix of default and restructuring is likely to spread to other emerging economies, including some particularly fragile commodity importers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are already feeling the pain of high import prices, a stronger dollar and higher borrowing costs.

As in the 1990s, when a surge in market returns took many by surprise, we should also expect greater volatility in financial markets.

Investors are slowly recognizing that the buy-the-dip investment strategy has been undermined. This approach has proven to be very profitable when supported by massive and predictable liquidity injections by central banks. But he now faces headwinds as U.S. monetary policymakers lack good policy alternatives. This occurs when the price of many assets is significantly decoupled from fundamentals by many years of central bank interventions.

Unlike the 1990s, however, investors should not expect a rapid normalization of Russia’s relations with international capital markets and, with that, a recovery in its debt securities. This time will be more complicated and longer.

All of this has three main implications for the global economy. Stagflation has moved from a risky scenario to a reference scenario. Recession is now the risky scenario. And there will be significant dispersion in individual benchmark results, ranging from a depression in Russia to a recession in the Eurozone and stagflation in the United States.

While the differentiation will also be visible in market performance, this will come after a period of contagion for some as global financial conditions tighten. The major risk scenario for the markets has also changed – potentially with unsettling volatility and market dysfunction.

This is a risk which, unlike 2008-09, concerns less the banks and, consequently, the payment and settlement system. That’s the good news. But its transformation and migration to the non-banking sector still presents risks of backfire for the real economy.

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IGNITION Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – The Outerhaven

Comic book and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE takes readers on an astonishing galactic journey to the heart of a mythical and folkloric word, transformed into a captivating space opera… in the Filipino way, by announcing the acquisition of MYTHSPACE: IGNITION and the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its publication.

MYTHSPACE: IGNITION is a 6-story graphic novel collection exploring a universe where ancient tales and folk creatures from the Philippines – Tikbalangs, Kapres, Manananggals – were inspired by real extraterrestrial civilizations. From a young man’s journey into myth, to a Kapre war, to the coming of age of a Manananggal, these stories (now depicted in full color) will take readers on a
unforgettable journey both strange and familiar.

The collection was edited and written by Paolo Chikiamco and features stories from a cadre of acclaimed Filipino illustrators including Koi Carreon, CR Chua, Borg Sinaban, Jules Gregorio, Paul Quiroga, and Mico Dimagiba.

Mythspace: take off with Koi
Monsters are myth and aliens are fiction – that’s what Ambrosio Magkalas believes, not his crazy Lola stories about Nuno and Kapres riding robots from space. But now she’s dead, and Ambrosio is about to learn that she wasn’t so crazy after all… Artwork by Koi Carreon and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

Mythspace: Black Mark with Paul Quiroga
A story that gives readers a glimpse into the shrewd Nuno’s restless society, where political fanatics (who tint their skin to signify party loyalty) have the government in a persistent state of stalemate. Yet legend has it that there is a faction that transcends politics: the legendary Black, a task force authorized to take extreme measures to protect Nuno society. Helmless Mang, an outcast on his home planet, is about to discover that black people are both more powerful and more terrible than the stories would have you believe… Art by Paul Quiroga and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

Mythspace: Devourers of Light with Jules Gregoire
The reasons for the age-old hatred between the Kapre and the Laho are revealed in this tale. At a turning point in history, the Laho lead an inter-species alliance to punish the Kapre for breaking a galaxy-wide taboo…but when Apex Supreme Barkarilkarilmon loses patience with the other races, the Laho take independent action – with disastrous consequences for the Kapre race. Art by Jules Gregorio and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

Mythspace: Uncommon land with Mico Dimagiba
It’s hard being a detective on a planet of shapeshifters. But Inquest Haskra’s life takes a turn for the worse when he is hired by a Laho to find a missing gem to prevent the outbreak of civil war. But does Haskra really want to help a member of the race that destroyed his home planet? Art by Mico Dimagiba and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

Mythspace: humanity with CR Chua
In a galaxy where humans have no rights, Danny and Marta work as slaves in the mines of Kataw. But when they are miraculously saved by something out of legend, they must decide what freedom means to each of them and what they are willing to pay for it. Art by Cristina Chua and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

Mythspace: Spreading wings with Borg Sinaban
Ri-En, Books and Zu are orphans who earn their living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor, Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health deteriorates, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him – one that puts them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the fearsome and immortal “Sixths”. Art by Borg Sinaban and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.

To support the project, go to the Kickstarter page here:

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Nichi GLOW: Japanese beta-glucan, in children with autism spectrum disorders, improves behavior, sleep and gut microbiome in a clinical study | national

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 14, 2022–

In the first report of its kind, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) showed improved behavior, learning abilities and sleep, after oral consumption of AFO-202 strain of black yeast Aureobasidium Pullulans product of beta 1,3 -1,6 glucan (Nichi GLOW), published in BMJ Neurology Open ( ). Beneficial replenishment of the gut microbiota has also been reported with Nichi GLOW, which differs from other beta-glucans in its source, method of production and purity.

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According to the parents of study participants, improved learning and communication skills, sleep rhythm and quality in addition to interaction with peers were the main changes observed in a clinical study after a 90-day intake of the Nichi GLOW beta-glucan food supplement. One demonstrated his reading, writing and math skills during a follow-up consultation with Dr. Raghavan, a developmental pediatrician and neurologist. ß-glucans considered to remove aggregate alpha-synuclein by enhancing NK cells and as a prebiotic, controls enterobacteriaceae, a cause of disease, therefore may have potential in the fight against neurological diseases involving dysbiosis of the gut microbiome. Nichi GLOW, a safe food supplement, which does not contain any allergens, deserves larger clinical studies with longer follow-up in different populations to be validated as an adjunct to conventional treatment in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, because the intestinal microbiota also varies with dietary habits. , says Dr. Raghavan. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 1 in 44 children in the developed world, with multiple causes and varying severity of manifestations. These children are more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases later in life. In the study, Nichi GLOW intake improved CARS score and communication skills ( ). Nichi GLOW controlled Enterobacteriaceae, a gut microbiome that produces harmful proteins like curli and amyloid, leading to misfolding and aggregation of alpha-synuclein in neurons, a cause of the disease ( ). Synucleinopathy spreading through the gut-brain axis to the brain, could cause Parkinson’s disease or dementia, therefore, it is worth studying the prophylaxis of the Nichi Glucan product line in neurodegenerative conditions, because the activation of microglia is one of the mechanisms of their action in the brain ( ), says Dr. Raghavan, the lead researcher.

The results were presented in a webinar commemorating autism sunday ( ), organized by the Jesuit Antonyraj Memorial Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Recovery and Education (JAICARE). Research in Japan has revealed the hidden potentials ( ), of this ß-glucan; thanks to a healthy ecosystem in Japan assisting in the development of new solutions, which together with GN Corp’s cross-global interdisciplinary network of healthcare expertise, made this groundbreaking feat possible, the scientists commented.

The Nichi Glucan product line was approved as a food additive in Japan in 1996 and does not contain any commonly notified allergens. They are unique, being produced as an exo-polysaccharide by new strains of Aureobasidium Pullulans in a GMP certified facility in Japan and exported under various brands: Nichi-GLOW, Neu-REFIX, Nichi Glucan & Nichi Glucan-REFIX; not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and approval status may vary from country to country. The publications are intended for academic purposes and research initiative; should not be construed as medical advice. A doctor’s advice is recommended for specific health issues.

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Eagles News: Colts rumored to be interested in Gardner Minshew trade

Let’s come to Philadelphia Eagles connections …

Report: Colts may be interested in trading for Eagles QB Gardner Minshew – Reuters
The Indianapolis Colts can’t get enough of the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, allegedly. According to CBS’ Jason La Canfora, trading for Gardner Minshew could be plan B for the Colts if they can’t find a way to add a more decorated starting quarterback first. […] I don’t know if anyone is trading Minshew as a starter in 2022 because they absolutely have to get him, but he might be an option for a team that loses a quarterback to injury in the offseason, or like in La Canfora. example above with the Colts, if they run out of other options first.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: David Ojabo is the Eagles’ most popular pick – BGN
The 2022 NFL Draft is just 46 days away! Let’s pass the time together until then by looking at who the fictional drafts selected the Philadelphia Eagles with their three first-round picks as a result of the Combine.

Eye on the Enemy #87: Talking Wentz trade with Mark Bullock + Wilson trade, Ridley suspension, Fletcher Cox trade rumors – BGN Radio
In the latest episode of Eye on the Enemy, John Stolnis chats with Commanders writer/analyst Mark Bullock, formerly of The Athletic, now alone on the Wentz trade. John also breaks down the Russell Wilson trade, Aaron Rodgers signing, rumors surrounding DeShaun Watson and the Eagles’ reported interest in Calvin Ridley before the suspension, Fletcher Cox trade rumors and the latest Dallas Cowboys.

Prepare – Iggles Blitz
There have been rumors of JuJu Smith-Schuster as a target. He’s had his ups and downs as a player, but is only 25 and would be a natural fit in the slot. With him in there and fast guys like DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins on the outside, Hurts would have good options all over the court. Would you agree to replace JJAW with JJSS? Some have suggested Keelan Cole as an Eagles target. It wouldn’t cost much and would fit into a group of receivers. Cole can do dynamic captures. He will block and he has some experience as a returner. Cole isn’t special, but checks a lot of boxes. Dave Caldwell drafted him to JAX and Caldwell is now part of the Eagles front office. If the Eagles want to spend the money, Christian Kirk could be a target. He played in the slot machine and outside. Kirk is young, talented and productive. He’s going to cost over $10 million per season, with some speculating he could get $15 million. How much is it worth? How aggressive do the Eagles want to be?

Inside Roob’s Sightings: A Former Eagle Roseman Needs To Be Brought Back – NBCSP
2. Quez Watkins’ 647 yards are even more impressive considering he had three or fewer targets in 10 of 17 games. Of 91 wide receivers who had at least 50 targets last year, Watkins ranked 5th with 10.4 yards per target. Behind only Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Lockett. Not a bad company.

Panthers are betting favorites to land Deshaun Watson – PFT
While the trade market for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is in overdrive, a betting market is emerging. The folks at PointsBet have compiled the odds for the next team that Watson will take a nod to. The favorite is the Panthers at +175. However, until it’s known that Watson has changed his mind about the Panthers (he refused to waive his no-trade clause for Carolina a year ago), it’s a risky bet. . Next come the Buccaneers at +400, followed by the Seahawks at +450 and the Texans at +500. The Browns are at +700, the Eagles at +800, the Dolphins at +800, the Saints at +1000 and the Steelers at +1000.

BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys trade WR Amari Cooper to Cleveland Browns for fifth- and sixth-round picks – Reuters
Dallas sends Cooper and his own sixth to the Browns in exchange for Cleveland’s fifth- and sixth-round pick, so the real net is only one pick. Obviously it’s not a lot but it’s something that’s more than nothing. The biggest win for Dallas here is Cleveland taking over the entire contract from Cooper who the Cowboys desperately wanted off their books despite agreeing just two years ago. It’s been a long road to get here, but we got there nonetheless. All told, the Cowboys offense enjoyed a renaissance with Cooper in the fold and they are now officially moving on without him. CeeDee Lamb will be tasked with being the team’s best receiver and Michael Gallup (assuming he returns) will also contribute. [BLG Note: The majority of BTB’s audience graded the Cooper trade as a ‘D’ or ‘F’.]

Giants free agency preview: ‘Very calculated’ offseason begins – Big Blue View
So what’s the plan? Schoen said the plan had to be “very calculated”. He admitted to the Combine that the biggest issue is how to straighten out the squad cap situation while fielding a competitive squad in 2022 is “the big question”. Expect low-cost moves with high-potential players, like signing Gono. Targeted short-term signings of second-tier free agents to supplement needs, perhaps like recently released former Buffalo Bills guard Jon Feliciano. Nothing splashy. Nothing too expensive. Nothing long term. We’ve seen a lot of this before. Let’s just hope Schoen and Co. are better than their predecessors. “We want to compete today and also build for tomorrow,” Schoen said. “I think if we’re able to do this in the right way, I think there’s a real possibility that we can do it.

Mark Tyler’s Hogs Haven Mock Offseason 3.0 – We’ve Got Our QB! – Haven of Pigs
I hope Wentz can be our quarterback for the future, and I’m willing to give him that chance to prove himself, rather than signing a rookie to sit behind and learn from him in what many consider as a weak class. If he works; awesome. If he doesn’t, we can look to the 2023 draft for a signal caller. Since we don’t have a ton of cap space right now (although we could easily do more), I’ve set out to fill some holes in free agency with players that won’t break the bank . Pairing Ertz with his former quarterback does two things. First, it gives Carson a familiar face, which should also be a confident one in the locker room. And two, it gives us a nice vertical threat to the position, AND insurance in case Logan Thomas doesn’t make a 100% recovery from the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season.

Tribute to Jordan Hicks – Revenge Of The Birds
Thank you, captain Jordan Hicks, for the key role you played in helping the Cardinals to 11 wins and the team’s first trip to the playoffs since 2015. You are a winner, both as a player in the NFL and as a man of character. Best wishes to you on the next leg of your NFL journey. Much respect to you, #58.

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Renewed Force for Season 2

STARZ has officially greenlit the second season to Power Book IV: Strengththe third spin-off of Power franchise. Power Book IV: Strength which debuted in early February and was the most-watched premiere in STARZ history with 3.3 million cross-platform views in the US alone. The series follows Tommy Egan, portrayed by Joseph Sikoraas he swaps hometown New York for Chicago as he attempts to confront his past while forging new relationships, friends and foes.

“Fans have been eagerly anticipating Joseph’s return as the iconic ‘Tommy Egan’ and from the show’s record-breaking debut, it was clear right away that they wanted to see him another season take on this new city,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of STARZ. “We are thrilled to have Joseph back in the ‘Power’ universe and expand the world with a new tapestry of power players brought to life by our fantastic cast.”


In addition to Sikora, Power Book IV: Strength also stars Keys of Isaac, Lili Simmons, Gabrielle Ryan, Shane Harper, Kris D. Lofton, Anthony Fleming III, Lucien Cambricand Tommy Flanagan.

Power Book IV: Strength is produced by the creator of the franchise Courtney A. Kemp as well as Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Gary Lenon (Power, Hnighttown, Euphoria) will join the second season as showrunner and executive producer. Kemp is the set’s executive producer. Power franchise through his production company End of Episode, 50 Cent through G-Unit Film and Television, and Mark Canton via Atmosphere Entertainment MM. Terri Kopp (BFM, For life) and the end of the episode Chris Selac will also be an executive producer. Lionsgate Television is producing the series for STARZ.

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RELATED: ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Trailer Takes Tommy Egan to Chicago

There is currently no release date or window for the second season of Power Book IV: Strength. You can find the full Power franchise on STARZ, with the first season of Power Book IV: Strength bound here. The official description of Power Book IV: Strength can be found below.

“Power Book IV: Force” centers on fan-favorite character Tommy Egan, played by Joseph Sikora, after he cut ties and put New York in his rearview mirror for good. As Tommy leaves New York after losing Ghost, LaKeisha, and the only town he’s ever known, he takes a quick detour to heal an old wound that has haunted him for decades. What was supposed to be a quick stop turns into a maze of family secrets and lies that Tommy thought were long buried. One step leads to another and Tommy quickly finds himself in Chicago’s drug game, inserting himself between the city’s two biggest teams. In a city divided by race, Tommy straddles the line, eventually becoming the linchpin that not only unites them – but holds the POWER to watch them fall apart. As the first season unfolds at breakneck speed, Tommy uses his underdog status to his advantage, breaking all the local rules and rewriting them in his quest to become Chicago’s biggest drug dealer.

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Reading and writing

Important questions about reading and writing for Sarah Krasnostein

Author Sarah Krasnostein.  Please credit Gina Milicia.

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Author Sarah Krasnostein. Please credit Gina Milicia.

The believer, written by Sarah Krasnostein, reveals the portraits of six individuals including a death doula, ufologists, creationists and ghost hunters. The best-selling author of The Trauma Cleanserwho has won several literary awards, is in conversation at the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts with Danyl Mclauchlan.

What is the most interesting thing you discovered while writing The Believer?

The biggest discovery in writing this book was the story I found myself telling. I thought I was writing about the wonders of human differences, our inevitable separation. But, at the end of the day, it’s a book about how we are all able to think magically to deal with the difficult aspects of life. It is about the quieter and deeper wonder of our community.

* How I write: Poet Omar Sakr is one of the writers participating in the Aotearoa Arts Festival in New Zealand
* Book review: Olga dies dreaming of Xochitl Gonzalez
* Microplastics revealed for the first time in New Zealand marine mammals

What are you reading right now?

I read a ton for the plays I’m currently working on, but aside from that I always try to have a non-fiction book and a fiction book on the go for whatever free time I can spend . I’m in the middle of Siri Hustvedt’s brilliant new collection of essays, Mothers, fathers and othersand I love Xochitl Gonzalez’s incendiary debut novel, Olga dies dreaming.

How did your law degree help you write your books?

I have a doctorate in criminal law – specifically in sentencing law. Sentencing judgments aren’t just about punishment – they’re about character and guilt, as well as human relationships and causation. So this training really taught me the importance of always looking for the larger context before judging human behavior.

Best writing advice?

Whenever you sit down to work, don’t get distracted by email or social media, editing or research – write down something that didn’t exist before you sat down at the desk. Even if it’s a sentence. Progress is about taking steps toward the goal, no matter how small.

Learn more about Sarah Krasnostein at her Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022 streaming event from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, April 3, tickets here.

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Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a plant market and a live monkey appearance • the Hi-lo

This weekend we’ve found events to kick your creative spirit into high gear, to learn something new, or to connect more with nature. Plus, a local favorite vegan food fair and live monkey demonstration.



Selection of Beachwood beers. Photo by Brian Addison.

This free educational series open to the public at Beachwood Brewing on Thursday, March 10 brings together craft beer industry leaders to talk about the history and state of Southern California’s brewing industry and their West Coast-style IPA approaches, a popular style that has made a small comeback in recent years.

The conference will be led by Julian Shrago of Long Beach, award-winning brewer and co-owner of Beachwood Brewing, as well as Jill Olesh, Senior Brand Manager of Port Pizza Brewing, and Joe Arguello, Chief Marketing Officer.

Attendees will also have the chance to try the reissue of the Beach Retreat IPA, the brew being a collaboration between Beachwood Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing. Beach Retreat IPA will be available at all Beachwood stores and select retailers beginning March 10.

“Beer Side Talks” is a free event, but RSVP is highly recommended, click here. If you can’t get there in person, you can also tune into Beachwood Brewing’s Instagram page. The conference is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Beachwood Brewing is at 210 E. Third St.


On Saturday, March 12, Long Beach is invited to experience a new community space launched at Bixby Knolls called KUBO, dedicated to creating a space for Filipino, BIPOC, and LGBTQ social entrepreneurs and allies with the help of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

Expect a number of featured businesses and arts events over the next few months, but for opening night, you can check out several local Filipino-owned businesses and organizations.

Romeo Chocolates will be offering a selection of rare gourmet chocolates in small batches that you won’t typically find in their stores, Flipp Family will be on hand with Filipino food and crafts for kids. Additionally, Philippine plant company Birdie Home Botanicals will sell a selection of indoor plants as well as candles and aromatherapy from Kubo California.

The open house is from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Follow the KUBO Instagram for more information.

KUBO is at 345 E. Carson St.


Devi’s donuts. Courtesy picture.

The Long Beach Vegan District Food Fair has been around for years, but this Saturday, March 12, organizers are changing it up and taking over the Scottish Rite Event Center downtown.

The six-hour food fair will feature 15 local and regional plant-based vendors selling animal-free food, beverages, desserts, skincare and other products.

The event is free.

The Scottish Rite Event Center is located at 855 Elm. Av.


Taiwanese-Hong Kong American writer and poet Jireh Deng will lead a journalistic poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12. Photo courtesy of Voicewaves/Compound.

This special poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12 aims to help writers (not just journalists or poets) develop their observational writing skills through a poetic lens.

The workshop will be led by a CSULB student Jireh Deng, a writer and poet whose creative works have been added to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio. For the event, Deng created a special poetry workshop inspired by poet Safia Elhillo’s generative writing approach.

The two-hour workshop will also include works by famous poets, including Jericho Brown, Denise Levertov, Noor Hindi, Franny Choi and many more. You just need to bring writing materials to participate.

The workshop is free, but those who can afford a ticket are encouraged to do so. Click here for more information.

The compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.


A sunflower, photo courtesy of Ground Education/Lot 59.

Teachers from Ground Education invite the community to visit the local urban farm Lot 59 on Saturday March 12 to take a guided tour of the farm and plant sunflowers.

The two-hour event, which begins at 9 a.m., costs $15. Planting materials will be included, but guests are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for gardening.

Click here for more information.

Lot 59 is at 2714 California Ave.


From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, local and regional plant vendors set up shop at the Bamboo Club and offer you a fine selection of indoor tropical plants.

The event, titled “Tropicalia” Tropical Plant Market, is in collaboration with Studio Elysium, a Southern California-based indoor plant retailer. The market is free to enter.

The Bamboo Club is located at 3522 E. Anaheim St.


Dexter the monkey. Photo courtesy of Hotel Maya.

Those dining for brunch at Hotel Maya’s Fuego Restaurant on Sunday, March 13 will also have the chance to meet and take pictures with a live monkey named Dexter.

The event is the third installment of the hotel’s “Maya Animals” experience, a year-long endeavor that aims to showcase and educate guests about the many animals whose characteristics the Maya attributed to their deities. . According to the hotel, the mischievous monkey was the patron god of the arts, appearing in Mayan pottery, murals and carvings.

Guests can meet and take pictures with Dexter the Monkey, Sunday, March 13 from noon to 3 p.m. in the sculpture garden adjacent to Fuego. The attraction is free for guests dining at Fuego for brunch.

Click here to make a reservation.

The Maya Hotel is located at 700 Queensway Drive. The Fuego restaurant is located inside the hotel.



Trolls, ogres and a firebird, oh my! Savor an evening of unforgettable mythical melodies as the Long Beach Symphony presents a performance of folklore, fantasy and drama, complete with the finest oboe concerto of the 20th century.

On Saturday March 12, discover Peer Gynt’s iconic first movement, Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1, as the composer paints an idyllic sunrise over the Moroccan desert, followed by Strauss’ masterful 3-movement oboe concerto featuring the Long Beach Symphony’s own principal oboe, Rong-Huey Liu. Finally, Stravinsky’s exotic, thrilling and beautiful tour de force, The Firebird Suite, tells the thrilling story of Prince Ivan as he captures a mythical bird and is transported on a dazzling and daring adventure that sees love triumph over forces of evil. Rhythmic, soaring and passionate, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable evening of enchantment.

Doors to the Terrace Theater will open at 6:30 p.m. with a LIVE pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Great seats start at just $32 by calling 562-436-3203, ext. 1, or visit Proof of Covid vaccination is required for entry. Masks are recommended but not required at this time. This performance is generously sponsored by Elizabeth and John Hancock

The Terrace Theater at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.



Long Beach Camerata Singers invites you to ChoralFest!

Hear what the silent Northern Lights would sound like as music with the Long Beach Camerata Singers and acclaimed composer Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the luminous ChoralFest on March 13 are available now at, click here.

The Beverly O’Neill Theater is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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Fiction publisher

Dream comes true for Tralee author Noel as he finds publisher for his debut novel

There weren’t too many positives to the lockdown, but one thing it gave us was an abundance of free time and one person who certainly used that free time to his advantage was Noel O’Regan from Tralee, who used the lockdown as a chance to sit down and finally get to work on her novel.

oel is a past recipient of the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award, winner of the Bridport Short Story Prize and has been named Kerry County Council Writer-in-Residence. His fiction has been published in Stinging Fly, Ambit and Southword.

His first book, to be published by Granta Books, titled ‘Although the bodies fall‘, is the story of a man who finds himself drawn to his family home at the end of Kerry Head in Ireland.

“It’s a scenic place, but the cliffs are also a black spot for suicide, and from an early age Micheál was involved in his mother’s mission to save these troubled souls,” the synopsis reads.

“Now, having grown up, his life in ruins, he feels obliged in the same way, to constantly watch the ‘visitors’, to try to dissuade them. When his two sisters tell him that they want to sell the land, he must choose between his siblings and the visitors, a future or a past,” the synopsis concludes.

Noel – who is certainly no stranger to the publishing world, having previously worked at Mercier Press – spoke with The Kerryman this week about working on the novel during lockdown and why he’s so happy Granta Books – who he describes as his ‘dream publishers’ – will be publishing his book.

“I heard the news last week. My agent, Euan Thorneycroft, sent it [the book] at Granta and he found out within days that Laura Barber the editor had read it and liked it and shared it with the team there who also seemed to like it and so an offer was made and that was finalized last week and I was just thrilled,” Noel said.

“Basically the last five or six years before the pandemic I was working full time as an editor at Mercier Press in Cork, so that didn’t really leave me much time for my own writing. So for the first three or four months of lockdown there was nothing else to do so i settled in my room and just wrote i already had the idea for the story but this three or four month spell m got through the first draft,” he continued.

Continuing, Noel said he was visiting his home in Tralee with his parents when he heard the news and it was a special moment to hear it with them.

“I was with my parents when the word got out and it’s been great for them too because they’ve always been supportive of me,” he said.

Finally, Noel ended by reflecting on his joy Granta Books will soon be the home of “Though The Bodies Fall”.

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Edward Ashton Talks His New Hollywood Sci-Fi Novel ‘Mickey7’ (Exclusive)

Existential themes of identity and immortality are carefully explored in Edward Ashton’s gripping new sci-fi novel “Mickey7” (St. Martin’s Press, 2022), a witty book filled with a refreshing dose of clever humor and old-school planetary adventure.

Billed as “The Martian” meets “Multiplicity” (with a touch of Duncan Jones’ “Moon”), “Mickey7” introduces readers to an Expendable human worker drone named Mickey who is tasked with performing dangerous tasks on the frozen world of Niflheim. These disposable employees are subjected to a variety of dastardly deaths before being regenerated as clones, with their original memories intact.

When Mickey7 is engulfed in a vast icy crevice, he is presumed dead and a new Expendable, Mickey8, is created to take his place in the system. But Mickey7 is miraculously saved by one of the planet’s native aliens, and when he returns to the colony base, he is shocked to see the replacement drone already inserted into his old life and habitat.

Now Mickey7 and Mickey8 must hide their dual existence from a society that frowns upon repetition as the native insect-like creatures roam the frigid and hostile environment and an interspecies conflict brews that threatens both sides. .

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Edward Ashton's new novel

Edward Ashton’s new novel “Mickey7” is heading to Hollywood, with Bong Joon Ho signed on to direct. (Image credit: St. Martin’s Press)

Deadline recently reported that Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho (“Snowpiercer,” “Parasite”) has signed on for the Warner Bros. adaptation. for Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, with Robert Pattinson (“The Batman”) attached in the lead role. spoke with Ashton about the story elements he hoped to inject into “Mickey7,” his good fortune regarding the next version of the Hollywood feature film starring Pattinson, and how an original children’s cartoon helped shape the alien creatures that inhabit the novel’s colonized ice planet. What was the genesis of “Mickey 7” and why was this story essential to tell?

Edward Ashton: This book was born in several stages. I wrote a short story a few years ago that explored the idea of ​​saving your conscience and after being killed, being regenerated, and in that way having some kind of shitty immortality like I describe in “Mickey7”. It was set in a more contemporary earthly setting so I liked the idea and wanted to see how it could be expanded if you pair it with an exploitative social structure where the people who are able to do it are essentially used as crash test dummies for the rest of humanity. Mickey comes from a lower class background, and everyone else on the mission is the elite of their society, and he’s the one who has to do all the dirty work and die for them over and over again. What surprising research paths have you encountered in your writing process?

Ashton: There is a good dose of science in this book. I’m definitely more on the side of hard sci-fi. I’m a scientist myself and like to make sure everything I put in my books is at least plausible. I teach quantum physics, so I sort of understood most of this stuff, but I had to dig a bit to make sure I understood the details. Like what happens in the interstellar medium, and what is the distribution of macro objects in the interstellar medium. These are things that we don’t know very well about, but we have some ideas about it. How do you balance the hard science and the soft science of the novel to appeal to the widest audience?

Ashton: I myself have my feet in both worlds. I started writing contemporary fiction before I started working on science fiction, but I have always been a fan of science fiction since I was a child. I was taught to make sure the heart of the story is the characters and their interactions and not to focus too much on the science. A lot of science fiction starts out wanting to tell a story about a brilliant technical idea, then puts cardboard figures around that idea to illustrate it. If you’re a fan of that stuff, it can be really fun, but if you’re not, this kind of book can be somewhere between boring and inscrutable. I try not to go that route.

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Edward Ashton

Author Edward Ashton. (Image credit: St. Martin’s Press) Did you have fun writing this book and delivering your fun cocktail of humor and science fiction?

Ashton: I hear people say that writing is such a struggle. If writing was painful or difficult, I wouldn’t. I have other things I can do with my life that are enjoyable. I love to write and I had a lot of fun writing this book. I made myself laugh and made myself cry once or twice. The tone I wanted to give it was like you’re sitting in a bar and Mickey is telling you this story. What was your entry into science fiction growing up?

Ashton: I was a voracious reader as a child. Some of my favorite books that I re-read are ones that I read many years ago. George RR Martin had a series of books set in a universe not unlike “Mickey 7”, long before “A Song of Ice and Fire”, of course. “Dying of the Light” is the best of them. “Tuf Voyaging” is another absolutely fantastic one. I think I read everything Clifford D. Simak wrote before I was 15. In particular, he had a very short but incredibly powerful book called “Shakespeare’s Planet” that I read when I was 11 or 12, and it never left me. I gave copies to all my children. It is required reading in the family. Later, I became a big fan of David Brin, especially his early stuff. How did you find the planet’s insectoid? aliens called Creepers?

Ashton: It’s a little awkward, but the origin of the Creepers and their physical presence was an episode of a cartoon called “Steven Universe” that my kids were watching. There was this giant centipede-like creature with multiple mandibles, and I thought I had to do something with it. Bong Joon Ho has chosen “Mickey7” for his next film, with Robert Pattinson attached. What was your reaction to this news and will you be involved?

Ashton: It’s been crazy the last few days, but I’ve had time to think about it more than most people. Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, went for the script even before I sold the US rights in 2020. I had a call with director Bong about a year ago because they were really interested to make him work with us. We talked about the manuscript, so I already knew he was interested.

But the ad that just came out, where they confirmed he’s on board and Robert Pattinson is on board, I found out because my agent sent me the press release. There was radio silence about it for over a year. I knew the option was about to expire, but I expected them to say they had decided not to. 99% of the time, when you decide on a property, that’s what happens. But that’s not what happened here.

Officially, I’m an executive producer, but I think that’s probably an entirely symbolic title. Director Bong does his own thing and he writes the script. He asked my opinion on a few points early on. Like some details that I hadn’t considered when I was writing the book, like, How do Creepers reproduce? It was a great question, and we discussed it.

A lot of people have asked me if I’m nervous because he has a reputation for hijacking source material. My answer was absolutely no. This man is a genius. I’ve seen all of his movies, and he’s never made a bad one. I don’t think he’s going to start with “Mickey 7”. He will do a fantastic job.

by Edward Ashton “Mickey7” is available now in bookstores and major online outlets.

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Writing Challenge is a writer’s first foray into fiction

The real story behind the photo: Editor Cindy Pierce snapped this photo of the old door with a letter slot as she strolled the streets of Charleston, SC, while there for a wedding in April 2021.

When he retired from the securities industry 30 years ago and moved from Chicago to Naples, Charles Guptill began writing letters to family and friends about his new life in the Sunshine State. .

He still likes to write letters.

“But, of course, the letters are not fiction,” he says.

As the son of a foreign correspondent whose reporting assignments often moved the family and to cities such as Buenos Aires, Rome and Mexico City, nonfiction came naturally to Mr. Guptill. His first attempts at fiction didn’t come until he discovered the Florida Weekly Writing Challenge in 2020, when he was 82 years old.

“The challenge has provided a much-needed distraction during the pandemic,” he says of the contest which provides photo prompts to inspire short stories of up to 750 words. It was born as a distraction from the heat, humidity and threat of hurricanes during the scorching summer days of 2010. It continued that way until April 2020 when we started it early as a distraction from closures, cancellations and social distancing. by COVID-19.



Mr Guptill looked forward to the 2021 challenge. When the first photo was posted in August, he said: “I was loaded for the bear! I got to work and found a story that I really liked it.

But then he misread the submission deadline and missed it.

“I was so disappointed in myself,” he says.

He would go on to submit seven stories during the challenge, which ended in late November.

His process was the same for every entry: “I would write the story straight away, usually 1,500 words the first day,” he says. “Then I nibbled, edited and slowly consolidated so that every word counted. I thought about my story as I rode my bike, walked around the neighborhood, folded laundry.

Because of the word limit, he says, “I had to focus on the plot at the expense of character development. My plan now is to flesh out the stories by developing the characters.

He spent about an hour a day working on each entry. “It was like carving into a piece of marble, until the deadline,” he says. After missing the first, he pressed “send” on the keyboard a few hours after every other 5 p.m. deadline.

Writing for Mr. Guptill is one of three loves, the others being watercolor painting and cooking (a love he has managed to incorporate into more than one of his writing challenge entries).

“I married late and retired early, just like Mr. Mom did when we were raising our three daughters, all of whom graduated from Barron Collier High School and the University of Florida,” he says. . “I did all the family cooking for years.”

He always does something for me every day. “I’m a foodie for sure,” he says. A dish that has always resonated with him is caccio e pepe, a simple pasta dish with Romano cheese and black pepper. “It has demonized me since the dawn of time.”

Although he likes to share a meal with his friends and family, Mr. Guptill says he never shares his writing challenge entries with an editor or proofreader.

“I tend to be very introspective as a writer,” he says. “I’m not sharing with anyone until I send it to Florida Weekly.”

Mr. Guptill attended Rice University in Texas and served in the Navy as a destroyer navigator before earning a degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas. He worked for Dean Witter in Chicago before running his own brokerage firm for 15 years. ¦

A pebble for the tombstone


The Great Man of Letters was dead.

She heard the news the day before. Then in the morning, after reading the Chicago Tribune obituary, she decided on a last rite.

She straightened up, hailed a taxi and directed the driver to North Astor Street.

In the Italianate building, she could see the letters coming through the wrought iron door of glass and filigree. She opened the door and entered. She crossed the hall and stopped in front of the mail depot.

Memories came back from the afternoon over 40 years ago. He had chatted with her at the food market. “Not the can of tomatoes you’re holding,” he said. “Go for the San Marzanos instead. They are better.

He invited her for a beer in the afternoon. She was skeptical, but Otto’s on Halstead was a place she liked, so she agreed. After Otto’s they went back to his apartment in Astor – a sublet, he told her. He cooked dinner, she brought the tinned tomatoes. They dined on bucatini in a marinara sauce which he infused with a porridge of anchovies, red pepper flakes and white wine. Gorgeous.

She told him that she worked for an insurance company on LaSalle Street. He calls himself a novelist, his first two books acclaimed. Now, while waiting for inspiration to pick up again for his third book, he’s writing short stories. A few days later, she moved in.

He frequently talked to friends over the phone. Once he called her at work. “Go down to Billy Goat’s Tavern. I’m here with Mike Royko. I will present.

She was charmed but had to work on him for an introduction to her mother. They partied and had dinner with his college friends. He joined in the conversation about the Cubs, the market, and Mayor Daley’s setbacks. She worried about his obsession with superstitions, tensed up when he dodged cracks in the sidewalk, or stayed in bed on Friday the 13th because bad things had happened to him on that date in the past. When his self-deprecating friends told tumultuous tales in which their fortunes were turning ever lower, he repeated a cautionary mantra: “When you find yourself in a hole, man, stop digging.

Eventually, the Big Man discovered her talents as a secretary. He asked her to type and send her news. She prepared envelopes for publishers he knew, carefully sticking on return address stickers with her name printed large.

The weeks passed without return. “It had never happened before,” he said. “News checks pay the rent. I’ll call my agent. Are you sure you are using the correct postage? »

“Yes of course.”

“Show me the process.”

“I address the envelopes and place them in the letter slot downstairs.”

“Lunge, what slit?”

“He who marked letters.”

They went down to the hall. She showed him.

“Funny, that never occurred to me. I always posted from the box around the corner. Please use that box in the future.

Soon the responses poured in.

“Not for us.”

“Try us next time.”

“Sorry, I just posted a similar story.”

He was sorry.

After the last rejection, a week later, as she came home late from work, the apartment seemed unusually tidy, quiet. In the kitchen, she spotted a folded note on the counter. “I don’t do goodbyes well,” he wrote.

“Yes I understand!” she barked at the ceiling.

The great man of letters then completed his third book in New York. He won the Pulitzer for his fourth. Her marriage to a celebrity ended in acrimony and court battles.

In Chicago, it took him a long time to recover from his sudden departure, the sting still there for decades. She had been painfully young then, she lamented, a naive groupie from Lima, Ohio, thrown on a slag heap. But luckily, she came to terms with the pain, combined it with strong Midwestern instincts, and thrived. I never went all-in again; never dug deeper.

Over the years, she noticed that the Big Man was grafting portions of his young personality onto ingenues populating his books. Not enough for her to point to old friends and ask, “Who does this remind you of?” But she knew he was thinking of her, of her youth, trapped in time.

She walked over to the slot, reached into her Prada shoulder bag, pulled out a soft cloth, shone the flap of the metal letters, smiled at her reflection, stepped back, and let go.

– Read the story of the 2021 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge first place and three honorable mentions in our December 29-30 editions online at Of the remaining six stories in our Top 10, David Dorsey’s “Beauteous Flowers” was released on January 19 and Brian Fowler’s “Out of the Closet” was released on February 9. Charles Guptill’s “A Pebble for the Headstone” is the third of six, which will be released over the next few weeks as space permits.

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Sequel to critically acclaimed bestseller – The Australian Jewish News

A best-selling children’s novel that the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum says “should be avoided by anyone studying or teaching the history of the Holocaust” is getting a sequel.

John Boyne, the Irish author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, announced last week that he would publish a sequel to the 2006 bestseller about a nine-year-old German boy’s friendship with a Jewish child in Auschwitz .

The new book, he said, would be told from the perspective of the German boy’s sister, Gretel.

The announcement comes just weeks after The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which sold 11 million copies and spawned a film adaptation that grossed $44 million, faced a fresh round of criticism. scathing about its historical inaccuracies amid a controversy over Holocaust education in Tennessee. There, a local school board removed Maus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic memoir, from the local curriculum, sparking a national conversation about how to teach children about the Holocaust.

Maus author Art Spiegelman said he would be fine with students reading another Holocaust book instead — but not, he said, Boyne’s.

“The guy didn’t do any research,” Spiegelman told a Tennessee audience.

The new book, All The Broken Places, will be published in September in the US by Doubleday and Penguin Random House and in the UK by Transworld. Global rights in more than a dozen other countries have already signed on, Boyne tweeted.

Set in the decades between 1946 and the present, the book will follow 91-year-old Gretel, older sister of the first book’s protagonist, Bruno, as she reflects on her life “marked by guilt and grief” and how “his complicity dishonored his life,” according to the publisher’s statement. In the first book, Gretel and Bruno’s father was an SS commander, and Bruno eventually entered the Auschwitz extermination chambers so he could be with his Jewish friend Shmuel.

The sequel will be set in Paris, Sydney and London, and will initially follow Greta and her mother’s escape from Poland at the end of the war “after a cataclysmic event that tore their lives apart”, according to the book’s description.

Boyne told The Bookseller that, since the publication of the first book, “I have regularly made notes in a folder which I have called ‘Gretel’s Story’. It was a book I had hoped to write one day, telling the story of Bruno’s older sister, Gretel, who, at the end of her life, looks back on the experience she was a part of and is forced to examine her conscience as to her guilt and complicity in those moments. “

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was adapted into a 2008 film and proved to be an enduring international best-seller and a perennial Holocaust educational tool in the UK, despite scathing reviews from Holocaust scholars and other perpetrators of the Holocaust. It has been criticized for inaccuracies, including Shmuel’s continued survival in a camp that allegedly gassed him along with the other children when he arrived, and the lack of youth-centric Nazi propaganda directed at Bruno, who is portrayed as utterly ignorant. of the Jewish genocide project despite his father’s position as guardian of Auschwitz.

According to British education observers, the book’s prominence in classrooms can perpetuate myths and misconceptions about the Holocaust; many children who read the book believe it is based on a true story.

The book has also been criticized for depicting Bruno’s death and the grief of his German parents as the real tragedy at the heart of the story, while the dead Jews largely serve as window dressing.

For his part, Boyne defended his book which, according to him, is inspired by the work of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel. In response to criticism from the Auschwitz museum, he told the Guardian that because his novel is fiction, it “by its nature cannot contain inaccuracies, only anachronisms, and I don’t think there are have any.

Boyne has authored more than a dozen novels on a variety of topics, and most recently came under fire for a 2019 book that contained controversial depictions of transgender characters.


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Skin of the Sea Mermaid Fantasy Sequel First Look Natasha Bowen

A beautiful woman with dark hair, dangling gold earrings and a crown made of sharks teeth stares straight ahead.  The text on the image says

Picture: Random house books for young readers

Natasha Bowen fans fantasy 2021 skin of the sea—and anyone who loves stories about mermaids and West African folklore-will be delighted to hear more soul of the depths arrives this fall. io9 interviewed the Nigerian-Welsh author via email to find out more about the planned release; we also get a first look at her gorgeous cover.

First, here is a summary of soul of the depths. The main character Simidele is back and faces some rather intense new challenges.

A life.

A choice.

A sacrifice.

To save her loved ones, Simi has sacrificed everything: her freedom, her family and the boy she loves. Now she has sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean.

But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear that Simi’s trade has deeper consequences. These demons mean the ruin of the world. . . and because of Simi, they now have a way into the human realm.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Simi must break her promise and team up with a god-scheming trickster. And if they succeed, maybe Simi can also break her heart along the way and find herself.

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And finally, here is our conversation with Bowen!

Cheryl Eddy, io9: skin of the sea was your first novel and it became a bestseller. What was this experience for you?

Natasha Bowen: It was wonderful and surreal. That my debut was so well received was a literal dream. It’s amazing to hear that my story has had such an impact on people.

io9: For people reading this interview who may not have read skin of the sea However, can you give us a brief summary of this book, its universe and its characters?

Bowen: skin of the sea is a story of magic, sirens and courage. We follow Simidele, a young girl remade into Mami Wata, a mermaid, responsible for gathering the souls of those who pass through the sea in order to bless their journey home. When she saves a boy thrown overboard, she breaks an ancient edict. To save the other Mami Wata and herself, Simi must travel to make amends and seek forgiveness from the Supreme Creator.

io9: Simi, the main character of skin of the seawill come back for soul of the depths. How has her character evolved since the first book, and what will be the main conflicts, challenges, and opposing forces she will face in the sequel?

Bowen: Simidele found herself in skin of the sea. Being able to get her memories back gave her the power of who she is. She is now stronger in many ways, but has remained true to her love and protection of those she loves. Simi’s sacrifice at the end of the first book colors the sequel. In soul of the depthsshe faces choices that test her loyalty and feelings.

io9: Who is depicted on the cover of the book? Can you set the scene for the cover illustration?

Bowen: Simidele is featured on soul of the depthsbut in a different way skin of the sea. I think this cover shows the depth of his personality and hints at the story to come.

io9: skin of the sea drew on West African mythology to help tell its story. Will we see more of this influence in the sequel?

Bowen: Absoutely! We see more myths, spiritual beliefs and customs already introduced into skin of the sea, along with other creatures I can’t wait for readers to discover. I won’t say too much, but in soul of the depths we have West African versions of other creatures that have long held places in our dreams and nightmares.

io9: What are some of your favorite themes or elements that you’ve taken from this specific mythology, and why do you think it works so well in a YA fantasy realm?

Bowen: The themes of transformation and spirituality work very well in the realm of YA fantasy. I think it’s because of the period of change that we all go through as young adults and even as adults. We all change, evolve as people, and so this theme of transitioning and finding the truth is universal to us.

io9: Why do you think mermaids hold such a fascination for us, from folklore to pop culture?

Bowen: The seas and oceans hide so much and I think we are often drawn to the unknown. Our imagination can run wild with what lies beneath the water. I think we focus on mermaids because they are we. Or at least a version of us. In essence, we see ourselves in them, our humanity but mixed with magical elements. Who wouldn’t want to escape under the sea and discover a whole new world?

io9: Did you always know you would write a sequel to skin of the sea? Will there be other books to follow after soul of the depths?

Bowen: I always knew that Simidele’s world would be more than a book. It’s too big and too rich to be just one story. Work on soul of the depths was like coming home to me, and I think there is still so much to explore. I would love to publish a book on Yinka and maybe another on yumboes.

by Natasha Bowen soul of the depths will be released on September 27; you can pre-order a copy here.

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Horoscope for Wednesday March 9, 2022

Lunar Alert

There are no restrictions on purchases or major decisions. The moon is in Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Over the next few weeks you will be playing your cards close to your chest. You might even be discreet. You will definitely succeed in researching as you will easily uncover hidden information and discern the subtext of things. (Don’t leave without your deerstalker.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You will be more involved with the youngest in the coming weeks. It could be a younger friend, but it’s more likely that you’re more involved with a group or organization. This same window of time is a great time to set goals. (Goals help you stay on track and make decision-making easier.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs will be listening to you in the coming weeks. It will be obvious to them that you have something to say, and they want to hear it. Personally, you could start planning your general direction in life.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You have a great opportunity in the coming weeks to study and learn. You could use this same astrological influence to finish an important manuscript or article. Many of you will make travel plans and, indeed, some of you will travel.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

This year, you will benefit more than usual from the wealth and resources of others. This windfall can come to you through your partner or through inheritance or government money. In the coming weeks, discussions on shared ownership could take place.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Expect to have heated discussions with partners and close friends in the coming weeks as your ruler Mercury will be opposite your sign. For some of you, that means you will attract someone who is talkative and talkative. Yada yada yada.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

You are ready to roll up your sleeves and get started on some tasks over the next few weeks. Some will do it at work; some will in your personal life. You will all accomplish a lot, which could lead to a promotion or a better job. It could also improve your health.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Over the next few weeks, you will enjoy puzzles, mind games, crafts, and opportunities to express your creative talents, especially mentally or with your hands. You are a trickster and will welcome opportunities for a few pranks. The playful moments with the children will delight.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

You focus on home and family. Over the next few weeks, you could be tackling home repairs. Family discussions will take place, probably about real estate opportunities or ways to improve your place of residence. This could include plans for a residential move.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

The pace of your days will quicken over the next few weeks as you are busy with appointments, short trips, and an increase in reading, writing, and studying. You will be full of ideas and eager to share your thoughts with others.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

It is not surprising that in the next few weeks you will have ideas for making money because this year you will become richer! Something is going to happen to inflate your coffers. Maybe you will earn more, or could you receive gifts or an inheritance?

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Your need to talk to others and enlighten them about your ideas and hopes for the future will be very strong in the coming weeks. That’s why it’s important to interact with others online or in person, because you need to be heard. Do you have something to say !

If your birthday is today

Actor Oscar Isaac (1979) shares your birthday. You are charming and have a great sense of humor. You are also compassionate and caring for those less fortunate. In particular, you have a strong sense of justice. This year is the last year of a nine-year cycle for you, which means you will let go of what is no longer relevant in your life.

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Review: “The Violin Conspiracy”, by Brendan Slocumb

When I opened Brendan Slocumb’s first novel, “The Violin Conspiracy”, I was immediately transported to a place I had never been, surrounded by characters I had never met. In the crowded world of fiction, that’s no small feat. Drawing inspiration from his daily job as a music teacher, Slocumb orchestrated a gripping and suspenseful story about a budding musician and his great-great-grandfather’s violin.

Rayquan (who prefers to be called Ray) McMillian is a high school student with high aspirations. His mother, who doesn’t understand her son’s obsession with “that violin”, wants him to graduate early so he can get a job to help pay the bills. “You could have made a lot of money at Popeyes by now,” she told him. But Ray loves to play the violin, and he plays it well. If Ray was a white teenager, he would be considered a prodigy, but most people don’t take this young black violinist seriously.

At first, there is only one person who believes in Ray – his grandmother Nora, who revels in the musical gift of her favorite grandson. She encourages Ray to follow his passion because she understands it. “You know my PopPop played the violin, right? I loved to hear it when I was a little girl,” she tells her grandson. “That’s where you get your talent from.”

PopPop, Nora’s grandfather, was a slave who played the violin for his slaver, Thomas Marks. “He knew playing the violin kept him and his family alive, baby,” Nora told Ray. Once PopPop was released, Marks gave him the violin. Since then, the instrument has been passed down from generation to generation, although it has never been used. But maybe, Nora thinks, that could change: she finds the instrument in the attic and presents it to Ray.

The young man knows that he has been given a treasure, even if it is a dirty mess with cracked, missing and deformed parts. Ray finds a way to restore it, and the instrument becomes his companion to becoming a classically trained violinist who performs all over the country but doesn’t miss the chance to blast Eric B. & Rakim when he rolls alone in his car. Trouble begins when Ray starts auditioning and plans to upgrade his violin only to find that PopPop’s was no ordinary violin. It’s an 18th century Stradivarius worth around $10 million.

Ray caused a sensation (largely thanks to his violin), especially when he decided to participate in the Tchaikovsky Competition, one of the most prestigious classical music tournaments. For two years Ray did little more than tour and train in preparation; his greatest desire is to become the first American to win in his category. It would be a major achievement. Never before has there been someone like Rayquan McMillian – a young black American man with a Stradivarius violin standing tall on the world stage.

Then, two weeks before the competition, Ray opens his violin case to find only a white Chuck Taylor sneaker and a ransom note.

The police and the FBI are brought in, but where should Ray and the authorities start? Along with Ray’s family, who’s been trying to cash in on the violin since its real value was discovered? Or with members of the Marks family, descendants of slavers who now claim that the violin belongs to them? Everyone is suspicious and time is running out.

“The Violin Conspiracy” is so wonderfully written, especially its descriptions of the music, that at times I wondered if I was reading or listening to a concert; the notes of Bach’s Chaconne or Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor floated practically pages. Slocumb is equally adept at suspense, whether it conveys the ticking of the main mystery or the thrilling, heart-pounding realities that Ray must face as a young black man in America. This novel, which will keep readers in suspense until the very last page, will certainly be a favorite in 2022.

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of over 20 novels. She recently co-wrote the bestselling novel “The Personal Librarian”. She will be at Club Book at 7 p.m. on March 22.

The Violin Plot

By: Brendan Slocumb.

Publisher: Anchor Books, 352 pages, $28.

Event: Club Book, 7 p.m. March 8, streamed live on Facebook/clubbook.

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“When the universe fucks with you, let it!”

by Netflix The Russian doll returns for Season 2 to find out what’s next for Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) after escaping by reliving their deaths in an endless loop. Turns out the first loop was just a breeze. In Season 2, they delve deeper into their past via an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations.

Four years later, Nadia knows this game. Where does she?

Nadia says “When the universe fucks with you, let it go!”

The Russian doll Season 1 found Nadia and Alan battling extinction each time they died and were resurrected. This time, four years later, Nadia is more savvy but learns she may have gone deeper than she bargained for.

Natasha Lyonne and Ákos Orosz | Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Nadia and Alan continue to explore existential themes by delving into their past through the portal. “At first they experience this as an ever-expanding intergenerational, era-crossing adventure, but they quickly discover that this extraordinary event could be more than they bargained for and together they must search for a way out,” he said. explained Netflix.

The trailer is short but shows Nadia in a bar ready to throw a cocktail and tells the customer next to her, “When the universe fucks with you, let it go!”

New story, new puzzles

The creator of the Lyonne series and Barnett is getting their original roles back for Season 2. Schitt’s Creek Star Annie Murphy joins the cast and Lyonne has announced that she will become central to the story this season. “There’s some serious motherfuckers out there Russian doll show – on a human level – and she’s definitely one of the good guys,” she said. Weekly entertainment.

“It’s a puzzle box for sure,” she added. “With all my heart, I hope people watch everything and see where the game is going and lands. I can’t believe we’ve made it.

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Lyonne didn’t give any details about the new season, but said viewers should buckle up. “It’s definitely a wild ride. It’s deep and deeply quirky,” she teased. “I sincerely think the joy of the game is to look at it with fresh eyes as much as possible in order to be taken in by the story.”

Lyonne hopes viewers can get lost in the story. She compared it to “climbing into the saddle with a book in the attic and letting this world take you on a journey. I have this dream that people can do that with this show.

‘The Russian Doll’ was written with more seasons in mind

Although The Russian doll Season 2 returns after a three-year hiatus, a second season was still on the table. “We definitely pitched it as this idea of ​​three seasons and yet it’s been so interesting to think about how it’s shaped and transformed over time since its inception,” Lyonne said. The Hollywood Reporter in 2019. “Who knows if we will have the chance to go down the rabbit hole again. This is tomorrow’s question. But I think we have ideas.

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“We all have more to say as artists,” co-creator Leslye Headland revealed. “When she first launched, Nadia was there for all three of us. But it wasn’t in a very conventional way, if that makes sense. She was always there, because we knew Lyonne would always be the beating heart and the soul of this show.Whether she was haunted or haunted the narrative, she would be there.

Headland added: “We’ve learned a lot in this first season – things we couldn’t have known the first time we launched this – and I think there’s a lot to do there and I think it could be really fun.”

The Russian doll Season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 20, 2022 on Netflix.

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20 exciting Groundhog Day activities for elementary school kids

Groundhog Day is an exciting day and a great opportunity to teach students about the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow, it will immediately return and another six weeks of winter will follow.

We’ve put together a bunch of activities with links to resources for elementary school teachers to make celebrating Groundhog Day in the classroom with your students easy and exciting.

Groundhog Day Arts and Crafts

1. A cute 3D craft book for Groundhog Day

This lovely 3D book by @aspoonfuloflearning on Instagram is a fantastic activity for young students. This cute book is just one activity in a pack and is a great way for students to show off what they’ve learned about Groundhog Day.

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2. Marmot paper bag puppet


This simple activity is a great recycling project for grocery bags. All you will need is green, white and black paper, glue, marker and googly eyes. Students will love telling the groundhog story with their paper groundhog puppet.

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3. Pop Up Groundhog Craft


Once students have had fun decorating this cute pop-up groundhog craft, they can take it outside to see if their groundhog is casting a shadow. This is perfect for illustrating the story of Punxsutawney Phil coming out of his burrow to check his shadow.

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4. Paint hands and feet


Perfect for young learners, this delightfully messy activity will be a fantastic keepsake that parents will cherish for years to come. Students dip their feet in grown paint to make the groundhog, then use their hands in green paint for the grassy ground. A lovely poem completes this sweet Groundhog Day artwork.

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This ultra-simple piece of art by @curriculumcastle on Instagram is fantastic even for the youngest learners. All you will need to create this striking work of art is a pre-printed template for students to color and cut out, black paper, and chalk.

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Groundhog Day science and technology activities


Fun shadow activities are always favored on Groundhog Day to symbolize the groundhog’s search for its shadow to predict how many weeks of winter remain. This shadow activity is great for teaching students how the size and shape of shadows change depending on the position of the sun.

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This fantastic STEM activity pack includes an in-depth reading passage plus an exciting challenge to build a groundhog-worthy burrow. The pack includes many planning and design worksheets to help students through every step of the process.

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8. Groundhogs rise from a chemical reaction


In this STEAM activity, students can try a classic experiment with a Groundhog Day twist. They can decorate balloons to look like groundhogs, then set up their baking soda and vinegar experiment. As the chemicals react, the “groundhogs” will rise and students can see if their groundhog is casting a shadow or not.

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9. Lego Burrow Building Challenge


This design challenge is perfect for young students. They will be challenged to create a burrow that can hold a groundhog. There are cutouts included which can be given to each student so they can check that their burrow is the correct size. A worksheet for planning and reflection is also included.

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This simple activity for younger students will see them try to match shadows to the groundhog casting them. To increase the difficulty, you can adapt this idea by taking pictures of shadows cast by 3D objects and having students find out which object created which shadow.

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Groundhog Day Reading and Writing Activities

11. Acrostic poem and secret code activity


Get your students working hard with this free activity pack from Teachers Pay Teachers. The pack includes an acrostic poem template for “Pennsylvania” and an activity to decode a secret message. This pack is perfect to accompany any lesson on the origins of Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania and even Punxsutawney Phil.

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12. Read Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak

Geoffry the groundhog has become a celebrity because he successfully predicts how long winter will last. On February 2, he leaves his burrow and seeks his shadow, but as his fame has grown, many people are waiting for him this year. With all the commotion, Geoffry can’t see the ground to tell if he can see his shadow, so he struggles to make his prediction.

13. Cut and Paste Understanding


This copy and paste comprehension story activity is perfect for young learners or learners who are reluctant writers. Students can read or listen to the story, then answer the who, what, when, where, and why questions using the cut-and-paste method. This fantastic activity is free to download from the link above.

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This fantastic groundhog writing activity is ideal for exciting writers reluctant to write stories. All it takes is a few dice for students to build their own story about Mr. Groundhog. A reflection worksheet is also included, encouraging students to check their work.

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15. Groundhog Scrambled Sentences


These scrambled sentences worksheets are ideal for young students who are just starting to put sentences together. The cut and paste element of the writing activity helps students try out different combinations of words and check their work before writing the final sentence.

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Groundhog Day Baking Activities


These cake pops are a perfect baking task that is easy for students to take away when done. Younger students will enjoy the mess of putting it all together and older students will enjoy the more complex task of creating their groundhog.

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17. Groundhog Day Pancakes


Groundhog pancakes are an easy activity that students will love. Not only are these pancakes fun to make, but they’ll also be super tasty. Use different toppings and encourage students to create their groundhogs in different ways.

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18. Groundhog Molasses Cookies


Baking cookies is a great activity to follow along with an instructional writing lesson. Bake these delicious cookies and then, while they cool, have your students write down the recipe and procedure they used to make them. Once you’re done writing, you can all enjoy cookies!

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Liven up morning breakfast clubs at school by having students create groundhog toast slices! They can use different toppings to create their groundhogs and it can be a great opportunity to discuss healthy food choices.

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These cupcakes are a cute treat that students can bake and enjoy on Groundhog Day. Cook from scratch with older students or buy pre-made dishes and simply assemble them with younger students. Students of all ages will enjoy making (and eating) these delicious creations.

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To cancel or not to cancel Shakespeare? Meet the English teacher who flips the script on the bard

To cancel or not to cancel Shakespeare?

That’s the question English teacher Dennis Britton asks sophomores at the University of British Columbia in his aptly titled “Cancel Shakespeare” class.

Britton’s academic research focuses on the history of race and critical race theory, and he uses this focus in his course to explore the complicated history the playwright has with black people.

As the theater world begins to welcome audiences back after a two-year pandemic, Shakespeare’s costumes are likely to be dusted off across the globe. But as the curtains were drawn, issues of race took center stage, including during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Dennis Britton, an associate professor at UBC, teaches a course that explores the complicated relationship between audiences and black actors and the bard. (Submitted by Dennis Britton)

In response, over 300 BIPOC theater creators signed their names to a statement titled We See You White American Theatre, demanding a fairer and safer space in the industry.

And although director Joel Coen recently cast Denzel Washington to play the titular character in Macbeth, generations of black viewers were looked down upon by Bard’s characters in blackface.

Is it time to put William Shakespeare to bed? CBC reporter Bridgette Watson sits down with Britton to find out.

The following transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays for white actors and white audiences. Does it portray or reference black characters in any of them?

Shakespeare uses color symbolism, with black being associated with evil and white with good. His depictions of blackness or black people also have to do with lines that are kind of thrown in various places by white characters. We definitely see anti-Blackness ideas.

And, of course, this also happens when Europeans have increased contact with Africa and the slave trade is emerging.

John Kani, right, with fellow actors Joanna Weinberg and Richard Haines during a performance of Othello at the Market Theater in Johannesburg, in 1987. (Ruphin Coudyzer/Associated Press)

Othello is the most obvious character, but throughout the plays there are also negative references to black skin.

Rosalind, a white heroine in As you like it, calls black ink on a letter “Ethiopian words” because she doesn’t like what they say.

In Titus Andronicus, the villainous Aaron has a soul “black as his face”. Thus, you take pleasure and joy in his naughty activities and make the explicit connection between his black deeds and black skin.

So, is Shakespeare’s work reserved for white people?

It’s a complicated question. He is very committed to the belief systems and ways of understanding the world his audience would have had, even if he sometimes scoffs.

Also consider who had access to Shakespeare and under what conditions. Literacy being a big problem, and the price of books and theater tickets, all this also has a class dimension.

English poet and playwright William Shakespeare at work in his study, illustrated by artist AH Payne. (Edward Gooch Collection/Getty Images)

There is also the problem of black actors who want to play Shakespeare and who often do not find their place in professional companies. That’s why you get things like Laurence Olivier playing Othello in blackface even as the civil rights movement gained momentum.

Can Shakespeare’s plays really be adapted to celebrate black excellence?

I think so and I always want to come back to the fact that it’s entertainment. We probably don’t need another Romeo and Juliet is set in the 16th century and theater companies aren’t really looking for accuracy anyway, because then you wouldn’t see actresses. So the parts have already been updated and this seems to be another way, another form of adaptation, which could give them new life.

I think some of the racial references can easily be removed and it has no effect on the plot. Most viewers won’t miss them because they don’t know them intimately enough.

Denzel Washington as the lead in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth released in December. (AppleTV+)

But you teach a college class called “Cancelling Shakespeare.” Are we adapting or abandoning…

There’s a real feeling now that we want more women and more writers of color on our program, so something has to go and Shakespeare should be on the chopping block as well. You can’t make room for new voices without getting rid of some of the old ones.

He seems to be the only writer who needs to be read and re-read even when there are some rather offensive attitudes in his work. In my own experience as a student, these lines were not processed when they appeared. I think those are the moments that are really worth questioning in a classroom.

Do you think Shakespeare will still be assigned to high school in 50 years?

I’ll be retired so it won’t matter to me personally (Laughs).

But there are so many writers of color and writers from marginalized identities who are now adapting Shakespeare’s plays, arguing with his plays, and as long as that continues there will be a need to understand the original works.

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 gets off to a flying start with online sessions

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 is off to an electrifying start, with the online leg of the event kicking off today.

Highlights of the day included a compelling conversation between Nobel Literature Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and British publisher Alexandra Pringle about people, communities and their lives; a joyous interaction between OG YouTube star, best-selling author, actress and designer Lilly SIngh and Supriya Dravid and a deep dive of American “cli-fi” author Kim Stanley Robinson and Raghu Karnad in his latest book, “Ministry of the Future”.

During his session on a written life, Gurnah described his relationship with language and how he grew up hearing different languages. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

A dazzling musical performance by highly acclaimed artists BC Manjunath, Darshan Doshi, Nathulal Solanki, Pramath Kiran and Praveen D Rao kicked off the 2022 edition of the iconic Festival with co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple and producer Sanjoy K Roy speaking the inaugural speech.

William Dalrymple said he hoped the JLF would bring comfort to book lovers who have missed the joy of live events with their favorite authors.

“It’s a unique range; no other literary festival in the world has writers like these year after year and we are incredibly proud to bring them to you over the next few days.”

Highlights of the day included an engaging conversation between Nobel Literature Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and UK publisher Alexandra Pringle

Highlights of the day included an engaging conversation between Nobel Literature Prize laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and British publisher Alexandra Pringle. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

Introducing Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah in the first panel of JLF 2022, Pringle quoted the Nobel Academy, saying Gurnah’s work examines the “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the plight of refugees into the abyss.” between cultures and continents”.

Gurnah, who fled Zanzibar as a teenager after the 1964 Revolution, faced prolonged poverty and alienation in England. Her life experiences, driven by “the idea of ​​losing her place in the world” and understanding her own displacement, resulted in her first three novels – Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way and Dottie. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021.

During his session on a written life, Gurnah described his relationship with language and how he grew up hearing different languages.

“English was a learned language and not a spoken and learned language, but a kind of studied language, so people learn French in a particular way. I think from the age of 8 or 9 years old, I felt so comfortable in English and it didn’t seem strange or any special talent,” Gurnah said.

Her most recent novel, “Afterlives,” examines German colonial strength in East Africa and the lives of Tanganyikans in the shadow of war.

talked about Lilly's Library, its new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers.

Lilly Singh talked about Lilly’s Library, her new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

Best-selling author, actress and creator Lilly Singh has explained how the pandemic lockdown has caused her to re-evaluate her life and values ​​and reflect on her sense of self-esteem and self-identity, which led her to write her second book, ‘Be a Triangle: How I Went From Losing to Shaping My Life’. It’s a confession of your own struggles and a guide to finding your true self.

During her conversation with Supriya Dravid, she also talked about Lilly’s Library, her new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers.

“We only have a handful of shows and movies that show South Asians on screen. I learned once I started diving into South Asian stories that the books are actually a lot more progressive than where Hollywood is. There are so many great South Asian authors, and there is such an abundance of great culture and stories,” Lilly said. She added that she wanted Lilly’s library to be a book club showcasing South Asian stories that the world could enjoy.

In another exciting session, American writer and journalist Patrick Radeen Keefe discussed his book on the murky world of big pharma; “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty,” with Teamwork Arts Managing Director and Festival Producer Sanjoy K Roy.

“Part of what I was trying to do in the book was to tell a story not only about the opioid crisis or the last few decades, but also to dig deeper into the history of big pharma in the United States and the ways that this industry, I think, has compromised many public institutions,” he said.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s recent cli-fi novel “The Ministry of the Future” begins with a deadly human-induced heat wave in India. In a conversation with “Farthest Field” journalist and author Raghu Karnad, Robinson shared his vision for the not-too-distant future.

Award-winning British-Turkish novelist and activist Elif Shafak discussed her latest novel, ‘The Island of Lost Trees’ – a tribute to the agony of war, displacement and eternal hope, with Nandini Nair.

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, in conversation with novelist and journalist Sandip Roy, spoke about his book “The Magician”, a tribute to Thomas Mann.

The first day ended with renowned writer Nayantara Sahgal talking with her daughter, writer and journalist Gita Sahgal, about her recent non-fiction book “Encounter with Kiran: Fragments from a Relationship”; a chronicle of his long correspondence with the writer Kiran Nagarkar.

JLF has hosted over 2,000 speakers over the past 15 years and has grown from a one-day event to a global literary phenomenon hosting over a million book lovers from across India and the world.

It brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders and artists to speak out and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Past speakers have ranged from Nobel laureates JM Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz; Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty; the winners of Sahitya Akademi Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair, as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy; as well as literary superstars such as Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth.

The festival also hosted Noble Laureate Amartya Sen, Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, Bill Gates, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

There’s a lot more to watch over the next nine days. Day 2 will feature South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut, the author of the Booker Prize-winning book ‘The Promise’. He’ll have a conversation with Maya Jasanoff about her writing style, process, inspirations, and latest work.

English actor Rupert Everett will talk with Siddharth Dhanavant Shanghvi about the nature of fame, friendship, drama, gossip and love.

Dutch investigative journalist Bette Dam will have a conversation with historian, author and festival co-director William Dalrymple about pioneering journalists and voices in the discourse surrounding Afghanistan.

Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, Italian physicist Giorgio Parisi will talk about his outstanding research and his book with Priyamvada Natarajan.

Indian actress, writer and public figure Sonali Bendre Behl will participate in a discussion with Meghna Pant on the power of books. The successful actress and cancer survivor turned to writing and self-expression with “The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments.”

If you missed any of the first day sessions, you can catch up using the digital platform on the festival website. The 10-day festival itinerary is also available online.

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KT Exclusive: Sheikh Zayed’s granddaughter talks about writing for children – News

Sheikha Salama showcases Emirati culture through her books

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Published: Sat, March 5, 2022, 11:38 AM

Last update: Sat, March 5, 2022, 11:52 AM

Acclaimed Emirati children’s author, Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan, has not only set out to promote education for children across the UAE, but succinctly presents the Emirati heritage through her five children’s novels.

Inspired by the legacy of her late grandfather, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikha Salama is determined to leave an indelible mark not only as an author, but even through her impactful recent initiatives in the fields of art, culture and heritage and beginnings. childhood development.

In an exclusive interview with Khaleej timesshe opens up about her love for her beloved country through her writing, while shedding light on the UAE’s deep heritage, to build a better future.

Sheikha Salama, who began her writing journey at the age of 21, recalls her parents’ crucial role in motivating her, as the literary world gradually became rewarding and nuanced for her.

She recalls: “When I was a child, my parents had a foundation that promoted reading, art and the education of children. The foundation shared stories written by locals and the artwork was also done by them. At the end of the year, a prize was awarded to the best authors and illustrators. Many children have read these books, even as a child I read them, they were rich in Arab history, culture and moral and positive values. I remember going to these events and meeting great authors and illustrators. I think all of this influenced me in one way or another.

The talented author made her debut as a writer in 2019 with her first book The Invisible Orphans.

Since then, through her writings, Sheikha Salama has been a tireless advocate for literacy and education for children, persevering in defining the values ​​that she believes must be instilled in young minds at an early stage to promote a prosperous future.

“In children’s books, I like to emphasize morals and positive values. For example, in Invisible Orphans, the children became invisible because they didn’t listen to what the old people asked them to do. They did something they shouldn’t have done and in the end they found out that by helping to build houses for people they become visible again. Therefore, each story focuses on different but similar values,” adds Sheikha Salama whose early work was about loss, sacrifice, courage and unconditional love.

The renowned author has also published four other books namely A Play on Child Rights, The Well of Mysteries, Umm Al Nar and The Horse, The Saluki and The Falcon.

Additionally, striving to contribute to the education system in the UAE, Sheikha Salama has also partnered with various schools across the UAE, including Bright Learners Private School and Star Education, to further promote the importance of reading.

“Children are the next generation. If we want a better future, it starts in our homes and with our children. This subject is close to my heart because every child carries innocence within him. Their childhood shapes them in the long term and so does their future children and society as a whole. They have the right to be children, to play, to learn, to be supported, to be loved and listened to. These are the qualities that I tried to highlight in a play on the rights of the child,” she repeats.

She felt the ripple effects of her writing when a young Emirati wrote to her, forcing her to realize that each dark scenario illustrated the role of history in changing a system.

“A memory that I will always hold close to my heart is when I received a letter from a local girl saying that she loves to read books. She read Umm Al Nar and saw the sad wounded deer in the story. One day, at school, she learns that the Arabian oryx is on the verge of extinction. She now wants to raise awareness about this topic by writing stories about them and helping save them as they are beautiful creatures. That day I realized how stories not only change lives, but also help influence or awaken a part of you that you were never aware of,” she says.

Further adding to her vision, Sheikha Salama has also partnered with various schools across the UAE including Bright Learners Private School and Star Education to further promote the importance of reading.

The author highlights how entering into the lived experiences of others through books can help us develop empathy.

“When you read a story, there are many characters with different personalities, perspectives and varying lifestyles. The more the story unfolds, the more you understand why they are the way they are. Even the villain in a book doesn’t just become a villain because he decided to wake up one day and become a villain, there’s always something that triggered him.

She explains that reading can increase “perspective taking,” which is a skill necessary for empathy. It makes us think deeply about our own lives and teaches us things beyond our personal experiences.

“When you read, it takes not only empathy to understand someone’s background, but also patience and understanding. Reading activates the imagination. When you read, your mind imagines certain places, scenarios, or what someone is like. It trains the mind to imagine, and imagination is very important. It inspires a person to think outside the box,” added Sheikha Salama.

This year, the seasoned writer plans to begin writing her latest novel, while continuing to participate in meaningful initiatives that build a culture of reading, such as book fairs in the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah that aim to promote children’s literacy in the country. .

Commenting on the need to extend the joy of reading and learning to children, as parents strive to keep the current generation away from screens, she says: “Having a schedule throughout the week with different activities, physical, mental and spiritual is imperative. . It is very important for a child to try different things so that as he grows up he can restrict his passions and hobbies. It shapes their future.”

“Games and TV should be a healthy boundary for a child, they shouldn’t be banned or they’ll feel left out of what other kids like to do, but it’s important to set a healthy boundary,” he said. -she adds.

The multiple reading initiatives in the country contribute to improving the rate of literacy, creative and analytical thinking, and broadening one’s horizons on a personal and professional level.


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Stocks fall as war overshadows ‘fantastic’ US jobs data

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world tumble on Friday as not even a gangbuster report on the U.S. labor market can distract Wall Street from its concerns about the war in Ukraine.

The S&P 500 was down 1.7% in morning trade, on higher losses in Europe after a fire at the continent’s largest nuclear power plant caused by bombings raised concerns over the aftermath. . Markets around the world have swung sharply over the past week on concerns about the price swings for oil, wheat and other commodities produced in the region due to the Russian invasion, which which exacerbated the already high inflation in the world.

Treasury yields fell again as investors shifted money into US government bonds in search of safety, and some jitters on Wall Street grew.

All the moves came despite a much stronger-than-expected US jobs report by economists, described as encouraging and even “fantastic”. Hirings by employers last month exceeded expectations by hundreds of thousands of workers, more people returned to the labor market after sitting on the sidelines and employment figures for previous months were revised on the rise.

On the inflation front, worker wage growth was slower last month than economists expected. While this is daunting for workers hoping to keep up with rising grocery prices, for economists and investors it means less risk of the economy heading into what is known as a “wage-wage spiral”. price”. In such a strengthening cycle, higher wages for workers would induce firms to raise their own prices even further.

“The COVID recovery was in full swing in the jobs report,” said Brian Jacobsen, senior investment strategist at Allspring Global Investments.

“The tricky part is the future, not the past,” he said, as crude oil prices rallied above $112 a barrel amid concerns about pressure on oil supplies. because of the Ukrainian war. “Higher fuel and food costs can eat into consumers’ budgets. These high costs can be a boon for oil producers and farmers, but not for everyone. »

Those concerns helped push the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 519 points, or 1.5%, to 33,275 as of 11:05 a.m. EST. The Nasdaq composite was 2.1% lower.

The losses were widespread, with more than 80% of S&P 500 stocks down. Among the few winners were Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other companies that can benefit from higher oil prices. The S&P 500 is on course for its third weekly loss in the past four, and it’s down just over 10% from its all-time high set earlier this year.

In Europe, whose economy is much more closely tied to the conflict due to its dependence on the region’s oil and natural gas, the losses were greater. The French CAC 40 fell 4.2% on Friday, the German DAX lost 3.8% and the FTSE 100 in London fell 2.7%.

Russian forces gained ground, bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and setting a fire early on Friday as they continued their attack on a crucial Ukrainian energy-producing city. But authorities said the fire was safely extinguished. US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tweeted that the reactors at the Zaporizhzhia plant were protected by strong containment structures and were shut down safely.

Trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange, after briefly opening on Monday, remained closed throughout the week. The value of the Russian ruble continues to hover below one penny after plunging about 30% since the middle of last week. It now takes about 104 rubles to get a dollar, compared to less than 75 at the start of the year. The ruble fell as Western governments imposed sanctions that cut off much of Russia’s access to the global financial system.

The price of US oil rose 3.9% to $111.89 a barrel. Brent, the international standard, climbed 4% to $114.93 a barrel.

Amid the rush to safety, the 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.70% from 1.84% on Thursday night, a big step. It is well below the 2% level it reached last month as expectations of upcoming interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to curb inflation were set.

Stocks rallied mid-week after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he favored a more modest increase in interest rates later this month than some investors did. had feared. The Fed is set to hike rates for the first time since 2018, though it has a tightrope walk ahead of it as rates that are too high can choke the economy and trigger a recession.

Powell warned on Thursday that the fighting in Ukraine is likely to further amplify the high inflation that is troubling global economies. Russia is a major oil producer and prices have risen as global supplies are threatened by the conflict.

“For a world that was already struggling with worrying (cost-push) inflation before the invasion of Ukraine, soaring commodity prices due to geopolitical fallout are not just an inconvenience, but rather a threat. constraining economy,” Mizuho Bank said in a comment.


AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed.

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Science fiction: origins and history


Science fiction, as a literary genre, explores the impact of scientific technologies on societies. Hard science fiction uses realistic scientific arguments and extrapolates to make a logical argument based on science and its impact on society. Soft science fiction, on the other hand, includes wacky stories based on science and the use of futuristic technologies. For example, Star Trek and Star Wars are interesting stories. However, the concept of time travel, space jumping, and human encounters with extraterrestrial civilizations are purely fictional accounts. They are stories carved out of our imaginations and curiosity about whether life exists across the universe and whether humans can travel across vast regions of the universe.

When it comes to science fiction novels, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke are considered the three greats of the genre. Their imaginative ideas, creative flair and storytelling remained unparalleled. Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation series is a literary classic that appeared as short stories in print between 1942 and 1950. The story is about a galactic empire, a government established in the future. Hari Seldon is the protagonist who is a mathematician. It determines a theory of psychohistory and predicts the future of large populations.

Science fiction: origins and history

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who was raised by Martians. When he returned to Earth, the planet became a strange place for him as he tried to understand human customs. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Arthur C. Clarke reveals the presence of a monolith in Africa in the year 3 million BC. He is placed there by an invisible alien force. The monolith’s subliminal psychological influence grants humans the power to develop tools. The story takes the main characters from our solar system to the future and to unknown alien worlds. While the science fiction genre was propagated by Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke, their predecessors laid the foundation for the genre. They were Jules Verne, HG Wells and Hugo Gernsback.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne is the story of a geologist, Professor Otto Lidenbroc. He goes on a journey to the center of the Earth to find lost worlds. In 1865, Verne published From the Earth to the Moon, where he talks about three men traveling to the Moon. In 1872, Verne explored the seabed by publishing Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The story is that of Professor Pierre Aronnax who, together with his two colleagues, tries to hunt a sea monster which turns out to be Captain Nemo’s futuristic submarine. HG Wells in his novel The Time Machine (1895) takes its protagonist through different eras. He explores the advances of civilizations and criticizes the social structure of his time which holds firm today. In his other novel, The War of the Worlds (1898), Wells uses extraterrestrial life forms attacking humans on Earth as a metaphor to show how Western nations invaded Third World states for vested interests. It was, however, the Luxembourgish inventor, writer and magazine publisher Hugo Gernsback who first designed a magazine publishing stories related to science fiction. He founded Amazing Stories in 1926. Gernsback is considered the father of science fiction.

Science fiction: origins and history

The magazine itself facilitated the development of the genre. Through this post, Gernsback put forward a concept he called “Scientifiction” which was “a charming romance intertwined with scientific fact and prophetic vision”. Although considered the most influential writer of science fiction, it was not Gernsback but William Wilson who used the term “Science-Fiction” in his 1851 book on poetry.

Science fiction as we know it today was once a primitive form of writing. Traces of it can be seen as early as the 2nd century. A true story written by Lucian of Samosata has several science fiction elements, including space travel, extraterrestrial life, and interplanetary colonization. In 1420, an anonymous French writer explored the underwater voyages of Alexander the Great. Perhaps the first fictional accounts of a man traveling to the moon were shared by Francis Godwin in his book The Man in the Moone published in 1638 – nearly 331 years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon. The story is about Domingo Gonsales who reaches the moon after traveling around the world. The concept of utopia in science fiction stories was first presented by Margaret Cavendish in The Blazing World (1666). The novel is considered a precursor to science fiction. The satirical story explores an ideal monarch, social hierarchy, and various styles of government.

Science fiction: origins and history

Speculative fiction – a subgenre of science fiction – was first explored in 1733 when Samuel Madden published Memoirs of the Twentieth Century. Madden explores how the world would be in the 20th century and how the realms of politics and religion would function during that time. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote a major work of science fiction when she published Frankenstein. With themes of ambition, family, and alienation, she brought forward a concept that redefined the genre. She used galvanism with gothic horror-based creativity to create Frankenstein.

A speculative fiction novel of the dystopian era was The Air Battle: A Vision of the Future written by Herrmann Lang in 1859. Lang’s future had remarkable political implications. It showed a time when the British Empire was no more and the United States was divided into small states. He set his story in the year 6900 when African Americans and South American races ruled the world.

In 1979 Douglas Adams published a science fiction novel with comedy elements. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent, the last man to survive the destruction of Earth. Dent explores the universe with a strange team including Prefect, a human-looking alien who is a writer documenting his travels through the galaxies for his electronic travel guide.

Science fiction: origins and history

In Pakistan, science fiction is still an unexplored genre. The Light Blue Jumper (2017) by Sidra F. Sheikh is a science fiction story set in a time different from our own. Zaaro Nian is an alien who clashes with the Interplanetary Forces (IPF) after a calamity strikes his ship. Exit West (2017) by Mohsin Hamid is a science fiction/speculative fiction story about the refugee crisis and emigration. Seventy Four by Faraz Talat (2020) is a Pakistani science fiction short story set in a dystopian era, in a post-pandemic world. It’s a commentary on how the actions of humans led to their demise. Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan (2021) by Usman T. Malik explores various characters in various settings through speculative fiction. Pakistani writers including Kehkashan Khalid, Nihal Ijaz Khan, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim and Sameem Siddiqui have ventured into the genre of speculative fiction. Over time, the genre of science fiction will develop. We have creative writers; they will tell stories by creating their own worlds – and take readers on wonderful adventures.

The writer is a fiction writer, columnist and author of Divided Species – a sci-fi story set in Karachi

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The sidekick can solve this problem

Franchised media are constantly working on the same handful of marketable concepts that gradually become meaningless as they are over-explained. With a massive franchise, unexplained corners that could hold new and interesting stories are often ignored in favor of the same fan-favorite material.

Russian doll Co-creator Leslye Headland probably isn’t the first designer fans would have placed in the showrunners’ chair for an upcoming Star Wars series, but The Acolyte is on its way. There isn’t a ton of information about the show, and filming hasn’t even started yet, but there is one important detail about the show that clearly sets it apart.


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The Star Wars timeline, as depicted in the movies so far, spans approximately 67 years. Time is divided into calendar eras, much like our Common Before Era and our Common Era, known as Before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and After the Battle of Yavin (ABY). The Battle of Yavin takes place in A new hope, the prequel trilogy begins about thirty years before that, and then the sequel trilogy takes place over the following thirty. The franchise has occupied this relatively brief period, with fairly significant gaps of uncharted territory, but there are almost constant references to times past. If there’s ever another sequel trilogy, the franchise will likely expand further into the future, but there’s so much implied history to explore. Headland’s new series The Acolyte is about to be the franchise’s first dive into the distant past, and it’s a brilliant direction to take Star Wars.

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One of Star Wars’ biggest problems is the single-minded, unbreakable focus on a small handful of marketable characters. The entire franchise is tied to the Skywalker family, a line of chosen ones who must play a part in every Star Wars story. Whether it’s the main character role, a mentor-like supporting appearance, or a completely out-of-place cameo, they always have to be there. Other pillars may command attention, but they simply function as separate symptoms of the same problem. There are no Skywalkers in Solo, because this whole movie is an exploration of a different marketable character. Somehow, Luke always makes his way into Boba Fett’s only solo project, no matter how distracting his appearance. The franchise is shackled to them, and the only way to leave them behind is to set a new Star Wars story in a time when the important characters don’t exist.

The Acolyte is set in the High Republic era, a period that has only been given a name and a few details in recent years. The only marketable characters that are likely to be alive at the time are characters with inconceivable lifespans like Yoda. Basically, nothing from this period has been depicted, but a few have been casually mentioned. Fans of the Star Wars movies could reasonably skim through a list of events from the time period and come away with little to no new information. Some fans understand every aspect of the canon, some would claim to know better than the creators. Placing the story in a period that feels like a blank canvas allows a creator to go wild without fear of enraging the fan community’s need for continuity.

Setting is hugely important to any story, but in a universe like Star Wars, there are a few that the franchise can’t help but return to. Almost every entry in the franchise finds time to make landfall on Tatooine, the planet that started it all. Boba Fett’s Book takes place almost entirely on this desert planet. The Acolyte, thanks to its new setting, will likely have no reason to return to fan-favorite spots. Tatooine will probably be completely unrecognizable, just like other famous places like Yavin-4 or Kashyyyk. Whether the idea is Headland’s or someone else’s, it’s a brilliant solution to the biggest problem in Star Wars and franchise media in general. It’s almost playing the game with a handicap, deliberately limiting the franchise’s worst impulses and simplest tricks to create a better project overall.

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Marketing has been scarce during The Acolyte, apart from the basic information and the logo, there is not much to say. The big red flag will be ads promising to show the first version of fan-favorite characters and concepts. Hopefully this represents Disney and the Star Wars brand finally doing what every discerning fan has long hoped they would do. Anything with the Star Wars label is guaranteed strong returns on investment, so why not just let creatives do new things with the universe people love. It was only by letting people experiment that someone invented Star Wars in the first place. The Acolyte seems like a huge step in the right direction, hopefully it stays in that direction.

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Winning tip: Dublin’s Literary Giants

“A group of drinkers with a handwriting problem.” This is how our guide introduced the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (£15 pp for a two hour visit), an unforgettable and interactive tour with street theater around the beloved drinking places of James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. We had an amazing evening learning about the colorful lives and times of these literary greats. It included a memorable visit to Trinity College and a literary quiz. The next day’s visit to James Joyce Cultural Center, in a stunning Georgian townhouse, was equally fascinating. Same the Dublin Writers Museum in Parnell Square with its replica Book of Kells among many ancient and modern exhibits.

Love and War in Zennor, Cornwall

DH Lawrence described Cornwall as the best place he had been despite his problems there. Photograph: John Keates/Alamy

I remember reading about DH Lawrence’s turbulent time in Zennor, Cornwall, as he cruised the invigorating coast on a local bus. Lawrence moved there during World War I with his German wife Frieda, seeking to escape the suffocation of London after his book The Rainbow was banned and faced travel restrictions. But he also found himself harassed by some residents of this rural idyll. He and Frieda reportedly sang songs in German as they drove through the lush landscape and may have gotten into a fight or two in the local pub (The tinsmith, still going strong). It all ended in tears and the police ended up kicking Lawrence out of the county, accusing him of espionage. Still, he described it as the best place he had been. The cabin he rented is still there and belonged to author Michael Morpurgo when he wrote War Horse.

The Bard and the Beauty, Stratford-upon-Avon

River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon.
River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photography: Tu xa Ha Noi/Getty Images

It may be a cliche, but Stratford, without the influx of touring coaches, is a revelation. A city ​​walking tour (for tourist information only) is a fascinating insight into the growth of a medieval town and how Stratford’s position on the trade route to London may have given Shakespeare a view of a much wider world. Then there are the theatres, the traditional pubs, the houses which show the life of yesteryear and the fabulous Compton Verney art gallery (adult £17, child free) a few miles away with its six fascinating permanent exhibitions featuring works by artists as diverse as Canaletto and Enid Marx, and – until March 6 – a beautiful luminous path.

First known English author, Norwich

The Saint-Julien church.
The Saint-Julien church. Photograph: Karen Fuller/Alamy

Nestled in a Listed parish church, itself hidden in a narrow street, there is a shrine to Julian of Norwich. It is a reconstruction of the home of the oldest known English writer. The anchorite cell in which she wrote the long version of her Revelation of Love offers a gateway into a unique literary spirit of the 14th century. It is also a unique contemplative space, allowing each visitor to be alone with their thoughts and at peace, just as Julian must have been. The Saint-Julien church, in the Allée Saint-Julien, next to the road to Rouen, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be visited free of charge.

Castaway in a good old pub, Bristol

The Landoger Trow.
The Landoger Trow. Photography: NJphoto/Alamy

the Llandoger Trow is a pub and restaurant on Bristol’s waterfront. This magnificent 17th century building is said to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Admiral Benbow Inn on Treasure Island and as you sit there you can imagine the scene in the first chapter of the book. Stepping through the door on the plank floor is like stepping back to a time of pirates, shenanigans, rum and spittoons, but the literary history doesn’t stop at Treasure Island. It is also said that Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk in the Llandoger Trow around 300 years ago and his story inspired him to write Robinson Crusoe. A dream location for any bibliophile.
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Monte Cristo made real, Marseille

Aerial view of the beautiful city of Marseille, France
Marseille… ‘The city still felt gritty, bustling and as proud as it did in the novel.’ Photography: Olena_Z/Getty Images

I booked to visit Marseille solely on the basis of reading the Count of Monte Cristo. The city still bears a great resemblance to the vivid descriptions in Dumas’ book. The arid prison of the Château d’If, surrounded by sparkling seas, the narrow streets of the old town, the heterogeneous atmosphere of the Noailles district and the comings and goings of many boats that could take me to all the places including speaks the novel of Dumas. The heat persisted too, with hot summer nights that reminded me of Edmond Dantès’ visit to Mercédès. The city was still gritty, bustling, and as proud as it was in the novel, and despite years of modernization, I felt like I was walking in Dantès’ footsteps.
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Bonfire of the Vanities, Florence

Piazza della Signoria square … where Girolamo Savonarola was executed in 1498.
Piazza della Signoria square … where Girolamo Savonarola was executed in 1498. Photography: Aliaksandr Antanovich/Alamy

There are many literary reasons to visit Florence, but for me this is the plaque in Piazza della Signoria marking the place of execution of Girolamo Savonarola. Savonarola’s 1497 Bonfire of the Vanities and its eventual hanging (both of which took place in the piazza) form the backdrop to George Eliot’s superb Romola.
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The path to the Green Corrie, Assynt, Highlands

Assynt is dotted with distant lochans.
Assynt is dotted with distant lochans. Photograph: GeoJuice/Alamy

At the Loch of the Green Corrie is a wonderful book by Andrew Greig in which the author seeks to find and fish a remote lochan in Assynt, Scotland, at the request of his dying friend, the poet Norman MacCaig. A few years ago, I too went in search of the green Lochan. A remote walk from the hamlet of Inchnamph along a stalker track, crossing many icy streams, finally led to the rocky ridge near Glas Bheinn, and from here, at the edge of the Green Corrie, i looked out into the distant loch, with Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, Britain’s highest waterfall, in the distance. A truly dramatic and wild landscape, captured by the author and now etched in my mind forever.
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Words fly from the pages in Naples

Naples has an “exciting and energizing intensity” captured in many novels. Photography: ezypix/Getty Images

My recent visit to Naples was inspired, among other reasons, by the writers who have been influenced by the city. Sartre, Dostoyevsky and Oscar Wilde were classical authors enchanted by the almost lyrical quality of life – from ancient streets and markets to sweeping views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. Then there’s Penny Green See Naples and die and the more recent television novels of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. In every book and every moment I’ve spent in the city, there’s an exhilarating sense of living every moment with exciting, energizing intensity.

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Aix and Sorrows, Provence, France

Yves Montand and Gérard Depardieu in Jean de Florette, based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol.
Yves Montand (left) and Gérard Depardieu in Jean de Florette, based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol. Photography: Cinetext/A2 Films/Allstar

I’ve loved Marcel Pagnol’s Jean de Florette since school. It is a story defined by its sumptuous geography. But a family trip to Provence to quench my thirst for pines and cypresses, the mistral, pastis and petanque in a hilltop village didn’t work. Not enough. The car got stuck between two village houses, we couldn’t find the picturesque center of Aix at all despite staying nearby, and initially the best food we found was a kebab in the corner dimly lit. But we finally got a taste of Jean de Florette as we ate a meal of grilled local sausages and pastis as the mistral blew through the cypress trees while watching rugby on TV. A fan of one of the teams sitting next to us was the image of Yves Montand as César Soubeyran! Location? Avenue Marcel Pagnol of course.
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Amazon plans to close more than 50 physical stores.

Amazon is closing more than 50 of its physical retail stores, including two dozen bookstores and more than 30 4-star Amazon stores selling general merchandise, the company said Wednesday.

The company’s more than 500 Whole Foods Market stores and two dozen Amazon Fresh grocery stores will remain open.

The company plans to “focus more on our Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Go and Amazon Style stores and our Just Walk Out technology,” Betsy Harden, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We remain committed to creating great, long-term physical retail experiences and technologies, and we’re working closely with our relevant employees to help them find new roles within Amazon.”

The move eliminates companies that have failed to gain ground for the internet giant, which has tried for years to compete in retail without finding breakthrough success.

Documents filed by the company show that sales at its physical stores have declined. In 2018, the first full year after Amazon bought Whole Foods, its brick-and-mortar stores made more than $17.2 billion in sales. Last year, that amount fell below $17.1 billion. (These figures do not include online sales for grocery delivery and pickup.) The company doubled its overall sales during the same period.

Amazon has been playing with physical stores since opening its first bookstore in 2015 in its hometown of Seattle. At the time, rumors that the company was opening its own store prompted journalists to dig up plans. Over time, Amazon has opened bookstores in 13 states.

Amazon announced another experiment, 4-star Amazon stores, in 2018. They housed an odd jumble of products that were well-reviewed on the company’s website. “This store treats trade like a tornado,” wrote a New York Times writer, describing a SoHo store that opened in 2018.

The closures, which were reported earlier by Reuters, include some remaining Pop-Up kiosks, which were small mall stores that Amazon downsized significantly in 2019.

Despite its success in e-commerce, Amazon continues to experiment with new types of physical stores. It has opened about two dozen cashierless Amazon Go stores, which are largely small take-out convenience stores in cities, and it recently added cashierless technology to a Whole Foods store. Within a few years, Amazon also opened a new line of Amazon Fresh stores that sell conventional groceries, like Coca-Cola, that Whole Foods doesn’t stock.

In January, Amazon announced its first clothing store, Amazon Style, which will test whether customers opt for a technology-driven shopping experience, such as using an app to request items in a dressing room.

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For Women’s History Month: 5 Historical Fiction Novels That Celebrate Forgotten Women

“Sisters of Night and Fog”, by Erika Robuck

This World War II novel switches between the reimagined lives of two women who fearlessly fought with resistance groups to slow the tide of German rule over France. American Virginia from Alberte-Lake risked her life several times helping to smuggle Allied airmen out of France. Violette Szabo, a half-French, half-English widow and mother, joined Britain’s Special Operations Executive and trained as a saboteur and spy before parachuting into France to fight with the resistance. Although they probably never met during their call to arms, the two women were eventually arrested and held in the same German prison camps, including the infamous Ravensbrück. The essence of this heartbreaking novel applies to all of the women we encounter in these works of historical fiction: that there are many ways in which women are called to serve. “Good mothers are not all alike”, thinks Violette during her incarceration, “any more than good daughters, good wives or good agents. They are each waging a war of women, as they are called to do, on different but essential fronts.

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

Equal parts historical fiction and gripping thriller, Quinn’s latest novel celebrating heroic women is inspired by the life of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a legendary Soviet sniper credited with killing more than 300 enemy combatants during the Soviet struggle against Nazi invasion during World War II. Quinn’s imagination and extensive research transform this tale of an extraordinarily talented woman into a highly cinematic action novel that pays tribute to all women in the military. Its tension is palpable as Quinn depicts the horrific casualties on the Russian front and the harrowing confrontations that pit Pavlichenko against Germany’s best snipers. Quinn’s Pavlichenko is multi-dimensional: a patriot, a librarian, a loving mother, and a woman who faced prejudice in the mostly male Soviet military. A fascinating side story recounts Pavlichenko’s visit to the United States to advocate for American war aid and the real-life friendship she shared with Eleanor Roosevelt. (Available March 29)

“His hidden genius”, by Marie Benedict

Rosalind Franklin was an extraordinary British scientist who in the 1940s discovered the DNA double helix that helped unlock the hidden secrets of the building blocks of life. Resentful male colleagues belittled and insulted her, then stole her research in part to prevent a woman from receiving any credit. Benedict, who has written novels about Agatha Christie and Clementine Churchill, brings to life Franklin’s courage and spirit as well as the sexual harassment she faced in performing her meticulous work. Although the story sometimes drags under the weight of painstakingly detailed scientific experiments and data, its unusual focus on female scientists makes it an important contribution to the historical record.

“Tobacco Wives” by Adele Myers

This debut novel doesn’t focus so much on historical figures as it brings to life an amalgam of activists who fought for the rights of women working in North Carolina’s tobacco industry in the mid-20th century. Originally from North Carolina, Myers tells her fascinating story through the eyes of 15-year-old Maddie Sykes, who accidentally finds a confidential letter detailing the dangers of smoking for pregnant women. His discovery coincides with the launch of a mint cigarette targeting women with the promise of improving their health. This lie is being promoted even as women in the fictional town of Bright Leaf miscarry or give birth prematurely. Myers’ novel is as much a coming-of-age story as it is a lesson in the power of the working class to bring about change. (Available March 22)

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Disney’s Avengers Campus Honors Marvel Legend Stan Lee

While Avengers Campus – a heroic attraction within Disney California Adventure Park – is already a tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the park has now incorporated a plaque to officially commemorate the legacy of prolific Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee.

Disney Parks unveiled the commemorative plaque on Twitter, sharing that visitors can find it near the Avengers campus at California Adventure Park in Anaheim. The latest addition to the park is adorned with a quote from Lee that reads, “That person who helps others just because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without any doubt a true superhero. This same quote was used as a dedication to Lee in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versewhich featured one of the comic book legend’s final film cameos.

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Lee’s plaque outside the Avengers Campus celebrates 100 years of True Believer’s legacy and influence in the comic world. Before the 95-year-old writer passed away in 2018, he had the opportunity to star alongside the characters he co-created in a series of beloved cameos. Despite his absence, Lee’s presence still looms large in the upcoming installments of the MCU. Spider-Man: No Coming Home was the most recent project with a planned homage to Lee incorporated into its script.

Opening in summer 2021, California Adventure’s Avengers Campus includes a Ant-Man and the Wasp-inspired restaurant, not forgetting the inspired rides Spider Man and guardians of the galaxy, among other attractions. Lee isn’t the only legend honored by Avengers Campus, mind you. Near guardians of the galaxy stroll, visitors might notice bizarre multicolored patterns adorning the floor. These are based on “Kirby Krackle”, a visual technique pioneered by the late artist Jack Kirby, who was instrumental in Marvel’s success. Still, Lee’s dedication to the park gives visitors a moment to reflect on the legacy of the comic book creator to whom the MCU owes so much.

Doctor Strange, the reality magician created by Lee and the late artist Steve Ditko, takes center stage in the upcoming MCU film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich is due to hit theaters on May 6.

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AMERICAN THEATER | From one scourge to another, a look back in “Jane Anger”

Amelia Workman and Talene Monahan in ‘Jane Anger’ at the New Ohio Theater. (Photo by Valerie Terranova)

During the first months of the pandemic, the message was everywhere. Items in the Washington Post, The Guardian and Atlantic explored the subject, and social media overflowed with memes about it: that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a plague so how are you going to use your time?

Talene Monahon gave this prompt her own unique twist. The playwright and actor spent the early months of our current plague writing a comedy about Shakespeare writing a tragedy during the Black Death. His two-handed game Frankie and Willstarring Michael Urie as Shakespeare and Ryan Spahn as his unpaid apprentice, premiering May 2020 through MCC Theater LiveLab, the one-act digital reading series that featured weekly streams of new works.

The lockdown ended, but Monahon’s work on the script continued. Inspired by the discovery of a feminist text by a woman of the same period, she expanded Frankie and Will in a full play, adding two female characters and changing the title to playbill-busting Jane Anger or the lamentable comedy of JANE ANGER, that crafty woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his peasant companion, Francis, Yes, and also of Anne Hathaway (also a woman) who tried very hard. The new play debuted simultaneously in person and online in October 2021 via the charity streaming service Play-PerView. It’s back now as an all-in-person production, directed by Jess Chayes and currently on stage at New Ohio Theater until March 13.

The premise has Shakespeare searching for ideas to ease his plague-induced writer’s block. The key, he reasons, is a woman named Jane Anger, author of a feminist pamphlet. Not much is known of the actual author, but Monahan’s discovery of the pamphlet, titled JANE ANGER his protection for women and dated 1589, was also the key to his play. Published in response to negative opinions and portrayals of women’s character and intellect, it states its intention “to defend them against the SCANDALOUS REPORTED”. Despite a long history of studying Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era, Monahon had never heard of the pamphlet or its author; indeed, she could find almost no information about the author – a reflection of gender biases regarding women at that time and since.

“It was contemporary with Shakespeare, but so little is known about it,” she said. “While with Shakespeare, they did so much research. Obviously, there’s a lot we don’t know, but everything has been thoroughly researched.

The message of the pamphlet, considered the first work of feminist writing published in England, spoke to Monahon. She wrote the character of Jane Anger as the “cunning woman” and former muse of the Bard; she is played by Amelia Workman in the new production. In a practical twist, Monahan added another female character, that of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, to give herself a role in the series and thus reactivate her dormant Actors Equity health insurance, lost for lack of sufficient weeks of work during the pandemic.

The multi-layered irony of writing a play set during a plague to get health insurance in the middle of a pandemic was not lost on Monahon, who described his sense of humor as a 10 year old boy. Despite the gathered collars and beaked plague masks in the costume department, Jane Anger is hardly a Renaissance drama. Slapstick humor, puns, and plenty of sex jokes pepper the script, inspiring the thoughts of Monty Python and Mel Brooks. The writing reflects the relief Monahon felt while writing it, as she forged an escape from the fears that filled the early months of the pandemic.

“It was where my spirit wanted to live,” she recalls. “I think everything that happened was so traumatic, and it was in some ways heartwarming to write this really crazy comedy.”

Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn in ‘Jane Anger’ at the New Ohio Theater. (Photo by Valerie Terranova)

Monahon’s play presents an unflattering portrayal of Shakespeare, portrayed by Urie as an arrogant egoist, unfaithful to his promises and his wife. This does not reflect any disrespect for the Bard’s pieces, Monahan said.

“I feel very excited about his work,” she said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know if there is a correlation between being a good person and being a great artist. Maybe he was a good person? It’s just fun to imagine that he can be self-centered and narcissistic and a bit dark. There are incredible artists right now who are not good people. This is an interesting question to be reckoned with.

Little is known about Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway, but that hasn’t stopped speculation about it, much of it sexist.

“Scholars have assumed for centuries that there was no love between the two of them, and she tricked him into marrying her, and he couldn’t be attracted to her because she’s so much more older than him and he left her in Stratford,” Monahon said. She noted that Maggie O’Farrell’s book Hamnet, a novel about Shakespeare’s son dying at the age of 11, addresses much of the male-dominated discourse on Anne.

In a nod to recent pop culture, Monahon’s performance as Shakespeare’s wife features well-known references to the Oscar-winning actress of the same name: Anne de Monahan is a serious wife, tough on herself and eager to please her husband and make him happy. a subtle nod to the actress’ common criticism for looking “boring” and “trying too hard”.

“I think it comes from a lot of our expectations of what we want women to be,” Monahon said. “So it was fun for me to combine the two, with a lot of love for actress Anne Hathaway, who is amazing, and also for the original Anne Hathaway.”

Not all of Jane AngerThe timely references of survived its two-year development process – a joke about baking sourdough bread, written during the first months of lockdown, was dropped from the script. Indeed, the shape-shifting transience of the art form is something Monahan feels now that she’s back on stage.

“I think there’s something incredibly special about being in a room with other human beings, and there’s also a kind of groupthink that happens to an audience, when there’s has a new group of people coming together and together deciding what kind of audience they want to be in. It’s really exciting, but it really feels like it’s leaning on that age-old practice of acting. It feels totally perishable.

There is no health insurance yet for an art form.

Carey Purcell (her) writes about pop culture and politics for vanity loungePolitico and other publications, and blogs on She has just published her first book, From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater.

Creative credits for production photos: Jane Anger or The Lamentable Comedy of JANE ANGER, that crafty woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his peasant companion, Francis, Yes and also of Anne Hathaway (also a woman) who tried very hard by Talene Monahan, directed by Jess Chayes, with set design by Joey Mendoza, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by Nic Vincent, original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones, sound effects design by Matt Frew, fight choreography by Sean Michael Menton and casting by Claire Yenson

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