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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, www.driftlesswritingcenter.org. Email the DWC for more information at [email protected] or call 608-492-1669.

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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.

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“BEER SIDE TALKS” – BEACHWOOD BREWING (Thursday)

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.

KUBO OPEN HOUSE – BIXBY KNOLLS (Saturday)

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.

VEGAN DISTRICT FOOD FAIR – THE SCOTTISH RITE EVENT CENTER (Saturday)

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.

INTRO TO JOURNALISTIC POETRY – COMPOSE (Saturday)

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.

SOIL EDUCATION PLANTING WORKSHOP – LOT 59 (Saturday)

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.

TROPICAL PLANTS MARKET – BAMBOO CLUB (Sunday)

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.

“MAYA ANIMALS” LIVE MONKEY EXPERIENCE – FUEGO (Sunday)

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.

SPONSORED BY LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

AN EVENING OF FANTASY AND FIREBIRDS WITH YOUR LONG BEACH SYMPHONY – TERRACE THEATER (Saturday)

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 LongBeachSymphony.org. 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.

SPONSORED BY CAMERATA SINGERS

LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS FILLING THE NIGHT WITH BRIGHT SOUND AT THE CHORALFEST – BEVERLY O’NEILL THEATER (Sunday)

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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Indie Comic The Unearthians is developing a live-action adaptation

Moras Productions and the Kaczmarek Digital Media Group announced earlier this month that they had reached an agreement for KCMG to portray the acclaimed 2019 comic book series. The Unearthians. Omar Mora, owner of Moras Productions, is the creator and writer of the original 2019 comic, which launched at Comic Con International in San Diego in 2019. The 12-issue maxi-series drew positive reviews, including on Comic Book Resources. ‘ list of the top 10 independent titles of this year. KDMG represents original concepts for TV series and movies, working with decision makers from major digital retail platforms including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Hallmark Channel, BET Network, Starz Network, and more.

Moras Productions is an independent Los Angeles-based production company focused on movies, TV series, and comics. The announcement was unclear, but it seems likely Mora will write the script for the adaptation they’re buying.

“I’m thrilled to have KDMG in our corner. They can open great doors for our story. I can’t wait to start pitching our series to studios and big streamers. I already have plans for three seasons and But I don’t want to get ahead of the curve, I just want to secure Season 1. It’s always good to be prepared,” Mora said. “I really like our story. It’s a new take on vampirism, where they come from and what happens when they interact with extraterrestrial beings. I can’t wait to see it in action and share it with the world.”

You can see the official synopsis of The Unearthians below.

The Unearthians is an original sci-fi story where good versus evil clash for a greater cause and an unconventional team comes together to fight fascism and the powerful. An action-packed sci-fi tale, two best friends are abducted and transported to an underground base somewhere on earth. During the abduction, Mateo and Carter set out to uncover the truth when they discover the dark agenda the aliens have in store for not just Earth, but the entire galaxy. With the help of other beings – Naurax, Ecraptor and Flex – they decide to fight this injustice. But Mateo and Carter also have a secret of their own, which they will use to their advantage; a secret the aliens never saw coming – they are vampires.

Things are still in their infancy, with no clear indication of how close a deal is, or even if they’re aiming for a feature film or TV adaptation.

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Wall Street losses rise amid simmering Ukraine crisis

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, pundit Stephen Naughton works at his post on the trading floor, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Stocks swung between small gains and losses in morning trading on Wall Street on Tuesday as that tensions escalated in Ukraine during Russia's decision to send forces to the eastern regions of that country.  (Allie Joseph/NYSE via AP)

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, pundit Stephen Naughton works at his post on the trading floor, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Stocks swung between small gains and losses in morning trading on Wall Street on Tuesday as that tensions escalated in Ukraine during Russia’s decision to send forces to the eastern regions of that country. (Allie Joseph/NYSE via AP)

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Wall Street losses rose on Wednesday as world leaders waited to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops deeper into Ukraine.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% to an 8-month low, deepening the benchmark’s “correction” to a 10% loss from its recent high. More than 85% of S&P 500 stocks fell as technology companies weighed on the market. index the most.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 2.6%, dragged down by steep losses from Apple and Microsoft. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%.

US Treasury yields rose slightly, as did gold prices.

Wall Street has been watching developments in Ukraine closely, where Russia has been amassing troops for a potential new invasion. Russia has started to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv. He has already sent soldiers to the eastern regions of Ukraine after recognizing the independence of some rebel-held areas.

The United States and Western countries responded with sanctions, and Germany withdrew a document needed to certify Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Energy prices have been volatile – Russia is the world’s largest natural gas producer and the third largest oil producer and a military conflict could threaten supplies.

Geopolitical tensions added to investor concerns about rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates at its next policy meeting in March. In anticipation of higher rates, investors had pulled money out of growth sectors such as technology stocks. The Russian-Ukrainian crisis has exacerbated this tendency to abandon riskier assets.

The latest losses added to Tuesday’s slump and the S&P 500’s slide toward a correction. The index saw its last correction in the spring of 2020, as the pandemic upended the global economy. That correction deepened into a bear market — a decline of 20% or more — as the S&P 500 fell nearly 34% in about a month.

“We are clearly, solidly in corrective territory at this point,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. “We need some kind of positive news, and there really isn’t much right now.”

The S&P 500 fell 79.26 points to 4,225.50. It is now 11.9% lower than the record level reached on January 3. Shares of some of the largest companies in the index have been hammered by the market slump since the start of the year. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is down 41.4%, Tesla is down 36.3% and Microsoft is down 16.3%, while Alphabet, the parent company of Apple and Google, is down 12.9%.

Tech stocks led Wednesday’s wide losses. Microsoft and Apple fell 2.6%. The sector has an outsized influence on the S&P 500 due to high valuations of Big Tech companies.

The Dow Jones lost 464.85 points to 33,131.76, while the Nasdaq slipped 344.03 points to 13,037.49. The index is now 18.8% below its peak in November 2021.

Small company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 Index fell 36.08 points, or 1.8%, to 1,944.09.

Retailers and other businesses that rely on direct consumer spending also weighed on the market. Amazon fell 3.6% and Starbucks 3.7%.

US crude oil prices remained volatile, slipping 0.3%, although energy stocks gained ground. Chevron rose 2.4%.

Bond yields rose slightly. The 10-year Treasury yield rose from 1.95% to 1.98% on Tuesday evening.

Wall Street also looks at how companies are handling supply chain issues and higher costs in their latest series of corporate bulletins.

Lowe’s rose 0.2% after raising its profit forecast for the year following a strong financial report in the fourth quarter. Security software maker Palo Alto Networks rose 0.4% after raising its profit forecast on strong cybersecurity demand.

TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls, fell 4.2% after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter financial results.

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Veiga reported from Los Angeles.

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Marc Brown on Arthur’s Ending and His Favorite Fan Theories

From the minute Marc Brown meets you, he’s sizing you up. Just maybe not in the usual way.

“People remind me of animals,” said Brown, the 75-year-old creator of the illustrated character Arthur Read, the 8-year-old spectacled aardvark who, since the release of the book ‘Arthur’s Nose’ in 1976, has been helping children navigate in the world around them. “When the kid I’m talking to is reading a book and all the characters are animals, they don’t care what color their skin is. They’re immediately drawn to the character they identify with and feel an affinity .

For more than 25 years, Brown and a team at WGBH, Boston’s PBS affiliate, have produced the animated adaptation series “Arthur,” in which the aardvark, his friends, and a lineup of animal guest stars tackle tough subjects. such as bullying, divorce and disability. . The series, which has won praise from children and parents for its candor in portraying difficult situations – as well as seven Emmy Awards and the distinction of the longest-running animated children’s series on American television – will air its last new episodes this week. (All four will air Monday afternoon and stream for free on PBS Kids.)

“One of the reasons I love ‘Arthur’ is because of the imperfections in our characters,” said Carol Greenwald, who created the series with Brown and is now an executive producer. “It’s important to show the kids that you can really mess up and that it’s not the end of the world. You can learn from your mistakes and become a better person again.

Both Brown and Greenwald said the idea from the start was for the series to not only reflect issues relevant to children, but also present a world in which they could see themselves. When they started, Greenwald said, the WGBH team sent people with cameras to capture neighborhoods around Boston to help the animators diversify the homes in Arthur’s world.

“Arthur lived in a nice little house with a picket fence,” she said, “but we wanted to diversify the world enough that kids who lived in apartment buildings or in smaller, low-income neighborhoods would have feel part of this story.

And Elwood City, Arthur’s fictional home, felt like home to many viewers, not just in Boston but around the world. So when one of the show’s writers revealed in July that the show had wrapped production – and when PBS later announced that the show’s final episodes would air this winter, the backlash, at least on the networks social, was a collective fist (a riff on a popular Arthur meme).

But for fans who’ve been with Arthur through more than 250 episodes, there’s some consolation: the characters will live on in a new Arthur podcast, games and digital shorts, (reruns of “Arthur” will continue to to air on PBS Kids for the foreseeable future.) And the series’ final episode will unfold to give viewers a taste of what Arthur and his friends are up to.

“There are definitely surprises,” Greenwald said.

On a recent video call from his sunny West Village living room, Brown was outspoken, playful and mischievous. His clothes and furniture were neatly arranged, his white hair neatly combed – it wasn’t hard to see where Arthur, a fan of polo shirts and v-neck sweaters, was getting his sartorial cues. Brown, who is still an executive producer on the show, reflected on his longevity and why now was a good time to end it, and he talked about some of his new projects, including the long-gestating film Arthur which has recently gained new momentum. . (He also set the record straight on a few fan theories.) These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Congratulations on 25 years! Did you ever think you would have this conversation when the first episode premiered in October 1996?

Not in my wildest dreams. I thought it would last two years – if I was lucky.

Many writers help create a show and then step back. Why are you still so intensely involved after 25 years?

I still have the same feeling as when PBS came to me and wanted to put Arthur on TV. I had invested 15 years before in the characters, and I received a lot of letters from children. It was like a small family and I wanted the characters to be true to my vision. And so I was a guard in the corner that way.

So many stories are inspired by real-life experiences you had when your kids — Tolon, Tucker, and Eliza — were little. Now that they are adults, is it more difficult to come up with new ideas?

So many episodes stem from the experiences of our editorial staff – and they turn out to be always useful and relevant for kids! There are episodes, like the one on head lice, that every time we air them, because it’s still a recurring problem for a lot of kids, it gets a lot of positive feedback.

Why end it now, then?

Technology has changed over the past 25 years, and kids are now watching stories on their iPhones, listening to podcasts, playing games on their devices — they get information in so many other ways. We look for ways to try new things.

Were you surprised by the reaction?

It was wonderful to see the response. I still get many messages on my Instagram page: “Is Arthur really finished?” I love seeing the reactions of these young adults who grew up with Arthur, the fact that these characters are still fresh in their minds. It’s great that it touched so many people so deeply that they want it to continue.

In the first book,Arthur’s nose“, Arthur looked like an aardvark with a long snout, not a mouse with glasses. What happened?

The second book, “Arthur’s Eyes”, came from when my son Tolon was getting glasses. He came home and said, “Dad, I thought all my friends were prettier.” You can’t make this up! So of course Arthur also had glasses. As the series progressed, I got to know him better, and he became kinder and more human – and his nose got shorter. It was not intentional!

Have you ever met an aardvark?

[Laughs.] I’ve never encountered any aardvarks, although I think there may be one living in an apartment across the street.

The series is notable for its diverse characters, including those with blindness, dyslexia, autism, and dementia. How did you ensure that these representations were accurate?

We work with a series of experts for each episode, like the one we did on Arthur’s grandfather, Dave, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease and can’t remember Arthur’s name. Things like this are so important, and so many families struggle with this. We heard of a father who watched the autism show and found out through the show that his son had autism and wrote to thank us. The show has helped parents understand their children. Matt Damon’s mother happens to be one of our wonderful experts who has helped us with many episodes. That’s how we got Matt Damon as a guest star. The poor guy didn’t know what hit him!

The show hit the headlines in 2019 when he revealed that Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s teacher, is gay. The episode also showed her marriage to a man. Did you have any concerns about how people would react?

We want to represent the world around us. ‘t about his sexual orientation. It was about the fact that their teacher, whom they love, found a partner he loved, and they were happy for him.

When the New York Times spoke to you in 1996 – shortly after the first episodes aired – you received 100,000 letters a year from children. How much fan mail do you get these days?

I get letters asking for Francine’s phone number – well, Francine [a monkey character on the show] doesn’t have a phone number! Years ago I was really stupid: in the book “Arthur’s Thanksgiving” I put our home phone number in a little illustration of a bulletin board that said “Call Arthur at 749-7978” . Every Thanksgiving, the phone started ringing and ringing and ringing. My wife, Laurie, had the best response. You would hear a small voice say, “Hello? Is Arthur there? And she said, “No, he’s in the library.” This was when we lived outside of Boston; it lasted a few years!

What’s next for you?

For three years now, I’ve been working on a new preschool animated show called “Hop.” It is a small frog, and one of its legs is a little shorter than the other. It’s a show about the power of friendship, solving problems together, and kindness.

And my dream of an Arthur feature film, which I decided would never come true, might actually come true in a way that I could be proud of. When this idea was born 15 years ago, I spent way too much time in Los Angeles talking to people that didn’t make much sense – in my mind. But now I think I’ve found the right people.

Can we take a quick tour? There are several fan theories that I would like you to confirm or deny.

Sure.

Let’s start with the most plausible: Arthur lives in Pennsylvania.

Well, I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. Lakewood Elementary School was where I went to elementary school. I can still see my third grade class and all my friends, many of whom have become characters in Arthur’s world. But I also lived in Massachusetts for many years, and used a lot of elements from there – the movie theater in “Arthur’s Valentine” was the theater down the street from where we lived. When Carol and I were trying to come up with a name for Arthur’s hometown, she suggested Elwood City, which is also in Pennsylvania, near where she lived as a child. That’s how it went, guys!

Arthur is getting married.

I’m not telling you! You will have to log in and find out.

arthur takes place in a multiverse.

No? [Laughs.]

Arthur is a reality television series directed by Matt Damon.

I hadn’t heard that one. It’s interesting.

The whole show is played by aliens.

Well, we did something similar a few years ago with Buster and his fascination with aliens, so…

It’s not a no?

I couldn’t be happier to inspire people’s imaginations. This is a good thing!

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Writer offers WR Brandin Cooks as business option for Cardinals

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Brandin Cooks in action against the Bengals in 2020.

With all the angst surrounding Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, general manager Steve Keim should be thinking of ways to help the 24-year-old feel comfortable.

In the wide receiver department, the Cardinals will see Christian Kirk and AJ Green enter free agency on March 16. That leaves Murray with DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella as his top four wides for 2022.

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It’s not enough. The Cardinals will surely be looking at markets for Kirk and Green as well as other free agent receivers and even the NFL Draft.

But in the meantime, a writer has suggested a wide receiver in the commercial market that might be available.


The writer offers a “realistic business option”

There has been speculation that wide receivers could be trade targets for the Cardinals this offseason by Cards media.

USA Today Card Feed writer Alexander Sutton called Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley a “perfect and realistic option” for the Cardinals. PHNX Cardinals journalist Venerable Johnny think the The cards must be exchanged for Baltimore Ravens WR Hollywood Brown, who recently deleted Instagram from his team social media and was Murray’s teammate at Oklahoma.

NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo said on January 15 that “a fresh start could be in the cards” for Ridley, and that “league teams believe he will be available at some point”. But Ridley will have suitors with more draft ammunition, and the Cardinals surpass the $813,300 cap heading into the 2022 offseason according to Overthecap.com. As for Brown, the Ravens have shown no sign of wanting to trade the former first-round pick.

Writer USA Today’s Cards Wire chuck harris responded to a tweet from PHNX Cardinals asking if the Cardinals should reunite Murray and Brown by saying:

“A more realistic trade option, esp. if the Texans continue their rebuild, that would be WR Brandin Cooks. There were rumors last season about Cooks just before the trade deadline. The Cooks are 1 year on the current contract (+ 2 years cancellable) and would not cost a 1st (prob. a 2nd and late).

There was interest in the cooks ahead of the 2021 trade deadline. But ESPN’s Dan Graziano said in October he didn’t “get it” the Texans were willing to trade cooks. Cooks finished the year catching a career-high 90 passes for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns.

Still, the former Saints’ first-round pick is aware of the move as he’s been traded three times in his career. Although Cooks didn’t reach a Pro Bowl in his eight-year career, he eclipsed 1,000 yards in six of them. He also appeared twice in the Super Bowl, once with the New England Patriots and once with the Los Angeles Rams.

Cooks was traded from the Rams to the Texans and was the attempted solution, not the problem for a team that has been 8-25 the past two seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Cooks’ 77.4 offensive rating in 2021 placed him 25th among all receivers.

The veteran receiver is entering the final year of his contract, which is worth $12.5 million in base salary. It would make sense for the Texans to trade cooks in 2022 for a capital project knowing they are in a rebuilding situation.


A question that remains

Cooks would be a great choice for the Cardinals as the team will be looking for an outside threat in 2022. While Green was productive, the team could try to find a younger answer on the outside.

The 28-year-old had an average target depth of 11.8 and 10.5 in his two seasons with the Texans and would create havoc for teams to guard Hopkins, Moore and the veteran receiver.

Harris noted that it likely takes a second-round pick to land Cooks. The Cardinals could see how the season goes for the Cooks and then the veteran enters free agency in 2023. It’s not a question of whether the Cardinals should trade for the Cooks. The question is, “Would the Texans deal with the Cardinals again?”

The Cardinals traded running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Texans for Hopkins in 2020. Then-Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien said been heavily crucified for the blunder of an exchange. Johnson had just 919 rushing yards the past two seasons and O’Brien’s two draft picks didn’t work out. O’Brien was fired after an 0-4 start in the 2020 season.

While the Texans have new head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Nick Casserio, owner Janice McNair is still in command of the ship. Jack Easterby has also served as executive vice president of football operations since 2020 and may have a bad taste of the Hopkins deal’s mouth.

Yes, we tend to think that organizations don’t care about public perception. But it’s safe to say that the Texans are unlikely to provide two outstanding wide receivers for the Cardinals since 2020.

But hey, crazier things have happened.


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Book creator

Stan Lee’s incredible love affair with his wife allowed Spider-Man

Like the other characters he drew, she did not exist. Or at least he didn’t think so.

The story that followed was told by Father Willy Raymond, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, who heard Lee tell the story at a Hollywood luncheon about seven years ago. (Over the years, the comic book king has told versions of this story to dozens of journalists, with small variations.) The Catholic priest was then national director of Family Theater Productions, a faith-based film studio established in 1947 by Father Patrick Peyton. , which is now considered for sainthood.

Father Willy was there as a guest of his friend Adam Jablonski, whose wife had placed the winning bid for lunch with Lee at a charity auction. Jablonski, a big Lee fan, was there with his son Kevin. While eating salads at a posh Los Angeles bistro on Sunset Boulevard, Lee mentioned his wife, Joan, prompting a question about how long his marriage lasted.

“Oh,” replied Lee, “I’ve been married for 65 years to the most beautiful woman in the world.”

The comic book storyteller then told the unlikely story of how the two met. He described his post-war habit of drawing the woman of his dreams, with vibrant red hair, sparkling eyes and plump lips. He worked on the drawing every day, doing minutes improvements to his face.

Then, one day in 1947, his best friend saw the drawing. “I know her,” he told Lee, who replied that the sketch was not of a real person. “No,” insists his friend. “I know where she lives. It’s a hat pattern.

So Lee got her address and went to meet the girl of his dreams the next day. “Before me was the most beautiful creature on God’s earth,” he told the three men at lunch. “Then when she opened her mouth and spoke in a singsong British accent, which I loved, the first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘I’m going to marry you.'” (In other versions of the story, it was a cousin and not a friend who connected them, and it was Lee himself who decided that she looked like his drawings. It wouldn’t be out of place for a master storyteller to move a few details here and there to make an impact.)

Of course, since this was real life and not a fantasy sketch, there were some complications. For one, Joan was married to someone else at the time. She later admitted in an interview that her first marriage was a “big mistake” and that she was ready for a divorce when Lee proposed.

The other snag was that Lee wasn’t the only suitor. Other men had made clear their intention to marry a soon-to-be single Joan. When she flew to Reno for the divorce, Lee said he needed to maximize his chances by being there with her. An hour after Joan was released from her first marriage, she said “yes” to Lee in a ceremony presided over by the same judge who granted the divorce.

While it may not be your typical romance, theirs was enduring: The pair were married for 69 years – until Joan’s death at 93 in 2017. (Lee died a year later at age 95.)

And for superhero fans everywhere, that was crucial. Joanie inspired Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s first love in the Spider-Man saga. More importantly, she persuaded Lee to hold his own in the comic book business.

In 1961, Lee was ready to quit in frustration. He didn’t feel the love of his editor, Martin Goodman, who insisted on “lots of action, lots of fight scenes, not too much dialogue,” he recalled in a 2017 video interview with Marvel Creative Director Joe Quesada. Lee preferred witty jokes and compelling characters in his comics.

“Why don’t you make a book the way you want to make it?” he remembered Joanie telling him. “The worst that can happen is that he fires you, but you still want to quit. At least you will have him removed from your system.

So Lee did just that. He worked with freelance artist Jack Kirby to create the Fantastic Four comic book, which sold like boxes of chocolates before Valentine’s Day. With that, the Marvel Universe was booming. Lee and Kirby created new titles almost at will. Iron Man. The Incredible Hulk. Thor. Daredevil. The list goes on and on.

“[Joan] gave me the best advice in the world,” recalls Lee, then adds with admiration: “She is responsible for my universe.

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Sophie Turner and Dane DeHaan team up for crime thriller ‘Warddriver’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Dane DeHaan, recently chosen for the next Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimerand game of thrones and X-Men: Dark Phoenix star Sophie Turner to direct upcoming crime thriller war pilota sensational new addition to Berlin’s Virtual European Film Market (EFM).

Written and directed by Daniel Casey – best known for writing F9: the fast saga but whose credits also include Liongate’s Close – the film is due to begin principal photography this summer in Los Angeles.

Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum of Star Thrower Entertainment, who produced the critically acclaimed Oscar-nominated Will Smith King Richardalongside political thriller Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep The post officewill produce war pilot alongside David M. Wulf (Call Jane, The card counter). The film is co-financed by Highland Film Group, which represents the film’s international rights and is initiating sales at the EFM. CAA Media Finance represents national rights.

war pilot follows a brilliant, tech-savvy thief named Cole (DeHaan) who has highly specialized skills and uses them to carry out thefts from his laptop. When Oscar, a criminal with a dangerous past, discovers Cole’s unique talents, he forces him to hack into the bank account of young and seemingly wealthy Sarah (Turner) and drain it of nearly a million dollars. Cole soon discovers that a powerful mob-linked lawyer is using Sarah to hide his money. Seeking to save her from danger, Cole initiates a plan to replace the stolen money and begins to fall in love with Sarah. Ignoring the warning signs that something bigger is wrong, Cole soon finds himself drawn into an elaborate web of lies, deception and betrayal.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Dane DeHaan and Sophie Turner on Wardriver,” Casey said. “Both are incredible performers and gifted and talented artists in the truest sense of the word. I know I speak not only for myself but also for the amazing teams at Star Thrower Entertainment and Highland Film Group in saying that I have can’t wait to see them bring the roles of Cole and Sarah to life.

Next to Oppenheimerin which he will join a cast including Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr. and Rami Malek, DeHaan also stars in McCarthy, the biopic of Senator Joseph McCarthy, in which he will play Roy Cohn. Turner, meanwhile, has the Netflix feature foreigners alongside upcoming Maya Hawke and Austin Abrams. Before war pilotDeHaan and Turner appear together in the HBO Max miniseries The staircasebased on the 2004 French true crime docu-series.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dane and Sophie team up for this hacking thriller from the superb writer behind the box office giant. F9: the fast sagasaid Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser.

“Daniel Casey has crafted a brilliant story full of suspense and intrigue. We are thrilled to be working with this talented filmmaker and can’t wait to see the cameras rolling next spring,” added Delphine Perrier, COO of Highland.

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Donald Goines, Detroit’s crime writer par excellence

Some towns survive on reputation alone. Detroit has the Big Three automakers, including Ford Motor Company, and, of course, the Motown sound. Today, in an age where news stories are equidistant from the positive “returning city” narrative, Detroit’s checkered past as one of America’s most dangerous cities doesn’t seem to stand still. in the rearview mirror: it will not recoil, there is residual material, such as an unloaded gun.

While screenwriters, filmmakers and novelists created LA-tinted black, alongside visions of New York and Chicago in the 1970s, Detroit’s grit didn’t fit, at least not perfectly. Those jagged edges continued to get in the way, but Detroit managed to inspire a black writer named Donald Goines, who stroked those edges and shaped them into something unexpected, fresh, and inevitably raw. The former Korean War veteran, pimp, failed moonshiner and ex-con, turned to writing, using prose as a wide lens to accurately capture the widescreen disparity of black life in the 1960s. 70.

Goines’ work, for all its influence exploring, as a description on the back cover of one of his novels puts it, “the bloody and brutal world of crime in the black ghetto” has been mostly relegated to the trash. urban fiction. It is difficult to argue against this designation, since many of his seminal works, Drug, Partners in crime, fresh dad, Whore, Kenyatta’s last shot, and others, depicted black people in the ghetto trying to survive by the only means available (or known) to them – usually via drugs, sex, theft, or prostitution. Other writers (such as Sister Souljah, K’wan Foye and Omar Tyree) before, during and after Goines’s time (he produced novels from around 1971-1975) covered similar topics variably and , in some cases less convincing. – but what separated Goines from the pack was his addiction to heroin.

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He couldn’t escape this reality, so invariably it cropped up in his fiction time and time again. He wrote about the ghetto like no one else had (or would). Goines deployed the worn tropes of detective fiction for his own creative ends: the underdog looking for a break, the police detectives with sleazy – often nefarious – backgrounds, many of these stories set in his hometown. For Goines, crime has always been an “inside job”, so he wrote from the inside, from experience and observation. Goines was not simply a purveyor of ghetto life, he explored and examined the plight of pimps, prostitutes and broken families, writing mystery novels who happened to be black people, living black lives.

“Because the ghettos of Goines are like zero-sum societies in which one man’s gain must be another’s loss, its characters cannot even survive without breaking the law,” writes spiritual philosopher Greg Goode. :

His books are automatically detective novels similar to the way Caleb Williams is a detective novel. The law broken is sometimes the white man’s legal code, and sometimes the golden rule of the ghetto, “what happens comes back.” Often, therefore, the sadistic pimp loses his best wife, the murderer dies, the hustler is sent to jail, and some sort of automatic downtown justice is upheld. In other books, all the main characters die. In these books, Goines seems to express the despair of life in the ghetto.

Moreover, and this really touches on the essence of Goines’ influence and place in black literature, “[s]then there were imitators, almost all better writers than Goines. But no writer, before or since, can compare to Goines in the breadth of his criminal experience and in the prolific intensity with which he put his experience to paper.

Born in 1936 in Detroit, Goines’ biography does not seem to indicate a literary life. He dropped out of school at 15, served in the Korean War, and ended up serving time for attempted robbery. In prison, he discovers the works of Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck), a pimp turned novelist, who transforms his personal stories into ghetto realism. After a year, Goines was released from prison and eventually found a publisher, Los Angeles-based Holloway House Publishing Company, which also published Iceberg Slim’s work, including the provocative autobiography, Pimp: the story of my life (1967). (Biographies Donald no longer writes (1974) by Eddie Stone and Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines (2004) by Eddie B. Allen, Jr., are excellent sources if you want to learn more about Goines’ personal and literary journey, as well as the influence of Iceberg Slim on his work and on the impact of Holloway House Publishing Company. )

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Cultural historian H. Bruce Franklin—writing for PMLA– provides valuable commentary on the influence of prison literature, not only on Goines’ early work, but perhaps more importantly, through a broader narrative linking literacy and the writers (like Goines) who have learned their trade while incarcerated. As Franklin writes:

In all of American prison literature, nothing has quite the same effect as these novels. [Goines’ 16 published works]who have converted countless non-readers into addicts searching for their next book while transforming their view of themselves and their world.

Goines’ first novel, Drugpublished in 1971, was followed by a deluge of others, including Whore (1972); black gangster (1972); street players (1972); White man’s justice, black man’s sorrow (1973); lost black girl (1973); Eldorado Red (1974); and his Kenyatta series of novels, written under the pseudonym of Al C. Clark – featuring the titular hitman – beginning with Partners in crime (1974) and ending with Kenyatta’s last shot (1975), show a writer at the height of his creative and descriptive power.

When critics write about the early 70s, Blaxploitation inevitably comes up, but few make the connection to Goines and his contribution to that time, a kind of call and response, a boiling shared cultural soup. The Blaxploitation films were in many ways an exaggeration, an ambitious attempt to celebrate blackness and black empowerment. In contrast, a novel by Goines was neither glitzy nor joyous, it played the B-side of the A-side of Blaxploitation. It was, indelibly, the drop of the needle inside the furrow.

Of all his novels, Drug would be the most personal and successful because it was the needle. He wrote in a typed note that he was trying to “reveal the sickening, madness, horror of drug addiction in the ghettos”, which he accomplished in Drug. The novel follows Porky, a pusher and drug addict, living as Stevie Wonder might have said, “for the city”. Goines’ depiction of life inside drug houses, as well as his ability to write exciting sex scenes, were impressive for the verisimilitude he brought to the page.

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“In addition to providing a literary foundation for contemporary authors of street fiction, Goines’ work has been a formative force in contemporary mainstream hip-hop culture,” according to literary scholars Marc Lamont Hill, Biany Pérez and Decoteau J Irby. These authors continue:

In particular, as critics (e.g., Watkins) have noted, Goines’ stories have shaped the lyrical content of rap artists, many of whom directly credit Goines’ books for artistic inspiration and creative direction. The relationship between Goines and hip-hop culture is key, as the latter has also been a major contributor to the resurgence of contemporary street fiction.

Goines’ portrayal of “contemporary street fiction” had Detroit at its center, reflecting the growing racial tensions whose circuitous routes—and demands for equality—reverberated around the world.

Historically, Goines was writing at a time of great social and political upheaval, several years after the Detroit Riots (rightly now Detroit Rebellion) from 1967, and on the cusp of the first term of Detroit’s first black mayor, Coleman Young, who, with his tough talk and equally colorful background, could have been a character written by Goines.

Unfortunately, Goines won’t live to see Young take office. His end, you might say, was intended to be as mysterious as the end of one of his novels. In 1974, gunmen entered his apartment in Highland Park, a town outside of Detroit, and shot him, aged 37. But his works have been kept alive – and in print – ever since, selling millions of copies. This is an incredible feat considering a volatile publishing market that is often apathetic or unsupportive of black popular fiction, let alone black crime fiction disguised as ghetto realism.

Goines’ vision (from a certain point of view) was captured in never die alone, performed and produced by rapper DMX (best known for his song “Party Up (Up in Here)”, with the infectious chorus of “Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind / Up in here, up in here”) . Alas, the 2004 film did little to elevate DMX’s transition from rapper to serious actor, or launch the proposed series of Goines films that such an endeavor might have launched. Yet perhaps it’s for the best: Goines’ meager prose, his ability to describe the ecstasy of the needle, the intimacy of sexual contact, or the rocky – sometimes violent – path to manhood, would be lost. on the big screen. At just over 200 pages, most of Goines’ novels owe more to the pulp fiction of the 1940s and 50s, unlike Walter Mosley’s sprawling crime novels. Where Mosley has distinct literary ambitions (or literary ambitions of another kind), Goines, by contrast, was a beat reporter, an eyewitness to the decadence of his community and struggles against the flood of socio-economic forces. economic.

If you want to know what it was like to be black in the early 70s, throw on Stax records, Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield, and open a Donald Goines novel. It will open your eyes.

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Heather Haverlisky’s ‘Foreverland’ is an honest and hilarious take on marital bliss


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“Can I make myself smaller?” Heather Havrilesky asks, squinting and playing with her zoom settings. This may be the only time you will hear him make a request like this.

Havrilesky is the author of popular advice column “Ask Polly”, which, since she began writing it in 2012, has taken the genre to new heights with sprawling existential answers that are, in turn, nurturing, tender, brutally honest and laced with profanity. As Polly, Havrilesky encourages readers to embrace life’s mess and be honest about the limits of perfectionism. However, she never asks them to take up less space.

Amid the pandemic, Havrilesky, long based in Los Angeles, moved to Bull City, where she grew up. This is where she zooms in with me now, having adjusted her camera settings to her satisfaction and has just started interviews for her new book Foreverland: On the Divine Boredom of Marriage. The book, a reflection on her marriage, was released this week.

“Even though I visited a lot, I forgot about the insects,” Havrilesky says with a laugh about his return to the South. “I forgot the weeds. But I knew I’d like to be surrounded by smart, interesting people in a place that’s hugely community-based and creative.

Havrilesky grew up in Durham in the 1970s and 80s, her father an economics professor at Duke University, where Havrilesky later studied. After college came the move to California and jobs that resemble the CliffsNotes version of a certain foundational era of internet writing: work at Suck.com, long as a TV reviewer for Salon .com, birth of “Ask Polly” at The puncha move to New York magazine, and now, a new era at Substack. Also on the way: Marriage to Bill, to whom you’ll end up feeling quite close, in eternal country-and the children. Last year the family moved to Durham.

“I was surprised at how un-haunted I felt growing up here,” says Havrilesky. “All the things that I feared would be difficult about this move turned out to be easy. Being with my family is amazing – there’s something about being in the same city with your family where you are. understand better.

eternal country Part of it is about family and mutual understanding, but it’s also very much about marriage flaws and warts. This is the “divine boredom” part: the phlegmatic partner and the suburban team at Little League games, the marital doubt and the self-doubt.

“I knew I wanted to talk about the kind of delights and perils of commitment, boredom and repetitiveness, but also the inherent gifts of companionship,” says Havrilesky, married for 15 years. “As I delved deeper into the book, I was increasingly confronted with the arbitrary, strange, and moralistic aspects of attaching oneself to someone for the rest of their life.”

I came to eternal country as a long-time reader of Havrilesky’s work. In my early twenties and swimming in confusing feelings, I used to trade his columns on Gchat with my friend Molly like baseball cards. Polly’s emotional swagger was ambitious, and regardless of the question posed, her answers landed in a pleasantly disruptive way. (“YOU ARE PRAYING ON THE ALTAR OF THE MOST BORING RELIGION IN THE UNIVERSE RIGHT NOW,” she wrote in a column to a woman embittered by rejection from men.)

As my twenties fell behind, I continued to read his writings, realizing that Havrilesky’s advice would continue to resonate because life, ultimately, continued to have its own complications. This is one of the fundamental aspects of “Ask Polly”: a recognition that life is a bit of an open wound and that the trick is to try to get through it with love and vulnerability, anyway, to try to to be kind to yourself and other people. Also: an acknowledgment that there really is no trick.


Early January, The New York Times published an excerpt from eternal country. The title of the play was tongue-in-cheek – “Marriage Requires Amnesia” – with a catchy subtitle: “Do I Hate My Husband? Oh sure, yes, definitely.

Maybe the essay landed on a slow internet day, or maybe just at the perfect point of Omicron’s fatigue, but it sparked a day of outrage online, even leading Mindy Kaling to weigh in: “Wait, this is crazy,” Kaling tweeted. “Does her husband not care that she says she hates him in the New York Times?”

“The Time chose this chapter,” says Havrilesky. “I was surprised they chose it, but also kind of open to it – it comes two-thirds through the book.”

Thanks to Time piece, however, opinions on the book rolled around a few weeks before its release: Marriage should be sacred, private. If you don’t like your partner, leave them. One person, says Havrilesky, said the book failed to ‘read the room’: that is, during a pandemic, people don’t want to think about the dark, dusty corners of a relationship. . Havrilesky does not buy this idea.

“It’s not my job as a writer to read the play,” says Havrilesky. “I understand there’s a culture of influencers and that kind of stuff where you’re part of the culture — like, ‘I give you things and you’re my buddy, and you can talk to me in the comments.’ I’m not against it, I feel like it’s a matter of human connection But when you create an artifact that you want to sing about that feels alive, you can’t argue whether or not it puts readers comfortable and safe. The point of art isn’t to make you feel comfortable in whatever you already feel. That’s a politician’s job.

Nevertheless, readers of eternal country will find themselves loved by Bill, who comes across as smart, good-natured, and caring. The book begins with the story of how they met – Bill, a college professor and fan of her writings, sent her a cold email when he found out she was single – and fell in love, before traversing a tundra of pregnancy, suburbia, aging, extramarital crushes, haywire vacations and health issues.

It’s an engaging, self-effacing read that, despite all the rhetoric surrounding it – a recent dismissive New York Times the book review was titled “Heather Havrilesky compares her husband to a pile of laundry” stimulating a slew of angry male commentators – it’s really not even that dark. (Who isn’t a pile of laundry sometimes?) Craving marital obscurity? Try Norman Mailer.

Although Havrilesky is perhaps more honest than most about how annoying she sometimes finds her partner, the book shines with affection and it’s clear she doesn’t hate him. Exaggeration is part of his coping toolkit; some readers will appreciate it. Others don’t.

As we chat, Bill enters the frame, back from a walk with the dog, who is vigorously shaking off the rain. Hearing an interview unfold, Bill affably ducks out the door. “Hi, baby,” Havrilesky calls, before turning back to the camera.

“I decided to write this book, partly because I didn’t like any of the marriage books,” she says. “I just hated the way people wrote about their marriage. I felt like it was always a bit of a jerk or sugar coated or just miserably negative because they had already divorced. I didn’t want to write, like, a tragedy or a light, heartwarming comedy. I wanted to write something that had elements of both because that’s how life feels.

We are sold so many ideas about sex, love and marriage. Writing, here, from the perspective of a single Southerner, the selling of surround sound seems to be that marriage is the ultimate act of self-realization, that it will complete you and work out all the loose ends; that your parents and your tax accountants will finally accept you. I mention this to say that I was wondering how I would feel reading eternal country: What version of marriage was he going to try to sell?

Thankfully, I found the book to be much more nuanced than a sales pitch and a refreshing counterpoint to the pervasive idea that marriage is a secret institution that you have no right to complicate your life about. This is the thing that Havrilesky often comes back to, in his writings: the idea that we should make room for our feelings, no matter how tender or ugly, because that’s the only way to get through them. – and perhaps the only way to be truly known and loved.

“There’s an idea that relationships should be easy for us or they should end, and I think that’s bad for us,” she says. “If you’re really showing up and being honest and real with another person, there will be times when it’s not going to be easy because you’re not mirroring each other.”


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The best second-half NHL scenarios to watch

What second-half NHL scenario will you be watching closely?

Sean Leahy, NHL Writer: The goalie market will be interesting as there are teams that seem destined for the playoffs but are currently dealing with inconsistent goaltending. Are the Capitals happy with Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov? Will Tuukka Rask end up hurting the Bruins? Marc-Andre Fleury would be a nice addition if he’s willing to waive his no-move clause. Could Joonas Korpisalo or Alexandar Georgiev be the solution somewhere?

Jake Abrahams, Editor, NHL Content: The trade deadline, especially when it comes to Eastern Conference sellers. So many Eastern teams are already out of the mix, which means there could be more teams trying to offload assets than normal. How will this surplus of available players affect the market? It will be fascinating to watch.

Adam Gretz, NHL Writer: The Pacific Division playoff race. Everyone there has been pretty much even this season and it’s created a situation where pretty much everyone outside of Seattle and probably Vancouver still has reason to believe they can make the playoffs. playoffs. Anaheim and Los Angeles were great surprises, San Jose is trying to hang around, Edmonton is still chaotic and Calgary is really starting to roll. Then you have Vegas at the top of the division always picking up Jack Eichel at some point.

James O’Brien, NHL Writer: Could this be the year a trade deadline finally changes the balance of the playoffs? The world could use that extra touch of spice.

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor: Can Ovechkin win the Rocket Richard or will Auston Matthews pass everyone?

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The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim

Biggest disappointment (team): New York Islanders

Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Edmonton

The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Los Angeles

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Biggest surprise (player): Troy Terry, Ducks
Biggest disappointment (player): Philipp Grubauer, Kraken
The biggest surprise (team): Nashville Predators
Biggest disappointment (team): Montreal Canadiens
Returning Player of the Season So Far: Jonathan Quick, Kings
Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Nothing
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The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim Ducks

Biggest disappointment (team): Philadelphia Flyers

Returning Player of the Season So Far: Matt Duchene, Predators

Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Greasers

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Biggest surprise (player): Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers

Biggest disappointment (player): Cole Caufield, Canadian

The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim Ducks

Biggest disappointment (team): Montreal Canadiens

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Stocks mixed, yields soar as jobs data boosts rate outlook

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Wall Street ended a rather bullish week for stocks on Friday with a mixed end to major indexes and a surge in Treasury yields after a U.S. jobs report raised investor expectations that the Federal Reserve could soon start raising interest rates sharply.

The S&P 500 settled for a 0.5% gain after swinging between a 0.6% decline and a 1.4% gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% after a last-minute selloff. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.6%. All three indexes posted a weekly gain for the second week in a row.

The latest monthly jobs data was the focus of investors’ concerns. The Labor Department said employers added 467,000 jobs last month, tripling economists’ forecasts. Some economists even expected a loss of jobs amid the spike in coronavirus infections in January due to the omicron variant.

The stronger-than-expected data appears to lock in the Fed’s pivot to fighting inflation by raising rates and taking other actions that would ultimately dampen markets. A 13.5% gain for online retail giant Amazon after the company released a strong earnings report helped lift the S&P 500, although more shares fell than rose in the benchmark index.

“Until you get a clearer picture of what the Fed tightening will be like, you should expect volatility to be similar to what we’ve seen over the past two weeks,” said Matt Stucky, senior portfolio manager at Northwestern Mutual. Richness.

The S&P 500 rose 23.09 points to 4,500.53, while the Dow slipped 21.42 points to 35,089.74. The Nasdaq gained 219.19 points to 14,098.01, while smaller shares of the Russell 2000 rose 11.33 points, or 0.6%, to 2,002.36.

Treasury yields jumped immediately after the release of the jobs report on expectations that the Fed will raise short-term interest rates more aggressively than expected. The two-year yield, which tends to move with expectations for Fed stocks, jumped to its highest level since the start of the pandemic and is more than double what it was two months ago. .

Most people expect the Fed to raise short-term rates next month from their all-time low of near zero, with the only question being how much. Friday’s jobs report now gives investors a nearly 32.7% chance of a 0.50 percentage point increase, instead of the traditional 0.25 point. That’s more than double the probability Wall Street predicted a day earlier, according to CME Group.

Any increase would mark a sharp turnaround from much of the past two years, when ultra-low rates drove up prices for everything from stocks to cryptocurrencies. Bonds paying more interest would mean that investors feel less need to chase such risky returns.

That’s why Wall Street has been so shaky over the past month as investors rush to take action to get ahead of the Fed. On the one hand, higher rates will likely mean that equity investors pay lower prices for every dollar of profit a company produces. On the other hand, stock prices could still remain resilient if these corporate earnings continue to rise.

Stocks considered the most expensive have been hardest hit by the Wall Street reorganization. Much of the focus has been on tech and internet stocks that have soared during the pandemic on expectations that they can continue to grow regardless of the economy.

Even there, uncertainty still reigns as some tech-focused companies reported earnings that continued to beat analysts’ expectations, while others, like Facebook’s parent company, stumbled.

Amazon joined the list of early adopters after announcing stronger results for its latest quarter than analysts expected. Because it’s one of the biggest stocks on Wall Street by market value, its movements have an outsized effect on the S&P 500 and other indexes. The company also set a record for the largest single-day market value gain by a U.S. company, adding $191 billion to its market value, according to FactSet.

Amazon’s big jump in market value came a day after a historic tumble in shares of Facebook’s parent company wiped out more than $230 billion in market value, which was the biggest loss in value ever. day for an American company. Meta fell another 0.3% on Friday.

Facebook’s parent company fell another 0.3% a day after wiping more than $230 billion from its market value, by far the biggest one-day loss in history for a US company.

Snapchat’s parent Snap soared 58.8% and Pinterest gained 11.2% following its own revenue reports.

Ford fell 9.7% and was another of the heaviest weights in the S&P 500 after reporting weaker-than-expected revenue and earnings for the last quarter.

Shortages of computer chips continue to hurt its auto production. These supply chain issues have been at the heart of the high inflation that is tearing the world apart, and price increases at the US consumer level are at an all-time high in nearly 40 years.

This increases the pressure on the Fed to act decisively to bring inflation under control. Wage data in Friday’s jobs report may have ratcheted up the pressure.

The average hourly wage of workers jumped 5.7% in January from a year earlier. This is a faster acceleration from December’s 4.9% rise than economists had expected. While such increases are attractive to workers, higher wages can also fuel longer-lasting inflation than if gasoline or other commodity prices were to rise alone.

With rising expectations for Fed action, the two-year Treasury yield jumped to 1.31% from 1.19% on Thursday night. The 10-year yield jumped to 1.92% from 1.82%.

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AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed. Veiga reported from Los Angeles.

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‘Peril!’ Champion Amy Schneider’s historic winning streak comes to an end

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jeopardy!” Champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling streak is over, snapped Wednesday by a Chicago librarian after 40 straight wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money.

Schneider’s success put her in the ranks of guest host Ken Jennings and the quiz show’s other big names. It also made Schneider, a trans woman, a visible symbol of achievement for people who are often marginalized.

“It’s still a little hard to believe,” she said of her impressive journey. “It’s something I will be remembered for, and that’s pretty good.”

New champion Rhone Talsma had the right answer at the final “Jeopardy!” index for a winning total of $29,600. Schneider, who found herself in the unusual position of entering the final lap short of a runaway, finished second with $19,600.

“I’m still in shock,” Talsma said in a statement. “I wasn’t expecting to face a 40 Day Champion, and I was excited to see maybe someone else slay the giant. I really didn’t think it was going to be me, so I’m thrilled.

Schneider told The Associated Press that Talsma played well and did “a great job of taking opportunities when they presented themselves and putting himself in a position to be able to win.”

The answer that puzzled Schneider concerned the countries of the world: the only nation whose name in English ends in an “h” and which is also one of the 10 most populous. (Cue the music “Jeopardy!” – And the answer is, “What is Bangladesh?”)

Among her immediate reactions to the end of the match and her streak: she was sad but also relieved that “I no longer have to invent anecdotes”, the stories that competitors share during breaks.

The contestants receive their winnings after their final game airs, and Schneider’s spending plans include shopping for clothes and, most importantly, travel.

An engineering manager and a Dayton, Ohio native who lives in Oakland, Calif., Schneider’s regular-season play made her No. 2 in consecutive games won, putting her between Jennings with 74 games and Matt Amodio, winner of 38 games in 2021.

Schneider’s total price tag of $1,382,800 puts her in fourth place on the regular season earnings list, behind Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Amodio ($1,518,601). ).

Schneider, will be part of the show’s “Tournament of Champions” and is the first trans person to qualify,

She was prepared at the end of her streak, she told AP.

“I felt like my time was running out, even though it didn’t seem like it in the scores,” Schneider said. The routine of traveling to Los Angeles for tapings — five shows a day, two days a week — was tiring, and it took its toll.

After surpassing Amodio’s winning streak tally, she added, the prospect of trying to break Jennings’ long-standing record was “hard to imagine.”

Schneider’s depth of knowledge, lightning-quick responses, and courteous yet efficient manner earned him a devoted fan base. Comedian Louis Virtel, a former “Jeopardy!” contestant, tweeted earlier this month that Schneider was like a “social worker assigned to each episode, and when she’s done she grabs her briefcase, nods and leaves.”

She was also admired for her handling of anti-trans trolls, with a measured response that earned her a shoutout from writer and Broadway star Harvey Fierstein.

“The best outcome of all of this will always be the help I’ve been able to offer the trans community,” Schneider said. “I’m here because of the sacrifices that countless trans people have made, often to the point of risking their lives. Doing my part to advance this cause is truly special.

Schneider has a message for “Jeopardy!” viewers who will fail to integrate it into their daily lives: “I realized that I am really so sad for all my fans. … I want to thank them for all their support and tell them it’s good.

For the season through January 17, “Jeopardy!” ranked as the most-watched syndicated program with an average of 9.4 million viewers – a substantial increase of 563,000 from last season. The show averaged 11 million viewers for the week of Jan. 10-17, according to Nielsen.

Sequences from Schneider and Amodio helped tone down “Jeopardy!” past the mishandled replacement of its admired host, the late Alex Trebek. Executive producer Mike Richards was tapped by Sony Pictures Television to replace Trebek last year, but quickly left the show after old podcasts aired featuring his misogynistic and other demeaning comments.

A permanent host has yet to be named, with Mayim Bialik, who has been named host of “Jeopardy!” specials and Jennings are trading this season. Jennings is also a consulting producer for the show.

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A crypto group spent $3 million on a ‘Dune’ book thinking it would get the rights to the story

If fear is the mind killer, then stupidity must be the wallet killer. Just ask the crypto brothers who made a three million dollar mistake by not reading the fine print.

An anonymous NFT group called Spice DAO (Decentralized Anonymous Organization) made waves last week when it triumphantly tweeted about its recent acquisition of a rare art book: Jodorowsky Dunethe guide to an ambitious but ill-fated film adaptation by Frank Herbert Dunes. These Spiceheads had big plans to convert the book to NFT, burn the physical copy, and adapt the story into an animated series. There’s just one problem: they didn’t know they didn’t own the copyrights to Dunes. All they have is a very, very expensive book.

Before we get too deep into this story of crypto madness, a bit of a primer on the book: In 1974 director Alexander Jodorowsky decided to make a film adaptation of Dunes. Two years into the process, the project was killed due to a lack of funding, but not before it became a cinematic legend. Jodorowsky imagined the film at two o’clock, with a score by Pink Floyd; meanwhile, Salvador Dalí signed on to play Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino, though his exorbitant salary may have been the project’s kiss of death. Determined to become the highest paid actor in history, Dalí demanded to be paid $100,000 per minute of screen time. Orson Welles was set to play the villainous Baron Harkonnen, and even Mick Jagger signed on for an unspecified role. Ironically, the unmade film was later made into a documentary in 2014.

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Before the project was finally canned, Jodorowsky present studio executives with a comprehensive concept art book, which included sets, character designs and a storyboard of the entire film drawn by Moebius, the legendary French cartoonist. It is estimated that between ten and twenty copies of Jodorowsky Dune still exist in the wild; periodically they come up for auction, fetching somewhere around $25,000. Last November, one of these copies has climbed at auction at Christie’s, where appraisers expected it to sell for around $40,000.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when Spice DAO stepped in with an offer that went down well, path above the asking price. Spice DAO paid more than a hundred times the modest estimate, winning the book for $3 million. According to a survey by BuzzFeed Newsthe money was crowdfunded Dunes-cryptocurrency enthusiasts Spice DAO, who have promised to vote on the future of the book. Spice DAO declared that its goal was “to release a collection of NFTs that are technically innovative and culturally disruptive”. Burning the book would be “an incredible marketing stunt that could be videotaped”; the video itself would then be sold as NFT. (Looks like these crypto bros got too much spice, right?)

When Spice DAO touted their purchase on Twitter, the internet was quick to set them straight. Purchase Jodorowsky Dune does not confer the copyright necessary to produce Jodorowsky’s vision; he only confers a very old and very expensive book. Spice DAO also intended to make the book public, which is a lofty goal – or it would be, if the book wasn’t already free and available on the Internet by Steve Jobs. Ultimately, Spice DAO made a very costly mistake, illustrating how some crypto brethren with millions to burn don’t even know what they’re buying.

But Spice DAO doesn’t want to hear it. In a post on Medium after the blowback, the group provided an update on its master plan: “After two months of outreach, conversations with former business partners and consultations with legal counsel, we were unable to reach an agreement with any of the rights holders involved in the creation of the content of the storyboards book collected from Jodorowsky DuneSounds like a dead end, right? But Spice DAO won’t be shut down. According to the post, they’re having “a whirlwind week of meetings with industry professionals,” including Drake’s attorney, a producer animation on Kill Billa writer on Netflix love death and robots, three Los Angeles animation studios, a science fiction publisher, and “Roble Ridge Productions, which has relationships with famous Hollywood actors.” Spice and meetings must flow.

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According to trademark attorney Kirstey Stewart, Spice DAO is about to have a rude awakening every time they come to their senses. As Stewart said The Guardian“In order to produce or license derivative works as an animated series, Spice DOA would have to obtain licenses from the Herbert Estate, as well as potentially Jodorowsky (and any other authors such as Michel Seydoux) if the adaptation was based on the Similar Much like buying a Batman comic doesn’t give you inherent rights to produce a new Batman movie, buying that director’s bible doesn’t give Spice DOA any inherent rights to produce new material.

    In Dunes, Herbert envisions a world without computers; according to tradition, “thinking machines” were once humanity’s greatest adversary. Maybe Herbert was onto something there?

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    Start Your Week Smart: Sinema, Kohl’s, Pandemic, Wildfire, NFL Playoffs

    By AJ Willingham, CNN

    Did you know that approximately 40% of American households buy a car each year? It’s quite a statistic, especially since car prices are so high. They are expected to calm down soon, but don’t expect them to return to pre-pandemic levels.

    Here’s what else you need to know to Start your week smart.

    The weekend that was

    • The Arizona Democratic Party executive board said yesterday that it officially censored Senator Kyrsten Sinema for voting in favor of keeping the Senate’s filibuster rules, block Democrats’ suffrage legislation, a key priority for the party.

    • Kohl’s retailer received an unsolicited offer of $9 billion yesterday to become private from a consortium backed by an activist investor, according to published sources.

    • Federal regulators are considering limit the authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments which have not been shown to be effective against Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a source close to the decision-making told CNN.

    • Crews fighting a wildfire along the central California coast near the iconic Highway 1 made progress over the weekend to contain the blaze, but dozens of homes remain under evacuation orders.

    • The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers both picked up shock wins on field goals as time expired as they both entered their NFL playoff split matchups as than outsiders.

    The week ahead

    Monday

    Monday is the United Nations International Day of Education. Education keeps people out of poverty, protects societies from corruption and inequality, and empowers underserved populations. So go thank an educator for all they do to keep this world afloat.

    Wednesday

    The Federal Open Market Committee meets for the first time in 2022, and two elements will take priority: inflation and interest rates. The Fed is already planning to raise interest rates later this year and end other emergency measures it has put in place to cushion the economic blow of the pandemic. At the end of this two-day meeting, we may get more information on how this will all play out.

    Happy Republic Day to our Indian friends. Republic Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution of India entered into force in 1950.

    And Happy Australia Day to all our friends down there enjoying this day to reflect on the diverse history of their beautiful country.

    Thusday

    Thursday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and is a time to remember the 6 million Jews and millions of other victims who were killed under the Nazi regime.

    Want more than 5 things?

    This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN Aviation correspondent Pete Muntean gives us an explanation of 5G and why airlines are so concerned about rolling it out around major airports. listen now!

    Pictures of the week

    Discover more moving, fascinating and stimulating images of the week which was organized by CNN Photos..

    What’s Happening in Entertainment

    The Britney controversy is far from over

    Britney Spears may be freed from her 13-year guardianship, but more battles are brewing between the pop star and her family. Spears sent a legal cease and desist letter to her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, this week, demanding that she stop talking about her older sister during her book tour for her new memoir, ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Spears’ attorney called the book “inappropriate” and said he made “misleading or outrageous claims about it.” Additionally, a judge recently sided with Spears in an ongoing court battle with her father, Jamie Spears, who has asked his daughter to set aside money from his $60 million estate for cover legal costs, including his own.

    Calling all Bridgerton and Downton Abbey fans!

    Looking for your next dose of period drama? Set your ceiling for “The Gilded Age” on HBO Max, set in 1880s New York City. Its creator, Julian Fellowes, was also behind “Downton Abbey”, and CNN’s Brian Lowry says “Fellowes and his sprawling cast delivered another sharp look at wealth and class in ancient times, when even those with gold chafed at complex rules.”

    What happens in sports

    The NFL Divisional Round is happening this week

    The Los Angeles Rams play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 3:00 p.m. ET today for the chance to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship next Sunday.

    The Buffalo Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. ET today. The winner will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship next Sunday.

    (For those uninitiated in the NFL, this weekend’s games are the quarterfinals, and the AFC and NFC are the two league conferences. You’re welcome.)

    The Australian Open is on

    There have already been a few surprises midway through the fourth round of play. Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu had high hopes after returning to action after winning the US Open last year, but was shot by Danka Kovinić unrated. Meanwhile, Japanese player Taro Daniel pulled off a stunning second-round upset, beating American favorite Andy Murray.

    Keep an eye out for the women’s final, which takes place this Friday, and the men’s final, which takes place this Saturday.

    It’s quiz time!

    Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 44% of other quiz fans have scored an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

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    Music to make you feel like nobility

    Of course, I mentioned “Bridgerton” which made me think of all the great string covers on the show, including the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You.”Click here to listen)

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    Fed’s Powell: High Inflation Threatens Labor Market

    FILE - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. High inflation is wreaking havoc on American families, acknowledged Powell in remarks to be delivered at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, where he is sure to face some tough questions on the matter.  (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, file)

    FILE – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. High inflation is wreaking havoc on American families, acknowledged Powell in remarks to be delivered at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, where he is sure to face some tough questions on the matter. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, file)

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    Warning that high inflation could make it more difficult to restore the job market, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday that the Fed would raise interest rates faster than it now forecasts if necessary to stem the surge in prices.

    With U.S. households pressed by rising costs for food, gasoline, rents, cars and many other items, the Fed is under pressure to curb inflation by raising rates to slow borrowing and debt. expenses. At the same time, the economy has recovered enough that the Fed’s ultra-low interest rate policies are no longer necessary.

    “If we need to raise interest rates further over time, we will,” Powell said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, which is considering his appointment for a second four-year term.

    The difficult challenge for Powell if he is confirmed for a new term, as scheduled, was underscored by questions he faced on Tuesday from Democratic and Republican senators. They urged him to raise rates to reduce inflation, but not to raise borrowing costs to the point that the economy fell into recession.

    Fed officials have forecast three hikes to their short-term benchmark rate this year, although some economists say they are planning up to four hikes in 2022.

    Powell’s appointment is expected to be approved by the committee in the coming weeks and then confirmed by the entire Senate with bipartisan support. At Tuesday’s hearing, he drew most favorable comments from senators on both sides. A Republican first elevated to the presidency by President Donald Trump, Powell has also been credited by many Democrats for sticking to ultra-low rate policies to support quick hiring over the past 18 months.

    In his testimony, Powell rejected suggestions by some Democratic senators that the rate hikes would weaken hiring and potentially leave many people, especially low-income people and black Americans, out of work. Fed rate hikes typically increase borrowing costs for many consumer and business loans and have the effect of slowing the economy.

    But Powell argued that the rise in inflation, if it persists, also poses a threat to the Fed’s goal of getting almost everyone back to work. Low-income families have been hit particularly hard by soaring inflation, which wiped out the wage increases many enjoyed.

    “High inflation is a serious threat to achieving maximum employment,” he said.

    The economy, the Fed chairman added, must grow for an extended period to get as many Americans back to work as possible. Controlling inflation before it takes root is necessary to keep the economy expanding, he said. If prices continue to rise, the Fed could be forced to brake much harder by raising interest rates sharply, threatening hiring and growth.

    Powell received praise from Democratic Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, chair of the committee, and from Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, the panel’s top Republican.

    “The president puts results before partisanship, by reappointing a Federal Reserve chairman from the other political party,” Brown said. “As president, along with President Biden, he has helped us achieve historic economic progress.”

    “There is broad bipartisan support for President Powell’s re-appointment,” Toomey added.

    Yet Toomey also criticized some of the Fed’s 12 regional banks for staging events dealing with climate change and “so-called racial justice,” which Toomey said went well beyond the Fed’s mandate. . He cited an event, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in which he said attendees called for police funding.

    “The disturbing politicization of the Fed puts its independence and effectiveness at risk,” Toomey said.

    And Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, criticized Powell for the central bank’s initial characterization of the price spikes that began this spring as “transient.”

    “I’m worried if the Fed missed the boat to tackle inflation earlier, a lot of us are,” Shelby said. “As a result, the Fed under your leadership has lost a lot of credibility.”

    Inflation has hit its highest level in four decades, and on Wednesday the government is expected to announce that consumer prices have jumped 7.1% in the past 12 months, believed to be the largest since 1982.

    Powell said the Fed mistakenly expected supply chain bottlenecks driving up the prices of goods such as cars, appliances and furniture to not last as long as they did. did. Once off the hook, the prices of things like used cars, which have skyrocketed over the past year, would come back down, he said.

    But for now, these supply chain issues have persisted, and while there are signs of easing, Powell said progress was limited. He noted that many cargo ships remain moored outside the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest in the country, awaiting unloading.

    The number of people working or looking for work also remains well below pre-pandemic levels, Powell noted. Millions of Americans have taken early retirement or are avoiding their jobs for fear of the coronavirus. The Fed predicted that more of these people would return to the workforce than they did.

    The shrinking workforce has forced companies to offer much higher wages to attract and keep employees. Powell said that was not primarily the reason prices are high right now, but it “may be a problem for inflation in the future.”

    Economists and former Fed officials fear the Fed is lagging behind inflation. Last Friday’s jobs report for December, which showed a sharp drop in the unemployment rate to a healthy 3.9%, and an unexpected rise in wages, helped fuel those concerns. While lower unemployment and higher wages benefit workers, these trends can potentially fuel higher prices by encouraging more spending.

    At the Fed’s last meeting in December, Powell said the central bank was quickly ramping up efforts to tighten credit in a bid to bring inflation under control. The Fed will stop buying billions of dollars in bonds in March, ahead of its previously announced target of doing so in June. These bond purchases were meant to encourage more borrowing and spending by lowering long-term rates.

    And the expectation by Fed officials that they will hike short-term rates three times this year marks a radical departure from September, when they were divided over doing it only once.

    The flood of new omicron infections will not slow the Fed’s move towards more appropriate policies for the economy to return to normal, Powell said during the hearing, because so far it doesn’t seem not weigh on the economy.

    “It is really time for us to move from these pandemic emergency settings to a more normal level,” he added. “It’s a long way to normal from where we are.”

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    Singapore Shelf: Vampires on the MRT in a new manga


    SINGAPORE – In this monthly column, The Sunday Times features seven ready-to-go home books that readers can delve into, with a particular focus on comics this month.

    1. Geungsi Vol. 1: Geungsi in the house

    By Sean Lam
    Comics / Paperback / 296 pages / $ 19.26 / Available here

    Stand aside, Twilight. Western vampire lore may be dominated by the scintillating leeches from Stephanie Meyer’s romantic saga (2005-2020), but for Singaporean comic artist Sean Lam, it is the jiangshi of Chinese folklore who reigns immortal.

    The reanimated corpse, which hops with outstretched arms and empties its victims of their life force, has become popular in Hong Kong comedy horror films such as Encounters Of The Spooky Kind (1980) and Mr. Vampire (1985), which Lam grew up watching.

    Previously based in Los Angeles, he returned to Singapore for a break in late 2019 and was stranded here by border closures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. He decided to use the time to work on his first local graphic novel.

    “I have worked with various publishers and writers over the years, but I had never had the opportunity to make my own book until now,” says the 43-year-old, who is best known for his two-part manga adaptation of Larry Niven. Ringworld award-winning science fiction novel (1970).

    Lam, who aspired to be a comic book artist from an early age, moved from Singapore to Japan to intern with a small comic book publisher in his twenties. He was then sought out as an artist by Macmillan Publishing in the United States.

    During the pandemic, he wrote, illustrated and self-published the first volume of Geungsi (jiangshi in Cantonese), a horror manga series set in the heart of Singapore.

    Shaun, an ordinary employee, takes a sneaky photo of a beautiful woman wearing sunglasses on the MRT, only to find out that she is a geungsi. Infected by her, he is saved by Meng, a slayer, and the two become reluctant allies.

    Lam’s geungsi are an amalgamation of Western and Chinese vampire tropes – they drink blood instead of draining energy and are able to move around during the day.

    He plans to expand the series to other parts of Asia, with geungsi and killers clashing in Hong Kong, mainland China and more.

    If all goes well, he hopes to one day bring his Singaporean vampires to American comic book conventions like Comic-Con International in San Diego.

    “I hope to bring this Asian folklore to the West and present it to readers there,” he says.

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    One of New Year’s Most Anticipated Books Puts Asian-American Friendship At Its Center


    In Jean Chen Ho’s intimate and irreverent collection of related stories, “Fiona and Jane,” a group of multiethnic Asian Americans take readers from the sordid Korean bars of the mall to lavish New York clubs to Bustling Shilin Night Market in Taipei for 20 years. year of friendship between its titular characters.

    Ho’s first book follows childhood best friends Fiona Lin and Jane Shen as they come of age, experience romantic encounters gone awry, and explore their family histories. Told in alternate voices as the women grow up and then separate, Ho’s stories address themes of identity, shame, grief, sexuality, and the intensity and complexity of life. female friendship.

    “In my life, my long-standing friendships are so important to me,” Ho told NBC Asian America. “I still have friends from high school who are my closest girlfriends. I still have friends in college journals, friends who are old colleagues, and lots of friends from the different writers community, so I’m interested in how all of these different iterations of friendship have made me feel. shaped as a person and a writer.

    The collection’s first story, “The Night Market,” follows 18-year-old Jane’s visit to Taiwan to see her father, who ends up dating his daughter, causing her to reflect on her own romantic feelings for her. his piano teacher. . “Go Slow” highlights dangers Fiona and Jane face as they assert their independence, while “Doppelgangers” follows 29-year-old Fiona on her final weekend in New York, with micro-attacks , a bad connection and cocaine bumps in the bathroom.

    “This book is not autobiographical, but it is based on observations of my world, of my friends, of the experiences that I have had or observed by my friends,” Ho said. “I wanted to write American characters d ‘Asian descent who did nothing but do dirty things and joke with their friends, and the fun and joy of being a dirty bag, the joy and pleasure of being a great friend, or sometimes having to make choices where you betray your friend.

    Like the characters in “Fiona and Jane”, Ho is the daughter of immigrants and grew up in various parts of Southern California. Born in Taiwan, Ho and her family first moved to a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri, where her father was a computer teacher when she was 8 years old. When Ho started third grade, she did not speak English. At age 11, Ho lived in Cerritos, California, a suburb of Los Angeles with a majority of Asian residents.

    “In that short period of time, I had two completely different types of American experiences,” Ho said. “I was one of two Asian American families in this small town. Then all of a sudden I became friends with kids from a Korean American family, Native American family, and different origins and immigration stories.

    After high school, she studied English at the University of California at Berkeley. Ho said attending college was “a fortuitous moment” as it was one of the founding sites of ethnic studies in 1969 after a long and violent student strike and helped her teach him the background of American history of Asian origin, which informs its fiction.

    In Berkeley, Ho joined an Asian-American political newspaper, Hardboiled; interned on public television KQED; and worked for a Hollywood producer, figuring she could work as a reporter or screenwriter, but neither career path was right for her. She then worked as a grant writer for nonprofit arts organizations and as an after school student tutor.

    Describing herself as a “great book geek,” Ho said she wrote in a journal on and off since she was a child, but only started writing fiction when she was a child. late twenties. She took a fiction writing class for fun. Then, 10 years after graduating from college, she enrolled in the Maser of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was the only Asian American student in her class. .

    She then moved on to the University of Southern California to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature as a Dornsife Fellow. His thesis focuses on 19th-century Los Angeles Chinatown, how it was destroyed, and the racialized violence of the time.

    As Ho’s longtime dream of writing a book has come true, its publication takes place amid a global pandemic and high rates of anti-Asian racism and violence.

    “There has been a change in my perspective, after going through the pandemic and really seeing what is really important to me personally, politically and what I can do to help my community,” Ho said. “I was fighting a lot. not to be productive, but the pandemic has really changed that. I realized that sometimes your brain needs to rest – that also counts as writing. ”


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    Graphic novelist turns to education to tell the stories of farmers in central Wisconsin


    WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Ginseng isn’t just a root, not for the people of central Wisconsin, at least. It’s a story of the people and places where she grew up, binding individuals brought up with her in an eternal knot, like Craig Thompson.

    “I worked up to 40 hours a week when I was 10 and was paid a dollar an hour, which in my young brain translates to one comic book per hour.”

    He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but grew up on the east side of Marathon, about 10 minutes from Wausau. He said that while he enjoyed some of the grueling work of pulling weeds and harvesting roots in front of his brother, they both dreamed that one day they would come out of blue collar work, a day to tell stories through comics.

    Thompson is now a graphic novelist often drawing inspiration from his upbringing in Wisconsin. He typically writes 600-page graphic novels, but said there was a point in his career when his job in some way didn’t fill the physical labor of a ginseng farm. With Writers’ Block and a desire to create a work of non-fiction, he sought inspiration from his roots. After spending time living in Los Angeles and seeing “Hollywoodians writing about Hollywood people” all the time, he believed there was an opportunity to tell stories of people elsewhere in the country. His mind kept turning to ginseng and all the stories that come with it.

    “The pleasure of this project is not that it all comes from my head, you know, it comes from interactions, conversations and interviews. “

    In 2019, he started those interviews by chatting with the people he worked for around Marathon decades earlier. He learned that there were not many small farmers left.

    “They had all given up growing ginseng around the same time in the early 2000s because the industry had collapsed.”

    “It takes four to five years to mature. You have to plan ahead, you have to get the job done, and it’s a tough crop to grow. There are probably less than 150 of us growing it now, ”said Will Hsu, president of Hsu’s Ginseng.

    Hsu accepted Thompson’s offer to participate in his “Ginseng Roots” project.

    “Favorite part of my story is probably our family history. “

    Hsu’s parents, Paul and Sharron Hsu immigrated from Taiwan in 1969. A few years later, Paul Hsu’s mother in Taiwan fell ill; he sent her some ginseng and they believe the root is responsible for his recovery. This led them to attempt to grow ginseng.

    Will Hsu grew up doing all the farm chores, such as weeding, spraying pesticides and fertilizers, and harvesting roots. He eventually quit to pursue higher education and began a separate career. At least a decade later, his father was diagnosed with cancer, so he returned to the farm and his father recovered quickly.

    Hsu’s ginseng has since grown into one of the best-known brands in the world. As part of the series, he also explained Wisconsin’s central role in a global market, especially Chinese, and the dynamics of global trade.

    “You can’t find it anywhere else. So, this is something special about ginseng and something special about being from Wausau, Wis. “

    One of the smaller farms still around is a farm known as Vang Ginseng. Chua Vang, the owner and operator, now calls him Abraham Ginseng in honor of his late father, Abraham Ga Yi Vang.

    “I grew up doing that, you know. That’s all I know, since I was 8 years old.

    Her father was a child soldier, 15, in the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War. Vang details his father’s legacy and his partnership with the CIA and his Hmong people during the war in the book. He and his pregnant wife were able to cross the Mekong River to a refugee camp. The two and their new baby, a daughter, were sponsored to come to the United States as refugees and resettled in Tennessee.

    The couple had other children there, including Chua Vang, but most of their extended family have been relocated to central Wisconsin. They eventually moved to the area after finding out that ginseng could be grown there.

    “’85, I tried, you know you’ve grown an acre at a time and here we are,” Chua Vang said with a laugh.

    He said his father’s experience during the war led him to be brought up with great discipline and dedication. So even though the job was tough, and he made her miss his Saturday morning cartoons, he said it shaped his character.

    “When my dad approached me and asked me if I wanted to take over or not,” he said it was one of his favorite sections. “I think that part is one of the parts that I love about it and the way Craig drew it, he’s a great artist.”

    Chua Vang and Will Hsu said the comic book series medium tells the stories in a unique way that most other methods cannot capture, and reflects many of the lessons of ginseng.

    “It teaches you the patience of ginseng,” Hsu explained. “You know, you’ve read a comic and now you have to wait months for the next installment. Well, if you are planting ginseng seeds, you have to wait years before you harvest anything.

    It’s kind of like a book, which Thompson says can take years to write and could be a complete failure, but that’s the risk.

    “It must be a labor of love because of the kind of inconsistencies and ups and downs, high risk, you know,” Thompson concluded.

    There will be a total of 12 comics that Thompson said he would eventually pull together into one great graphic novel. Thompson said he wanted production of the series to be as local as possible, using a publisher in Minnesota and a printer in Eau Claire. The first nine in the series are now available at specialty comic book stores and online through Publisher, Uncivilized, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retail stores.

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    Rose Parade returns to Pasadena amid Omicron wave and smaller crowd


    The parade of roses is back.

    After the coronavirus forced its first cancellation since World War II last year, the whimsical, flowery procession returns to Pasadena on Saturday.

    The parade begins at 8 a.m. PT, with actor and TV host LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal. The theme is “Dream. To achieve. To believe.”

    While the return of the Rose Parade is seen by many as a joyous respite from a painful two years of the pandemic, it is overshadowed by a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

    As onlookers from across the country lined Colorado Boulevard, nearly one in four people in Los Angeles County who are tested positive for the coronavirus, and the daily number of new confirmed infections is doubling every two days.

    The crowd before the parade was considerably smaller than in the past. Although some people have camped along the route since noon on New Years Eve – a beloved tradition for those hoping to get a good view of the floats – a family arrived at 6 a.m. on Saturday and found a spot in the first row.

    On Thursday, Kaiser Permanente canceled plans to involve frontline medical staff in the Rose Parade.

    “We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent spate of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant,” said the health system said in a statement.

    Kaiser had planned to have 20 medical workers on horseback and on foot in front of his float, which is titled “A Healthier Future” and features the characters of four children, including one wearing a stethoscope and caring for a teddy bear named Booster. The float will always be in the parade.

    Many health and safety measures are taken by the event organizers, including the cancellation of indoor events leading up to the parade.

    “All of the planning we have done has positioned us well to be able to host the Rose Parade in a safe and healthy manner,” said David Eads, Executive Director of the Tournament of Roses.

    “The general feeling of renewal and rebirth of the Rose Parade is in the foreground with everyone. We found a few words for it: “A parade, two years of preparation” and “The flowering is back”.

    The Tournament of Roses requires the more than 6,000 parade participants, including people on floats, marching bands and horse riders, to provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of the start of the event. event.

    Parade spectators aged 12 and over in paid areas, including grandstands, will also be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. Ticket holders aged 18 and over will be required to provide photo identification, and all participants aged 2 and over in these areas will be required to wear a mask.

    Along the remainder of the 5.5-mile route, where people can just walk and watch, negative vaccination and test results will not be verified.

    “What we are asking is that they take their personal responsibility,” by staying in family pods, distancing themselves as much as possible and wearing masks, Eads said.

    This year’s parade will feature 43 floats, 20 marching bands and 18 equestrian units, according to the Tournament of Roses.

    Michelle Van Slyke, senior vice president of marketing and sales for the UPS Store, said in an interview that preparations for the company’s float – which is called “Rise, Shine & Read!” and features a bright yellow bespectacled rooster named Charlie reading to a group of chicks – lasts for about a year.

    In 2020, planning for the floats was already underway when the Rose Parade ended the event due to the pandemic. But the UPS Store, she said, “had its hands full” as a critical business that has remained open amid the closures.

    This week, as the final decorations were applied to the float, she said “safety is the number one priority” and masking and social distancing have been essential.

    The company’s tank is huge: 35 feet high and 55 feet long. Van Slyke said it weighed around 24 tons, with 12 moving parts and 130,000 flowers.

    “If you want to do it, do it in a way that will be fun and magical,” she said. “We all know we’re in the too short-lived category these days, and we want to shine some light after everything we’ve been through the past two years.”

    Van Slyke grew up in San Bernardino and came to the Rose Parade year after year with his grandfather, a construction worker who came every year, even though he was alone. They spent the night along the parade route with chorizo ​​and egg burritos and hot chocolate in thermos.

    “My grandfather would be delighted if he knew I was involved in assembling a tank,” she said.


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    Games postponed and testing increased as Covid continues to impact athletes and teams


    Faced with an alarming increase in the number of professional athletes testing positive for the coronavirus, along with the rest of the country, the NBA announced on Sunday it would postpone five games, bringing the total number of postponements related to the coronavirus in the NBA to seven this season. .

    Also on Sunday, the NHL announced that “due to concerns over cross-border travel and given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions,” it would postpone 21 games scheduled for Monday through December 23 that pitted Canadian teams against American teams. . These matches are scheduled to resume on December 27.

    And on Saturday, the NFL and NFL Players Association changed their testing protocols, the fourth such adjustment in a week.

    These were the latest changes to schedules and health rules that professional leagues made instead of stopping their seasons. With high vaccination rates among players and staff, the NFL and NBA have generally cut back on Covid-19 testing, which is in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who have been vaccinated do not need to be tested unless they are exposed or showing symptoms, according to the CDC, advice that professional leagues appear to be adopting after previously testing more frequently.

    In a note to the 32 teams sent out on Saturday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said players would receive test kits they could use at home to help them “identify and self-report a possible infection before entering the tournament. ‘establishment”.

    Vaccinated NFL players who are asymptomatic will be subjected to “strategic and targeted” testing, while players who report symptoms of a coronavirus infection will be tested “promptly.”

    The NFL’s testing strategy mirrors that of other professional leagues, although the N.BA. and the NHL has temporarily instituted daily testing measures for players, regardless of their vaccination status, amid the current wave fueled by the Omicron variant: NBA players will be tested daily for two weeks starting December 26. , and NHL players began testing on Saturday and will continue until at least January 1.

    “I wouldn’t describe it as we’re stopping testing” for vaccinated players, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said on a call with reporters on Saturday. “We’re trying to test smarter and more strategically. “

    These decisions to rely on self-reporting symptoms have raised new questions about whether players will and risk missing a start if they are positive. It has worked in other areas of society, said Dr Amesh Adalja, senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Hospitals, for example, have relied on the honor code and most do not test vaccinated employees every week, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adalja said sports leagues may also introduce other measures, such as one-time testing or symptom screening, to increase other tests.

    “I think NFL players and coaches need to be professional and know that they don’t want to put other people in danger,” Adalja said. “They shouldn’t be playing sick, but that will obviously be as good as the honesty of the people there.”

    The players union lobbied for daily testing for all players, as the league demanded in 2020, with the NFLPA president, JC Tretter, writing in a September 2021 article on the union’s website that simple weekly testing of vaccinated players could allow transmission of the virus within team facilities for a dangerously long period of time.

    Goodell’s memo on Saturday follows a slew of Covid-19 protocol changes the NFL made in a week in which it was forced to postpone three of this weekend’s games, the first of those delays this season.

    Facing a one-day record in positive player tests last Monday, the league imposed booster shots on team staff members who work most closely with players. On Thursday, after more than 100 players tested positive during the week, the league reinstated mandatory masks inside team facilities and restrictions on in-person gatherings. More than 130 players were placed on NFL teams’ Covid-19 reserve rosters last week, including at least 10 from the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Washington football team.

    With the spike in positive cases threatening the weekend’s game roster, the NFL has also changed its policies to allow fully vaccinated players who have tested positive to become active faster, provided they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours. Now, these players can return from quarantine the day after their first positive test.

    On Saturday, the NHL announced strengthened protocols that include daily testing for all members of a club’s traveling team. Players and coaches are prohibited from eating inside restaurants and bars, and are encouraged to wear masks indoors.

    A joint league-NHLPA statement released on Sunday said that after meetings with medical experts, the season will continue amid postponements; until now 39 NHL games will be reprogrammed. The need to temporarily close individual teams would continue to be made on a case-by-case basis.

    The statement also said the league and players’ union “were actively discussing the issue” of the NHL’s participation in the upcoming Beijing Olympics and expected to “announce a final decision in the coming days.”

    In England, the Premier League canceled almost all of its football games this weekend as teams were overwhelmed with positive cases.

    Coronavirus cases have increased despite high vaccination rates among professional sports players. About 95% of NFL players are vaccinated, according to the league. This far exceeds the rest of the country, where 72% of people aged 18 and over have been vaccinated. But it trails other sports leagues slightly – only one NHL player is unvaccinated and 97% of NBA players have been vaccinated. Due to the high vaccination rates, Adalja said, there is no need to test the vaccinated daily. This type of surveillance detects cases that are “not very clinically significant” because most infected people are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

    “We’re going to have cases of Covid in the NFL in 20 years – they will continue to happen,” Adalja said. “I think we need to think about what we’re trying to achieve. “

    Adalja expects the virus to become endemic and recommends that health officials across the board put their efforts into navigating a reality in which the virus is a part of everyday life. He added that in this situation daily testing would not be helpful.

    The NFL has not required its players to be vaccinated, but has relaxed its Covid-19 protocols and restrictions ahead of this season for those who have been vaccinated, lifting mitigation guidelines like wearing masks and decreasing frequency of testing .

    But with positive cases on the rise, professional football has reinstated many of the 2020 policies that have helped the league complete its entire regular season and playoffs on schedule, with only daily testing making a difference.

    The relaxation of protocols highlights the choice that sports leagues and other businesses must make at this stage of the pandemic. Dr Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist and professor at the University of Washington who has advised the Seattle Seahawks on Covid-19 issues, said he felt a desire among organizations to cut mitigation measures to return to a certain sense of normalcy. Gupta said each entity should assess their tolerance to positive tests at a time when vaccines offer strong protection against serious illness.

    “We’re coming to a pivotal point, and I think Omicron is going to accelerate that, where we have to accept a new normal and a new paradigm of risk,” Gupta said in an interview last week.

    “In the past 22 months this has been a positive test, test, trace, isolate,” Gupta added. “I think we’re going to start to normalize towards what we can actually evolve in terms of solutions that will keep people from going to the hospital. I bet that’s what the NFL is going to aim for.


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    John Legend embarks on book publishing with a social justice imprint


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    Singer-songwriter John Legend and two entertainment industry associates have established a book publishing brand with publisher Zando with its first release slated for spring 2023.

    Highlights

    Legend, along with manager Ty Stiklorius and film producer Mike Jackson, has teamed up with Zando, launched by former Crown editor Molly Stern in 2020, to create Get Lifted Books.

    Zando has announced that he is acquiring books with Get Lifted, including works on race and culture, memoir, original fiction that “challenge assumptions” and “transformative and community-driven works of social justice. ideas ”.

    The first book published under the Get Lifted imprint will be Rose water, the first novel by gal-dem founder of Liv Little magazine.

    Get Lifted Books plans to acquire and publish four to six titles over the next three years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Zando also teamed up with actress and producer Lena Waithe and with Missing girl author Gillian Flynn to create edit imprints.

    Key context

    Get Lifted Books is an extension of the Get Lifted Film company of Legend, Stiklorius and Jackson, which has produced films and series including Jingle Jangle: a Christmas journey, Sherman’s showcase and laureate of the International Documentary Association Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: Lost Children. In a statement, Legend, Stiklorius and Jackson described the production company as a way to highlight “diverse voices that deserve to be heard.”

    Tangent

    Jackson was executive producer for La La Land, the 2016 Oscar-winning musical starring Legend in a supporting role.

    Further reading

    “John Legend and his animation team will publish books at Zando” (Los Angeles Times)

    “John Legend embarks on book publishing” (Bloomberg)


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    Marvel comic artist kids demand copyrights at Brooklyn Fed


    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The heirs to the comic book artist who created superheroes Captain Marvel and Falcon are accusing Marvel of retaining valuable copyrights that should belong to them, court records show.

    Artist Gene Colan’s son and daughter filed a counterclaim against Marvel Characters Inc. on Tuesday challenging the company’s ownership of the iconic characters, according to Brooklyn Federal Court records.

    “Gene Colan worked day-to-day, in his own premises, using his own instruments and materials, and thus he bore the entire financial risk of creating the [characters] in question ”, indicates the lawsuit.

    “[Marvel] attempts to rewrite history by claiming that Colan equipment was “work made for hire” originally owned by … so-called predecessors. “

    Patch contacted attorneys representing the heirs of Colan and Marvel Characters Inc. but did not receive immediate responses.

    Nanci Solo and Erik Colan, the late artist’s children, are among a group of artists and landowners who have sought this summer to end Marvel’s copyrights in characters including Spider-Man and Thor, according to court records.

    The artists brought their claim under the Copyright Act, which allows artists to terminate the assignment of copyrights after 35 years if they provide two years’ notice.

    Marvel sued the artists in September, filing lawsuits in federal courts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and demanding that termination notices be declared invalid, according to files and reports.

    Marvel arguing that the creators were paid workers who had already been paid and therefore were not covered by copyright law, according to legal documents.

    But Colan’s heirs contend their father was not a salaried worker but a freelance artist who was underpaid for his contributions, which included purchasing equipment and creating screenplays, the lawsuit says.

    They also dispute the contributions and writing credits given to Stan Lee, who they say accepted the credit but did not contribute to the story, according to legal documents.

    “Authors have generally accepted unilateral subsidies, preventing them from sharing the success of their works,” argues the lawsuit.

    “The results were often supremely unfair, as when a work was found to have lasting commercial value but only enriched the publisher.”

    Colan’s characters have made and are making comic book history.

    His character Falcon, a man from Harlem who was able to fly and control birds, became the first black mainstream superhero when he appeared in a Captain America comic book in 1969.

    Captain Marvel – recently played by Brie Larson in a 2019 film and more to come – made headlines by successfully foiling the “sexist trolls” who tried to criticize his movie, Vox reported at the time.

    According to a report from Polygon, Captain Marvel was created to tap into a burgeoning feminist movement and to establish The Marvel brand on the name.


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    A resurrection of the indigenous language of the Serrano people


    Ernest Siva, 84, is one of the last oral historians of the indigenous Serrano language.

    (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

    When Ernest Siva was a boy in the Morongo Reservation in Riverside County, he listened to the music and stories of his ancestors, who had lived in Southern California long before the land was named that name.

    He remembers running around a ceremonial fire in the reserve at the age of 5 when a weeklong ceremony honoring those who had died the previous year culminated with the combustion of images in their image. Dollar bills and coins were thrown into the fire in tribute as the elders of the tribe sang songs reserved for special occasions. Siva and her cousin chased down the scorched silver that escaped from the flames, largely ignoring the traditional lyrics in the background.

    The specific words and rhythms are now distant memories for Siva, 84, a Cahuilla / Serrano Native American.

    “I remember hearing these songs, but… I didn’t learn any of these songs because they are only sung for a specific occasion,” he said. “Once these ceremonies were over and they ceased to be celebrated, we no longer had these songs. “

    The following year, the ceremony was hosted by another tribe, but over the years people who knew the native songs died without passing them on.

    Siva is working to change that. For the past 25 years, the Banning resident has served as a tribal historian with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

    For thousands of years, the Serrano language has been passed down through oral tradition. The word “Serrano” comes from the Spanish term for “mountaineer,” which is what 18th-century explorers called the Maara’yam people.

    The stories have been passed down from generation to generation by the elders, but Siva believes that by the 1950s some of the oral history – as well as the native language, which has many dialects – had already started to fade.

    Dorothy Ramon, Siva’s aunt, was the last “pure” or common speaker of the Serrano language.

    In the 1920s, Ramon was forced to attend the Sherman Institute in Riverside, a boarding school intended to assimilate Native American children and strip them of their Native traditions and languages. But Ramon and his siblings were encouraged by their grandfather Francisco Morongo to keep their language alive or risk losing their heritage.

    For the past 100 years, linguists have researched Serrano speech. When Ramon was almost 70, she collaborated on a 12-year-old project with linguist Eric Elliott, a white man, who translated his stories in the 2000 book “Wayta ‘Yawa’ (Always Believe).”

    “It was a big surprise that she even worked with a linguist because she was on the shy side and remained isolated,” Siva said. “Without her, we wouldn’t have volumes of her stories.

    But when Ramon passed away at the age of 93 in 2002, the tongue almost died with it. Revitalization efforts over the past three decades, led by the Morongo and San Manuel Mission Indian Bands, have resuscitated the language that was once spoken by locals.

    Two students walk on a college campus.

    Cal State University San Bernardino has a credit course in the Serrano language that counts as a general education requirement.

    (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

    Earlier this month, San Bernardino County officially recognized the language for the first time, although Serranos have been in the area since before the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s.

    Siva’s work has contributed greatly to this. He devotes most of his time and energy to sharing the Serrano culture and language.

    Siva contributes to the Cal State San Bernardino language program through an agreement between the San Manuel Mission Indian Band and the university. A Native American language course was introduced over ten years ago, but today it is offered as a credit course.

    Carmen Jany, California Indian Language Programs Coordinator at Cal State San Bernardino, said Siva’s instruction has been vital in keeping the Serrano language alive.

    “I believe his sincere desire to preserve and pass on the language and traditions of local indigenous cultures – evident in his generous donations of time, talent and knowledge – is clearly a driving force behind these efforts,” Jany said in an email about Siva’s work.

    After her aunt died, Siva and his wife, June, opened the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center in Banning, where they host Indigenous artwork including drama, poetry and music. They also regularly give Serrano lessons.

    A dedicated student at the Learning Center is Mark Araujo-Levinson, a 25-year-old Latino who found the courses through a Google search.

    The Riverside resident’s great-grandfather was Mixtec, an indigenous Mexican group, and Araujo-Levinson’s fascination with languages ​​began during his childhood. But it wasn’t until he graduated from high school and friends told him about the Native American dialects of the area that he began to wonder why he hadn’t heard of them before. This curiosity launched him on a journey to learn more about the indigenous languages ​​of California – and led him to Siva in 2017.

    Mark Araujo-Levinson, who studied the Serrano language, stands among shelves of books.

    Mark Araujo-Levinson, 25, a student at Cal State University San Bernardino, found Ernest Siva’s Serrano classes via the internet.

    (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

    A book is lying on a table.

    Mark Araujo-Levinson owns Dorothy Ramon’s book “Wayta ‘Yawa’ (Always Believe)”. The book was the culmination of a 12-year project with linguist Eric Elliott, a white man, who translated his stories.

    (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

    “At first, Mr. Siva was a little wary of the situation, just because I’m not on the reserve. But as our friendship grew, it became more encouraging, ”said Araujo-Levinson. “The last few years have truly been a blessing for me. It means a lot to me that he taught me the language and how well he holds me up.

    Araujo-Levinson, a math student at Cal State San Bernardino who views grammatical rules like equations or theorems, shares his love of languages ​​- including Serrano dialects – on his Youtube channel and even got a job at Morongo Cultural Heritage Department as a language preservation specialist.

    Siva loves having such a natural student, even if he is unconventional.

    “He surprises everyone with his ability to grasp and understand and all that is needed to write,” Siva said. “Not many people can do that.”

    About two years ago, Araujo-Levinson translated a story told in 1918 by Yuhaatviatam leader Santos Manuel to anthropologist JP Harrington. The story, titled “What Owl Said” and originally written in English and Spanish, was translated into Serrano with the help of Siva.

    It begins:

    Kwenevu ‘kesha’ aweerngiva. ‘ (There was a big storm.) Hakupvu ‘weerngtu.’ (It rained a lot.)

    The story describes the darkened sky and four boys playing in the rain. Then an owl visits a sleeping old man. The owl tells him to sing and play his rattle in the morning. The story ends with the music of the old man chasing the rain.

    Puuyu ‘taaqtam hihiim taamiti.’ Puuyu ‘peehun a’ayec ‘can’ nyihay kwana. ‘ (All the people saw the sun. They were all happy.) Kwenemu api’a ‘puuyu’ taaqtam poi’cu ‘chaatu.’ (After that, everyone started singing.)

    Ama ‘ Yes.’ (That’s all.)

    The end of such a narration – in Serrano’s native tongue – is what Siva fears. He never wanted to become the tribal historian of Morongo. As a teenager he wanted to play the saxophone but after decades as a teacher, from elementary schools to universities, he understood the responsibility of preserving his language.

    He said his family used to fight for the right word in Serrano and failed.

    “They were like, ‘Ah well, goodbye, language,’” he said.

    “It was the end of our ways, you know,” Siva said of the celebrations long ago on the reserve. “Without having these things… without having the ceremonies, they were gone,” he said of Indigenous culture, language and songs.

    A man holds a portrait and closes his eyes.

    Ernest Siva at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center in Banning. After his aunt died, he and his wife, June, opened the center, where they host Indigenous artwork, including theater, poetry and music.

    (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

    Siva regularly promotes the Serrano language online and with linguists in San Manuel, who are part of the Serrano Language Revitalization Project, an effort to resuscitate the language. Although Araujo-Levinson is a natural speaker when it comes to Serrano, Siva believes that one day he will lose his star math student.

    “We would hate to lose him,” Siva said. “He’s just one of those talents. It’s great to see him teach it. Teaching it is so important now.

    Siva recalled that her aunt had recounted how her grandfather was once approached by a nearby tribal community, who admitted that she lost her songs to honor the dead. It was a rewarding experience, she said, and Morongo offered to teach the community the Serrano songs.

    He explained that the songs are from the creator and intended for all of God’s children. But the experience left an impression on the family – especially him, Siva said.

    “My great-grandfather said to his family, ‘You have to remember your culture and your language, otherwise you will end up in a wandering tribe.’ “


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    THE CREATOR OF THE AVA DUVERNAY SERIES AND HIS OWN ANNOUNCE THE CONCLUSION OF THE “QUEEN SUGAR” SERIES BY WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND FILMWORKS TABLE, WITH LAST SEVENTH SEASON IN 2022 – Discovery, Inc.


    Los Angeles – Series creator Ava Du Vernay and clean : Oprah winfrey Network today announced that the critically acclaimed drama series “Sugar queen, “of Warner Bros. Television and ARRAY Filmworks, will complete its seventh season next year. Writing for the final season has begun and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.

    “At all, there is a season. And my production partner Paul Garnes and I have had seven wonderful seasons to do ‘Queen Sugar’ with a remarkable cast and crew, alongside our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television“, DuVernay shared.” Writing and producing seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far exceeded my expectations. Now I feel strongly that the story, which began as a sunrise from a suggestion of Oprah, is ready for its sunset like a fully realized dream. “Queen Sugar” has been one of the true joys of my career and my gratitude is deep and boundless. “

    “’Queen Sugar’ is a truly extraordinary series brought to life by Ava’s leadership, brilliant creative team, and incredible cast and crew. Our audiences have been reflected with nuance and care throughout the family history. Bordelon, including their triumphs and challenges, and more importantly, the love they have for each other through it all, ”said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “‘Queen Sugar’ has been an unprecedented success for OWN, garnering critical acclaim, accolades and a loyal and dedicated following. We are very grateful for Ava’s partnership and look forward to a fantastic final season.”

    In its six seasons to date, “Queen Sugar” has consistently received critical acclaim and industry recognition. Earlier this year, Emmy Magazine presented the influential series as a cover story declaring it “one of the best hours on television”. African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded the series the award for best television series for four consecutive years, the Impact award in 2021 and several awards for best writing. Additionally, the series received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series and was named TV Show of the Year by the American noir film festival (ABFF). Creator and executive producer Ava Du Vernay was recently named Producer of the Year by Hollywood journalist.

    Throughout her run, “Queen Sugar” was praised for her powerful portrayal of a Afro-American family in the Deep South and for DuVernay’s continued commitment to hiring an all-female production team throughout the series. Since its beginnings in September 2016, 42 women performed episodes of SUGAR QUEEN, 39 of whom made their television debuts in the series. At the start of production, DuVernay set up an inclusive initiative to hire an all-female director team and a representative team in terms of race, culture, gender, sexuality, age and physical ability.

    “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks of DuVernay and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on the book by Nathalie Baszile. The first five seasons of “Queen Sugar” are currently available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

    About OWN: Oprah winfrey Network

    OWN: Oprah winfrey Network is the first and only network named and inspired by one iconic leader. Oprah winfrey’s the heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the chain. OWN is a premier destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The company also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv and discovery + on mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

    On Warner Bros. Television

    One of the entertainment industry’s most respected prime-time original programming providers since its inception in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. From November 2021, Warner Bros. Television produces over 60 scripted series for on-demand / streaming services, premium / pay and basic cable channels, and all five broadcast networks.

    About ARRAY

    Founded in 2011 by the filmmaker Ava Du Vernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective, winner of the Peabody Award, dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-oriented entities: film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, content company ARRAY Filmworks, programming and production center ARRAY Creative Campus, and non-profit group lucrative ARRAY Alliance.

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    Launched in 2019, Nightfire, Tor’s new horror imprint, spans the spectrum of horror, from short story collections to short stories and novels, from standalone works to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. Nightfire novels are now appearing on the shelves of bookstores and libraries near you. Do you dare to strain your spine on these terrifying titles this fall?

    Poetry has the unique ability to capture our darkest hours and deepest emotions while shattering the standards of a typical prose novel. One of the large formats that is rapidly gaining popularity is the verse novel, or a novel told in verse rather than pure prose. Novels in verse combine a compelling story with a stark, powerful and complex poetry that strikes readers with emotion. Through poetry, writers can transcend the limits of prose and introduce writing that breaks conventional rules of grammar and language. The result is a book that reaches readers who themselves experience dark emotions that defy description.

    In these nine dark verse novels told in powerful poems, the characters face a variety of challenges and find a way forward to overcome their challenges. The verse helps them express difficult emotions and tragic events. In a way, verse novels help heal the experience of darkness. In this list of nine great novels in verse, you will find a range of books in both young adult literature and adult literature. They explore a range of topics, such as trauma, mental health, friendships, coming of age, violence and trauma. Whether you’re new to the genre or just looking to get started reading verse novels, there’s one for you in this compilation of nine dark verse novels.

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    Because I am a piece of furniture by Thalia Chaltas

    In this dark verse novel by YA, Anke lives in a house where her brother and sister are victims of their father’s abuse. Somehow Anke is spared, but the trauma of growing up in an abusive home still weighs on her. When making the school volleyball team, Anke finds a positive outlet for her naturally turbulent emotions. Thalia Chaltas’ novel mixes a gripping story with beautiful, punchy verses.

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    Chlorine sky by L. Browne Mahogany

    When we are young, the unstoppable strength of our friendships couldn’t strike any harder. The friends we have in our youth feel as epic and fatal as any relationship with a lover. And it is these types of links that Mahogany L. Browne deals with in his verse novel by YA. Chlorine sky. Our heroine, Sky, struggles to keep a friendship as she and her best friend go in different directions. The loss of a friendship can be as searing and emotional as a breakup, as Sky learns in this dark verse novel.

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    Dreaming of you by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

    This YA novel in verse is both quirky and dark. Melissa is a young Latinx woman obsessed with writing and reading poetry, an outlet for her loneliness and grief. During one session, Melissa brings to life Selena Quintanilla, the legendary iconic and revolutionary pop singer of Tejano. But the act has serious repercussions for Melissa. Told in the skillful verses of Lozada-Oliva, Dreaming of you stars a heroine of unforgettable ferocity in a story that literally sends her to hell and back.

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    Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

    Located in a psychiatric hospital, Impulse is a series debut by Ellen Hopkins, one of YA literature’s most iconic verse novelists. YA novel Impulse follows three young adult patients trying to recover and regain hope with varying levels of success. When their stories become entangled with each other, Vanessa, Tony, and Connor find the complexity of their connection to be electric, in good and bad.

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    Long way down by Jason Reynolds

    Will, 15, walks into an elevator with a pistol ready to come out and avenge his brother’s murder as soon as he reaches the ground floor of his apartment building. But his journey is interrupted as the ghosts of people he knows who have been victims of armed violence follow one another floor after floor. This heartfelt and engaging YA novel in verse by award-winning author Jason Reynolds is as twisted as it is heartfelt. Will grabs you and doesn’t let go as you encourage him to put the gun down and get over his grief in another way.

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    Northwood by Maryse Meijer

    At Maryse Meijer Northwood adult novel in verse, a promising young artist flees to a cabin in the woods to better concentrate on her art. Meanwhile, she begins a volatile intimate relationship with a married neighbor. Their intensely moving and deeply passionate love story and the consequences of their separation are told in Meijer’s visceral verses in a distinguished and raw voice.

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    Pointy teeth by Toby Barlow

    This adult horror novel in verse by Toby Barlow takes place in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles where rival werewolf gangs constantly clash. When dog catcher Anthony falls in love with a female werewolf who roams him solo after breaking her pact, the limits of their love are tested. Pointy teeth capture all the conflict between the packs that sweeps through the groups of bloodthirsty and ready to kill werewolves. Violent and sometimes funny, Pointy teeth is a dark verse novel that any horror fan will want to add to their TBR.

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    Yell by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Known for her lyrical prose, beloved author Laurie Halse Anderson shows off her talents as a poet in Yell, a YA thesis in verse. Anderson reflects on how his early trauma, famous in his groundbreaking novel Speak, had a ripple effect on his life. With a propulsive narrative style, daring poetry, a flawless sense of realism and shatteringly crisp images, Yell is a must read for anyone who enjoys dark verse novels, and a thought-provoking story for those struggling with trauma and depression.

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    The girl and the goddess by Nikita Gill

    In her first verse novel, famous poet Nikita Gill mixes myth and legend with the raw truth of life as a young woman at the intersection of identities. Paro, the sympathetic and rambling Gill heroine you’ll love, travels her life from childhood to her older years in this adult verse novel with a nod to Hindu mythology. These linked poems, along with Gill’s evocative illustrations, prove why Gill is one of the most daring, provocative, and esteemed poets of his generation.


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    New DC Gods movie canceled due to Snyder cut, director says


    Ava DuVernay strongly implies that Warner Bros. has canceled his film, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

    Writer and director Ava DuVernay strongly suggests that Warner Bros. canceled his film DCEU, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder Justice League. The film was first announced by the studio in 2018 and would have followed the titular characters of the same name, who debuted on the pages of DC Comics in 1971. Coincidentally, the New Gods share the same creator – legend from the comic book industry, Jack Kirby – like Marvel’s Eternals. Although the New Gods and the Eternals exist in separate continuities belonging to two rival societies, the books shared many thematic and aesthetic similarities, such as the titular characters of both franchises comprising an immortal race of divine beings.


    Unfortunately, Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that DuVernay’s New Gods would not advance to the studio. Although no explicit reason was given at the time, some have speculated that the narrative overlap between New Gods and Zack Snyder Justice League may have played a role in the abrupt cancellation of the first. Before DuVernay and Tom King could finish writing the script, Snyder had already incorporated many key aspects of New Gods’ lore in her new cut of Justice League including mother boxes, the anti-life equation and – arguably the most famous new god – Darkseid.

    Related: Justice League: What Is Darkseid’s Anti-Life Symbol In Snyder’s Cup

    DuVernay may have subtly confirmed this theory in a recent interview with the Radio Andy show (via SiriusXM). She says Warner Bros. “chopped” New Gods “based on some of the things that were going on with another movie in this world.” At the time of writing, Zack Snyder Justice League is the only DCEU film to have addressed New Gods lore to a substantial extent. Thus, it is highly likely that the “another movie” it refers to Snyder. Check out the clip below:

    Despite New Gods’ cancellation, Warner Bros. has made it clear that the project will remain in the hands of DuVernay and Kings if it were to proceed in the future. It appears the studio is currently focused on crafting their most iconic heroes (as evidenced by the upcoming list of Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman-centric projects) before expanding into their more esoteric cosmic lore. Ideally, the duo would return if the studio chooses to continue the New Gods in the future.

    However, the studio may have dodged a bullet by removing New Gods. Criticism embargo for upcoming Marvel Studios film Eternals recently lifted, which could become the MCU’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Given the similar subject matter between the two franchises, it’s possible that Jack Kirby’s mythical sci-fi epics were just too hard to adapt for the film. Warner Bros. also showed no interest in pursuing Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC Universe, so it makes sense that the Snyder Cut was a key reason behind New Gods get canceled. Either way, given the work DuVernay and King have already put into the project, hopefully the movie will someday come to fruition.

    More: New Gods: Every Confirmed Character That Would Have Appeared

    Source: SiriusXM

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    • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)Release Date: December 16, 2022
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    Vaccination mandates in Maine and nationwide create conflict with defiant workers


    Chevalier is one of a small but significant number of working Americans who decide to quit their jobs and careers in defiance of what they see as intrusive edicts that affect their freedoms.

    The Biden administration, public health officials, and many business leaders agree vaccine requirements are legal and prudent actions needed to help the world come out of a pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 Americans and nearly 5 million people around the world.

    Provocative workers make up only a small fraction of the overall workforce, with many cities, states and businesses reporting that more than 9 in 10 of their workers comply with mandates.

    But they have the potential to create disruption in a tight labor market and have become the latest hurdle to overcome the vaccine reluctance that allowed the COVID-19 crisis to take a devastating turn over the summer. In many cases, the reasons for objections are rooted in misinformation.

    Refusals come from all types of professions: defense industry workers, police, firefighters, educators and healthcare workers. In Seattle, a group of city firefighters returned their boots to city hall on Tuesday to protest a vaccination requirement.

    Thousands of people demanded religious or medical exemptions which were rejected; others will not stand to be told what to do and have quit or been fired.

    Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich was fired from his $ 3.2 million-a-year job on Monday, along with four assistants. Rolovich, the first major college coach to lose his job due to his vaccine status, called for a religious exemption but declined to give details. He pursues.

    The conflict over mandates is expected to intensify in the coming weeks. The Biden administration is expected to come forward any day with the mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require all employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, although the app will likely not begin for several weeks. The rule for federal contractors goes into effect in December, with no testing option, but many businesses, governments and schools are already implementing warrants.

    The US Chamber of Commerce and other groups that represent large employers have warned that workers could simply migrate to jobs at smaller companies where they are not subject to vaccination requirements. This could create challenges for large retailers as the holiday season approaches, among other disruptions, the chamber warned.

    People who have quit their jobs and are looking for a job that does not require vaccination share information on social media. Small employers looking for workers are turning to online job boards such as RedBalloon, where employers pledge not to make vaccines a condition of employment.

    Andrew Crapuchettes, founder and CEO of RedBalloon, said he launched the online job site more than two months ago for people “who just want to work and don’t want to get into the business. office politics “. More than 800 companies posted and more than 250,000 people visited the site, he said.

    Some states, including Texas, Montana, and Florida, are preparing to fight or undermine the Biden mandates. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning any entity from requiring vaccines.

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he would call a special session to pass legislation to fight vaccination warrants, saying that “in Florida, your right to earn a living does not depend on the choices you make. you do in terms of those injections. “

    Melissa Alfieri-Collins, a 44-year-old mother of two, said she resigned as a nurse at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, rather than undergo regular COVID-19 testing.

    She said the hospital had recognized her request for a medical exemption, but she had opposed the requirement that only unvaccinated people be tested, arguing that even those vaccinated could spread the disease.

    “My family and I had a long conversation, and I basically don’t want to compromise my values ​​anymore,” said Alfieri-Collins, who hopes to become a nurse practitioner and pursue her own holistic practice.

    “I am very sad because I am the kind of nurse who loves my patients and my patients love me,” she said.

    Anthony Polenski, director of strategic partnerships for tech recruiting company Jobfuture.ai, said he was seeing candidates who wanted to know, “Is this company going to force me to take a hit? Polenski said they often left their former employers because of a vaccination warrant.

    “They don’t want their immunization status tied to their job,” he said.

    At the Maine shipyard, frustration is mounting among union members.

    Around 100 shipbuilders gathered outside the shipyard during their lunch break on Friday to protest against being required to be vaccinated. They marched down the street, holding up placards decrying the mandate and using choice four-letter words that made it clear what they thought of the president and his vaccine mandates.

    The union fears losing more than 1,000 workers, or 30% of its members, during the term of the federal contractor.

    Dean Grazioso, a 33-year Bath Iron Works employee, said he was not anti-vaccine but knew vaccinated colleagues, friends and family who contracted groundbreaking COVID infections -19. Such infections are rare, and vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 usually have mild symptoms and are much less likely to be hospitalized or die.

    The 53-year-old is still in the process of deciding whether to get shot.

    “I’m still in the air,” he said. “But I have a huge decision to make.”

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    Catalini reported from Trenton, New Jersey, and Dazio reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida contributed to this report.



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    MLT author’s debut novel explores women’s resilience and empowerment


    Amanda Johnson shows the ebook version of her first novel “East of Manhattan”. (Photos courtesy of Amanda Johnson)

    Mountlake Terrace resident Amanda Johnson had her first novel East Manhattan recently published. The novel was partially informed by her personal experiences while her husband Ben Hill was working as a household manager for a celebrity in New York City. It addresses the themes of feminism and the changing gender roles related to work and family structure.

    East Manhattan tells the story of Julie and Scott Cutter, who strike a deal whereby Scott will spend two years working as a butler for a wealthy reality TV star, and then they will start the family Julie has always dreamed of. But Julie learns she’s approaching prenatal geriatric status, and the job requires her husband to live in the basement of her famous boss’s Manhattan mansion instead of being with her across the East River. in Queens.

    Then one morning, Scott casually announces during a brunch that he doesn’t want any more children. Julie is convinced that spending an idyllic July 4th weekend in the Hamptons will change her mind. She makes one last effort to save her dream, to be confronted instead with her worst nightmare and a dirty little secret that will change the course of her life forever.

    “The plot and the characters and a lot of the actions they take are fictional, but the inspiration I found behind some of the things that happened to us when my husband had this job was real life,” Johnson said. . “I kept a diary and when crazy things happened – that I didn’t think they would happen like normal everyday life but were now our new normal – I would record them.”

    Johnson then referred to his journal when writing the novel. “I’d be like, oh that’s right, he must have left me in the middle of dinner to go make a turkey sandwich for his boss that time and just those weird, crazy things that happened,” he said. she declared.

    She originally wrote a journal about her life in New York City as an actress, but after Hill started working for the celebrity, “it was more like recording these experiences and also how I was feeling back then” , she said. “It was just a really cathartic way for me to approach these emotions that I was having.”

    Johnson explained that Hill’s job required him to oversee the day-to-day operations of his famous employer’s mansion and fill a sort of “common man role,” which would often even include driving duties for his employer on weekends. end.

    One particularly memorable experience came when the couple were out for dinner and Hill received a text from his employer’s full-time driver saying, “We’re going home and he wants a turkey sandwich,” Johnson said. “So my husband knew that meant he had to get it ready as soon as he walked through the door” and “at that point it was a priority. He left me there to finish my chicken (dinner) on my own and it was an interesting situation.

    The situation “was certainly not an outlier,” she added. “Things like that happened a lot and it became the norm and we had to sort of adapt.” In another case, Hill received a text saying he would have to resolve a situation with the house’s fire alarm before the couple could go on their planned vacation that morning.

    Hill’s job required him to spend five nights a week at his employer’s residence. He had two days off where he could spend time with Johnson and sleep at their house, but “he was going back to the mansion in the middle of the day on his second day off,” she noted, “so it was it was often like that it was not two full days.

    One of the ways the couple adjusted to Hill’s employer’s schedule was by grabbing a quick bite. Johnson often said that after work she would go meet him at places where “we would have ‘five minute dinners’ and he would go back to his job and I would go home on the train.”

    Johnson said that in writing East Manhattan, she insisted on including “the loneliness that brought me. He had to live in this house, so every night I was alone.

    In the book, when Scott tells Julie that he doesn’t want to have any more children, “Julie brings up the issues and comes to terms with her long-held belief and has to somehow break that belief she lives in and take her life. in hand and make some really big decisions that may or may not include her husband, ”Johnson said.“ And she really needs to figure that out on her own and establish herself as a powerful and confident woman, able to be alone and make her dreams come true on her own terms if that’s what she decides to do. “

    She added: “Mistakes are made on both sides and decisions have to be made from those mistakes.” Julie must reassess her situation and ask herself, “What if my life doesn’t turn out the way I always imagined? Johnson said.

    In addition to acting, Johnson had previously written screenplays and plays, but “when that idea came to me, it came to me like a book,” she said. “I never wrote a book, it’s not my background or my experience, but I just saw it as a book and I knew I had to honor it.”

    Johnson said the nearly six-year process was difficult because, “I didn’t really know how to write a novel. I had the story, I knew where I was starting and where I wanted to go, but I didn’t know all of those pieces in between. She set aside time for writing and described her efforts as “a lot of trial and error trying to figure things out and just move on.”

    Plus, she was surprised to learn how much more work was needed after she finished writing the story. “The reviews and trying to find a literary agent and a publisher and market it once it’s out – there’s just a lot of pieces that I didn’t really know were a part of novel writing,” added Johnson.

    Johnson considers “East of Manhattan” to be women’s fiction, although she noted that it has also been classified online as romance. “I have a little trouble with that because romance has very particular tropes that you have to follow in their structure to be considered a true romance book and mine doesn’t necessarily follow that,” she said. declared.

    “The novel deals with important topics such as fertility with humor and grace,” she noted. “It also goes beyond the realm of the simple enlightened chick and explores themes such as female empowerment and entrepreneurship. “

    Johnson grew up in Kirkland and then lived in New York City for 10 years. She and Hill moved to Mountlake Terrace almost five years ago in order to be closer to their family while raising their son Jackson.

    His efforts to find a publisher also allowed him to establish a local connection, as East Manhattan was published by Poulsbo-based Books to Go Now.

    “What got me through the most difficult parts – and I was also doing it at the height of the pandemic – and what kept me going was viewing the physical copy of my book,” Johnson said. “And then when that day came, when that box of books came along, it was so gratifying and beyond any emotion I could describe because it’s the thing I dreamed of.”

    She celebrated with her family on the patio of the Epulo Bistro in Edmonds after receiving the printed copies of her book. Her mother even had a personalized cake made for the occasion that was decorated with the cover of the book. “It was so much fun,” Johnson said, “we had this awesome dinner and a toast and we had cake and it was just a really fun way to celebrate.”

    Johnson enjoyed a personalized cake designed to look like the cover of his novel at a family book launch party.

    Johnson said she had received positive feedback on her first novel. She noted, “The people who are closest to me always want to know what’s real and what’s fictional and it’s just not always fun to tell them – I’d like them to shoot their own conclusions.

    “I’ve also gotten a lot of comments that he’s screaming for a sequel – so we’ll see,” she added. “I’m still sort of recovering from writing a novel and haven’t started it yet.”

    Even though Johnson isn’t ready to start writing a sequel, she remains creatively busy as a writer, actor, voiceover artist, host and producer. His written works include films Alice in Astoria, Babymoon and the stage play Jennie.

    She is currently working on a script and proof of concept short film to develop a television series, Tapestry Brewery, about a female craft brewer from the Pacific Northwest.

    Her voiceover work has mostly been devoted to commercial and industrial projects, although Johnson has indicated that she was recently the voice of the Nordstrom Trunk Club, “which was really fun.” She also hosted the South Sound Money Talks podcast in corroboration with TAPCO Credit Union.

    “I thought I wanted to record the audiobook for East Manhattan until I really dig into it, ”she said, then realized“ that’s not my expertise. It’s a different type of voiceover and I don’t have the training for it and to be able to do it really well would have been too much.

    Voice-over artist Vanessa Lopez was hired to narrate the audiobook version, which Johnson was slated for release in the coming months. “I loved her voice, it seemed like she really understood the tone and point of view I was looking for,” she noted of Lopez. “I absolutely loved what she did with it.”

    Johnson continues to act and she recently won the Los Angeles International Film Festival’s Outstanding (Actress) Award for her portrayal of a lawyer named Kendall in the short. Jonnie’s Sunset. The film is currently on the film festival circuit and she was not sure yet when it will be made available to a wider audience.

    In addition, she plays the lead role of a dancer who ends her career in Ragged nails. The trailer for this film is also currently showing at film festivals.

    Whether she’s writing or acting, Johnson said there was “never a dull moment – I have a 5-year-old too.”

    “The past year has been intense for many reasons beyond the simple pandemic,” Johnson noted. “I want East Manhattan to be a treat that offers women a much needed escape. She added, “It’s fun and it’s quick, but there’s also a little deeper heart in there.”

    More information on East Manhattan and Johnson’s writings can be viewed here. His acting credits can be seen here.

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    The book club that helped spark the gay rights movement


    In the late 1930s, Gonzálo Segura, known to his friends as Tony, enrolled at Emory University to study biochemistry. He graduated in 1942 and then took a job with Foster D. Snell, a New York-based chemical engineering and consulting company that the United States Army hired to perform radiation testing. In the utmost secrecy, Segura tested which cleaning agents most effectively remove radiation from human hands. As his career in radiochemistry progressed, he kept silent about his growing attraction to other men. “I learned very early in life, when I was really a child, that this sexuality and all sexuality were things to keep to myself,” he told historian Jonathan Ned Katz, in 1977. He had always assumed that by the time he was in his twenties, he would develop desires for women and then get married and have children.

    But in 1954, while on a business trip to Cleveland, Segura stopped by a bookstore and saw a copy of “The Homosexual in America” ​​by Donald Webster Cory. “I immediately bought it and was quite fascinated with the book,” Segura told Katz. Cory argued that homosexuals were not individuals in difficulty but members of a distinct minority group who needed to organize and fight for their rights. On the back of the book was a list of other titles dealing with homosexuality. Segura returned to New York and, using the list as a guide, toured Manhattan bookstores, collecting any titles he could find. In a store on 42nd Street, he found Loren Wahl’s novel “The Invisible Glass,” which depicts homosexuality and racism in the military. Inside was a map of Greenberg, the New York-based small press that had published both Wahl’s novel and Cory’s book. The card, Segura recalls, had a note: “If you liked this book and would like to be kept up to date with other books on a similar topic, please let us know.” Segura wrote down his address and sent it to the publisher.

    A few weeks later, he received a two-page newsletter announcing the title pick of the month from something called the Cory Book Service. “In the early 1950s in America, Donald Webster Cory probably had the biggest LGBT mailing list in the country, and possibly the world,” David K. Johnson, who describes the book service in “Buying Gay,” his book on the legacy of gay men’s physics magazines, told me. At its peak, the list had at least three thousand subscribers. The service did not have meetings; Cory simply picked books and sent the titles to his readers, highlighting everything from Marc Brandel’s novel “The Barriers Between,” about a man who murders his friend for “unnatural advances,” to “Homosexuality and western Christian tradition ”, a gay theological book a story Cory described as“ the book hundreds of our readers have been looking for, ”a book they“ could give to their friends, family and advisers ”. Many newsletter subscribers lived in the closet, and while the service didn’t offer a clear way for them to communicate with each other, the mailings offered glimpses of the community.

    Operating a gay book service was not without its risks. Anti-Communists, including Joseph McCarthy, had promoted campaigns to expel gay people from government as suspected subversives, leading to the dismissal of thousands of federal employees in what has been dubbed the fear of lavender. After investigations by the Postal Service, US attorneys’ offices have charged and fined publishers of gay material for obscenity; Greenberg paid the government a fine of three thousand dollars in the mid-1950s and had several of his books removed from publication for alleged obscenity. Gay men caught distributing gay books could face worse fines than fines. Federal law allowed up to five years in prison. In some states, when gay people were arrested on moral grounds, “the police often informed bar associations or medical clearance boards or especially schools,” assistant professor Anna Lvovsky told me. at Harvard Law School. “The real shadow that hung over these arrests was the threat of collateral consequences such as job loss.” Víctor Macías-González, historian and author of an article on Tony Segura, told me that many queer people refuse to buy gay books, instead borrowing them through rental services, which are available to a number of bookstores in the time.

    And yet, the early 1950s saw a boom in queer literature, driven in part by the boom in cheap paperbacks. Historian Michael Bronski estimated that around three hundred books on gay men were published between 1940 and 1969. The trend was not limited to books on men: “Women’s Barracks: The Frank Autobiography of a French Girl Soldier” , a lesbian novel published in 1950, sold two million copies in its first five years. Vin Packer’s lesbian pulp novel “Spring Fire” sold 1.5 million copies in its first year alone. In “Buying Gay,” Johnson quotes a letter a Massachusetts librarian sent to Greenberg asking for additional titles: “Customers have asked me to get some ‘so-called’ gay books. “

    Brandt Aymar, Greenberg’s vice president, began compiling a list of clients who wrote to him looking for books. According to Johnson, he counted their names and mailing addresses in what he called the “H” list (presumably for “gay”), in hopes of further exploiting the market. In 1951, Aymar published Cory’s “The Homosexual in America”. Cory called on homosexuals “to extend the freedom of the individual, of speech, of the press and of thought to a whole new area.” The book caused a stir: the first print sold in ten days, and Cory was inundated with letters from readers. As Johnson notes in “Buying Gay,” Aymar decided to combine his “H” list with Cory’s letters to form the Cory Book Service. Together, they thought, they would have a direct line to the gay book market.

    In the inaugural issue of the Books Service, sent out in September 1952, Cory promised that many of the books he featured would be available to his subscribers before they hit the store. He got big discounts from foreign publishers; after purchasing four books, readers received the fifth free of charge. In January 1953, Cory reported that about two thousand subscribers had purchased at least one book. He took advantage of his reach to reprint at least one older book, convincing the publisher of a seven-year novel, “David the King,” by Gladys Schmitt, to launch a new print run, noting that its readers “have has asked us several times over the past few months “about this. The Books Service has also lobbied for English translations of books that had been published in other languages, and has already made available a title that did not yet have an American publisher: “The Charioteer” by British author Mary Renault, which the Cory Book Service offered in 1954, five years before the book was available for sale in the United States

    Considering the hostility towards homosexuality at the time, it’s a small miracle that the newsletter escaped censorship. Johnson told me he doesn’t know why the post office never seems to have confiscated him. Cory appears to have had a legal team to verify the books he recommended: When Jay Little, a gay author, wrote to Cory asking him to place his “Maybe-Tomorrow” book with the service, Cory responded. that while he enjoyed the novel, “Our attorneys not only advised, but also ordered us not to use your book.” Despite these obvious precautions, Cory and Aymar chose to operate their business in public: the book service had a physical address in Manhattan, which appeared at the top of the newsletter. To add subscribers, Cory convinced popular photographers, such as George Quaintance, to promote the service, according to Johnson.

    Six of the books promoted by the Cory Book Service.

    The mailing list was also spread by word of mouth. During a discussion group sponsored by the Mattachine Society – a secret gay organization that had formed in Los Angeles in 1950 – someone mentioned the Cory Book Service, and soon after, a participant contacted Cory, asking him for fifty newsletter subscription cards. Separately, another company representative told Cory his service was a “most timely development” and offered to combine the names of “sympathizers” with the company’s mailing list. A deal between the two doesn’t appear to have come to fruition, but Cory made a deal with the newly created magazine. A, promising to send its subscribers mailings of A in exchange for a royalty. “If it hadn’t been for Donald Webster Cory’s list, A magazine, which gay historians consider critical, may not have taken off, ”Johnson told me. In 1955, when a small group of lesbians formed the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization in the United States, they sent a message to A, Mattachine and the Cory Book Service. “They knew it would help put them on the map,” Marcia Gallo, a historian who wrote about the Daughters of Bilitis in her book “Different Girls” told me.


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    GLAAD frontman and wife of rock star co-author of “All Moms” – Lowell Sun


    NEW YORK (AP) – The GLAAD frontman and his rock star wife are teaming up on a children’s book about the many types of moms around the world.

    “All Moms,” co-authored by GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis and Kristen Ellis-Henderson of Antigone Rising, will be published by Little Bee Books on March 1.

    “This book celebrates what it really means to be a mother – to offer your child unconditional love,” the two authors said in a statement on Wednesday. “We hope this book will help children understand the different ways a family can be like, while teaching them the important values ​​of compassion, empathy, and acceptance.”

    Little Bee calls the book, illustrated by Max Rambaldi, “a love letter to mothers – moms who make us laugh, moms who read us stories, moms who snuggle up when we’re sad and help us grow. Some moms are silly, some are athletic or clever, but all moms are amazing. Moms can do it all!

    Little Bee and GLAAD, the LGBTQ + media advocacy group, formed a publishing partnership in 2018 for children’s books that celebrate sexual and gender diversity. Previous releases include “Prince & Knight”, “Maiden & Princess” and “Jack (Not Jackie)”.

    Ellis and Ellis-Henderson, who have two children, also co-wrote “Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made”.

    NBC to bring back original ‘Law & Order’ for 21st season

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – More than a decade after it was last broadcast, “Law & Order” returns on NBC.

    The network announced on Tuesday that it is bringing back the cop and court crime drama for a 21st season. When the show left the airwaves in May 2010, it was tied with “Gunsmoke” for longest-running prime-time television drama.

    NBC says the series will keep the split format of focusing on police investigating crimes and prosecutors bringing cases to court. No casting or premiere date has been announced.

    “There are few things in life that are dreams come true,” said series creator Dick Wolf. “It’s mine.”

    The “Law & Order” franchise survived even after the cancellation of the original series, thanks to several spinoffs, including the popular “Law & Order: SVU”.

    Wolf’s shows remain a popular draw for NBC, with its three prime-time “Chicago” series making up the network’s Wednesday night program. The popularity of these shows is helping NBC beat other networks at the start of the new fall TV season, especially with the crucial 18-49 audience.


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    Literacy Work Propels Press and Santa Monica Editor Jeffrey Goldman Into Young Adult Literature | New


    LOS ANGELES, September 23, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Santa Monica Press, long known as an eclectic independent publisher with a Southern california looked at their list of high quality books, recently announced that after 25 years of publishing Adult Nonfiction, the press is launching Santa Monica Press / Teen, with Young Adult Narrative Nonfiction and Historical Fiction. A percentage of sales from the entire YA line will be donated to non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting literacy.

    The initial series of books for young adults (YA), published in the winter of 2022, includes four titles, two novels and two memoirs:

    • Pork Belly Tacos with an Anxious Side: My Journey Through Depression, Bulimia, and Drug Addiction by Yvonne castaneda
    • The dressmaker’s daughter: novel by Linda boroff
    • Flowing with the Pearl River: Memory of a Girl from Red China by Amy Chan Zhou
    • Ventura and Zelzah: a novel by JG Bryan

    For ten years, the publisher Jeffrey Goldman has been heavily involved in the nonprofit world, having served on the board of directors of Words Alive, a nonprofit literacy organization, both as a board member and as chairman from the administration board. The power of YA really hit Goldman while he was working as a Words Alive writing facilitator at Monarch School, which deals with children affected by homelessness.

    “I knew through the education of my own children, my friendships and the support of the librarians at their school, that YA literature could have a powerful effect on a young person. But what I saw at Monarch School was how YA literature could literally change lives. Goldman wonders. “I decided it was time for Santa Monica Press to take on a new challenge that could have a profound impact on young readers, while also raising funds through the sale of titles to help support literacy organizations. nonprofit such as Living Words. “

    High school students who barely cared about school turned to the carefully chosen books from Words Alive’s curriculum. “I remember a young man, brand new to school, a high school student, who had been in and out of different schools and in and out of different juvenile detention situations. And this kid was one of the students. most amazing writers I have But he didn’t think about it, because he had never had anyone at home to cheer him on, until he read the book Words Alive gave him: Jimmy Baca Santiago A place to stand. This memoir changed her life. He devoted himself to his writing. “

    Regarding Santa Monica Press’s first foray into YA, Goldman says, “True to our roots, it’s a diverse mix. Pork Belly Tacos is written by a writer whose mother is Mexican and father is Cuban, and explores a subject traditionally taboo in these communities. Pearl River is the work of an author who spent much of his childhood in the China. Ventura and Zelzah is a coming-of-age novel set in a suburb Los Angeles in the 1970s, and The Dressmaker’s Daughter, which takes place in Romania, presents a new perspective on the Holocaust. “

    To top it off, the next release in the Santa Monica Press / Teen line is what Goldman claims to be a book “in the great tradition of the Great American Novel, written only by a Brit!” He pauses for effect, laughs, then ends with, “I assure you we’ll always keep things eclectic here at Santa Monica Press.”

    About Santa Monica Press

    Santa Monica Press has published an eclectic line of non-fiction books for over 25 years. Our critically acclaimed titles are sold in chain bookstores, independent, online and college bookstores around the world, as well as in some of the most popular retail, gift and museum stores in North America. Our writers are recognized experts who are sought after by the media and receive coverage in newspapers, magazines, internet, social media, radio and television both nationally and internationally. At Santa Monica Press, we’re not afraid to cast a large editorial net. Our list of living and modern non-fiction titles includes books in categories such as pop culture, film, music, humor, biography, travel, and sports, as well as regional titles focused on California. We recently added Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Narrative Non-Fiction to our list! Don’t forget to look for the shell!

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    At 75, the Ojai Music Festival remains focused on the future


    OJAI, Calif .– The return is a process. It is rarely linear.

    The Ojai Music Festival, for example, returned September 16-19 to celebrate its 75th birthday after a long pandemic absence. But there have been setbacks among the returns. Compromises were made to accommodate her move from spring to the last days of summer. An artist has been detained in Spain by travel restrictions. Diligently enforced security measures have slightly hardened the mood of this historic event, a harsh yet relaxing haven for contemporary music nestled in an idyllic valley of deadpan mysticism and sweet Pixie tangerines.

    This edition of the festival is the first under the leadership of Ara Guzelimian, back at the helm after a race in the 1990s. Each year, the person in his position organizes the programming with a new musical director; for Guzelimian’s debut, he chose composer John Adams, the paterfamilias of American classical music, who was born in the year of the first festival. Uninterested in a retrospective for this milestone anniversary, they presented their concerts as a prospective survey of young artists, which befits a festival that has long focused on the future.

    But in music, the past, present and future always inform each other. Bach and Beethoven haunted new and recent works; pianist Vikingur Olafsson treated Mozart, as he likes to say, as if the ink had just dried on the sheet music. There is no future without looking back.

    Guzelimian and Adams looked back as far as they could as they weaved the valley’s Indigenous history into the festival. The cover of her program was the photograph of Cindy Pitou Burton “Ghost Poppy” – the name of the flower given by the Chumash people, the first known inhabitants of this region, who after the arrival of Europeans were almost wiped out by disease. and violence, and who no longer have land in Ojai.

    It’s a story that was shared, among lighter stories, by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, who opened Friday’s lineup with tales about a misty field in Soule Park; that night she started a concert with a blessing.

    Despite the best intentions, these were among the highlights of the festival. The predominantly white and wealthy audience responded to details of colonial brutality with a subconsciously affirming buzz, much as they later applauded. “Building a House” by Rhiannon Giddens a searing, sweeping accusation in American history – as if those listeners weren’t involved in his message.

    The festival was at its best when the music spoke for itself. (Most concerts are broadcast online.) It must be said, however, that programming still had its limits; just as this review cannot cover the whole event, the three days of Ojai (and a brief prelude the night before) represented only a fragment of the field and excluded some of the more thorny and more experimental in progress.

    Adams was nonetheless interested, it seems, in artists who operate as if they were free from orthodoxy and the genre – far from what he called “the bad old days” of modernism. .

    Beyond the composers, this translated to the performers, a roster that included the festival orchestra (not just a pickup band with brilliant violinist Alexi Kenney as first violin); members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. And soloists like violinist – for one piece, also violist – Miranda Cuckson, who called upon the strength of a complete ensemble in Anthony Cheung’s “Studies of Character” and Dai Fujikura’s “Prism Spectra”, and followed with agility Bach’s Second Partita with “Friezes” in place of the famous Chaconne finale of the partita.

    Olafsson, whose recordings demonstrated his genius as a programmer – with a keen ear for connections within the work of a single composer, or across centuries and genres – convincingly moderated a conversation between Rameau, Debussy and Philip Glass, as well as another on Mozart. and his contemporaries, with a masterful voice and enlightening clarity.

    Giddens was equally at home in a range of styles, his polymathic musicality and chameleonic voice unfolding as touchingly in an Adams tune as it did in American folk. Playing with her own band (whose members include Francesco Turrisi, her partner), she was unmoved and charismatic; alongside the Attacca quartet, she simply sat in front of a microphone with a laser focused gaze, commanding the stage with only her sound.

    Attacca’s appearance was only too brief, but might justify their own turn to run the festival someday. Whether in the works of Adams, Jessie Montgomery or Caroline Shaw, in the episodic “Benkei’s Standing Death” by Paul Wiancko or in the jam-like “Carrot Revolution” by Gabriella Smith, these players with open ears and open-minded people don’t seem to bring a piece to the scene until it’s engraved in their bones, so much each score is embodied.

    There was an overlap of composer and performer in Timo Andres, whose works were well represented but who also served as a soloist – scintillating, patient and tender – in Ingram Marshall’s magnificent piano concerto “Flow”.

    Andres then gave a cold Sunday morning recital that opened with selections from “I’m still playing” a set of miniatures written for Robert Hurwitz, the longtime and influential frontman of Nonesuch Records. It continued with one of Samuel Adams’ Impromptus, an inspired piece of keyboard writing designed to complement Schubert, with lightnings by that composer as well as warmth and subtle harmonic undertones to match. And it ended with the first live performance of Smith’s “Imaginary Pancake,” which had a respectable start online at the start of the pandemic but really roared in person.

    In very Ojai fashion, there were so many living composers scheduled that Esa-Pekka Salonen was not even called a headliner. Rather, he was a known quantity that involuntarily faded amid the novelty of the other voices. Carlos Simon’s propulsive and galvanizing “Fate Now Conquers” winked at Beethoven, but on its own cheeky terms. And there are still only promises in the emergence of Inti Figgis-Vizueta, whose “To give you shape and breath”, for three percussionists, slyly distorted time in a juxtaposition of resonating and dull sounds of found objects such as wood and planters.

    Much of the real estate was donated to Gabriela Ortiz, who in addition to being performed – providing a wonderfully exciting climax for the festival with an expanded version of her “La calaca” on Sunday night – stepped in as curator when an Anna Margules recital was canceled because she couldn’t travel to the United States. This concert, an investigation of Mexican composers, offered one of the great delights of the festival: percussionist Lynn Vartan in Javier Álvarez’s “Temazcal”, a work for maracas and electronics that demands a dancing performance in a revelation of acoustic possibilities. of an instrument most people treat as just a toy.

    Ortiz’s chamber works revealed a knack for surprising acoustic chords, such as two harps and a steel plan in “Río de las Mariposas,” which opened a late-morning concert on Sunday. It’s a sound that had a brother in a premiere that ended this program: “Sunt Lacrimae Rerum” by Dylan Mattingly, its title taken from “The Aeneid”.

    The work is also for two harps (Emily Levin and Julie Smith Phillips) – but also for two pianos which, microtonally out of tune, could sometimes be mistaken for the sound of a steel pan. There is a slight dissonance, but not unpleasant; the effect is more like memory distortion. And there was nothing unpleasant about this cry of joy. Ecstasy emanated from the open pianos, played by Joanne Pearce Martin and Vicki Ray, as they were lightly hammered at their upper registers, joined by the sparkle of the music box in the harps.

    The mood became more meditative in the comparatively subdued midsection, but the carrying thrill of the opening returned at the end: first in fragments, then at full strength. “Sunt Lacrimae Rerum” was the last work of the festival, a piece that looked back on a year that was traumatic for all of us. But Mattingly met the moment with music that was teeming with provocative and unfazed hope for the future.


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    Irma Kalish, TV writer who tackled social issues, dies at 96


    Irma Kalish, a TV screenwriter who addressed abortion, rape and other provocative issues in many of the biggest comedy hits of the 1960s and beyond as she helped women get into the bedroom. writer, died September 3 in Woodland Hills, California. 96.

    His death, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home, was attributed to complications from pneumonia, said his son, Bruce Kalish, a television producer.

    Ms. Kalish’s work in television comedy broke the mold for female writers. Women in the mid-century industry were mostly expected to write heart-wrenching dramas, but from the early 1960s on Ms. Kalish made her mark in comedy, including writing for caustic sitcoms. and socially aware of Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and his spin-off “Maude” in the 1970s.

    She wrote much of her writing in partnership with her husband, Austin Kalish. They shared offices in studios around Los Angeles, typically working at opposite desks alternating in draft scripts.

    “When I first became a screenwriter, I was one of the very first female comedy writers and later producers,” Ms. Kalish said in a oral history for the Writers Guild Foundation in 2010. She added, referring to her husband by his nickname, “A producer actually thought I shouldn’t be writing – I just had to do the typing, and Rocky was doing the writing.”

    To combat sexism in the industry, she said, “I just became one of the guys.”

    Writing for “Maude,” Ms. Kalish and her husband, who died in 2016, worked on the controversial two-part episode “Maude’s Dilemma” (1972), in which the main character, a woman and suburban grandmother in the strong spirit in the late 1940s (played by Bea Arthur), had an abortion. When it aired, Roe v. Wade had just been argued in the United States Supreme Court and would be decided in a few months, making abortion legal across the country. Controversy over the episode grew rapidly; dozens of CBS affiliates refused to show it.

    Mr. and Mrs. Kalish won a “story by” credit, and Susan Harris was credited as screenwriter; Mr Kalish said in an interview in 2012 that he and Ms Kalish came up with the idea for the episode.

    Lynne Joyrich, professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, called the episode a watershed moment for women’s issues on screen. “Maude’s Dilemma” and episodes like it, she said, demonstrated “how everyday life is so political.”

    Kalish views on social issues also found their way into “All in the Family”. An episode centered on Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton), the wife of fanatic Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), overcoming a fear of breast cancer. Another focused on the couple’s daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), the victim of an attempted rape.

    News scripts “lifted us up in the eyes of the company,” Mr. Kalish said in a joint interview with Ms. Kalish for the 2012 American Television Archives.

    Mr. and Mrs. Kalish were executive producers of another hit 1970s sitcom, “Good Times,” about a black family in a housing project in Chicago, and have continued to write for this program and many others.

    Ms. Kalish’s career spanned decades, beginning in the mid-1950s, and included writing credits for more than three dozen shows, many of which would constitute a pantheon of baby boomer favorite sitcoms, including “The Patty Duke Show, ”“ I Dream of Jeannie, ”“ My Favorite Martian, ”“ F Troop, ”“ My Three Sons, ”and“ Family Affair. ”She has also had production credits on some 16 shows, including“ The Facts of Life “and” Valerie “.

    Ms. Kalish’s work paved the way for other female sitcom writers. As she said to comedian Amy Poehler in a 2013 interview for Ms. Poehler’s web series, “Smart Girls at the Party,” “You are a descendant of mine, so to speak.”

    Radiant Mrs. Poehler agreed.

    Irma May Ginsberg was born on October 6, 1924 in Manhattan. Her mother, Lillian (Cutler) Ginsberg, was a housewife. His father, Nathan Ginsberg, was a business investor.

    Irma attended Julia Richman High School on the Upper East Side and went to Syracuse University, where she studied journalism and graduated in 1945. She married Mr. Kalish, the brother of a childhood friend, in 1948 after having corresponded with him while he was in office. in Bangor, Maine, during World War II.

    After the couple moved to Los Angeles, Mr. Kalish became a comedy writer for radio and television. Ms. Kalish worked as an editor for a pulp magazine called “Western Romance” before leaving to stay home with their two children. Her first writing credit, on the drama series “The Millionaire”, came in 1955.

    She joined the Writers Guild in 1964 and began to write with her husband more consistently. The Writer’s Guild Foundation, in their “The writer speaks“, called them” one of the most successful sitcom writing couples of the 20th century. “

    Ms. Kalish was active in the Writers Guild of America West and Women in Film, an advocacy group, of which she was the chair.

    The couple’s last television credit dates back to 1998, for the comedy series “The Famous Jett Jackson”, produced by their son Bruce. They wrote a screenplay dealing with ageism.

    With her son, she is survived by her sister and her only brother, Harriet Alef; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His daughter, Nancy Biederman, died in 2016.

    In the interview with US Television Archives, Ms. Kalish expressed her desire to be known as her own person, and not just as Austin Kalish’s wife and writing partner.

    “Of course, God made man before woman,” she said, “but you always do a first draft before you make a final masterpiece.”


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    Dolly Parton vs. Tyler, the Creator


    Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams recently broke the internet thanks to her collaboration with country music icon and philanthropist Dolly Parton. This isn’t the first time Jeni’s has teamed up with a musical artist. In 2019 and again in 2020, the local ice cream queen partnered with California-based designer, rapper, fashion icon and producer Tyler. Meet the two ice cream muses.

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    Not: Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19, 1946, at the Pittman Center, Tennessee

    Jeni’s Flavor: The Strawberry Pretzel Pie was inspired by the popular Southern Pie at church potlucks.

    Grammy mail: In 1978, Parton won the award for best country vocal performance (female) for “Here You Come Again”. Parton has 50 Grammy nominations and 10 wins.

    Nominees Dolly Parton, left, and Porter Wagoner enjoy their 13th Annual Grammy Awards dinner at the Nashville NARAS Banquet at the Municipal Auditorium on March 16, 1971. The Grammy was also held in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles, all of which aired live on ABC-TV.

    Inspiration: Parton has said over the years that her over-the-top look was based on her hometown drag, which she found beautiful.

    Actor chops: Parton has appeared in several films, including “Nine to Five”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Steel Magnolias”.

    Love triangle:Parton’s 1974 hit song, “Jolene,” was inspired by a flirtation between Parton’s husband, Carl, and a red-haired bank teller.

    Extracurricular:The Imagination Library by Dolly Parton offers free books to children from birth to 5 years old. Last year, the association donated its 150 millionth book. In addition, Parton is a co-owner of Dollywood Theme Park, one of the largest employers in East Tennessee.

    One line mode:“It takes a lot of money to look that cheap. ”

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    Not:Tyler Gregory Okonma on March 6, 1991 in Ladera Heights, California

    Jeni’s flavors:Snowflake included fresh peppermint, spearmint, and white chocolate flakes, while Pluto Bleu was described by Jeni’s as a blue raspberry slush swirled with orange Push Pop that you drink “in a pineapple, at the bottom. ‘shadow, under a palm tree’.

    Grammy mail:Forty-two years after Dolly’s first Grammy victory, Igor de Tyler took home the award for Best Rap Album in 2020. He has three Grammy nominations and one victory.

    Inspiration:Pharrell Williams, whom Tyler thanked by accepting his first Grammy Award

    Actor chops:Tyler has appeared on The Mindy Project and Kidding, a comedy-drama series set in Columbus.

    Love triangle:Igor follows the theme of a love triangle between Tyler (and his alter ego, Igor), his male love interest, and the woman he won’t leave.

    Extracurricular:Tyler is an avid skateboarder. In 2011, he launched his own streetwear fashion line, Golf Wang, followed by a Golf Wang clothing store in Los Angeles in 2017, with a bowl of skateboarding.

    One line mode:“The devil doesn’t wear Prada; I’m clearly in a… white t-shirt. —From the title track from her debut studio album, Goblin.


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    Was Algonquin Roundtable author Alexander Woolcott the original influencer?


    Before the influencers, there was Alexander Woollcott.

    Nor does anyone who reads or discusses Woollcott. But in many ways, the reviewer’s network of projects and outlets looks like a model for today’s powerful social media brokers. Long before Instagram or TikTok, Woollcott engaged his famous friends in a career that encompassed everything from travel writing to a national radio show to touring the country playing himself in The man who came to dinner. His theater critics briefly banned it from some producers, and his book reviews were the forerunner of Oprah’s Book Club when it came to propelling unknown authors to bestseller lists. Yet today Woollcott is best remembered for having lunched at the Algonquin Roundtable with Dorothy Parker.

    Woollcott’s genius lay in the combination of a gushing fanboy and a sharp critic. He not only proselytized for the work of his famous friends, he often worked closely with them to improve it. Many, including its creator, James Hilton, credit Woollcott with the transformation Goodbye, Mr. Chips from manuscript to a bestseller that won an Oscar-winning film adaptation. And her genuine pleasure in sharing her preferences in print or on the radio looks like a prototype for Pinterest boards and Instagram grids. As we all scour the internet for things that bring us joy instead of more anxiety or rage, Woollcott’s gleeful enthusiasm strikes us as modern as it is worthy of ridicule for his contemporaries.

    Alexander Woollcott pictured on a trip to London.

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    The general attitude among the intelligentsia after Woollcott’s death is best summed up by his brief mention in All about Eve, a film set in his beloved Broadway milieu. “I’m available again to dance the streets and shout from the rooftops,” Margo Channing quotes dryly in Addison DeWitt’s column, before sniping: “I thought we were dating Woollcott.”

    Parker was also one of those mildly contemptuous contemporaries, although Woollcott himself helped re-brand the Parker brand in “Our Mrs. Parker”. In it, he is as perceptive of its enduring appeal as any 21st century scholar. “It will be noted, I’m afraid, that Ms. Parker specializes in what’s called dirty crack,” he wrote. “If that seems to be the case, maybe it’s because the bashing is easier to remember, and the fault, if there is fault, lies with those of us who – and who don’t.” ? – repeat his words. “

    Part of the problem with Woollcott lies in this phrase from Henry Jamesian. He was a chronicler of books, films, theater, real crimes and people, sometimes an artist, radio show host, sought-after speaker, etc. his extravagance. Today we recognize this artificially elaborate prose as high camp, but to a contemporary of Hemingway, it seemed hopelessly old-fashioned, even though it obscured the stylus he often wielded.

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    In his day, Woollcott was so well known that he was referenced in great films, such as All about Eve.

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    The inevitable irony is that Parker’s derogatory lines are now stuck on Etsy products while Woollcott’s vast output of sharp and insightful scriptures has been called “gushing” and fell out of favor almost immediately after his death.

    This reputation was already beginning to haunt him, even at the height of his fame and popularity; an irate reader from the Midwest complained that his book recommendations amounted to force-feeding Americans marshmallows. The man who stood up for Ernest Hemingway and Evelyn Waugh and included Willa Cather as essential reading was not amused.

    But as Woollcott himself wrote, the bashing is easier to remember. Thus, his own pioneering efforts continue to languish undisturbed. Long before My favorite murder made crime podcasting a cottage industry, Woollcott tapped the pages of Police diary for what he called “human blood,” turning murder and chaos into radio shows and articles for high profile publications like Collier’s and The New Yorker.

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    Legendary writer and mind Dorothy Parker, a friend of Woollcott’s whose legacy has largely eclipsed hers.

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    An early fascination with Lizzie Borden led her to cover up criminals ranging from housewife Myrtle Bennett, who shot her husband to death in the Bridge murder case, and convicted murderer David Lamson. After thoroughly researching the case until he was convinced of Lamson’s innocence, Woollcott used his immense powers of influence to bring national attention to the case, and Lamson was acquitted after his new trial.

    Woollcott generally had no patience for injustice, even though he greeted his close friends with slurs such as “repulsive hello”. Once banned from criticizing the shows produced by the Shuberts, he took his case to the New York State Supreme Court (and lost). And its first radio show ended in 1935 when sponsor Cream of Wheat demanded that Woollcott stop making “caustic references to people like Hitler and Mussolini.” Woolcott responded by giving up his $ 80,000-a-year contract.

    His own contradictions may have helped accelerate the fall in his reputation. Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald and other contemporaries have a more cohesive brand: Woolcott is a man whose adoption of his own eclectic tastes has earned him the lightweight label. But while he succumbed to nostalgia as much as he championed modernity (did another major critic in the 1930s demand more attention from Booth Tarkington’s novels?), He could be just as annoying. than any of the most cited members of the Algonquin Round Tableau.

    Mandatory Credit Photo By Uncreditedapshutterstock 6655860b Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott, Writer, Critic And Commentator For New Yorker Magazine And The New York Times, Is Pictured As He Arrives In New York Aboard Bremen After A Trip To Russia Alexander Woollcott, New York, USA
    Alexander Woollcott pictured arriving in New York aboard the Bremen after a trip to Russia.

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    Woollcott, after all, was the one who described Los Angeles as “seven suburbs in search of a city” and wrote a play that resulted in the hero’s confession that he had been neutered: “In the first act , she becomes a lady. In the second act, he becomes a lady. That sort of breezy layoff is now the default, but back then, Woollcott’s flippancy was maddening to producers. A similar tone earned Parker an anthology of his theatrical reviews; Woollcott’s remains are turning yellow in the archives.

    But what calls for an anthology are its Shouts & Murmurs columns for The New Yorker. Created by Woollcott (and named after a credit he spied on for background noise in a London theater program), the weekly page is a prototype of Twitter. Woollcott has put together anecdotes about his famous friends, half-forgotten icons, and hot shots of the day’s events in his unmistakable style. Editor-in-chief Wolcott Gibbs once described him as “one of the most horrible writers who ever existed”, but it didn’t stop While Rome burns, his collection of previously published articles, to become a bestseller.

    Like all of Woollcott’s work, the book is long out of print, meaning that the most enduring take on him remains that of his friends George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart in The man who came to dinner. The 1939 classic comedy about an irascible critic who is forced to stay with his dinner hosts was written for Woollcott, who was forced to turn down the original Broadway production due to previous engagements, but continued to play the role several times before. his death in 1943.

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    The title role in the play (and later the 1939 comedy)The man who came to dinner was written for Woollcott, who would appear in productions numerous times throughout his life.

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    Perhaps unsurprisingly for a workaholic, Woollcott died of a heart attack hours after appearing as a guest on the radio The popular platform. Long time ago, a collection of his writings he was working on at the time of his death, was published posthumously a few months later. A collection of his letters was published in 1944, followed the following year by The portable Woolcott. And after that, the man who defended so many remained unpublished. Attempts were made to reassess his contributions to the arts by biographer Edwin P. Hoyt in the 1968s Alexander Woollcott: The Man Who Came to Dinner and by Wayne Chatterton a decade later in a Boise State University monograph, but it remains almost stubbornly unrecoverable.

    Then again, Woollcott himself may have seen the writing on the wall long before he had achieved any minimal success. When asked as a child to share his greatest ambition, Woollcott claimed to have written “to be a fabulous monster.”

    This may explain why he forever remains on the outskirts of the era he helped define – and it’s as good a reason as any to rediscover it now.

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    Best TV Series on Disney + Hotstar


    What are the best TV shows on Disney + Hotstar? The 19 tracks below feature Amy Adams, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elizabeth Olsen, Cate Blanchett, Jason Bateman, James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Damian Lewis, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Regina King, Dominic West, James Gandolfini and Pedro Pascal. Pamela Adlon, Larry David and Bill Hader are co-creators and stars of their respective series. And the rest is directed by David Simon, Damon Lindelof, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Gillian Flynn, Craig Mazin, Joe Weisberg, Mitchell Hurwitz, David Benioff, DB Weiss, Dahvi Waller, Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci, Jac Schaeffer and David Chase.

    Of course, this list cannot cover everything. And that’s why we have separate recommendations for some genres that you should also check out. We also have similar articles for the best series on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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    1. The Americans (2013 – 2018)

      Set during the Cold War, two Russian spies (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) who have children pose as an American family living in the 1980s in Washington, DC, to spy on the US government. Excellent from start to finish, thanks to great writing and acting, reinforced by a family approach and resonant themes.

    2. Development stopped (2003 – 2019)

      The only balanced child (Jason Bateman) of a once wealthy dysfunctional family, made up of more eccentric and eccentric members than the previous one, must handle family affairs after the father (Jeffrey Tambor) is jailed. Considered one of the best sitcoms of all time, it fell off a cliff after three seasons. Tambor is accused in the #MeToo movement.

    3. Band of Brothers (2001)

      A 10-part miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book about a WWII unit called the Easy Company – offering an intense look at the horrors of war through dramatization, interviews and footage from archives – which begins with their training in 1942 and ends with the Allied victory in Europe in 1945.

    4. Barry (2018 – Present)

      A dark comedy about a former US Navy (Bill Hader, also co-creator, writer and director) working as a hitman in the Midwest, who leaves for Los Angeles for a job and discovers a new passion for acting then that he gets involved with enthusiastic hopes in the local theatrical scene.

    5. Best Things (2016 – present)

      Pamela Adlon is the creator and star of this comedy-drama, about a single mother struggling to balance raising her three daughters and her acting career. Much like its protagonist, the series has forged its own course, marrying wonderfully caustic humor with poignant observation.

    6. Chernobyl (2019)

      Focusing on the 1986 nuclear disaster in Soviet Ukraine, a five-part look at what caused it, why it happened, who it affected, and how people responded – from first responders to the leader of the Soviet Union. Masterfully produced, it offers a captivating look at the human cost of institutional dysfunctions caused by state censorship.

    7. Limit Your Enthusiasm (2000 – present)

      Seinfeld Co-creator Larry David plays a fictional version of himself in this semi-improvised sitcom about a semi-retired TV writer facing cringe-worthy situations, mostly caused by his own misstep. Laugh out loud when it first aired and returned to those heights in 2020 after a dip into Season 9. Before you begin, watch the hour-long special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, also on Disney + Hotstar.

    8. The Devil (2017 – 2019)

      The Wire creator David Simon brings his storytelling twist to 1970s New York, after the moment the sex trade went from an alleyway to a billion dollar legalized market in the United States. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead roles, with the former playing the role of twin brothers.

    9. Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)

      Based on the unfinished novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin, the most popular show of the 2010s follows the power struggles between seven medieval kingdoms, in a fantasy world filled with death, dragons and colorful characters. Storytelling has suffered over the past few years, having run out of source material.

    10. The Leftovers (2014 – 2017)

      Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, this supernatural drama takes place a few years after the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world’s population and its impact on those who remain. Grown up in critical reception over the course of its run, ending as one of the greatest shows of all time as it provided a deeply emotional portrayal of the insignificance of life.

    11. The Mandalorian (2019 – Present)

      Pedro Pascal stars as the helmeted bounty hunter and titular lone shooter in the first-ever Star Wars live-action series, which takes place after the fall of the Empire (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and before the emergence of the First Order (Episode VII: The Force Awakens). His life is about to be turned upside down by his latest bounty target. A Disney + original.

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    12. Ms. America (2020)

      Cate Blanchett is excellent in this period drama about the Conservative reaction to the Equal Rights Amendment, directed by a Phyllis Schlafly (Blanchett), who essentially set the stage for modern American politics. The likes of Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, John Slattery and Sarah Paulson co-starred, some as well known feminist activists.

    13. Sharps (2018)

      Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn introduces another of his complex female protagonists to project in this miniseries, with Amy Adams playing the role of a reporter who returns to her small hometown to report the murders of two preteen girls. and finds herself involved a little too closely due to her dark past.

    14. The Sopranos (1999 – 2007)

      Considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, this six-season drama chronicles the life of an Italian-American mobster from New Jersey (James Gandolfini), who turns to a psychiatrist because he is struggling. to balance family life and be the boss of the crime. . Solid on all fronts – endearing characters, solid cast, moral arguments, and dark humor – he’s well known and debated for his controversial final plan.

    15. Succession (2018 – Present)

      Who knew the next Game of Thrones would be a contemporary satire on the fight for a fictional media empire, centered around a dysfunctional cut-throat family: the detached eldest son, the power-hungry second born, the irreverent third, and the youngest? shrewd daughter, and founder and patriarch, who prioritizes business over her children. Winner of Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

    16. Veep (2012 – 2019)

      A satirical take on the inner workings of the US government, following a senator (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) chosen to serve as vice president, and the hilarious antics of her incompetent staff. Won the Emmy three years in a row, while Louis-Dreyfus has racked up six consecutive victories. I haven’t had the same bite the following years, but it’s still one of the best.

    17. WandaVision (2021)

      Marvel Studios is fully experimenting with its very first series, as it follows an unusual couple – a powerful magical being (Elizabeth Olsen) and an android (Paul Bettany) – who are married but stuck in traditional American sitcom tropes constantly evolving through the decades. It’s basically a sitcom with Avengers that really deals with mental illness.

    18. Watchmen (2019)

      Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof bravely pushes the superhero genre with this ‘remixed’ miniseries that follows the comic book series of the same name from writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. Set 34 years after the events of the original, a police detective and vigilante (Regina King) digs into the murder of a friend, who has ties to the evil plan of a white supremacist group.

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    19. The Thread (2002 – 2008)

      A complex and unwavering examination of the societal ills plaguing Baltimore, still focused on the city’s illegal drug trade and tackling the waterfront, politicians, school system, and media consumption as subplots throughout the season. Told the story from all angles and remains one of the best shows ever.


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    Here is the biggest predictor of the success of a PSPC


    When it comes to investing in specialized acquisition companies, or SAVS, there are plenty of choices. So how do you separate the long term winners from the rest of the pack? In this fool live Video clip, recorded July 12, Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP, and Focus on industry Host Jason Moser talks about the one factor that turns out to be the best predictor of PSPC’s long-term returns.

    Jason Moser: Matt, we talk a bit about PSPCs on this show, we even aired a four part series on PSPCs earlier this year. I had a lot of fun putting together these shows. You and I were talking about an article we just read here on CNBC regarding PSPCs. There was some interesting data from Wolfe Research in this article, it was talking about the performance of PSPCs. I think it’s basically about a year here. But these data from Wolfe Research indicate that, on average, the SAVS with experienced sponsors register higher returns since by the sponsors, it is the blank check company that introduces the real company into its universe, to make it. public. We want to talk about this for a minute, just from the larger SPAC perspective and what do you think of this data, what do you think it says? Then also talk a little more. There is one specific SPAC that has been in the headlines here in recent days, Galactic Virgo (NYSE: SPCE), for obvious reasons, a successful flight in space. But let’s go ahead and start with the broader implications here. Because it doesn’t sound that surprising, but at the same time, it feels like it’s still a very short timeline to be judged on.

    Matt Frankel: It does and I think what they are trying to argue is that the market has been inundated with SAVS. I have some statistics here. In 2018, 46 PSPCs went public, in 2019 there were 59, in 2020 there were 248.

    Moser: The sacred cow.

    Frankel: Already in 2021, they were 367.

    Moser: Wow.

    Frankel: The market was inundated with them. In the old days, when you were a sponsor of SASP, it was because you knew something about the business or industry that you were trying to pursue. Now it’s like everyone with any credibility is starting a PSPC, Shaquille O’Neal has their own PSPC.

    Moser: I was going to say you don’t even feel like you really need that credibility. All you need is a name.

    Frankel: Unless he was trying to go public with the Los Angeles Lakers. I really don’t know how his experience would come into play.

    Moser: Or Papa Jean‘s (NASDAQ: PZZA) maybe i could see at least one pizza place because he’s on the board of papa john’s i still think-

    Frankel: He owns a lot of Five Guys.

    Moser: It’s rather good.

    Frankel: But I love Shaq, so nothing against Shaq.

    Moser: Yes. Me too.

    Frankel: But the point is, and it’s really one of the things that I’m looking for, everyone always says, how do you choose all of these PSPCs? There are 400, how do you decide which three to put in your wallet? This is one of the things that I watch. Remember Latch (NASDAQ: LTCH) we had at the show, they will make it public through an innovation acquisition from TSI sponsored by Tishman Speyer, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate companies. He is clearly a sponsor who knows a lot about this industry, he is a good partner. In PSPCs, the partnership aspect is really undervalued. The celebrity aspect is getting too much attention and the partnership aspect is getting too little. Think of The Motley Fool’s investment strategy, how we want partner companies. We want companies where the CEO is a partner of their shareholders. When I was hired here, they told me that we would rather have a good partner than a great writer. It’s such a valuable part of business in general, and it’s become undervalued throughout the PSPC craze just because of all the big names throwing their names away and not even like sharks like Bill Ackman and Chamath [Palihapitiya].

    Moser: Yes.

    Frankel: Chamath worked at Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), has he ever started a space travel business? No, this one is well done. But this is the exception, not the rule according to this research.

    Moser: Yes.

    Frankel: There are a lot of successful SPACs that have partnered with people who know this industry very well. I mentioned Latch as a great example, 23 and me (NASDAQ: ME) you can safely say that Richard Branson has a lot of experience with consumer branding and things like that. I don’t think he did any genetic research himself, but that’s not really the issue, he’s a consumer products business at this point.

    This article represents the opinion of the author, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a premium Motley Fool consulting service. We are heterogeneous! Challenging an investment thesis – even one of our own – helps us all to think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.


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    The highlight of the “Game of Thrones” books will be different from the TV show: George RR Martin


    Fans of the hugely popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” series have some exciting news coming up! George RR Martin recently sparked the interest of loyal devotees by dropping major clues about an incredibly surprising twist in the last two books of the “Game of Thrones” TV show that ended in 2019.

    Unsurprisingly, the revelation sparked a frenzy. Fans have done everything in their power to gather more details, ranging from calling on HBO to urging Martin to update the unfinished books at every opportunity.

    In an interview with WTTW Chicago, GRRM suggested that the unfinished, untitled final book “The Winds of Winter” will likely go in a “somewhat different” [direction]”compared to the TV show.

    According to Fanside, the 72-year-old writer attributed the end of the series to his writer’s block and wanted him to stay ahead of the books. “My biggest problem there was when they started the series, I already had four books printed, and the fifth came out just as the series started in 2011. I was five books ahead of the game. , and these are gigantic books. , as you know; I never thought they would catch up with me, but they did, ”the author said.

    The novelist is now back from a Pause.

    The creator of “GOT” added that the gap to follow was overwhelming, as the series unexpectedly diversified. He clarified that the book was still in the works, but vowed not to leave fans disappointed when it was finished.

    While a surprise twist isn’t a really terrible idea, the big reveal unlocks another (potential) disappointment: The fan-waiting game is set to go on for longer. Martin has yet to go into specifics regarding providing an update.

    Much of the screenwriter’s ambiguity regarding mentioning an end date stems from the fact that he was unnecessarily pressured whenever he made a prediction on the same thing and didn’t. failed to stick to it. GRRM, however, assured fans that he “had high hopes” this time around.

    George RR Martin poses with an award for Outstanding Drama Series in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California., Photo by Dan MacMedan / WireImage


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    Joseph Kosinski to direct ‘Chariot’ sci-fi thriller for Warner Bros




    Joseph Kosinski to direct ‘Chariot’ sci-fi thriller for Warner Bros







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    Los Angeles, Jul 13 (PTI) Warner Bros has hired “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski to tackle the film adaptation of the graphic novel “Chariot”.

    According to Deadline, the studio recently won a competitive auction for the high-profile package.

    Kosinski, also known for films such as “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion”, will direct from a screenplay by Julian Meiojas and produce alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps.

    Described as a sci-fi thriller, the film is about a top-secret Cold War project that saw the government supply its star agent with a unique weapon – a state-of-the-art sports car.

    The Chariot, as it quickly became known, sank in the ocean with the agent. But after several decades, a petty criminal seeking to reform his life stumbles upon the Chariot and discovers that the agent’s conscience still controls him.

    The graphic novel, published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA), was written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill and drawn by Priscilla Petraites.

    Kosinski is currently awaiting the release of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick”, a sequel to the Hollywood star’s 1986 blockbuster.

    The filmmaker also directed “Escape from Spiderhead”, starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. The film will be released on the Netflix streamer later this year. PTI RB RB RB


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    Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears Relationship 2021 Amid Conservation


    Where they stand. The relationship between Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears came to light after the “… Oops I Did It Again” singer claimed in court that her “family have lived” on her guardianship for more than a decade.

    In an Instagram story on Sunday, July 11, Jamie Lynn, who is 10 years younger than Britney, revealed her older sister sent her children a box of toys. “nothing sweeter than coming home in a box full of goodies for my daughters from their aunt” the Zoey 101 alum captioned a photo of various stuffed animals, a purse and more.

    Jamie Lynn has two children from two different fathers. Her 13-year-old daughter, Maddie Brian, came from her relationship with her ex-fiance Casey Aldridge. She also has a 3 year old daughter named Ivey Joan with her husband, Jamie Watson. Britney’s gifts come after the Grammy winner told Los Angeles Superior Court judge Brenda Penny in June that her family, which includes sister Jamie Lynn, father Jamie Spears and mother Lynne Spears, had “lived” under its tutelage since its creation. In 2008.

    “Considering my family has lived on my guardianship for 13 years, I won’t be surprised if any of them have something to say in the future and say, ‘We don’t think this should end, we have to help him ”. Especially if it’s my turn to expose what they’ve done to me, ”Britney said.

    She also told the court that she planned to “sue” her “family” for her “abusive” guardianship. “I would honestly sue my family, to be completely honest with you,” she said. “I also wish I could share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a secret secret for everyone to benefit from. I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me. keeping me in this for so long is not good for my heart. I have been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me, I am told that I am not allowed to exhibit the people who did this to me.

    Britney also criticized her family for allowing the “abuse” of her father, who has been her conservative since 2008, to continue despite her pleas for help. “Not only did my family do nothing, but my dad was totally okay with it. Everything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad… My whole family didn’t do anything,” she said.

    Jamie Lynn, who turned off comments on her Instagram after Britney’s hearing, responded to the reaction in an Instagram story at the time, denying that she was making any money with her sister. “I felt like until my sister could speak for herself and say what she thought she needed to say publicly, it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing. to do, ”Jamie Lynn said in a video in June. “But now that she has spoken very clearly and has said what she has to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I need to say.”

    She continued, “From the day I was born, I have only loved, adored and supported my sister. I mean, she’s my fucking big sister, before all that bullshit. I don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have millions of babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and rule the world like she has done so many times before, because I have nothing to gain or lose anyway. This situation does not affect me anyway, as I am just his sister who only cares about his happiness.

    Jamie Lynn also confirmed in July that she was not part of Britney’s “payroll” after reposting a headline on her Instagram Story that read: “Britney Spears sister Jamie Lynn shares photos of her life at home… after it was revealed that she is the ONLY family member not on the singer’s payroll. Jamie Lynn commented on the headline, writing: “The facts… now leave my broke ass alone . “

    Although she was never one of Britney’s Conservatives, Jamie Lynn was appointed as Britney’s estate trustee by their father and then Britney’s co-curator, Andrew Wallet, in 2020. According to the legal documents, Jamie is the “sole beneficiary” of the SJB Trust, which was established by Britney in 2004 to protect the financial future of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James and his fortune.

    According to the documents, on Britney’s death, Jamie Lynn will receive “the entire capital of the Trust, including all accrued and undistributed and unrealized income.” This amount will also be combined with “any insurance on the life of the settlor or other assets payable to the Trust following the death of the settlor. [and will be] distributed by the Trustee to the Trustee or Co-Trustee of the BJS Kids & Family Trust. Jamie Lynn also confirmed in July that she would publish a memoir about her “unfiltered history” as Britney’s younger sister in 2022.

    “She shares untold stories that are sometimes funny, inspiring, messy and uncomfortable,” reads the publisher’s description. “As if her mother’s credit card was refused at Limited Too while her sister was on the radio. How it feels to have inspired 16 and pregnant with her own life story.

    Coaching Britney Spears is available to stream on Hulu. Here’s how to watch it for free.

    Image: courtesy of Delacorte Books.

    To learn more about Britney Spears, read her 2001 book, A mother’s gift. The semi-autobiographical fictional novel, co-written with Britney’s mother Lynne Spears, follows Holly Faye Lovell, a 14-year-old from the small town of Biscay, Mississippi, who dreams of becoming a singer. When Holly becomes the youngest student to ever win a scholarship to the prestigious Haverty School of Music, she must choose between leaving her mother, Wanda, behind or pursuing her dreams. As Holly begins her new life and makes chic new friends, she finds herself embarrassed by her mother and her humble past, as Wanda grapples with a long-hidden secret that could destroy her bond with her daughter forever.

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    First YA Camping Survival Book Of Its Kind From Rebel Minx


    LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Justin Cody’s Race for survival has been optioned by writer / director duo – Rebel Minx – and is being developed into a scripted television adventure series for the whole family, with a focus on pre-teen boys and girls ages 9-14. An unscripted aftershow companion teaching actual camping skills from the book is also in the works.

    The 135-page young adult novel is a first of its kind hybrid and adventure story which also teaches real-life skills, such as lighting a match, reading a topographic map, learning universal rescue signals, how to lift and line up a canoe, and dozens of other lessons to survive in the wild. between useful information and a survival story at the same time was just great! ” Gideon Davis, 13

    “The mix of useful information and a survival story at the same time was just great! ” Gideon Davis, 13

    Justin Cody’s Race for survival follows the story of a thirteen-year-old boy addicted to smartphones who finds himself alone in the wild after the kidnapping of his outdoor expert grandfather. Without a guide, without skills and mysterious strangers on his trail, he struggles to navigate the wilderness, running to meet a rescue helicopter… and, hopefully, his grandfather.

    Justin cody looked at the huge waterfall below him… In all his young life, he had never been so alone. As far as he could see, all he could see were boulders and trees, trees and boulders, and of course the river. There were no cars, no roads, no buildings, no human voices. Other than the rustle of a light breeze and the determined buzz of mosquitoes, his new world was silent. “

    The book was written by Jacobson Cliff, the most published camping and canoeing author of all time, with a catalog of over a dozen how-to books, hundreds of articles and over a million copies sold.

    Justin Cody’s Race for survival is published by 10,000 Lakes Publishing and can be purchased on Amazon or directly from Jacobson’s website at cliffcanoe.com.

    Follow-up questions and inquiries can be answered by Shayna Weber, co-creator at Rebel Minx who can be reached at 310-890-6150 or [email protected]

    Rebel Minx is the female scriptwriting / filmmaking team, Clarissa jacobson and Shayna Weber. The duo create content for film and television and reside in Los Angeles.

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    Fed predicts earlier timeline for rate hikes with rising inflation


    Washington – The Federal Reserve signaled on Wednesday that it could act sooner than expected to start slowing down low interest rate policies that helped fuel a rapid rebound from the pandemic recession but which also coincided with a rise in l ‘inflation.

    Fed policymakers predict that they will twice increase their short-term benchmark rate – which affects many consumer and business loans, including mortgages and credit cards – by the end of this year. 2023. They had previously estimated that no rate hike would take place before 2024.

    Speaking at a press conference, President Jerome Powell said the Fed’s policy-making committee has also started discussing when to cut back on its monthly bond purchases. But Powell made it clear that the Fed has yet to decide when it will. The purchases, which consist of $ 120 billion in Treasury bonds and mortgages, are aimed at keeping long-term rates low to encourage borrowing.

    The Fed has made it clear that its first step in slowing its support for the economy would be to reduce its bond purchases – and that it would not start raising rates until soon after. Its key rate has been close to zero since March 2020.

    The central bank‘s new forecast for rate hikes from 2023 reflects an economy growing faster than expected earlier this year.

    At the same time, Powell sought Wednesday to allay any concerns that the Fed may be in a hurry to withdraw economic support by making borrowing more expensive. The economy, he said, still hasn’t improved enough to curb the pace of monthly bond purchases, which the Fed said it intends to continue until “further progress substantial “has been achieved towards its employment and inflation targets.

    “We’re a long way from further substantial progress, we think,” Powell said at his press conference. “But we are making progress.

    Shortly after the Fed released its statement on Wednesday, US stocks fell further from their record highs and bond yields rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bill fell from 1.48% to 1.55%.

    Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, suggested that the initially negative market reaction to the Fed’s statement may have prompted Powell to adopt a more conciliatory tone at his press conference. (“The doves,” in the Fed’s parlance, generally focus on the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and worry less about inflation. The “hawks,” on the other hand, tend to be concerned. more of the need to avoid high inflation.)

    “We received two different messages from the Fed today,” Sohn said. “The interest rate projections were a little more hawkish than the market expected.”

    But during his press conference, said Sohn, Powell “stressed that the economy is still not where it should be, especially in terms of unemployment…. and the Fed still thinks the economy needs a boost from the central bank.

    Yet Powell also sketched a broadly optimistic picture in his remarks on Wednesday. The inflation spikes of the past two months, he said, will likely prove temporary, and hiring is expected to accelerate throughout the summer and fall as COVID-19 recedes further with the increase in vaccinations. This will allow schools and daycares to reopen, allowing more parents to work, while additional federal assistance for the unemployed ends.

    “There are all reasons,” said Powell, “to think that we will (soon) be in a labor market with very attractive numbers, low unemployment, high participation and rising wages at all. levels”.

    His comments suggest that the Fed chairman is not worried that this spring’s hires, while strong, are below expectations. Powell had said in early spring that he would like to see a “string” of hiring reports showing about 1 million additional jobs each month. The labor market has yet to reach that total in a month of this year, although employers have posted a record number of open jobs.

    At the same time, inflation has risen much faster than Fed policymakers expected in March. Inflation jumped to 5% in May from the previous year – the biggest 12-month increase since 2008.

    The increase was in part due to a huge increase in used car prices, which have skyrocketed as semiconductor shortages have slowed vehicle production. Significantly higher prices for car rentals, plane tickets and hotel rooms were also major factors, reflecting pent-up demand as consumers move away from the large purchases of goods that many of them had made. while they had stayed at home to spend on services.

    Powell has stuck to his long-held view that these spikes will only have a temporary impact.

    “The prices that drive higher inflation come from categories that are directly affected by the recovery from the pandemic and the reopening of the economy,” he said. “Prices that have been rising very quickly due to shortages and bottlenecks etc. should stop rising. And at some point, they should in some cases go down. “

    The central bank on Wednesday raised its inflation forecast to 3.4% by the end of this year, from 2.4% in its previous projection in March. Still, officials predict that price increases will remain moderate over the next two years.

    Fed officials also expect the economy to grow by 7% this year, which would be the fastest expansion of the calendar year since 1984. They expect growth to slow down thereafter. , to 3.3% in 2022 and 2.4% in 2023.

    Economists generally expect the Fed to continue discussing reducing its bond purchases, and then – by the end of August or September – to state precisely how and when it would start. This would pave the way for a reduction in bond purchases that would actually start towards the end of this year or early 2022.

    Another key consideration for the Fed is whether inflation persists long enough to affect public behavior. If Americans start to expect price increases, those expectations can trigger a self-fulfilling cycle as workers demand higher wages, which, in turn, can cause their employers to keep raising prices. to offset their higher labor costs.

    Powell said measures of long-term inflation expectations have increased in recent months, after falling at the start of the pandemic. But most of them remain within a range consistent with the Fed’s 2% inflation target.

    “It’s gratifying to see them come out of their pandemic lows,” he said.

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    How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

    Other kitchen renovation costs

    In addition to all of the above costs, you’ll also have professional installation fees (around $ 3,900 or 17% of budget, on average) and design fees (around 4% of average budget or $ 920). If you do any work on the doors or windows, it usually comes down to around $ 920.

    Your fees will also vary depending on the location of your property and local market prices. According to HomeAdvisor, kitchen renovations are the most expensive in the following cities:

    1. San José, California.
    2. Los Angeles, California.
    3. San Francisco, California.
    4. San Diego, California.
    5. Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ways to cut the costs of your kitchen remodeling project

    Choosing low cost, high ROI projects and materials is the best way to get the most out of your kitchen remodeling budget. But there are also other ways.

    On cabinets, you can choose to simply repaint rather than refinish or replace. A nice coat of white or gray is a good trendy choice. Adding updated hardware can also give the cabinets a new look for a low price.

    Here are some other ways to save money:

    • Consider a self-adhesive tile backsplash: These cost a lot less than traditional tile options and are also easy to install.
    • Discover the stone, granite and marble supply yards: They will often have leftovers from larger projects that you can buy for less.
    • Choose open shelves: You can avoid cabinet costs altogether by going for the very popular open shelving look. You can even use reclaimed or reclaimed wood for the shelves to further reduce costs.
    • Avoid over-rearranging: Avoid smashing walls, moving pipes and wiring, and just moving things generally if you really want to stick to your budget. Focus on cropping the room, without transforming it completely.
    • Minimize permit requirements: Permits can be expensive, especially if you need them for every small project you undertake. Take the time to study the local building code and consider permit requirements when making your renovation plans.

    You should also research your home improvement contractor and materials, and use in-store professionals for design and consulting needs. Hiring a professional kitchen designer can cost you anywhere from $ 100 to $ 200 an hour – and you can bet your design will take more than a few hours – especially when you consider the back and forth travel you’ll need.

    How to finance a kitchen renovation?

    If you don’t have the cash to finance your kitchen remodeling out of pocket, there are plenty of financing options to choose from. On the one hand, you can leverage your home equity using a home equity loan, home equity line of credit (HELOC), or cash refinance loan. If possible, these should be your best choices for financing, as they usually come with lower interest rates than the other options available. You can even leverage the equity you own in another investment property, if needed.

    A personal loan or credit card is also a possibility, although you will pay more interest to withdraw it. If you go with a credit card, consider using a cashback card – or at least one that gives you discounts at home improvement stores. This could help you reduce your renovation costs even further. If you choose a personal loan, just be sure to shop around, as rates and terms vary widely from lender to lender.

    A quick note here: not all of these financial options will be available to everyone. Your exact financing and loan choices will depend on your credit score, debts and home equity.

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    Rethinking the superstar athlete model in the COVID-19 era

    The coronavirus descended on our fragile planet in December 2019 and the devastation has affected every aspect of our lives. No country, population or industry has proven itself immune to the deadly virus; and sport is no exception. Team or individual, amateur or professional, scripted or unscripted, no sport has escaped this pandemic.

    Concrete example, let’s look at the salaries of NBA players. NBA players are well paid. No doubt about it. The average gamer earns $ 7 million a year. But As May draws closer and NBA paychecks stop being sent, since there is no more season, what happens to players on the rosters who are not in the top of the pay scale? The median NBA income is only $ 2 million per year. For this group of players, going without pay for an extended period could have serious economic ramifications.

    “I would say over 450 players, 150 are probably living paycheck to paycheckPortland Trail Blazer star CJ McCollum said in a recent ESPN interview. It came as a shock to the casual sports fan in a league of millionaires and superstars. Obviously, LeBron, Steph, Russ and KD won’t mind car payments and mortgage insurance with the postponement or cancellation of a season. Superstars are often the voices we hear, but are they really the representatives of the players we? should listen?

    James, one of the most savvy businessmen in professional sports, who surrounds himself with the best professionals, has said he will not play in an empty arena. But what happens to the 150 paycheck-to-paycheck-to-paycheck players? Is LeBron and his $ 90 million in annual earnings the best voice for gamers? What about players who don’t have huge guaranteed contacts and enough assets to provide comfort for life or more? This is the group that must advise the league and its fans on when and under what circumstances players are ready to return.

    What about those low-league athletes, recent recalls, the NFL practice squad player or even No.126 on the official PGA Tour earnings list?

    Recently, superstars Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka gave the green light to the newly arrived Premier Golf League. The PGL could have guaranteed a level of compensation for all player members, which could have posed a serious challenge to the long-standing meritocracy of professional golf. The PGA was also quick to say that any player who joined PGL would not be able to play on the regular tour. This might spark a separate discussion on the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, but that’s for another day. “Rors” earned nearly $ 23 million in the 2018-19 season – along with an additional $ 30 million in sponsorship income – which is worth well over $ 50 million for the year. Meanwhile, the No. 60 player on the Tour earned just under $ 2 million and possibly another $ 200,000 for endorsements. Take away federal taxes, a slew of state taxes, commercial flights, mortgages, and a myriad of expenses the non-superstar has to deal with every day, and suddenly a budget means something. Now take away a third of a season, with no chance of making up for that loss of income and Ponte Vedra we have a problem. Yes, the PGA has said it will let players and caddies “borrow” funds – up to $ 100,000 for top players – to be counted in future earnings. How reassuring.

    When superstars speak for a league, is that the best grassroots voice? When Rory says no to $ 240 million guaranteed to be split among 50 players over 18 weeks, how can his interests be aligned with the journeyman playing around 25 weeks on average without a guaranteed endorsement to rock his bank account?

    Steph, Russ, KD and James might just be the reason fans fill the stands and networks pay billions for viewer rights. But, the NBA has 450 players, 35 of whom are the highest paid athletes in the world, and sadly 150 of them live in check-to-check and cannot afford to lose a third of the season and introduce financial difficulties. Should a select few speak for an entire league? As leagues, tours and federations contemplate cancellation, suspension or restart, sound bites and opinions need to be more inclusive of all union members. For team sports, the best teams work as a cohesive unit. The same principle should apply to individual sports. When the entire membership is involved in the decision-making and not just the superstar royalty, the sport itself will be better off.

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