After Hours Is the Weeknds Most Accomplished Work Yet – The Ringer

Every week, Micah Peters surveys the world of musicfrom new releases to bubbling trends to anniversaries both big and obscureand gives a few recommendations.

On March 7, which now belongs to an entirely different era of human life, Daniel Craig hosted Saturday Night Live.

He seemed to have the time of his life doing itCraig wasnt too cool to wear a wig, pass up a single histrionic make out, and leaned into whichever excessive accent the joke in question required. His dutiful commitment to all the bits reminded me of his Benoit Blanc, the Southern-fried private eye in Knives Out, and Joe Bang, the hillbilly munitions expert from Logan Luckyboth characters that you get the sense Craig got to make choices about, unlike the role that made him the most money, James Bond. No Time to Die will be Craigs final Bond movie, whenever it comes out, and once again his action suit will be tastefully dotted with soot as he whips an Aston Martin through the cobblestone streets of some exotic locale, glowering and being emotionally distant. SNL poked fun at the self-conscious grimness that defined Craigs Bond films for, wow, 14 years, with a sketch in which the showy MI6 agent spends a little too much time at the craps table. The Weeknd was the musical guest.

I bring up Craig and Bond and SNL because Ive been thinking about how the phrases after hoursthe title of the Weeknds new album, out last Fridayand no time to die evoke a similarly hammy self-consciousness. James Bond is a ridiculous concept in the main, being the worlds loudest and most obvious secret agent, but functionally, hes an empty vessel for your average males basest desireshaving sex, driving fast, and blowing shit up. No Time to Die then, as a title for a movie that will probably start with a car chase and end with a coup de grce, almost seems A.I. generated. Ditto for After Hours: Since his introduction in 2011, the Weeknd has grown from faceless alternative R&B enigma to cover star, successfully scaling his wee-hours, sullen, sexy, Ill kill us both vibe for mainstream audiences. The Weeknd is also kind of a ridiculous concept: a sexy, vengeful ghost with commitment and impulse-control issues. Even if it werent called After Hours, you could guess that cocaine and nontheism were involved. Like Bond, the Weeknd fucks, drives fast, and blows shit up (relationships). Here is his explanation of the album title, in his own words:

You can find love, fear, friends, enemies, violence, dancing, sex, demons, angels, loneliness, and togetherness all in the After Hours of the night.

Scared To Live probably speaks to the angels portion of thatthe song, made in tandem with Max Martin and Oscar Holter, is a soaring ballad in which the Weeknd expresses joy and pain where once there was crushing melancholy. Vulnerability, or at least the suggestion that others practice it, is a new trick for the Weeknd. His idea of love still looks the same though: On Faith, which sounds lifted from Kavinskys Nightcall sessions and shows up just after the albums halfway point, The Weeknd says, with a straight face, If I OD I want you to OD right beside me.

After Hours is the Weeknds most accomplished and coherent project to date: Beauty Behind the Madness struggled to make his House of Balloonsera hedonism and lofty pop ambitions jell, Starboy was more of a playlist of 18 expensive-sounding songs than an album, and we dont need to talk about Kiss Land. After Hours is his most intentional project yet, from the leisure suits and tortoise aviators he wore in all the videos and promo shoots to the 80s synth pop the best songs on Hours are indebted to: Save Your Tears, In Your Eyes, and Blinding Lights.

I cant say that the Weeknds writing has improved leaps and boundssee Snowchild, on which he says hes dropping off Philip K. dick, or Heartless, which begins never need a bitch, Im what a bitch needand the self-conscious twistedness he traffics in can still come off as hacky. (The heavy-eyed Escape From LA leaps to mind; you can only have so much sex in the studio.) And yet, After Hours is The Weeknds best work so far, and indicates the reconciliation, once and for all, of his R&B pathos and desire for mainstream viability. Of the 14 songs, Blinding Lights, which has been out for months, is still the most emblematic of that. It comes already assembled and radio friendly, so that everyone, not just your average male, can project their wildest, sexiest desires onto it. The drug is a lover, and withdrawal leads you to dance. And once the songs over, you want to go back for another hit. Which seems, to me, like the platonic ideal of a song from the Weeknd.

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The Skepta feature to grab the most blog headlines last week would have been Papi Chulo, the new Octavian single. Its a union of two of the most culturally relevant rappers in the U.K., but also between the new and old guard: Skepta, the seasoned veteran, and Octavian, the ascendant star. Less newsworthy was his appearance on U.K.-by-way-of-L.A. rappers Jaxxon D. Silvas Lalaland, a two-minute song on which Skepta steals the spotlight, obviously. About halfway through Skeptas verse, theres this amazing, honest-to-god passage:

Australian ting, and she blowin on me like a digeridoo My jeans by my ankles, and I keep my t-shirt on like Winnie the Pooh

Producer Jennifer Lees roots are in the Los Angeles beat scene but, more and more, on each new project, she opens space in her intricate arrangements for vocalists. Often, on Oasis Nocturno those vocalists can outshine her production, because thats what vocalists doyou might miss the subtle strings in Fried For the Night because EARTHGANG is rapping. Some of Oasiss best songs, by contrast, are purely instrumental. To be Remote flies off the handle at about the 2:30 mark, when a vocal sample is stretched thin and spooled around a bridge before being layered into the remainder of the song. Its every bit as confounding as it sounds.

Last week, in what Im sure was an honest attempt to quell our mounting and variegated anxieties due to a global pandemic, Gal Gadot enlisted the help of a bunch of celebrities you know, and a handful you dont, for a cover of John Lennons Imagine. The video was lambasted because it was a dumb thing to do in the first place; on the order of things rich people can do for the public good in a time of crisis, singing isnt high up. Others pointed out that Gadots cover was in the spirit of the original: Lennon penned the words imagine no possessions while being worth an estimated $800 million.

Comedian Zach Fox decided to get a different group of (internet) famous people to do his own cover. Of Slob On My Knob. Stay safe out there this week.

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The Weeknd Returns to Hopeless, Loveless Hedonism on ‘After Hours’ – Daily Utah Chronicle

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Since Abel Tesfaye emerged as The Weeknd in 2011 with his moody and mesmerizing mixtape House of Balloons, hes kept listeners on their toes, intentionally or not, dividing his career into chapters marked by each albums distinctive sounds and aesthetics. Hes released three lo-fi R&B mixtapes, smashing pop hits like Cant Feel My Face and the Daft Punk-assisted Starboy in 2016. On his fourth studio album, After Hours, The Weeknd has returned to his early roots the dark, smoky atmospheres, fragile falsettos and quiet confessions. Its as if hes spent the last four years scouring the underground music scene, creating complex synth rhythms to support his lo-fi R&B style to make his balladry feel thrilling, alive and hedonistic again.

The Weeknd has launched his next era with After Hours, his most self-realized album yet. While his early blend of soulful R&B and lyrical tropes about unfulfilling drug-use and sex were fresh on his trilogy of mixtapes in 2011, his 2013 label debut Kiss Land proved to be a disappointment. The newness of his self-loathing lyrics and cutting beats had grown stale. A new approach was in order for The Weeknd with an ambitious pivot on the 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness garnering massive commercial success. He showed his versatility by proving he could survive in the mainstream realm by incorporating a brightened sound and less overtly profound lyrics.

He carried this strategy into his 2016 album Starboy a glossy, disco-funk effort boasting collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey. Starboy solidified Tesfaye as a global superstar and shot him into uncharted territory sonically.

On Starboy, he ventured into the 80s realm, sampling The Romantics and Tears for Fears on one track. But with After Hours The Weeknd has recorded an almost entirely 80s R&B dream album. Sonically, After Hours features electronic keyboards, flourishing synths and punchy often dark bass lines. Its distinctively a Weeknd sounding album, with a suite of songs showing remorse for a failed relationship one that seemed doomed from the start and offering hints of self-reflection along the way.

The album has 14 tracks and runs 62 minutes long, beginning with gentler, quieter songs. The Weeknd sets the mood for After Hours with the haunting tracks Alone Again and Too Late loaded with ominous keyboards and bass before shifting into the achingly painful Hardest To Love.

Its followed by Scared To Live, a slow-burning ballad that has The Weeknd apologizing for mistakes he made in his past relationship. Next up is the autobiographical Snowchild featuring lyrical memories from the singers upbringing in Toronto, Canada, and his come up in the music industry.

Roughly 25 minutes into the album, the vibe changes and the bangers are introduced starting with Heartless, a dark, bass-heavy Metro Boomin-produced track that has The Weeknd leaning into the toxic side of his persona. He makes it immediately clear where his head is at with the blunt opening line, Never need a b-, Im what a b- need.

His hedonism continues in Blinding Lights a track packed with layers of luminous synth textures and trembling hooks that are unmistakably 80s-sounding. The Weeknd rounds out his 80s saga with In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears, both featuring groovy electro-keyboard synths that are destined to become hits.

The good times and upbeat melodies soon end as the ominous atmosphere looms over the final two tracks, After Hours a track with heavy, pulsating beats and desperate lyrics and Until I Bleed Out. The abrupt, distorted ending of Until I Bleed Out suggests an unhappy ending for The Weeknd.

On After Hours, The Weeknds vision is clear hes crafted a cohesive album and visuals with a real narrative arc. The songs bleed together in an effortless precision with sonic references tying any unraveling threads together in the end. After Hours is a balance of the beauty and the madness that consume The Weeknd.

5/5 Stars



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The unconvincing hedonism of The Weeknd’s After Hours – McGill Tribune

In his latest album, After Hours, The Weeknd appears as a 1970s synth-pop star overcome by his own dark side. He casts himself as the victim of his own fameashamed of his wickedness, but too far gone to changeand the ensuing identity crisis reverberates throughout the album. No matter how forced it becomes, The Weeknd is desperate to convince listeners that he remains the contemptible, womanizing, intoxicated anti-hero that first captivated fans of his 2012 Trilogy.

The enthusiasm with which After Hours commits to its pop-star nightmare vibe is admirable, and there are moments when it is contagious. Blinding Lights and Scared to Live are two of several spine-tingling intersections between sumptuous production and eerily perfect vocals. The albums peak is Faith, which climaxes in The Weeknds best lyrical moment of the album: but if I O.D. / I want you to O.D. right beside / I want you to follow right behind. This is the Weeknd at his most extreme; equal parts superstar and suicidal, teetering between exaltation and self-loathing, and entirely indifferent to the personal destruction he leaves in his wake.

The albums highlights, however, are eclipsed by lows, particularly lyrical ones, bound to leave listeners wincing. Hardest to Love is a little more than a half-baked preamble to Scared to Live, and Save Your Tears is so generic that it could conceivably have been intended for any of Max Martins clients. Escape From L.A. is the worst offender, responsible for such lapses as She pulled up to the studio / Nobodys watching / She closed the door and then she locked it / For me, for me / We had sex in the studio. Despite its triumphant production, After Hourss lyricism is amusing at best (Futuristic sex give her Phillip K. Dick) and downright cringeworthy at worst.

The Weeknds inability to match sonic form with lyrical content on After Hours is suggestive of his more damning problem: His inability to convince anyone that he truly is the wretched, guilt-ridden virtuoso that After Hours claims he is. The self-loathing rings hollow, the regret feels contrived, and next to the wicked splendour of Trilogy, After Hours is as empty as the celebrity lifestyle it is meant to denounce. For all its pretensions, maybe After Hours is just a really well-produced break-up album about Bella Hadid.

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Working from home seriously disadvantages me, so I’m calling for unis to void this year – The Tab

This is even bigger than an extenuating circumstance

Look, were all sick of hearing about coronavirus. You literally cannot escape from it, especially now that Boris has put Britain on lockdown. Its made life for everyone a hundred times more stressful, but particularly for students.

GCSEs and A-levels have been cancelled. Unis have suspended face to face teaching, seminars and lectures are done over Hangouts and Zoom calls and most exams and assessments have moved online.

Universities have tried to adapt, and this might be fine for some students, but what about those who are suddenly at a disadvantage as a result this? Not everyone has an expensive laptop, fast wifi, or the peace and quiet at home thats required to concentrate? What if students have a vulnerable family member that they need to care for, or cannot effectively access the internet? This could result in their grade for this year being significantly lower than if they had been able to access the resources available to other students, or that would have been available to us had we remained at uni if the world was back to normal.

I am struggling with exactly this. I study English at Aberdeen University, and personally, Im finding online learning impossible. I live in the countryside, without a stable internet connection. I have to sit on a particular step on my stairs to access Blackboard. I also have to assist with the care of my disabled sister, because the nurses and carers who would previously help us can no longer come to our house. Caring for someone is a 24/7 job, so where do I find the time to write an essay and teach myself exam material? Why should I have to be banished to sit halfway up the staircase for hours at a time, trying to find good referencing material without access to a library? The effort required is so extensive, far more than that required of students with adequate and comfortable surroundings, that it will undoubtedly set me back in terms of time and mental effort. I am not able to produce my best work, or be assessed accurately, in this kind of environment. Its not fair.

Also, it feels as this the universities across the UK have forgotten that there is also the issue of a global pandemic occurring outside? GCSEs and A Levels are cancelled for this very reason, why do they expect university exams to keep going? Universities are more likely to have summatives, January exams and coursework to base grades on anyway. These final assessments are not necessary. There are more pressing issues to focus on, compared to writing an essay about posthumanism literature, or filling in an exam about hedonism? I am struggling to teach myself the information I need to sit an exam. My current grades are not the best, due to a year filled with mental health issues. But even with that, I would much rather take the poor grades (still a pass), and have the rest of the year voided, than continue to have sleepless nights on my staircase, trying to listen to a lecture recording about modern literature.

There have been several petitions to cancel exams and coursework for university students since the majority of students were sent home and classes moved online. This is a very fair demand, and Im calling for it too. Especially for first and second years, since these results do not count towards our final grades later on in our courses. Third years, additionally, should not have to worry about their final degree outcome being affected by such a massive disruption. And the universities must also consider the fact that staff have been striking throughout March. Our learning process has been disrupted constantly, all year, and yet we are expected to carry on at home as if nothing is wrong!

Forcing students to continue studying for exams and submitting coursework is anxiety-inducing and unreasonable, especially for those who, like myself, do not have the easiest home circumstances. Surely there are more important things to be worrying about in the current times? I am asking for allowances to be made, because students deserve what has been widely described as exceptional circumstances to be treated as an extenuating circumstance. Void this year, please, and save your students grades from suffering any more than they already have.

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Ron DeSantis, Why the #@*! Are Florida’s Beaches Still Open? – The Daily Beast

UPDATE, 11:26 a.m.: Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis was onFox & Friendsthismorning and was asked about beaches staying open. Presumably in response to the pushback he has received, DeSantis said the message for Spring Breakersis the party is over in Florida. Still, he acknowledgedthat the state wouldntshutdown all the beaches, although groups of 10 or more would no longer be allowed to congregate (good luck with that). Additionally (as noted in the column, below), he said that some prominent local communities have decided to shut down their beaches. The fact remains that DeSantis was slow to actand that beaches in the state of Florida remain open.

Beaches in Florida and Texas are packed full of Spring Break revelers, and Im not having it. We shouldnt be surprised by youthful hedonism, but where are the adults?

Maybe you saw that viral CBS News video of the Florida Spring Breakers? You know, the one that begins with a guy declaring, If I get Corona, I get Corona.

Then, the last kid explains his irresponsible actions by declaring that hes just living in the moment. Its a telling line. People who care about the future dont live this way. People who believe they have a purpose and a meaning dont live this way. If you thought that innocent Covington kid with the MAGA hat was full of smug privilege, these are the kids who really deserve our scorn (they should read this, now). Nobody should personally target them, but if this were a horror movie, these kids would be the first to get it.

Dont get me wrong. Im sure its stressful being a promiscuous drunk on a college campus. Who doesnt need a week at the beach in March to relieve the stress of being a college student?

But what they are doing is both dangerous and selfish. Its dangerous because they could easily become infected (judging by the photos, theres not much social distancing going on). Its selfish because although they would likely survive infection, their behavior could kill vulnerable Americans, such as the millions of old people who happen to live in the state where they are currently partying, or the people theyll come into contact with once they get back home.

Of course, its hard to blame testosterone-fueled young adults who are doing the same stupid things most of us would do before our frontal cortex was fully grown. The real problem is that the adults arent stepping up to the plate.

Why are these beaches still open? Where are the adults?

In many ways, this has been a moment for local leaders to shine. While Donald Trump was slow to respond to the pandemic, several governors sprang into action, closing down gathering spots, canceling events, and helping flatten the coronavirus curve.

The one glaring exception seems to be the beaches.

Now, the truth is that outdoor spaces are, perhaps, our last refuge. Twice this week, my family and I have hiked around a national park. We saw maybe five other hikers (and rightfully gave them the stink eye). The exercise is keeping us sane, and it would be a mistake to close down such isolated havens.

But whats happening on these beachesand, again, since the media loves nothing better than a good excuse to show photos of young coeds in bikinis, Im assuming youve seen themis entirely different.

There are reports that it takes three hours to cross the bridge into South Padre Island in Texas. These are huge crowds of people who are behaving with wanton disregard for public safety.

Floridas governor, Ron DeSantis, has verbally called out spring breakers for not practicing social distancing. What we're going to be doing for the statewide floor for beaches, we're going to be applying the CDC guidance of no group on a beach more than 10 and you have to have distance apart if you're going to be out there, DeSantis said. But thats both too little and too unrealistic. (I never had the money to go to Florida, but I did spend one senior week at Ocean City, Maryland. As I recall, there wasnt a whole lot of social distancing going on.)

The big question, then, is why are these beaches still open?

DeSantis ran for governor of Florida as a loyal Trumpist, but, since then, has gained accolades and, generally, gotten credit for being competent. Until now. My sense is that the Trump era has taught us the lesson that competence and experience and prudence dont matter. One outcome of this emergency might be that our politicians learn that these things do matter, greatly.

In fairness, its hard to judge DeSantis too harshly when the guy he narrowly defeated was just found drunk in a Miami Beach hotel room with a man who is suspected to have overdosed on crystal meth. Imagine if THAT GUY were in charge now

With nightclubs and restaurants already closed, its hard to see how theres an economic incentive for keeping the beaches open.

Still, DeSantis reminds me of Mayor Larry Vaughn, from the movie Jaws. You know, the idiot who ordered Amitys beaches open, despite the presence of a HUGE FRIGGIN SHARK that kept eating people?

But its even worse: At least Mayor Vaughn had a reason. He wanted those sweet tourist dollars that pour into town during the big July 4 weekend. Amity was a small town whose local economy was built around that weekend, so his was, at least, a rational (if dangerous) bet.

Thats not the case for Florida or Texas. With nightclubs and restaurants already closed, its hard to see how theres an economic incentive for keeping the beaches open. Some cities are actually doing this on their own. To be honest, the impact this is going to have on a states economy is so large that keeping the beaches open is sort of like, well, peeing in the ocean.

DeSantis isnt Mayor Vaughn. Hes the states governor who empowers him.

Im all for localism, but local communities may have their own reasons for doing things that, collectively, arent in the best interest of the state or the nation. So why is DeSantis deferring to the Mayor Vaughns of Florida? Weve seen some big crowds on the west coast of Florida and Ive had a chance to speak to mayors on both coast[s] today, DeSantis recently said. If they want to continue to [leave the beach open], we want them to have the freedom to do that, but we also want them to have the freedom to do more if they see fit.

So heres an idea. Im told that there are hospital boats setting up to treat the virus in New York harbor. Lets confiscate some cruise ships, and sequester these kidsfor as long as it takesout to sea.

Otherwise, if we let the partying continue, its hard to tell how bad this virus could getor how many people these kids might infect before its all over.

Were going to need a bigger boat.

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The Weeknd’s New Album Cuts Through the Isolation – Fordham Ram

Alexandra Lange, Staff WriterMarch 25, 2020

Every album by The Weeknd gives listeners a glimpse into the sad-boy universe of Abel Tesfaye. Often singing about loneliness, failed romance, his inability to love and battles with his inner self, The Weeknd never fails to get his XO fanbase in their feels. At a time in which the streets are all but deserted and people are isolated across the globe, The Weeknds dark, solitary universe has become more relatable than ever.

After Hours, The Weeknds long-awaited fourth studio album, is a spookily appropriate reflection of the times we are living in. Dark, moody and told from the perspective of a lonely narrator, the album captures the way many of us are feeling in a world filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Although the projects eerily timed drop may seem as if The Weeknd is capitalizing on this bleak moment in time, After Hours was long in the making. In fact, it is Tesfayes most cohesive and fully realized album to date, meshing the pop-noir of his early career with the glitzy 80s nostalgia of his more recent releases.

The Weeknd established himself as an R&B star thanks to three 2011 mixtapes, in which he crafted an entirely new strain of R&B, reveling in his own hedonism and singing in his signature piercing falsetto about despondent narratives. His dark introspection bled into his debut album Kiss Land, giving Tesfaye cult status among R&B fans. However, it was his 2015 album Beauty Behind The Madness that truly made The Weeknd a superstar. Teaming up with Max Martin, arguably the most successful producer-songwriter of the past 25 years, the album spawned several massive singles, including I Cant Feel My Face and In The Night. A year later, he followed up his Grammy-winning album with the pop-centric Starboy, which was filled with radio-friendly, groove-heavy tracks. This project was followed up by a four-year hiatus in which The Weeknd released a low-key EP and embarked on two tours.

After Hours is a cohesive blend of all The Weeknds phases. It strikes a seamless balance between the hazy trap beats of Kiss Land and the upbeat 80s synths of Starboy. The only notable change in Tesfayes sad-boy persona is the tinge of remorse that runs through his latest project, compared to the cold tone of his earlier tracks.

Promising his latest release would feature no more daytime music and would be a new brain melting psychotic chapter, The Weeknd begins After Hours unexpectedly with a string of quiet, gentler songs. The opener, Alone Again, is loaded with cinematic, ominous keyboards and twinkling synths, setting the throwback mood for the album as Tesfaye begs his lover to break (his) little, cold heart. He continues to deal with his loneliness and places the blame for his failed romances on himself on the throbbing, unplugged Too Late and the Max Martin co-produced Hardest to Love.

The project smoothly transitions into Scared To Live, a slow-burning ballad that interpolates Elton Johns Your Song. The Weeknd touches on his on-again-off-again relationship with Bella Hadid, encouraging his ex to not be afraid to move on while still longing for her when he sings I should have made you my only / When its said and done. On Snowchild, the albums most visceral track, Tesfaye reminisces about life before his come-up: memories of his Toronto childhood, drug-filled teen years and contemporary references to his lack of fulfillment with fame. Cali was the mission, he says before expressing a desire to leave, displaying his growth from his 2011 song The Morning when he sang Order plane tickets / Cali is the mission and the 2015 Tell Your Friends when he sang MIA a habit / Cali was the mission.

Side B of the album is packed with pop-bangers, including Blinding Lights and Heartless, which are already among the biggest hits of Tesfayes career. One of the projects standout moments comes on In Your Eyes, thanks to the Careless Whisper-esque saxophone solo that takes the track to a truly nostalgic level.

The Weeknd returns to his typical cold nature on Save Your Tears. Although it is one of the most pop-driven songs on the album, it is filled with personal anecdotes. Tesfaye refers to the impact both Hadid and his other famous ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, had on him. He acknowledges that his heartlessness in his breakup with Hadid stemmed from the heartbreak he felt when Gomez left him, singing, I broke your heart like someone did to mine / And now you wont love me for a second time.

The moody album comes to a close with the pulsating title track and then the tragic finale Until I Bleed Out, in which The Weeknd admits he feels paralyzed and terrified after giving his entire heart to someone and realizing it still wasnt enough. I wanna cut you outta my dreams, he cries.

The Weeknd has always been a master at contrasts and is at his finest on his latest project. Smoothly integrating beauty and madness, innovation and commerciality and loneliness and togetherness, After Hours is one of The Weeknds greatest gifts. It is a blinding light amid the worst of situations, distracting listeners from their loneliness and comforting them in the fact that someone else is experiencing the same isolation we all are feeling.

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The Hollywood #MeToo Movie Inspired by a Weinstein-Esque Creep – The Daily Beast

TAPE, a #MeToo-era film, manages to be both overwrought and hyperliteral. In the films opening sequence, Rosa (Annarosa Mudd, who also produced), a former actress, pierces her own tongue, shaves her head, and (trigger warning) slits her wristsbut not quite suicidally. Shes on a revenge mission to get evidence against an abusive movie producer who now has a new crop of identical young women to prey on.

A compelling aspect of TAPE is that it refuses to render the abuser, a guy simply named Lux (Tarek Bishara), monstrous. Hes conventionally attractive, charming, and, at first, professional. He uses nonviolent communication and reels in his victims with finely-tuned grooming techniques. Unfortunately, writer-director Deborah Kampmeiers script is full of cliches and histrionics that spin the film into an after school special rather than a searing commentary; the ways abusers can insinuate themselves into the lives of others and manufacture their consent by exploiting not just naked ambition but existential fear gets lost in the films artless noise.

As a director, Kampmeier fashions Rosas spying into a multilayered gaze, but weve seen the gimmick before. The film relies too heavily on foregrounding the digital technology Rosa uses to spy on Lux and his new conquestthe kind, desperate, and lonely upstart actress Jessica (Isabelle Fuhrman)seemingly under the illusion that hidden cameras and an iPad offer a bold and empowered way of seeing.

Julie Taymors 1999 Titus Andronicus film adaptation is the films central inspiration, but Kampmeier takes surface-level notes from Taymors innovations. Rosas opening scene costumes her as Lavinia, the tragedys sacrifice to unchecked hedonism, but TAPE is uninterested in the major theme of female complicity in abuse and destruction in the playTamora, the mother of Lavinias rapists, revels in violencenor does it examine the sexist virgin and whore castings that determine the demises of both women. In that way, TAPE is a simplification of the plays female subjectivities. Rosas drive is to expose her abuser and Jessicas is to succeed as an actress; both are virgins merely manipulated into whores, and the viewer is meant to believe Lux is the evil genius behind it all, about to be bested by very expensive home video technology.

The trouble with this perspective on abuseparticularly the kinds of abuse that are difficult to make sense of through the narratives the law providesis that it turns women into infants who can only defend themselves with the tools, if not the direct intervention, of the state. Rosa rejects a carceral approach to punishing Lux (to her, the prison sentences for sexual abuse are not long enough); instead, she accepts extreme surveillance as an alternative. Rosa is even willing to (spoiler) expose Jessicas private interactions with Lux to the public without her consent. In that way, Rosas Lavinia morphs into a hackneyed Tamora by using the violence of others as the means for her own bloodied liberation.

In the end, TAPE seems to land on disclosure, the very mechanism of the Hollywood #MeToo movement, as the wisest method for liberation or healing. A journalist gets the tapes Lux made of both Rosa and Jessica with contextual information showing his methods of manipulation; meanwhile, Rosa and Jessica are finally able to bond in a caf as women tell the stories of their rapes to each other. There are no revelations in these scenes, but rather, a breathless restaging of the age-old storytelling methodology.

But what are struggling actresses to do? Throughout the film, Jessica dutifully rattles off reasons why its easy to exploit and manipulate actresses in the film and television industry: misogyny, hierarchy, scarcity, precariousness. In other words, capitalism reinforces the various abuses of power that working women are subject to. Because these actresses must not only do good work but make money for producers and corporations, they are often at the mercy of their handlers and benefactors. Even if these actresses become wise and hardened, at the end of the day, their images are up for sale, and the profits go to the highest bidders.

Under the current system, for actors to form collectives or cooperatives without ample money or status to back it up would ensure a kind of lifelong poverty and obscurity thats only normalized in the theater (a sphere racked with economic exploitations that depend on both passion and patronage). Thats showbiz, anyhow. To my great disappointment, TAPE has nothing new or generative to say about it.

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8 London restaurants that will deliver during lockdown – Spectator.co.uk

In the midst of the greatest threat to individual liberty not to mention health and livelihood that most of us have experienced in our lives, it is a sad inevitability that the hospitality industry has taken the first economic hit. What we dont know at the moment is if this is a recoverable, if irritating, situation that can be overcome with patience, good humour and forbearance, or if it spells the end of many of the interesting drinking and dining options that we have in this country.

Yet there is something that individuals can do to support their local restaurant rather than simply writing posts of solidarity on social media (and those help, too). A surprisingly and hearteningly large number have converted themselves into temporary takeaways, with many also offering home delivery.

It has now become something of a civic duty to support your local restaurant or pub in these straitened and deeply unsettling times. As Geoff Norcott remarked on social media recently, announcing his intention to go 100% takeaway, 1. Supermarkets have earned enough, 2. Local businesses need support 3. Ive always wanted to live like this.

Here are some of the best and most interesting ones (although, of course, this is all subject to rapid change; some places that initially announced that they would do takeaway and home delivery sadly realised that it was logistically impossible):

Mackerel dish at Hide, London

Ollie Dabbous Michelin-starred Mecca in Central London is launching a distinctly upmarket delivery service. A glance at the menu reveals that caviar, 50 day aged short-horn-beef rib and barbecued octopus are just a few of the delights that can be ordered, on the grounds that they travel particularly well. To make the whole experience that bit more upmarket, wines from Hedonism can be selected alongside them to pair perfectly.


12.51, Islington

If youre an Islington resident who has fancied trying James Cochrans much-acclaimed restaurant, but has somehow never found the time to visit, then his new Around the Cluck service will surely answer your prayers. Offering a range of casual and inexpensively priced dishes, including Jamaican jerk chicken with Scotch bonnet jam and glazed crispy pork belly, they offer collection, or for the elderly, vulnerable or public sector workers, James will deliver it to your house himself on his bike.


Spinach pasta, crucsco chilli, agretti, breadcrumbs at Pastaio

Stevie Parles much-beloved pasta restaurant has traditionally been tricky to nab a spot at, which makes its advent to your homes all the better an opportunity to sample it. However, Parle and his team are going a step further at this trickiest of times, offering a special delivery service of freshly made pasta, at 5 for 500g, and store cupboard staples including semolina flour. Or maybe youd want just to dive straight into the carbonara bucatini and rigatoni with wild mushrooms and garlic, parmesan and olive oil.


Indian small plates from Kricket, London

The Indian small plates specialist Kricket has never been behind the curve since it opened, and so it continues to innovate and look forward now. Diners can enjoy some truly special treats including pork cheek vindaloo, keralan fried chicken and hyderabadi baby aubergine, or treat themselves to an isolation feast for one, which will include a main dish, a pilau rice, a papad, mango chutney and raita, and a sharing starter with the main for two.


Aged parmesan risotto with truffle, Margot

It is particularly sad that Italy has been so horribly affected by the current crisis, but their cuisine is never going to pall. Covent Gardens exemplary restaurant has joined the band of places offering top-quality dishes that can now be enjoyed at home, and we have high hopes that the gnocchi with veal ragu, lobster ravioli and perfect spicy baby chicken will be a few included. A shame, really, that the exemplary service cant be included but soon it can be enjoyed in situ once again.


Black Axe Mangal, Highbury

Highburys ace kebab emporium has attracted endless praise for its superb, boundary-pushing food, but people have occasionally winced at the lengthy queues and ear-splitting music. Well, they talk about clouds and silver linings, and now you can enjoy their deliciousness at home, without any need to wait in line or to hear loud heavy metal at top decibels; we do, of course, understand that this also adds to the appeal for many.


Angelina, Dalston, London

This Dalston Italian-Japanese spot opened to critical praise a little while ago, and now theyre ahead of the curve with the response to the crisis. Not only can you get their ramen and risotto delivered to your home, but theyve gone the extra mile to make sure that you can have a decent drink to go along with it. Their cocktail selection is vacuum packed for transportation, and their wine list is available, so if you wanted a Venetian Sour or Waquila, now is your chance.


Crisp fried herbed polenta, mixed kale, tenderstem broccoli and a pumpkin seed, shallot & fig leaf dressing from Hood, Streatham

I asked for recommendations of local places on social media, and several different people recommended this exemplary spot separately. Their response to the situation was to reinvent themselves as a pop-up shop, open from Monday to Friday and selling everything from comfort food like Cornish fish pie and braised lamb with pearl barley and root vegetables to supplies like craft beer, wine and, for the non-alcoholically inclined, lots of soft drinks too.

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16 Ways Coronavirus May Change the Way We Look at the World – Singularity Hub

Crisis. A situation where danger and opportunity intersect. In the last several weeks, weve heard and learned a lot about the danger and suffering caused by Covid-19. But opportunities are here too, and not only for soap producers and bitcoin holders. This is not to downplay the gravity of the situation, but rather go back to the root of the word crisis, and its original meaning of choice. This brutal challenge to our existing systems may open new windows of opportunity for long-awaited change.

Heres a list of 16 positive changes to the collective mindset this era of emergency may bring.

From aquaponics to vertical urban gardens, plant-based diets, and desktop 3D printers, this situation will make many of us see the benefits of relying on locally sourced food and goodsinstead of products demanding long and distant supply chains. These practices have been widely advocated for from a sustainability point of view, but this kind of self-sufficiency is ultimately about power. About how independence brings you to a position where, instead of just crossing your fingers and hoping government leaders will do a good enough job protecting you, you can maintain some influence over your own destiny and that of your loved ones.

As yet, no region has experienced a power outage due to the systemic consequences of this pandemic. It would, however, be naive to think that it will not happen in certain places. Whether you end up personally affected currently depends on the border lotterywhere you happened to be born and where you happened to be stranded during the outbreak. Solar panels mark the move away from a more or less centralized system supplying the juicy electricity we all love. The benefit of decentralized systems is, simply put, that they dont have central points of failure. Again, solar panels have been sold as a morally superior option, a way to do the right thing for the planetbut the Covid times will reveal how much they can also be a matter of personal agency.

Our species now has the technology to deliver all sorts of products to the doors of any self- or forcefully quarantined person. So far, drones have largely been known as a way to deliver violence and conduct surveillance. But as with any technology, they function like muscles, helping us realize our desires, constructive or destructive. In the case of Covid, this could mean automating many systems at scale, delivery drones and disinfecting robots marking a mere humble beginning. There are already examples of NGOs using drones to carry medicines to remote locations with impressive precision. Now that the ability to get goods without human touch is a more appealing value proposition than ever, mainstream adoption could be driven forward by an immense increase in drone delivery demand.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Bertrand Russell, Milton Friedman, and many others agreed that a civilized society ought to provide its citizens with money for basic needs to ensure no one ever has to live in a state of indecent desperation.

Automation has made this topic steaming hot, with US presidential hopeful Andrew Yang running on the policy, before suspending his campaign. During the current (or impending) lockdown, many jobs will, and have already, vanished overnight. Stock market losses reflect a concern for just how big a change in consumption this could bring.

In light of this, Hong Kong already approved a kind of emergency UBI, giving each citizen 10,000 Hong Kong dollars (about $1,290). Proposals to grant a monthly cash transfer to all citizens over the course of the pandemic have been supported by liberals and conservatives alike in many other states too. Learnings from these experiments, others already underway, and those very likely to follow, will yield considerable new knowledge and help complete the picture Rutger Bregman skillfully depicted on previous UBI experiments in his book Utopia for Realists (2017).

Citizens of the world right now have a front-row seat to watch how differently leaders around the world are handling the very same disease. Once the dust settles and figures can be studied, well be able to see what worked and what didnt. But more than that, well have a strong example of how arbitrary the choices that leaders make can be. People have already died because a certain leader took the wrong approach at the wrong time. This doesnt have to mean citizens no longer trust anyone. Rather, we should demand that more than success at the polls or holding an office be treated as sufficient authority in questions where there is science to consider.

What do we need? Jenny Odells How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (2019) ignited a lot of excitement last year. It questioned how many of the activities were involved in every day actually benefit us. Doing less has its perks, for the climate and the environment as a whole, as well as for our stress levels and peace of mind. Covid-19 will, at least for a time, bring an extreme decrease in productivity. This will also give us a new baseline to compare with our normal lives. When we find ourselves forced to stop for a while, what will we end up really missingand what wont we miss at all? Hitting the pause button will give us an opportunity to take stock of what really deserves the glory in our glorification of being busy.

Quarantine can be an introverts dreamuntil the internet stops working. Hopefully, this wont happen. But if we were running decentralized internet protocols, we could move from hoping to knowing. The internet was built to be resilient in times of crisis.Over time, however, a small number of companies have come to own a large number of the servers directing traffic. This undercuts the internets celebrated design feature of decentralization. Amazon Web Services, for example, operates a whopping third of the servers running the cloud. The Interplanetary File System (IPFS) is a new protocol we could adopt to make the internet properly peer-to-peer againmeaning, it might give us an internet more equipped for a crisis.

And just like that, accuracy mattered. As we face a range of possible scenarios, from the mild to the frankly catastrophic, we can feel it collectively now: We want to know the facts. How much should we fear a sneeze? A handshake? Is everything under control, or should we stock up on food and water at home? We want to know. Not guess, but know. And even though doubt in science has grown ever greater in recent years, you dont see hordes of people turning down the thought of a vaccine now.

Social distancing is luckily happening in a time when we already love to be social far, far away from one another. The meetings that could have been emails have quickly turned into emails. For the rest, theres telepresence, video conferencing, and even digital avatars and virtual stages. The longer the quarantine, the more well see whatever brings us our loved ones and colleagues in high definition as the best thing since stock crackers. That summits and concerts are finding digital iterations is all great news for a world thats been relying on air travel far more than carbon budgets allow. In terms of aviation, what is a state of emergency now, great telepresence services could help make far more normal after the virus.

Blackouts and snow-ins result in baby bumps: this has been commonly observed. Is it that when youre stuck at home, sex is the next best option? Or is it that in times of despair, the prospect of bringing a new life into the world is a bulwark against the sense of impending doom? Whatever it is, you might look forward to some lustful pleasures during the quarantine. And if you dont feel like this is the right time for you to conceive the next generation, you might consider stocking up on contraceptives while (or if) you can. Suggested names of this generation to come: Quaranteens or Coronials.

The true value of the labor that keeps societyand our sanityafloat, is now being keenly felt. People homeschooling their children are expressing new appreciation for teachers day-to-day. Garbage collectors and delivery people are receiving proper thank-yous for usually thankless services. And the health care providers risking their own health for the sake of others are now receiving a measure of gratitude. Were learning whats essential. Now, instead of paying the heroes of this crisis with nothing but applause, could this sudden appreciation instead take a monetary form and translate into better pay for our most crucial professions?

And just like that, you did get the time to finish your novel. The same is true for a myriad of artists, currently in lockdown, many of them likely creating their most inspired pieces yet. Shakespeare famously wrote King Lear during his time in quarantine. From the existential motives of serious filmmakers to the escapist hedonism and meme extraordinairesa pandemic, in all its brutality, can be quite the muse.

As bad as Covid-19 is, those of us in the global catastrophic risk community know there are far worse scenarios, and we can get far better at preparing and de-risking our lives. Books like Feeding Everyone No Matter What (2014) by David Denkenberger has never before gotten the attention they deserve. We could use this situation to change that, making us wiser and more resilient in the face of vaster issues. Proposals like Denkenbergers to develop large-scale storage, underground mushroom farms, or even bacteria-based foods to survive a potential nuclear winter or supervolcanic eruption no longer seem as eccentric as they once did. Rather, they seem wise and considered, as the words hope for the best, plan for the worst are beginning to more widely resonate.

The status and suffering of the elderly is generally scarcely covered. Before this pandemic, 100,000 people died from illnesses directly related to the underlying condition of an aged bodyevery single day. As Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the older part of the population and medical professionals are making calls based on age, this issue ought to see serious momentum. Intergenerational solidarity could become more of a thing as we come to fully realize that an able-bodied condition is ever so temporary. Healthspanand lifespanextension is a problem we might more seriously use our collective talent to combat, as we give more weight to the argument often put forward by those in the field that aging ought to be classified as a disease.

Particularly when it comes to debt. The Federal Reserve is offering $1.5 trillion in short-term loans (and a whole lot more is on the way) to stabilize the market due to Covid-19. In a world where fiat currencies are only backed by belief, a lot can be done once there is sufficient support. By comparison, the total amount of student loan debt in the US is $1.6 trillion. If you want to study a concept during all your in-house downtime, maybe look up debt jubilee. Or, if youre looking for a longer read, theres David Graebers Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011). A lot of time in your house means a lot of time to learn and organize for change with people who share your beliefs and could amplify them. Whether in relation to debt, or something else.

In the 90s, some thinkers focused on globalization argued that our shared global village was turning into a McWorld, with consumer culture as its common denominator. Arguably, there is something far more wholesome all humans have in common: We all want a safe tomorrow. In Covid-19, weve found a common enemy, attacking people regardless of their appearance or passport.

This takes us back to that original meaning of crisis: the present situation offers a choice. Either we try to piece the world back together as it was before this catastrophic occurrence, or we can use this shared event as the founding moment of a unifying global narrative. One acknowledging that underneath our badges of belonging we are all vulnerable bodies, very much dependent on each other and on systems of governance.

Weve been aware of our global interconnectedness for some time, every second TED talk makes reference to it. But weve never felt it as much as we do now. Weve already witnessed the lack of global coordination to control the spread of the virus early on. We are now witnessing how the government of each state is turning this shared global event into so many singular, nationally defined experiences.

All this tells the tale of a world that has become interlinked, yet holds on to a governance model pretending were not. This can change. We can tell another story. One that demands global risks receive a global response and proclaims that certain issues are so important they stand above all partisanship. A virus can spread quickly and change us profoundly. So can an idea. Stuck, alone in our houses, there has never been a better time to come together.

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‘Birth of the Cool’: 8 ways Miles Davis changed the music scene forever – The National

I changed music five or six times what have you done? Miles Davis famously crowed at a White House dinner late in his life. Never a man known for his modesty, for once the Prince of Darkness was selling himself short.

By our count, there are at least eight occasions on which the worlds most recognisable (and bestselling) jazz musician has played a pivotal role in changing the course of music for evermore.

A major career-spanning documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is now on Netflix a film that charts the musical pioneers career and features previously unseen interviews with his friends, family, collaborators and admirers, including guitarist Carlos Santana. Its timely release isnt coincidental, either, and comes 50 years after Daviss most commercial period was about to begin. Lets take a walk through the history of post-war improvised music via the work of its most restless innovator.

In 1944, an 18-year-old Miles Davis left East St Louis to study music at New Yorks prestigious Juilliard School. His real education, however, was in the clubs of 52nd Street, then booming with the frenetic, virtuosic, breakneck-tempo bebop of the time. Within months, Davis was cutting his teeth as a member of troubled sax player Charlie Parkers band, but in truth, the trumpeters own improvisational flights were never as sharp or showy as those of his contemporaries.

His answer was to slow tempos, bring in extra harmonies and horns, extend jazz from a snapshot of a few minutes into sometimes 13-minute-long pieces and, alongside arranger Gil Evans, make a series of chilled, classically influenced nonet chamber recordings that would later be collected as the album Birth of the Cool and credited with kick-starting the cool jazz wave to come.

In 1955, Davis ascended from being a jazz star to a household name after signing with the mainstream might of Columbia Records. He put this new influence and budget to good use, reviving his partnership with Evans to write Miles Ahead (1957), the first of three seminal albums that pit his breathy, tender trumpet exertions over the luscious textures of a 19-piece orchestra. Followed by the Gershwin collection Porgy and Bess (1959) and flamenco-flavoured Sketches of Spain (1960), this trio collectively popularised the jazz-classical hybrid known as Third Stream.

Davis severed himself from 50 years of harmonic jazz convention with the 1958 composition Milestones and, most famously, the ever-enduring, first-take-only sextet session of 1959 Kind of Blue, which is widely celebrated as the bestselling jazz album ever.

Davis was a pioneer in improvisation, which freed players up to stretch out in a single tonality, in the same way trippy blues-rock musicians would play 10 years later. On the revelatory track Flamenco Sketches, soloists were presented a list of five modes to improvise in at leisure, the rhythm section following rather than dictating the harmony, shifting chord only when the soloist chose to move to a new tonality. Breathtaking.

Craving new ideas, in the mid-1960s, when he was in his mid-forties, Davis began assembling a new band of musicians half his age including future stars Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter who would collectively usher in a new democratic musical model known as post-bop, which would change jazz for ever. Often using Shorters oblique compositions for fuel, the Second Great Quintet broke down the conventional soloist and rhythm section approach with a telepathic time, no changes philosophy that allowed song structures to unfold in real-time. The highest form of spontaneous musical expression.

For all his earlier innovations in jazz, arguably none of Daviss skin-shedding stunts had a wider influence on pop culture than his early 1970s electric reinvention, heralded by the arrival of ... Brew the undefinable improvisatory assault of an album that celebrates its 50th anniversary on Monday, March 30.

About seven months earlier, Davis assembled more than a dozen musicians including two drummers, two bassists and three electric keyboardists at Columbias New York studios, and over only three days, directed deep, dark, shamanic jams that conjured something entirely new and utterly beguiling.

Intoxicating to rock fans and festivals, once-slick-suited Davis was reborn as a scarf-toting counterculture hero, while the records principle players would go on to pack arenas playing that much-maligned marriage of jazz and rock that came to be known as fusion.

James Brown invented funk in the mid-1960s. Sly Stone channelled Jimi Hendrix and helped birth funk-rock. Davis took note and wanted a piece of that lucrative, block-party-starting pie. The term jazz-funk would soon come to epitomise smooth, smoochy, noodly, blandness, and perhaps you can thank Daviss dense, groovy improvised On the Corner LP for that. It again featured Hancock, whose own subsequent 1970s recordings, beginning a year later with million-seller Head Hunters, would go on to define the genre more than anybodys.

Sounds crazy, right? But there are semi-legitimate arguments and compelling corners of the internet that argue that the relentless, polyrhythmic wig-out Rated X laid the tracks for the genre to emerge across the pond two decades later. Just listen to the way backbeats and downbeats are reversed (or what translates as a bass drum and a snare), creating a squelching percussive tumult with overriding melody in a way that biographer John Szwed calls the birth of ambient jazz. Its not even the weirdest moment on Get Up with It (1974), a two-hour opus of unnerving offcuts that contained Daviss final studio recordings before a six-year hiatus.

After a lost half-decade of hedonism and health problems, Davis re-emerged in 1981 with another sonic reinvention awkwardly reconciling a 1980s pop aesthetic with some pretty deep jamming. A period that remains divisive to this day, things reached a peak, of sorts, with Youre Under Arrest (1985), which included Daviss instrumental takes on Michael Jacksons Human Nature and Cyndi Laupers Time After Time which offered a sense of legitimacy to the smooth jazz that was to haunt US radio for decades to come.

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Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 review at the peak of the zeitgeist – The Guardian

In hindsight, music has always been Donald Glovers true calling. Before the sitcoms, the Star Wars movie, the Saturday Night Live hosting gigs, and the well-worn gifs of the performer walking horrified into a burning room with a stack of pizza boxes, you could find him on YouTube as a member of Derrick Comedy. The groups greatest sketch, B-Boy Stance, saw Glover play an ageing hip-hop pioneer who had his arms surgically attached to his back, ensuring he was forever pulling the iconic pose it riffs on the distance between the New York acolytes who witnessed the birth of hip-hop and those who came to the music after it was commodified. Glovers understanding of American culture shines with diamond clarity; Atlanta, his comedy-drama that goes deep into the citys rap scene, is the evolution of those ideas.

Glovers early forays into rap were corny and forgettable. The Childish Gambino project felt like the side hustle of a talented kid eager to test every limit of his creativity that the moniker was taken from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator seemed to reflect how low it fell on his list of priorities. In 2016, the funk record Awaken, My Love! was an artistic breakthrough. Then came 2017s vicious This Is America and a video that encapsulates the racial prejudice, police brutality and vicious gun lust freezing the soul of the self-proclaimed greatest country in the world. The clip became a pop cultural juggernaut, anointing Glover as spokesman for the Black Lives Matter generation.

3.15.20 is the glorious payoff of this musical evolution. Melding elements of industrial hip-hop, hard-edged funk and pulsing electronica, with occasional experimental breakdowns a la Pink Floyd, it is an ambitious album that can turn from hedonism to hope on a dime. And with its genre-hopping ethos, bold orchestral choices and pleasing tunefulness, it is the first truly boundary-pushing record of the 2020s, cementing its creator as a daring virtuoso. (The roll out of the record wasnt quite as well executed: songs temporarily began streaming on a continuous loop last Sunday via donaldgloverpresents.com and are once again leaving fans to ponder whether it was a leak or part of an elaborate release strategy.)

No song is quite as blunt as the societal sledgehammer that was This Is America because they dont have to be Glovers sharp pen and outlandish concepts see him smartly examine topics such as freedom in the digital age, the nature of reality and the malignancy in the soul of his home nation.

Take Algorhythm, which warns of the erosion of personal liberties as the algorithms that serve our information alter our minds. The corrosive psychological effect of phones has become catnip for songwriters in recent years but Glover brings his own perspective, using vocal effects to slide into the role of artificial intelligence while dropping biblical references. Elsewhere, he buries his voice so deep in effects at moments that it is near-impossible to make out his words see 32.22, a bruising rap song that shares DNA with Kanye Wests Black Skinhead. The effect alludes to the disappearance of his soul into a digital vortex, inviting listeners to determine what is and is not real.

The most direct probing comes on the Ariana Grande-assisted Time, as Glover sounding half flower child, half crystal gazer questions whether the world is exactly what it seems. With a melody reminiscent of forgotten single Cry, theres even a touch of Michael Jackson to the sweeping anthem. Its not difficult to picture MJ, arms stretched out in a Christ-like stance, singing lines such as: Seven billion people trying to free themselves / Said a billion prayers trying to save myself. Not that you ever would have caught Jackson over these psych-tinted guitar strums and eccentric, retro-futuristic drum machines.

The gentle funk of 47.48 evokes memories of Stevie Wonder as Glover explores the devastating effect violence has on childhood innocence. There are moments of levity, though. On the Prince-esque lover-man jam 24.19, the meaning of a relationship is captured through minutiae as Glover smiles at his sweethearts appreciation of fairytales, the way they wear their hair and the chicken dinners the couple once shared. More passion comes on 12.38, throwback funk featuring horny one-liners such as Hit the uchi-chuchi till its slanted; the hazy pop of Feels Like Summer will line up well on barbecue playlists.

These are lighter moments in a grander work that instantly feels part of the zeitgeist. Its especially appropriate, then, that 3.15.20 has dropped into the feeds of people social distancing. The disruption caused by the coronavirus forces us to question how strong the foundations of civilisation really are. Glover never could have seen the pandemic coming when he was recording the album, yet at a time when much of what we thought was strong is weak what we thought was eternal is potentially fleeting 3.15.20 captures the insecurity of lived reality and the humanity that truly defines our existence.

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From Zoom to Minecraft, what will the ‘new normal’ for Australian museums look like? – The Adelaide Review

We could kind of understand the logic of museums and galleries still being open, and we looked at what [other museums] were doing, taking away their interactive components or reducing their touch screens, MOD. director Kristin Alford tells The Adelaide Review. But for us, when we did the risk management, there was literally one gallery left and that was watching a film. Everything else is hands on and touching.

Although we increased the cleaning regime and encouraged people to wash their hands before and after, and social distancing, for me it just got to the point where we couldnt give people a great experience in the gallery. And, as a museum thats focussed on the future and the communication of science, I felt it was far more responsible of us to close early.

With the federal government officially forcing all museums and galleries around the country to close last night, MOD. now finds itself charging headfirst into a bold and challenging new reality for the sector. But with no traditional collection, and a fairly agnostic definition of what makes a museum at the best of times, MOD. was already geared towards adaptation.

At the beginning of the year when people started coming back into the [Seven Siblings from the Future] exhibition after the bushfires, there were lots of really important conversations with the community [who were] grappling with that. So we made some alterations to the exhibition to account for how people were feeling.

Then a few weeks ago we started thinking, we should really add some things to the gallery to help people process what theyre hearing about COVID-19. We designed these additions but just didnt get them in in time!

What closing early has enabled us to do is rather than focussing on mitigating a risk bit by bit, weve been able to refocus and settle on what a new normal might be. Which has allowed us to then think through what we would like to do, and, admittedly very quickly, come up with the skeleton of a new exhibition. Thats more rewarding than constantly mitigating risk.

So for us closing early was definitely driven by the type of interactive we have, but doing that has allowed us to rethink what the next six months could be like, while still delivering our mission.

First, that involved taking to Facebook Live for daily virtual tours and deep and meaningful sessions tied to Seven Siblings from the Future, an exhibition exploring the complex ethical and philosophical questions of a recognisable future Australia transformed by technological and environmental change. Its only taken a few months, Alford says, for the real world to start making up the distance. Take the character of Alex, for instance, one of the siblings whose work as a remotely-based, teleconferencing nurse raises questions of privacy and bioethics.

We know that Alex works in e-health, and theres lots of information coming in about his patients, she says. But how did that happen? I think COVID-19 offers a fairly good example of how that 2050, that future, would make sense how we might have circumvented a lot of the regulatory environment or concerns that people had prior to March 2020.

This week, MOD. will launch Life Interrupted, its first online-only exhibition since the beginning of the crisis. The exhibition itself is a mixture of some things weve created for previous exhibitions that were repurposing and remodelling for a digital environment. Some of this includes the compliments booth from Hedonism were looking at redoing that for a digital environment, so people have a simulated way of making themselves feel good. People might need that a lot.

Weve also got a group of our moderators setting up a space in Minecraft where people can create nature in Minecraft, to see if we can get the same feeling of being in a natural space online. Other planned programs, such as its Futures Unlearned talks, will be run online, covering such topical questions as what does leadership look like in an age of uncertainty?

But looking more broadly, Alford suspects the period of downtime will usher in some long-lasting, and perhaps overdue, shifts in how the public engages with museums and vice versa.

The indicators towards collapse or transformation are very similar it just depends what happens next, she reflects. We have to get through the now, but as we move through the recovery period and start to go back to normal, we will be altered by this experience. Its hard to go back to how things were, and for museums or gallery spaces that might mean rethinking the types of topics they talk about, it might be rethinking the types of spaces theyve created, it might be rethinking the architecture of spaces.

There are questions of whether this environment will allow some better practices around online learning to emerge; we have to start thinking, is a mix of physical and online exhibitions what we should be doing in the future? And how do we do things in both spaces?

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The very best London restaurants offering home delivery and takeaway during the coronavirus crisis – Spear’s WMS

The Covid-19 pandemic has emptied restaurants across the capital, but people still need to eat. Fortunately, the UK governments latest measures to restrict movement and social contact still allow food delivery services and contact-free takeaway. Anna Solomon rounds up the eateries with Michelin-starred mopeds

When Britain was last on a war footing, it meant rationing: tins of Spam and carefully weighed portions of butter. Now, in his response to the threat of the Coronavirus crisis, Boris Johnson has been forced to restrict the right of freeborn Britons to go not only to the pub, but also to restaurants.

The long-term consequences for the hospitality industry could turn out to be disastrous, but several of our favourite London eateries have responded in admirable fashion by launching delivery services that allow customers to bring fine dining to the comfort of their own kitchen.

One of the establishments making the shift from silver service to mopeds is HIDE. The restaurant, which boasts a Michelin star, has partnered with SUPPER to deliver a menu of dishes from renowned chef Ollie Dabbous. And, of course, roast scallop, Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle wouldnt be the same without a wine pairing, so HIDE partner Hedonism are offering their finest libations alongside.

Hide at Home delivery offers some of our most popular dishes that travel well to our guests who, in the current situation, are unable to visit the restaurant, Tatiana Fokina, CEO of Hide, tells Spears.

Her team is launching the service to make isolation easier, she says, and to take the worry of cooking off the minds of the self-isolated and socially distancing. They even offer child-friendly options, as there will be so many more meals eaten all together now that the children are off school. Delivery services are also playing an extremely important role in allowing restaurants to keep their staff employed.

And of course, the business as usual adage plays a psychological function. Food and wine give us comfort, and enjoying them with your family is something that should help us all deal with the new reality, says Fokina. It is important to keep as many habits from our normal life as possible, and also not to forget to treat ourselves to small luxuries to help us keep in good spirits.

So what can hungry HNWs expect to enjoy as they put their feet up and get stuck into a box set? You can get everything from breakfast dishes, like home-made crumpets with Brillat-Savarin, to Ollies signature mains, like barbecued octopus and soft shell crab tempura, says Fokina.

Other stand-outs include white asparagus shavings with hazelnuts, wild mushrooms, sea truffle and duck egg mayonnaise, and 50-day-aged short-horn beef rib cooked over charcoal, served with rapeseed barnaise, crispy potato cake, baked shallots, braised rib cap and a salad of watercress, horseradish & pickles.

Desserts such as warm acorn cake with smoked caramel and Cornish clotted cream are not to be forgotten. And whats a quarantine without freshly baked bread? HIDE is also offering their finest viennoiseries right to your front door.

One of the big questions is whether measures introduced in the time of coronavirus will stick, as the world realises that many of the things that we used to do in person can be done without walking out of your front door. When we come out on the other side of this crisis we will continue home deliveries if there is a demand for it. We are trying to see new opportunities in this situation, says Fokina.

It is hard to imagine that eating scallops in your slippers will ever replace the buzz of an evening at a restaurant. For now, however, delivery services like HIDEs provide a charming alternative in the upside-down reality that we find ourselves in. If were going to be stuck inside for the foreseeable future, we might as well do it with a good cheese board.

Chef Eran Tibi brought the essence of Tel Aviv to Londons Bankside with his first solo project in Bala Baya. The restaurant is now bringing vibrant Israeli cuisine to any London location reachable by Uber. From prawn baklava to aubergine mess, the fare is always hands-on and always delicious.

Bocca Di Lupo is a family-run trattoria in the heart of Soho serving Italian cuisine that is almost entirely home-made; this includes breads, sausages, salami, pickles, mostarda, pasta and the freshest gelato from Gelupo. The rest is sourced directly from the sunny Italian regions.

This gourmet traiteur and delicatessen founded by Dimitri and Mira Plaquet boasts dishes created by executive chef Chris Hill, who is an alumnus of the Ritz. Try beef carpaccio with Harrys Bar dressing, indulgent lobster pasta, or the house specialty, beef Wellington.

The home of French haute cuisine in London, Le Comptoir revives the small plates concept of the late Jol Robuchon, who held the most Michelin stars awarded to any chef. Inventive dishes comprise a combination of Robuchon classics and inventive specials, including La Caille (quail, foie gras and truffle) and LOeuf Caviar (crispy egg, caviar, cream and smoked salmon).

Pasta Evangelists deliver fresh pasta kits across the UK, complete with beautiful sauces and garnishes sourced from Italy. Five star dishes such as black truffle and pecorino triangoli, trofie with walnut pesto, and pappardelle with beef shin embody centuries of artisanal tradition and can be prepared in just five minutes.

This famed omakase dining concept (whereby you entrust yourself to the chef) landed in London from New York earlier this month. Sushi on Jones offers traditional Japanese favourites at the highest quality, from uni to toto, to botan shrimp and wagyu.

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Monday briefing: 8m could be hospitalised in the UK – The Guardian

Top story: Virus could force GCSEs and A-levels to be delayed

Morning everyone. Im Martin Farrer and these are the top stories from the Guardian this Monday morning.

The coronavirus outbreak could last for another year and cause almost eight million people to require hospital treatment, according to a Public Health England document seen by the Guardian. In what was previously a worst-case scenario mooted by chief medical officer Prof Chris Witty, the document says up to 80% of the population are expected to be infected with Covid-19 in the next 12 months, and up to 15% (7.9 million people) may require hospitalisation. The shocking possible extent of the crisis comes as Boris Johnson sought to shore up confidence in his handling of the situation by announcing that he will hold a daily media conference for as long as necessary. Deaths in the UK stand at 35 and family have paid tribute to the man believed to be the youngest victim so far, a 59-year-old former police officer, Nick Matthews. There is concern that the virus could force this years GCSEs and A-level exams to be postponed until later in the year and unions have warned about lack of sick pay for laid-off courier workers. . More news all day at our live blog.

There are now more cases of coronavirus around the world than inside China, the epicentre of the outbreak. Worldwide infections have grown to more than 86,000, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker, while cases inside China stood at 80,860 as of Monday. Deaths have reached 6,479.

Theres also more in our Coronavirus Extra section further down and heres where you can find all our coverage of the outbreak from breaking news to fact checks and advice

Working women For the first time, there are now more women aged 60-64 in work than not, analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics shows. The shift has been triggered by changes to the state pension age, the data reveals, with the number of older women in the workforce increasing by 51% since the reforms were introduced in 2010. The number of working men aged between 60 and 64 increased by 13% over the same period. Experts described the shift as seismic and said it would have profound implications for women now and in later life.

Biden v Bernie They kept their distance and bumped elbows, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders still managed to come together to condemn Donald Trumps handling of the coronavirus crisis in the first one-on-one debate in the slimmed-down Democratic presidential nomination debate. Biden said it called for wartime-style national mobilisation and he would summon the army while his rival took the opportunity to tout his plan for sweeping healthcare reforms. Biden also pledged to choose a woman as his running mate.

Ghost trains Thousands of trains are sitting idle in depots across Britain despite the countrys creaking rail network being in desperate need of additional rolling stock. An investigation by Channel 4s Dispatches has found that many of the carriages, which contain around 110,000 seats, could be used immediately. Research also reveals the inequality between services in the north and south of England, with experts calling for more widespread electrification to fix the problem.

Scrolls downer They were always suspected of being one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history but now its official: the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls for which an American museum paid millions of dollars are fakes, experts have said. Steve Green reportedly paid millions for the scrolls for his Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. But a team of researchers have concluded after exhaustive testing that they are probably fakes made of old shoe leather.

The story continued to move quickly overnight. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control urged people to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people as the death toll rose to 64 and Californias governor asked bars to shut down. New York City ordered all its public schools to close. Argentina has gone into full lockdown and South Africa has declared a national emergency. In Washington, however, Donald Trump gave a brief press conference in which he insisted the US was doing great in fighting the outbreak, and heaped praise on the US Federal Reserve after it announced it was slashing interest rates to near zero.

But even that emergency cut has failed to calm nerves on financial markets with another turbulent day in prospect on global stock markets. The Sydney market dropped almost 10% on Monday despite Australias central bank announcing it is on the brink of quantitative easing. The FTSE100 is on course to lose 2.5% at the opening bell this morning.

There was anger in Germany after it was reported that Trump had offered $1bn to a German pharmaceutical company in exchange for exclusive US access to a Covid-19 vaccine it is developing.

Like a growing number of people, Simon Parkin suffered from insomnia for years. After dozens of failed techniques, he finally found one that worked. Also today: Sally Hayden on a locust swarm in east Africa.

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Mike Skinner, who shot to fame with his rap band the Streets before stepping back from the limelight, is back with a film hes been planning for donkeys years about the group. He promises it will have a Streets soundtrack and a Raymond Chandler influence a DJ as a sort of cynical or disillusioned private detective. In between untangling his varied career, Skinner also tells Tim Jonze about how he tries to avoid on-the-road hedonism, the Cambrian explosion and Robert De Niros eyeballs.

The International Olympic Committee must act decisively by postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a British athlete has told the Guardian. Premiership rugby union fixtures are to be postponed with immediate effect because of the coronavirus outbreak with European competitions set to be mothballed as well. British racing is likely to go behind closed doors from later this week, initially until the end of March but potentially for much longer. Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack have suspended training and stood down their entire UK-based staff after four players experienced symptoms of coronavirus. Castleford recorded a 28-14 win against St Helens but some fans were critical of the decision to play at all. And the UK Anti-Doping Agency is poised to launch an investigation into allegations that a member of Tyson Furys team offered a farmer 25,000 to provide a false alibi after the heavyweight champion failed a drugs test in 2015.

The coronavirus continues to take a wrecking ball to the business world. One of the worst-hit areas is the cruise passenger sector and we look at what it means for the industry as the biggest operators mothball their fleets and share values plummet. In Britain, manufacturers have urged the government to step in to help the sector after exports have plummeted. The pound has also dropped sharply and is buying $1.234 and 1.11.

Many of the papers focus on plans to quarantine the elderly to protect them from the coronavirus. The Mirror says Save our elderly and the Mail has Lets pull together for our elderly, Britain!. The Telegraph warns about the sanctions for defying anti-virus measures 1,000 fine or custody for refusing quarantine while the Sun headline is Flu Monday. The Guardian leads with Virus may last a year and put 8m in NHS hospitals, a line which the Express also leads with: Virus will put 8m Britons in hospital. The Times concentrates on the economics of it all Banks act to save world economy from pandemic.

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5 Easy Healthy Food Swaps That Still Taste Great – Esquire

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Committing to a healthier diet is one thing, but man can only stand so much raw kale and undressed tofu before he starts demanding some flavor. True, we live in the golden age of recipe-sharing. But who can be bothered to scroll through a drugstore-receipt-length saga about some home-cooks husbands lactose intolerancejust to find a healthy-ish meal idea thats two hours and 12 ingredients too complicated? Somebody, maybe, but not you. Rather than struggle through overhauling your diet, you could just start making a few simple, everyday swaps thatll help you eat more mindfully, without sacrificing taste. Here are five of them.

Theres no denying the magic of a fried buffalo wing, but theres also no denying the health consequences of treating every day like it's Sunday when it comes to inhaling breaded, deep fried meats. Enter the air fryer, which works sort of like a convection oven to cook food with superheated air instead of boiling oil. More importantly, it takes a bunch of the work out of cooking.

Some experts suggest swapping traditionally fried foods for air-fried can cut your calorie intake by up to 80 percent. Note: That math won't be on your side if you swap all the foods you eat for air-fried ones. But its a good starting point for making chicken cutlet night a little healthier. Air fryers also cook faster than lard or oil does, so the hot-right-now method also gives you more time to savor the flavor.

In the Venn diagram of healthy and tasty, there aren't many beers that land in the middle. Deschutes Brewery, which hails from the craft-beer haven of Oregon, has managed to stick the landing on this trick, with low-calorie brews that are more than just fizzy, vaguely hoppy water. Their signature Wowza! hazy pale ale is packed with citrus flavor yet infinitely crushable, with just 100 calories and 4g of carbs. The light and crispy Da Shootz! is a summer pilsner thatll quench your thirst all year round. For something hoppier, their gluten-reduced Lil Squeezy Juicy Ale is a lighter alternative to the typically calorie-heavy IPA, at 145 calories per 12 ounces. All three make great replacements for the same old high-cal lagers. And yeah, the names are just really fun to say.

They say you cant have your cake and eat it, but nobody mentioned ice cream. Maybe thats because the frozen-treat landscape is ever expanding with improved, better-for-you recipes with more nutritious, novel ingredients. Now, when your streaming service asks you if you're still watching, at least the pint in your hand can be a more virtuous optionwhether lower calorie, familiar, or not even milk-based.

What's more, you might be doing your health a favor by sprinkling in dessert. A study published by the Journal of Consumer Psychology argues that goals that require extended inhibition of desires, such as weight loss and financial saving, can benefit from including planned hedonic deviations in the goal-striving plan. So as long as those moments of hedonism dont involve chain-smoking or competitive hot-dog eating, giving yourself planned cheat days can actually help you get healthier.

Recent research suggests that cooking at home is a smart way to cut down on excess fat, unhealthy additives, and harmful chemicals in your food. But did those researchers have the week you just had? When you just cant be bothered to cook, by all means, eat out. Just remember to dine out smartly.

This is easier to do today than ever, with so many restauranteurs taking a mindful approach to diners dietary restrictions and health priorities. Which is to say, go ahead and customize your meal within reason (without worrying about what your co-diners or your server thinks; it's 2020, it's cool). Get rid of unnecessary add-ons like extra cheese or sour cream. Given the option, sub white rice for the healthier side or base du jour.

When ordering a salad, pay attention to the nutrition content of the dressing, says registered dietician Ayla Gentiletti. Just two tablespoons of certain creamy dressings can add as much as 300 extra calories to your salad, she notes. When in doubt, choose a vinaigrette or cut your dressing use by adding fresh lemon or lime juice, Gentiletti says.

Or sweet potato-spiral it, or rice up your favorite vegetable. We've reached peak veggie swap: Zucchini got in early for being crazy low in calories and carbs, in addition to being packed with potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C. But when youre craving a big bowl of your favorite carbonara or Mom's Sunday gravy, you can also swap starchy pastas for prepackaged sweet potato noodles or riced cauliflower or broccoli, which deliver plenty of fiber, iron, and vitamins while remaining a fun-to-eat delivery system for sauce, protein, and flavor. Pour some turkey meatballs with teriyaki sauce over some riced veggies and youll be jet-skiing off to flavor country in no time.

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Give It Time Before Deciding You Hate Your New Job – Harvard Business Review

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Its normal to feel a bit of disappointment after starting a new job. After all, youve likely pinned a lot of hopes on this new opportunity. But before you decide whether to stick it out or start sending out resumes again, consider a few things. Just because you dont know how to do all of the tasks of your new job, doesnt mean you shouldnt be in the job at all. Ask for help early on and assume that everyone believes learning is a fundamental part of succeeding in the new position. It may be helpful to keep a running log of your performance so that you can determine whether you are actually making progress even when you feel like youre not. If you feel unsatisfied in the job, consider whether theres a mismatch between your values and the organizations. This can take time to assess but if there isnt a fit, its often hard to remedy. And be careful you dont stick out a bad situation for too long because of a resistance to change. If after six months to a year, you feel like the job is a poor fit for you, then you have to be willing to act.

Starting a new job is often a hopeful experience. In the weeks leading up to your first day, youre likely to think about the impact youll make, the relationships youll forge, and the ways in which youll succeed. The first few weeks in the new position may be disappointing however, and many people wonder at that point if they made the right decision.

This unpleasant transition from hopes and dreams to reality makes sense from a psychological perspective. Research on construal level theory suggests that we treat things further away from us (in time or physical distance) more abstractly than things that are close up. Before you start a new job, youre often more focused on the abstract potential than on the actual tasks youll be doing. Once youre in the new position, you may be mired in the day-to-day specifics, which may make it harder to see the contribution you hoped to make.

Youre also often focused on the desirable characteristics of a new job before you start. That can create a motivational state called a promotion focus, which makes you more sensitive to positive things in your environment. But once you start work and there are responsibilities you have to deal with, youre more likely to adapt a prevention focus, which naturally focuses on the negative things. The perfect job doesnt feel as perfect anymore.

This disappointment can make you feel like the new role is a mistake. And sometimes a position isnt a right fit. So how do you tell the difference between normal disappointment and adjustment and signs that the job truly isnt working out? Before you decide that you should look for something new, here are three things to consider.

One reason why the new job may feel wrong is that there are elements you feel unprepared for. Of course, you dont know the policies and procedures of the new workplace, and it will take time to get acclimated. But there will also be tasks that you dont know how to do.

Many people in new roles suffer from a variation of imposter syndrome, in which they feel like theyve risen into a position theyre not qualified to take. That can make you feel as though the tasks you dont know how to do are a sign that you shouldnt be in the job at all.

Its important to ask for help with new tasks early on and to assume that everyone believes learning is a fundamental part of succeeding in the new position. When you feel bad that you arent performing well, treat that as an opportunity for growth rather than a sign that you are failing.

Even if you adopt this kind of growth mindset, your progress will likely be slower than you want it to be. A well-studied phenomenon in psychology is the learning curve, in which you make fast initial progress when learning something new, but when it comes time to get polished at the details of what you are learning, your progress slows.

When the learning curve flattens out, its often hard to detect progress and you may begin to feel like you are not cut out for the job. Instead, find some metrics that allow you to measure what you are accomplishing and learning. Keep a running log of your performance so that you can determine whether you are actually making progress even when you feel like youre not.

Even when you feel like youre succeeding at the individual tasks of the job, you may find the overall work unsatisfying. One of the hardest things to figure out about a company during the application and interview process is the set of underlying values the firm promotes.

While research by Shalom Schwartz and his colleagues has shown that there are universal values across cultures, each person and organization emphasize different ones. Cultures promote particular values, but individuals adopt values based on their underlying personality characteristics and their experiences.

For example, some people value benevolence, in which they want to do good things for other people, while others value achievement, in which they want to be recognized for their success. Some people value tradition and want to uphold the way things have always been done, while others value hedonism and want to experience pleasure.

If you work for a company that promotes very different values than the ones you hold, then youre likely to feel unsettled and dissatisfied at work. It can take time to determine whether there is a match between the companys values and your own, so dont jump to conclusions. But, if you do detect a significant mismatch, that could be a sign that you may want to consider working elsewhere.

You certainly dont want to make a hasty decision about whether a new job is a good fit. It can take several months to determine whether you are progressing in what you need to learn to be good at your job. And it also takes time to really understand the values of the firm you work for.

But, if youve been working for six months to a year and feel like the job is a poor fit for you, then you also have to be willing to act. Because of a status quo bias, we have a tendency to stick with bad decisions for too long whether they are poor investments, bad relationships, or a job that isnt a good fit. We dont like making changes because doing so requires admitting an error and facing uncertainty (while the status quo is a known option).

Build some energy to make a change. Find an advisor, mentor, or coach to help you with this process. Often, the fear that comes with choosing an uncertain option will look worse to you than it does to someone else. A mentor can help you to see the advantages of making a change and can give you advice for navigating the uncertainty that comes from choosing a new path.

Even when youre hopeful about a new job, its normal to experience some disappointment at first. So think carefully about what youre experiencing so you can distinguish whats your brain adjusting to the new situation and what are true signs that its time to cut your losses and move on.

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Guy Mortified After Realizing He Just Hooked Up With A Woman Whose Daughter He Had Recently Slept With – Comic Sands

Quietly leaving after a purely physical sexual encounter is guilt-ridden enough when it occurs in the vacuum of one's own emotions, on display for nobody.

It becomes exponentially worse when the act of leaving involves immediately confronting the fallout of another purely physical sexual encounter.

And both partners are related.

The "walk of shame" is a cultural institution. The libido-fueled cloud of desire from the prior evening faded sometime in the night while both parties slept.

In the morning after no strings attached, transactional sex, there is one goal on a person's mind: remain invisible, get home without interacting with anybody and reflect in the shower.

BlewOffMyLegOffas the master of ungraceful exit is known on Redditbegins his hook-up story by establishing the setting: a place where transactional sex abounds.

The foreshadowing here is clear.

He continues on to the sexual encounter at hand, no doubt sparked by a dating app.

"Stupidly," used here, is likely the product of hindsight.

Based on the tale thus far, this man does not appear to be prudish at such a moment in the date.

"Follow your gut" has never felt like such good advice.

BlewOffMyLegOff had the solution in his grasp; he smelled that things were awry.

But he pressed on toward hedonism and the inevitable come down (which would strangely involve eggs, as the reader will learn).

Needless to say, the Reddit community was way more positive about the whole thing, tossing around jokes and questions.

After all, it's far easier to derive enjoyment when you're not the one locked into eye contact with an old flame, a phoenix rising from the ashes and you just had sex with mama bird.

First, there were outlandish suggestions.

Some got over their laughter and swooped in with some logic and reasoning.


It is unclear where the narrator of this story ultimately ate breakfast. Maybe there's a story there too.

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Timon of Athens at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Reviewed – Washington City Paper

Gerry GoodsteinTimon of Athens is quite possibly the weirdest play in the Shakespeare canon. Based loosely on the life of the ancient misanthrope described in Plutarch, theres no record of it ever being performed or published in Shakespeares lifetime. Many regard it as an unfinished work nearly lost to history, as it was only a late addition to the posthumously published First Folio of 1623. While both Herman Melville and Karl Marx have sung its praises, it has never been widely popular, and even in cities which boast more than one theater company dedicated to the Bard, its rarely seen. Yet given its themes of wealth and excess, there has been a noticeable revival of interest since the global financial crisis of 2008the Folger staged a production in 2017.

Director Simon Godwin, who also coedited the script with Emily Burns, originally presented his Timon at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2018 before reviving it in January at New Yorks Theatre for a New Audience prior to its transfer to D.C.s Shakespeare Theatre Company where Godwin just took on the mantle of artistic director. In Godwins version, the scene is not Athens of antiquity, but a future Athens in which lavish displays of wealth distract from signs that the city is teetering on the precipice of socio-economic instability.

Scenic designer Soutra Gilmour has crafted a world of opulence that the figures seen in Gustav Klimts paintings would inhabit: a gigantic gold-leafed curtain, chandeliers, a long banquet table (also in gold-leaf ) being set by servants, all gorgeously illuminated by lighting designer Donald Holder. The first characters to speak are a painter (Zachary Fine) and a poet (Yonatan Gebeyehu) who, like the elites they serve, have been clothed by Gilmour in gold threads. They use their craft to honor their patronperhaps a stroke of self-satire, as Shakespeare and his company, by then known as the Kings Men, had an intimate relationship with the crown and royal court. The titular Timon (Kathryn Hunter) is a wealthy lady of Athens, taking on and forgiving the debts of both servants and her peers, and hosting lavish parties with music and dance. Michael Bruces compositions for clarinet, bouzouki, and voice evoke both Greek rebetiko and klezmer bulgars, while Jonathan Goddard choreographs an intoxicated dance inspired by the Balkan Peninsulas circular folk dances.

After the party, the bills are due. Timons charity and hedonism were both on credit, and none of her beneficiaries are willing to fill the collection box. Bankrupt, Timons philanthropy becomes misanthropy and she trades her golden palace for a dirty hole in the ground. Like her cynical philosopher friend Apemantus (Arnie Burton, dressed as a middle-aged punk rocker in a black cardigan and a Patti Smith T-shirt), she now subsists entirely on root vegetables (he prefers parsnips; she carrots). When she does find gold, she does not seek to restore her standingbut to destroy Athens, turning Alcibiades (Elia Monte-Brown) blackclad anarchist drum corps protesting economic inequity into an armed-to-theteeth nihilist militia prepared to march into the city and with mans blood paint the ground.

Even in his other Jacobean-era collaborations with Thomas Middleton, Shakespeare is never more pessimistic. Its a puzzle as to what two dramatists who enjoyed King James favor were thinking about the politics of the time. But as modernist as it seems, prefiguring the gnomic existentialism of Samuel Beckett and the class struggle of Bertolt Brecht by centuries, it is also a puzzle for today. What to make of the anarchists affections for a now down-and-out member of the aristocracy? The elites of Athens did not consider Timon too big to fail, and only invited her back into their ranks so she might call off Alcibiades armies.

While the production boasts an excellent cast, they are constantly in the shadow of Kathryn Hunter in the lead role. Despite her diminutive stature, she is an imposing presence, with a voice that growls and purrs yet speaks with classical diction. But it is her mastery of physical theater that ensures that she is always the center of the spectacle. She is uninhibited with bawdy comedy, but with every flutter of her fingers or split-second cantilevered pose she etches her performance into the audience's memory.

To March 22 at 450 7th St. NW. $35$112. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.

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Tips from the Top: Jancis Robinsons best wine addresses in London – Financial Times

Cocktails, craft gin and now no-alcohol bars may be fighting for attention in London, but the UK capital is still a wine city.

It has been the focus of the worlds wine trade since long before the Bordeaux region was governed by the English crown in the Middle Ages.

Today, visitors to London can choose from hipster wine bars in the citys trendy eastern quarter, some of the worlds most eclectic restaurant wine lists and wine stores staffed by unusually knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine geeks. And, if you can score an invite, the city now has at least three private members clubs devoted to wine. Here are some places to look out for:

67 Pall Mall, Londons first private members club for wine lovers, in the heart of St Jamess, boasts a far, far wider array of fine wines 1,000 available by the gossamer-thin Zalto glass than any of the traditional gentlemens clubs in the vicinity. Women are welcome and members may store their own wines in its cellars.

This also applies to the newer Oswalds club, a wine-soaked, more spacious sister of proprietor Robin Birleys 5 Hertford Street, with fine wines at such low prices you could, in effect, save your membership fee with a single dinner.

Trade in Soho is more raffish, aimed at hospitality professionals who want to drink great wine after work.

Russian-owned Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, a shop that is effectively a luxurious wine cave, offers visitors a frequently changing roster of 48 wine treasures available to taste (for a fee). It has spawned a restaurant on Piccadilly, Hide, where customers can order any wine to be ferried round from Hedonisms shelves as well as those on the restaurants list.

The other obvious magnet for wine browsers is Berry Bros & Rudds new shop, challengingly across the street from 67 Pall Mall. Its not quite as atmospheric, nor nearly as ancient, as this family companys original premises round the corner at 3 St Jamess Street but, like Hedonism, its one of remarkably few places in London where you can buy all that fine wine that is traded in and around the capital by the single bottle.

Another possibility is one of the five Lea & Sandeman stores, in Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington, Barnes and Chiswick. Other small groups of wine shops include Jeroboams, Vagabond (whose stores double as wine bars) and The Sampler, both of which always have interesting wines on taste. Seek out Bottle Apostle and Theatre of Wine for a particularly idiosyncratic range.

A magnet for serious wine lovers is Noble Rot, a wine bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury and home of the ground-breaking wine magazine of the same name. Its proprietors are adding a second branch in Soho, on the site of the now-closed Gay Hussar restaurant, one of the most famous names in Londons political dining history.

Vinoteca, a small group of bustling wine bars with wine shops attached, has locations dotted across central London. Its wine selection traditionally has been particularly strong on Italy a much-needed specialism in Francophile London.

Quality Wines on Farringdon Road is run like a salon for food and wine lovers, with a rotating selection of wines available by the glass and a small-plates menu featuring wine bar classics and staples from neighbouring modern British restaurant Quality Chop House. Disclosure: it is co-owned by our son Will Lander, but Gus Gluck, who previously ran two Vinoteca restaurants, is given complete and particularly effective autonomy over it.

Wine importer Les Caves de Pyrene was an early advocate of natural wines. Its wine bars Terroirs and Soif, in Charing Cross and Battersea respectively, have long championed these wines made by the simplest of methods, and are not quite as prevalent on the London wine scene as in, say, north-east Paris.

London even has its own wineries now places where wine enthusiasts can experience how wine is made, using not just English grapes but those from mainland Europe too. London Cru, based in a Victorian warehouse and former gin distillery in west London, offers wine tastings to the public as well as winemaker for a day events, guiding participants through tasting and blending wine. Blackbook, located in a railway arch in Battersea, also offers tours of the winery and tastings of its range of pinot noir and chardonnay.

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Euphorias Jules was based on Hunter Schafers teen years – i-D

Its been a good six months since Euphoria left our screens, and honestly were still hurting from the loss of it. The hit HBO series, which follows a group of high school teenagers discovering sex, drugs and general hedonism, was all anybody could talk about last summer. Production -- thank God -- has finally begun on its follow-up, which means new episodes should hit our screens by the time 2020 draws to a close.

In the meantime, the shows breakout stars have become darlings of the fashion industry but none so flawlessly as Hunter Schafer. The actor, who plays trans teenager Jules in the series, has cemented herself as a veteran of the frow, from Givenchy to Burberry. Its a well deserved spot, considering she was walking these runways herself as a model just a few years prior.

But although fashion month is still fully in swing, Hunter took time out of her schedule to chat to Arca for a cover story in V Magazine, in which the two cultural pioneers dissected their respective works, and navigating their industries as trans people. In the interview, Hunter unpacked the ways in which Jules -- a girl embroiled in a strange flurry of identity, sexual agency and learning to feel loved in her body -- was a reflection of herself. She effectively acted, Hunter explains, as a consultant on her own character.

It didnt feel natural at first, Hunter says of putting such a personal story on show for an audience of millions. Part of surviving [that] experience was just, like, getting through shit. Letting it rest, and not addressing it. I think thats what I had been [doing] up to that point: just going and going, fighting to be on the other side of my transition. There was so much that I was working towards, and I was so excited to [be out of] North Carolina that I dont think Id ever looked back on [that experience]. The show, in a sense, gave her the chance to.

When they were shooting, Hunter tells how shed have ...to remember a new detail, to dig up an artifact from within myself, and hold onto that moment for the scene. Jules yearning to escape her home town and find someplace new correlates closely with Hunters own segue into the fashion world: she moved, at the age of 17, to New York and started afresh. Its an interesting mirror to her still unravelling plotline in Euphoria, and to Juless uncertain future.

I know she has dreams, [many of] which she stated in the first episode, Hunter says. Which is just what I did in a way: escaping to New York, and working or interning in fashion. And that was [part of the character] before I was even cast, so it was really freaky to see that written into the script.

So there we have it: maybe Euphorias second season will widen its world view, and hop states to portray the lives of its characters travelling even further afield. Well have to wait a few months to find out.


Euphorias Jules was based on Hunter Schafers teen years - i-D