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Reactions to ‘Sesame Street’ Moving to HBO Max Is Outrage Culture at Its Dumbest – Pajiba

Right off the bat, I want to apologize for using the term outrage culture in the headline because I really dont want to sound like Todd Phillips, Shane Gillis, or the seemingly endless buffet of assholes who are mad that they cant just fire off lazy slurs and be treated like comedy gods. That said, I dont know what other term to use that encapsulates the amount of super dumb reactions to Sesame Street moving to HBO Max thanks to online writers not doing a scant two seconds of Googling before firing off sloppy headlines with equally sloppy reporting. If I seem extremely salty its because this is how 2016 happened. Just a complete disregard for facts and reality because it doesnt fit your narrative that Bernie will instantly turn the United States into a socialist utopia with the snap of his fingers, or Trump will get rid of all the gays and brown people just as quickly. Whichever flavor you were into at the time.

On that note, here are the facts: Sesame Street will continue to be free to watch on PBS. Absolutely nothing has changed since the original HBO deal from five years ago that not only saved Sesame Street but allowed it to create more episodes than ever, all of which freely flow to PBS and its PBS Kids app after nine months. Sesame Workshop specifically chose HBO because the network agreed to make sure low-income children still had access to its educational programming in accordance with its mission statement. In short, there has been no impact on a child turning on PBS and having free access to Big Bird and the gang. Theyre still getting a mix of old and new episodes as has been the case for decades.

Whats happening now is that instead of new episodes of Sesame Street airing on HBO before hitting PBS, its airing on HBO Max. Thats it. Well, not entirely, because it turns out HBO is bankrolling a slew of spinoffs including an Elmo talk show, all of which holy shit will air for free on PBS. How do I know this? I did two seconds of Googling and found this Deadline report with the full announcement. Its almost like all of this is a good thing, but you wouldnt know it if youre one of the terrifying number of Americans getting their news from social media.

So lets take a look at The Verge whose post is getting the most amount of traction and whose writer was retweeting just straight-up wrong takes before scrubbing her Twitter account over the weekend. Clearly, she knows that her headline is deliberately misleading her own reporting contradicts it but has it been corrected? Nope. Heres the passage thats still being repeated ad nauseam as if its the smoking gun of this whole debacle.

For the record, despite putting at some point in quotes even though the time period is nine months like its been for the past five years, the episodes airing for free completely debunks The Verges headline. But this is the internet, so guess what 90% of people are only seeing and immediately reacting to: The headline, which looks like this on Twitter.

It also doesnt help that The AV Club aggregated The Verges reporting, and then made it even more nefarious sounding by ignoring the glossed over part about PBS.

Jesus Christ. No, it is not a big unanswered question because, again, HBO has specifically said that new episodes of both Sesame Street and whatever spinoffs it produces will air for free on PBS. Its not like you have to sift through goddamn microfiche to find that information. Theres a literal computer in your pants that will serve it to you in a matter of seconds.

The problem here is that Sesame Street moving to HBO Max is great news for PBS viewers isnt as sexy a headline and/or take as EVIL CAPITALIST NETWORK TAKES BIG BIRD HOSTAGE IN STREAMING WAR. Once that narrative took hold, welcome to goddamn Galaxy Brain City. It also doesnt help that not only is no one educating themselves on the basic fundamentals of the Sesame Workshop/HBO deal before hitting Send Tweet, but theres clearly a vast misconception about how Sesame Street has been beamed into TVs for almost half a century. Youd think youd want to look into the broad strokes before pontificating on the supposedly villainous move by HBO, but that would make the internet a less festering poophole of dumb.

In a nutshell, there appears to be a narrative out there that Sesame Street has been mostly if not fully funded by the federal government through PBS for decades, which benevolently passed it out for free until HBO came in and Fern Gullyd the place or whatever. Not even close. Sesame Workshop, formerly known as Childrens Television Workshop, had been fighting off a severe lack of federal funds since the 70s. There was a very, very tiny window when the government was helping out, but without seed money from this should melt some brains Carnegie Steel or Ford Motor Company, Sesame Street wouldve never happened. So the solution to this problem was to rely on merchandising, which Sesame Workshop reluctantly and painstakingly started licensing because it didnt want to exploit its child audience. Every dollar was poured back into the show, and thats what kept it alive for decades albeit tenuously. DVDs were a huge boon for a while, but when streaming took hold, the shit hit the fan as those sales tanked, and HBO stepped in and essentially saved the show from extinction.

Of course, if you mention any correct information during the current discourse, heres the type of reaction youll get:

Please kill me.

On that note, here are some viral tweets that are still up and reached tens of thousands of users. A fun thing to do is watch how the OP reacts when its pointed out to them that either Sesame Street is and will continue to be free to watch on PBS or that its relied on capitalism since the jump. The go-to response is almost always, Well, its super messed up that theres a tiered level of content for the rich, which is a f*cking insane thing to say. Were talking about Sesame Street here, a show predominantly watched by toddlers. You can put them in front of an episode from 1999 or 2019, and they wont give a shit as long as Elmo has mail. I have kids of my own, and I couldve bulldozed the entire living room without them blinking an eye if that little red bastard was on. But go off on kings and queens.

I mean, Christ, this tweet is just flat out wrong in every possible way, so naturally, it has the most interactions of them all.

And here are a bunch of other bad takes that just completely ignore that Sesame Street will still be free to watch on PBS. Some of these people are journalists who should honestly know better.

Kids will have it now. It says it right in the poorly headlined article you just tweeted. Goddammit.

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A Novel That Riffs on Sex Dolls, Mary Shelley and Brexit – The New York Times

[ To me, a proper dictionary is a book of spells, Winterson said in her recent By the Book interview. ]

Ry is also falling for a version of Marys creation: Dr. Victor Stein, a TED-talking tech disrupter with a God complex and a keen fashion sense. Thanks to cryonics, in which Ry once dabbled, the grisly horror of reanimating a body is now entirely feasible, but Stein wants to go further into the realms of transhumanism and beyond: The world I imagine, the world A.I. will make possible, will not be a world of labels and that includes binaries like male and female, black and white, rich and poor. It sounds like a utopia, but anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with Westworld, HAL 9000 and Philip K. Dick will know that this is dangerous territory. Ry has serious concerns about these visionary goals, even while empathizing with them: I am part of a small group of transgender medical professionals. Some of us are transhuman enthusiasts too. That isnt surprising; we feel or have felt that were in the wrong body. We can understand the feeling that anybody is the wrong body.

This understanding aside, at times, its difficult to figure out why self-aware Ry falls so hard for Stein (although, admittedly, they have great sex). For someone whose eventual goal is to be free of the meat that makes up the body, he has an initial, almost prurient fascination with Rys choice to identify as hybrid, and is repeatedly at pains to assure Ry hes not gay (another sly nod to the contemporary discourse around gender and sexual identity). Occasionally, he comes across as little more than a TED Talk himself, spouting chunks of research and philosophical meanderings that, while fascinating, stall the novel. Its as if Winterson is at pains to remind us that issues around gender, notions of the self and fears of automatons supplanting human agency are not new concerns theyre as old as Ovids Metamorphoses. But these forays into didacticism are balanced with gleeful, highly imaginative set pieces rich with black humor: Dr. Steins lab lurks, Young Frankenstein-style, in decommissioned tunnels under Manchester, complete with its own pub. Severed, reanimated hands skitter, Addams Family-like, through the bowels of the lab, where Ron has been invited to create a Christian Companion sex doll for the evangelical market.

[ Peek inside Wintersons writing studio. ]

Weaving through all of this is the heart of the novel the primary love story promised on the cover, an uneasy, love-hate relationship between the author and her creation. As the Inventor of Dreams, Mary Shelley looses her novel into the world and mourns the loss of her lover and her children, were invited to consider what happens when a creation outlives and surpasses its creator (Yet, suppose my story has a life of its own?). The original novel has achieved immortality, and Wintersons Mary can never shake off the specter of her creation and the inventions it inspires. In parallel, and against their better judgment, Ry provides Stein with body parts snaffled from the hospital, laying them at his feet like a cat. They include a cryogenically frozen head in a flask that Polly D. hilariously dubs the iHead and that Stein hopes will be his key to the Singularity the moment A.I. changes the way we live, forever. Rys gifts will possibly give birth to another form of immortality the queasy notion of the consciousness living forever, disembodied, in the cloud and who knows where that will lead the human race?

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One Hundred Years Ago Feels Brand New at A Noise Within – coloradoboulevard.net

Gem of the Ocean at A Noise Within (Photo Craig Schwartz)

By Melanie Hooks

A Noise Within, Pasadenas resident troupe dedicated to keeping the classics fresh and accessible, does just that with their current production of August Wilsons Gem of the Ocean. Part of a series of ten plays, each portraying a decade of the 20th century (you might know of Fences from this series, whose film version recently netted Viola Davis an Oscar), Gem begins forty years after slaverys abolition but far from the utopia once envisioned by the older generation, who are now elderly but were young people when first freed.

As actor Evan Lewis Smith commented in a recent question and answer forum, his character Citizen Barlow, a young man, has no memory of the institutionalized horror that central character Aunt Ester (powerhouse Veralyn Jones) lived. In fact, he has no idea of his personal story beyond his own short life, a brutal, confined one of manual labor, his wages shorted, stolen and ultimately used to keep him in servitude a cycle that leads to his violent rebellion and arrival at Aunt Esters door, asking her to wash his soul.

Could a visit to the mythical City of Bones, an African mystical place Aunt Ester alone remembers, ground Citizen and lead to his redemption? Does the context of our suffering help us to accept and transcend it? Jones believes so, and the casts lively discussion of the importance of story as a center of self lent great insight into this American classic that deserves a broader reputation. As one audience member commented, This is our story. The American story.

If youve only read of Wilson but havent experienced much of his work live, this is a chance not to be missed. Multi-layered characters of different generations are treat enough alone. Lifetime friends Eli (Alex Morris), the protector, and Solly Two Kings (Kevin Jackson), the rascal join Ester and traveling salesman Rutherford Selig (Bert Emmett) as one of the most grounded and charming coffee clatches on the modern stage. The first three all started life incarcerated in Alabama before the Civil War, and their stories of escape and coming north would tempt any listener to beg for more.

Wilsons pace allows for this sort of dwelling in memory. In fact, the action that pushes the play forward Citizens crime and his striving for redemption play more like a subplot in the first half. Once that bomb ignites after intermission, however the power of Esters mysticism takes center stage a fascinating mix of African tales, music and Biblical imagery.

(L-R) Veralyn Jones and Evan Lewis in Gem of the Ocean at A Noise Within (Photo Craig Schwartz)

Director Gregg T. Daniel and Choreographer Joyce Guy take full advantage of the thrust stage, pushing Citizens journey of the mind into the audience, using the fly spaces like one of last seasons Argonautika battle action sequences. Its a thrilling, heady mix of light (Jean-Yves Tessier) and sound (Martin Carrillo) design that pushes the solid house sets (Stephanie Kerley Schwartz) around like toy blocks. Truly its a spectacle that only theater can provide. These characters dont allow their minds or spirits to be caged, and the production invites us into their inner worlds as few do.

The dialect of Alabamans-now-in-Pitt presents a special challenge, and coach Andrea Odinov deserves a special nod for making the idiom-filled script accessible for modern audiences living a world away from the characters surrounds.

Also a special treat: the young, incredibly self-possessed Black Mary, brought to life by Carolyn Ratteray. Wilsons words provide the highway, but Ratteray drives the car and its a V8, especially in scenes with the equally young and un-aware Citizen. She runs circles around his simplistic understanding of sexual power a raucous audience moment of sheer, very modern pleasure. Add to that the searing self-righteousness of her brother Caesar, local enforcer for the law, referred to by other characters as an overseer and played with genuine understanding of collaborator sympathy by Chuma Gault, and you have a truly layered family one that feels more like real life than many a modern show.

A Noise Within hopes to bring Wilsons entire cycle of ten Century plays to life; dont be the person who misses the first one. Your inner storytelling soul will be sorry.

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Pictures of the week – The Bookseller

Published October 4, 2019 by Francesca Pymm

David Mitchell reads from his new novel Utopia Avenue (Sceptre) in this week's pictures round-up, while BookTrust hosts a free event for aspiring writers and...

Philip Pullman revealed the inspiration behind The Secret Commonwealth (Penguin/David Fickling Books) during a sold-out launch event at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday 2nd October. Pullman was joined on stage by journalist Zing Tsjeng.

David Mitchell read an exclusive extract from his new novel Utopia Avenue at a Sceptre Salon storytelling event on Tuesday 1st October.

To celebrate the launch of Elevate, an employee led BAME networking group founded at HarperCollins, BAME in Publishing's Sarah Shaffitalked toAmrou Al-Kadhi about theirmemoirUnicorn(Fourth Estate)on Monday 30th September.

L-R Barry Forshaw, Catherine Steadman and Robert Glenister took part in a panel event entitled Building Drama Page by Page at the inaugural Capital Crime festival, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms last weekend (26th-28th September).

On Saturday 28th September, BookTrust Represents held a free training session for aspiring writers and illustrators of colour at the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education (CLPE) in London. (David Parry/PA Wire)

Broadcaster Emily Maitlis joined Bret Easton Ellis, Brian Cox and Sir Richard Dearlove at the third Cliveden Literary Festival, which took place at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire last weekend (28th-29th September). (Cliveden Literary Festival)

L-R Georgina Capel, Ben Okri, Kate Mosse and Ian McEwan were among the guests at a drinks reception hosted by The Arts Club during the sold-out festival. (Cliveden Literary Festival/The Arts Club)

Bonnier Books UK hosted a proof party at Brunswick House on Thursday 26th September to celebrate Stacey Halls' new novel The Foundling.

L-R Emma Straub, Marian Keyes, Louise Moore and Jane Fallon attended Michael Joseph's spring 2020 showcase at Shakespeare's Globe in central London on Wednesday 25th September. (Tom Nicholson)

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Todd About Town: Word on the Street in Minneapolis and St. Paul This Week – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

It was opening week for the Broadway touring production of Mean Girlsat the Orpheum Theatrein Minneapolis.The cast party was held at the Le Meridien Chambers Hotel.While mingling amongst VIPsand the cast of Mean GirlsI ran into Lisa Krohn, the director of theatre programming for Hennepin Theatre Trust.HTT is responsible for booking many of the shows we see at the Orpheum, Pantages and State Theatre. Lisa is also one of the select few in Minnesota that sees every show nominated for a Tony Award and casts her ballot for her favorites. I thought, Who better to ask than Lisa what her top three picks would be for anyone planning a trip to NYC yet this year?Lisas top picks are Hadestown, David Byrnes American Utopia and Girl from the North Country.See you in the Big Apple!

Caf Latte, the restaurant that has been bringing us delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and those amazing desserts for the past 35 years, is doing a little refresh and expansion. You may remember the old Quince retail space in the back of the building adjacent to the pizza and wine bar. The area will soon be reinvented as an exhibition style cake finishing area with a massive glass walk-in cooler to display all things covered in whipped cream. The area will also be used as an event space for bridal showers, afternoon high teas, and wine tastings. Owner Bryce Quinn plans to have the new area open in January 2020. My top two personal favorites are the Vanilla Tres Leches Cake and the Turtle Cake.

Scout, the mens clothing store in the West 7thStreet neighborhood of St. Paul celebrated one year in business in August, when a white SUV crashed through the glass entryway of the store. No one was hurt in the mishap but the shop owners were forced to evacuate the historic building. I talked to John Migala, a partner in the mens apparel and gift shop this week, as to their future plans. Scout plan to open a pop-up shop in the former Ann Taylor store on Grand Avenue in St. Paul until their charming West 7thStreet location is rebuilt and ready for business.

Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala a social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.

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13 cool things to do this week in Pittsburgh – NEXTpittsburgh

Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: October 7-10.

Monday, October 7: Public Exchange at the Frick Environmental Center 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.October is the perfect time to participate in this free public forum with staff from Get Outdoors PA, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Dynamic Paddlers and Venture Outdoors exploring topics like adaptive kayaking, equitable investment and community engagement. Tour the Frick Environmental Center, hike through Frick Park and network with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.

Monday, October 7: Artist Resource Fair at the New Hazlett Theater5:30-9 p.m.Seeking support from grants, residencies and local and regional resources for your art? Head to this free event to gain insight from experts representing 14 foundations and arts service organizations. At the networking reception, youll meet funders, program directors and fellow artists and enjoy food from Sprezzatura.

Monday, October 7: Stephen Chbosky at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall7 p.m.After having his debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, become a multi-million copy bestseller and spawn an award-winning film, the celebrated writer and Pittsburgh native Stephen Chbosky is back with a highly-anticipated second book. Dont miss his Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures talk, followed by a book signing.

The Orion String Quartet.

Monday, October 7: Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall7:30 p.m.Add some music to your Monday. The Orion String Quartet and virtuoso violist Catherine Cho will perform a soaring repertoire of compositions by Beethoven, Haydn, Currier and others.

Tuesday, October 8: Where to Turn Resource Fair9 a.m.-12 p.m.If youre in need of vital community resources, this event is for you. Attend lectures on health care topics, peruse an exhibitor fair packed with helpful resources and meet with social workers, service coordinators, educators and others.

Tuesday, October 8: Bianca Del Rios Its JesterJoke at Stage AE8 p.m.Comedy queen Bianca Del Rio, who emerged from the New Orleans nightclub circuit to win RuPauls Drag Race, brings her new hit comedy sensation to the Burgh. Follow the self-proclaimed clown in a gown on a trip through her outrageous globe-trotting adventures from politics and traveling, to family drama and social media.

Where Justice Ends, George Zuber. Photo courtesy of Reel Q.

Wednesday, October 9: Reel Q LGBTQ+ Film Festival at Row House Cinema7:30 p.m.The regions only LGBTQ+ film festival runs through Oct. 13. On-screen tonight is George Zubers documentary, Where Justice Ends, chronicling the experiences of transgender people within the U.S. prison system. The event includes a panel discussion with Zuber, documentary subject CeCe McDonald and SisTers PGH Executive Director Ciora Thomas.

Thursday, October 10: All for All Summit Neighborhood Tours2-5 p.m.Hop aboard a trolley at Alphabet City on the Northside to kick off the three-day All for All Summit. Experience Pittsburgh through the lens of immigrants, Black Americans and youth and explore the intersection of economic development, art and community-building as you visit neighborhood organizations and cultural landmarks and hear from business owners, local leaders and cultural creators.

Photo courtesy of All for All.

Thursday, October 10: Utopia or Oblivion by Kevin Clancy at Bunker Projects5-8 p.m.Dont miss the free opening reception at this mecca for emerging artists in Garfield, where youll get a first look at new work by Kevin Clancy. Examining the omnipresent forces of the internet, social media, surveillance and screens in contemporary life, the exhibition will feature mixed-media sculptures and a soundscape composed by John Also Bennett.

Thursday, October 10: Pittsburgh Tech Crawl in Downtown Pittsburgh 5-9 p.m.Pittsburgh has numerous art and pub crawls, and even crawls dedicated to cookies and cats. Now, you can eat, drink and network your way through Downtowns booming tech industry. There will also be tech demos, prizes and swag, plus an after-party at the Metropolitan Club.

Thursday, October 10: Tactoberfest at Black Forge Coffee House in McKees Rocks5:30-7 p.m.Move over Oktoberfest, its time for Tactoberfest. Savor a special vegan taco menu at Black Forge Coffee Houses new McKees Rocks digs, where all proceeds from the pop-up dinner will benefit Planned Parenthood of Western PAs Defund Fund.

Thursday, October 10: Soul on the Hill at the Energy Innovation Center6-9 p.m.Celebrate the people, places and music of Pittsburghs historic Hill District neighborhood. See performances by Jacquea Mae Olday, Teresa Hawthorne and the Legacee Live Band, explore multimedia public art by Njaimeh Njie and get groovy during a SOUL Dance Party led by DJ Nate Da Barber.

Catapult. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Thursday, October 10: Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow and Dance at the Byham Theater7:30 p.m.This is an art form you have to see to believe. Watch in awe as shape-shifting performers morph into a massive mountain, elephant, helicopter and other entities. As seen on Americas Got Talent, the imaginative production fuses music, shadows and sculpture and more to tell captivating stories.

Looking for moreevents and live music? Read ourtop weekly and weekend events,Top 12 things to do in Pittsburgh in October,33 great Pittsburgh concerts in October and NovemberandDont miss these 15 kid-friendly Pittsburgh events in October.

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Enterprise hits and misses – AI gets a fresh evaluation, and offshoring gets a rethink – Diginomica

Lead story - Is AI an agent of big tech dominance, or a democratizing force?

MyPOV: It was an AI futures kind of week at diginomica, but this time around, it was not about jobs. Kurt kicked things off with Is AI an agent of big tech hegemony or multi-disciplinary research and innovation?

He pushes back on an alarmist New York Times article about big tech's AI dominance Kurt's reply? "AI hegemony is a myth." Why?

Fears of a big tech monopoly of AI talent and technology are overwrought and comparing the systems required to perform AI research to particle accelerators is absurd... The areas where mega techs like Amazon, Facebook, Google, et al. have a distinct advantage are less due to their AI acumen and more a result of their access to vast amounts of consumer data, be it e-commerce transactions, search results or online interactions.

Deep learning systems crave massive data sets. Access to those data sets, argues Kurt, is the real divide:

If such data repositories are deemed to create unfair competitive asymmetries, the solution isn't an AI technology tax or publicly funded AI server farms, but regulations on the collection, use and sharing of such data.

Meanwhile, Chris parses a seemingly upbeat AI study from Samsung, which found the public to be more informed - and optimistic - about "AI" than I would have expected.

Roughly half of all respondents (51%) believe that AI's impact on society will be positive, 16% that it will be negative, with the remaining one-third of interviewees being ambivalent or unable to answer the question.

Particularly intriguing:

Support is greatest among those who are familiar with the technology and lowest among those who are not.

Not sure where that leaves folks like me, who get more concerned each time a utopian future is flogged by salivating, gee willikers tech vendors the black box is lifted. Chris has issues with some of the survey's approaches - a common affliction with vendor-sponsored surveys. Still, he writes:

Samsung should be commended for trying to counterbalance the negative tabloid narratives and decades of dystopian sci-fi with an outreach programme of techno-evangelism.

However, utopia doesn't fly:

[Samsung] would establish a great deal more credibility for this exercise if it lets the figures speak for themselves, both for and against each question, rather than appear to impose its own utopian narrative.

On a truly upbeat note, Den shares his talk with Vishal Sikka, a long-time AI proponent who now has skin in the AI startup game: Democratizing and demystifying AI - Vianai Systems' approach. Sikka's first question:

How do you make tools that make it dramatically easier for people to use so that millions can take advantage of AI?

Now there's an AI mission I can get behind.

Diginomica picks - my top stories on diginomica this week

Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here's my top choices from our vendor coverage, as we reach the peak of the fall event season:

A few more vendor picks, without the quotables:

Jon's grab bag - Stuart comes to the defense of the unexpected, and by that I mean... Facebook? Yep, Stuart's favorite dopamine factory software company, Facebook, is finding backbone on a big issue: encryption (Facebook is right for once as the US, UK and Australia gang up on it over encryption). "Facebook is right. There - Ive said it. Three words youre not going to read very often" - at least not in these parts! Then Stuart shifts from privacy to free speech, another suddenly quaint idea, in Is freedom of speech the real loser as Europe's top court takes on social media platform providers?

No standout pieces this week, so it's time for... quick hits across the enterprise web:

Armis warns of unpatchable vulnerabilities in critical hardware - "For some devices, the vulnerabilities are so severe that they are considered unpatchable." Oh boy. Josh Greenbaum adds via Twitter:

The New York Times published a navel-gazing piece on where outsourcing doom-and-gloom went wrong: The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn't Happen. Quote to ponder:

Where in retrospect I missed the boat is in thinking that the gigantic gap in labor costs between here and India would push it to India rather than to South Dakota," Mr. Blinder said in a recent interview. "There were other aspects of the costs to moving the activities that we weren't thinking about very much back then when people were worrying about offshoring."

Looking to the future of work, this caught my eye:

The new study found that in the jobs that Mr. Blinder identified as easily offshored, a growing share of workers were now working from home. Mr. Ozimek said he suspected that many more were working in satellite offices or for outside contractors, rather than at a company's main location.

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Honorable mention

So a giant elevator could connect Earth to space, and as per Business Insider, it could be done using current technology. I hope this gets more traction than The Onion's satirical call from George W Bush to construct a giant national air conditioner to combat global warming.

And yes, Broadcast Meteorologists Love To Interrupt Football Games. Let's face it - from time to time, they have a reason. Still: huge bonus for the "FU and your games" graphic. Oh, and a Russian man is suing Apple, claiming his iPhone turned him gay. I really want to make a joke about AirPods here, but I think you'll agree that I'll just get myself into needless trouble.

Finally, in honor of our AI themes this week - I had a bit of a falling out with Alexa recently.

I got a bit roasted on this one, but hey, I set myself up pretty good. All I know is that "You betcha!" is a far cry from the personalized responses I was expecting three years into my "smart home." See you next time...

If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses - in a good or bad way - let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does. Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. 'myPOV' is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.

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ATEEZ Reflect on 1 Year Since Their Debut, ‘Treasure’ Album Series & More – Billboard

Its been a little under a year since K-pop boy band ATEEZ arrived on the scene with their dual debut songs Pirate King"and Treasure in October 2018. Since then, theyve rapidly picked up a reputation as one of the industrys most dynamic young acts and gained particular renown for their impactful performance style and flair for creative sonic production.

With a strong international following -- in the States, each of their first three EPs, all part of their Treasure album series, premiered on the World Albums chart, and they've seen several singles rank on the World Digital Song Sales chart -- the group recently held their first world tour, and have since signed with RCA for local representation.

While in Los Angeles this summer for KCON 2019 LA, ATEEZ sat down with Billboard to reflect on their first year in the K-pop industry. Check out their Q&A below.

You recently signed with RCA. How are you feeling about that?

Hongjoong: Actually, that were [with]RCA, that situation is so amazing to us. Its a very amazing moment. But [theres] nothing different from before. Its a big company, but well continue to do our best. I think there wont be many differences, just that were a bit more secure now. It feels very nice.

What do you hope to achieve in the U.S. now that youve signed with a local company?

Wooyoung: Touring and Billboard [Music] Awards.

Hongjoong: We want to go to some awards shows in America too.

You recently asked your fans their opinions in the decision-making process behind your singles for your most recent album, Treasure Ep.3: One To All, and for your official lightstick. Why did you want to do that?

Seonghwa: For the album, there were two really good songs for the title songs [Wave and Illusion] and we couldnt decide between the two so we talked to our company about it and we thought a voting poll would be nice.

Would you like to do more similar events?

Hongjoong: Of course. Every album, we have different input from fans. Someday maybe well do an album cover made by[our fans] ATINY. We can do everything like that.

Why is it important to you to open up your creative process in this collaborative nature with your fandom ATINY?

Jongho: There must be a reason that fans like us, and through ATINY[s input] we can see a bit of that reasoning. Theres a synergy between us and ATINY.

What if you didn't like their decision?

Hongjoong: Itll never happen. Their opinion is our opinion too. Destiny.

How do you feel, if at all, Treasure Ep.3: One To All shows a new side musically to ATEEZ?

Wooyoung: In the first and second album, it was a lot darker and we showed a charismatic side. Now, were showing off a more summery, lighter viber to ourselves on the latest album. Very pretty, very different from the first two.

Do you feel you fit the darker or brighter styles better?

San: Every member is kind of unique, and there may be some members that pull off cute better than others but in the end were all able to pull off everything.

What are every members favorite album? [A/N: Many responded with single titles, not album titles.]

Wooyoung: Say My Name

Mingi: Say My Name

Hongjoong: Debut album, Pirate King.

Yeosang: Second album,Say My Name.

San: Yeah, Say My name.

Yunho: Episode 3. This album.

Jungho: I think Say My Name.

Seonghwa: Debut.

It sounds like a lot of you like the earlier stuff, so would you like to go back to that now that youve tried something a bit more vibrant?

Hongjoong: Maybe we will try many more different concepts.

What are you guys working on right now?

Hongjoong: Every day, every night, we always make music and try something for the next album. We practice. Were always doing [something]. We cant sleep.

Because of work? Or becuase of insomnia or something?

Hongjoong: Oh, no, Im a very good sleeper. I always sleep. When I eat something, sometimes I fall asleep. I sleep really well, its the opposite of insomnia.

Yunho: [He falls alseep] justin three seconds.

This is the third Treasure album. Is this the final album from the series, or do you plan to continue it?

Hongjoong: We already know how we make our next story, but we cant say about [that] yet.

[Since this interview, the group announced they will release the fourth and final Treasure album, Treasure EP.Fin: All to Action, on Oct. 8..]

What did you want fans to take away from the adventure theme Wave and Illusion music videos?

San: Since the first and second albums music videos were really dark and charismatic and kind of represent how weve worked very hard, these music videos were brighter and can sort of represent atime of rest. Like, for our fans, if you work Monday through Friday, the third album is like the weekend when you can take a break.

You released a music video for Aurora after the albums release, and received a lot of love. What does that song mean to you?

Hongjoong: When I was writing the song, I got inspiration from the stage when I see ATINY from it. I feel like they look like an aurora because they always have their [handheld] lightsand different ways of cheering us [on]. I want them to feel the same way as us when they watch our dancing or listen to our music, that they feel an aurora. Relax, very beautiful. I like that. So I write songs like that. The lyrics are about that too.

You also have a song on the album called Utopia. Whats each member's idea of utopia?

San: My utopia is ATINY, so through the song we wanted to show them how weve made a utopia through the bond between ATEEZ and ATINY.

This is a bit random, but you feature the phrase Hakuna Matata in your single Wave. Are you guys big Lion King fans?

Wooyoung: When I was younger, I watched Lion King with my older brother a lot when I was younger and I want to see the live-action film.

Yunho: [Sings the opening lines of Circle of Life.]

Do you have any other favorite movies or fictional inspirations you want to draw inspiration from for future releases?

Jongho: La La Land, Aladdin, those two soundtracks I really like. I think that could be influential for me.

Yunho: I like The Avengers. Kind of how in the seperate movies the general theme is cool and superhero-esque, I would like to see if ATEEZ could pull off something like that. [San plays around in the background, imitating Iron Man and Thor.]

Hongjoong: Pirates of the Caribbean. Were already doing like that [with Pirate King], but yea.

What are some changes youve seen among yourselves since your debut?

San: In the beginning, I wasnt 100% satisfied with myself and fully confident. But by watching the performances of my seniors and through ATINYs support, I was able to find confidence. Even though I may still be lacking now, I feel like Ive made a change for the better. Im very confident, but skills-wise I can work harder.

Who are some of the senior artists youve looked up to to learn from?

San: Taemin [of SHINee], Kai [of EXO]. I dont discriminate between senior male groups or female groups, so also Seulgi [of Red Velvet.] Theyre really good at performing, so I look up to them.

Kind of a similar question, but isthere anything that you feel youve changed about how you perform your songs or choreography since you started out? Either from the reaction of fans, or things youve learned more about as youve developed since your debut?

Seonghwa: When I look on social media, I do see a lot of opinions from my fans. I have my own opinions about what I want to become as well, so I take into account all of these different opinions and try to become a more diverse person with a more unique image for myself.

What is something you want to see for yourself?

Seonghwa: I want to keep improving on my hand gestures and facial expressions for during my parts during our performances.

How about anyone else?

Hongjoong: Weve actually made some changes to our shows. Our fans like more active, harder music sometimes, so we arranged our songs [to be] like what they want. So in our fanmeeting in Korea, we arranged the music again. Some music had a street version, some had an electric guitar version. Things like that. We receive their message, and they want harder music, they want more energetic [music] so we change it a little bit with arrangements. As for me, I want to try everything. For example, in Aurora I want to make more strings. In Pirate King I want to make it more active with drums, guitars, like that.

Yunho: When I was a trainee, I was talking about how I focused on choreography, and one of our strong points as a team is that our choreography is very coordinated. ATINY really likes that, so thats a driving factor, to work on growing as a group.

Another kind of random question but since you mentioned thatyou look online at what fans say Do you have any favorite memes?

Seonghwa: Theres this type of comedic picture where fans compile one picture out of many other pictures, and its really funny to me.

Youre known as a hardworking, really dedicated group, so how do you relax?

Jongho: Every member has a kind of unique way of resting during their break, like some people like to play games and others like to listen to or make music.

What kind of music do you guys like to listen to when resting?

San: Begin Agains Lost Stars.

Wooyoung: [Onces] Falling Slowly.

Yunho: I like upbeat dance music.

Jongho, joking: Heavy metal.

Yunho: No, not up to the point of heavy metal. Upbeat pop songs.

It sounds like many members of ATEEZ like musicals a lot. Do you have any favorites?

Jongho: Jesus Christ Superstar. I watched a lot of musicals when I was younger.

Whats something youd like to try musically moving forward?

Mingi: Lately, Ive been listening a lot to hip-hop and R&B, and the genres are really kind of blending together. The strict boundaries are getting more and more hazy, so Id like to venture into a song that mixes both. Ive been listening to Drake and Lil Nas X.

Do you like Old Town Road?

Hongjoong: [Starts singing.]

Mingi: Yes, but my favorite is Rodeo.

Whats something you miss about not being celebrities in the spotlight?

Mingi: Cant go to the Jimjilbang [Korean sauna.] I saw theres one in Koreatown [in LA] and Id like to go if I have time.

Whats something youve never told fans?

Mingi: Last night, San called room service and ordered pizza for me. My best friend. I love you.

Whats something that you want to try and achieve by the end of 2019 that you havent been able to achieve yet if anything?

Seonghwa: Change the color of my hair. I want to go through a lot of colors and then go back to black.

Wooyoung: I want to perform at the Mnet Asian Music awards.

Watch ATEEZs newly released performance teaser video for their upcoming single Wonderland below.

This interview was conducted in English and Korean, and edited for clarity.

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Love and War in European Fiction – The New York Times

There are clear parallels between this story and the stunning late-90s Danish film Festen (The Celebration, in English), in which a man attends a grand birthday party for his father, using the well-attended occasion to publicly disclose the familys dark history. Hjorth mentions the film multiple times in her novel, and explicitly, effectively contrasts her storys upshot with that of the movie.

I was so inhibited and traumatized that I had to stay away from something that might have been good for me, Bergljot writes after not attending a party. All because of my stupid childhood. That should be my epitaph: All because of my stupid childhood.

THE GIRL AT THE DOORBy Veronica RaimoTranslated by Stash Luczkiw 229 pp. Black Cat. Paper, $16.

Dystopian fatigue is real. It seems that every other novel today is set in some undetermined yet overdetermined future. The Girl at the Door, the first work by the Italian writer Raimo to be translated into English, freshens the genre a bit by setting it in a utopia. Miden is a fictional island where there are no longer any diminutives or pet names, Raimo writes. They were eliminated from the language to keep women from being harangued in an untoward or debasing way. There are no poor people there, nor even unhappy people, because the society couldnt conceive of them.

The novel is told in brief, alternating chapters narrated by characters simply called Him and Her. He is a professor of philosophy in Miden, and she is his pregnant partner. She has recently been visited by a former student of the professor who claims that he raped her throughout an affair they had two years ago. I didnt know then, the girl tells her, meaning that she had been subjected to violence. I know now. A commission is deciding whether he is guilty of causing TRAUMA No. 215 in his victim.

The book makes vague mention of an international language, and as in many dystopian stories there are plenty of portentous, underexplained words in capital letters: There was a Crash that led many to emigrate to Miden. The female narrators father was one of the founders of the Dream. There are Mediators who are subjected to constant monitoring and psychological stress tests in which they had to demonstrate their objectivity even in the most controversial situations and what was often meant by controversy was just life.

Everything in Miden is produced locally because imported goods make the inhabitants feel destabilized by the unknown. Readers have reason to believe that the professor is at the very least morally cloudy, but Raimo is clearly most interested in complicating our ideas about what it might mean to expunge, or even attempt to expunge, the worst impulses and elements from society.

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The AIF announces shortlist for 2019 awards – Access All Areas

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Independent Festival Awards, which will take place on 6November in Sheffield as part of its sixth flagship Festival Congress.

Taking place again at 92 Burton Road in Sheffield, this years winners will be announced during an awards ceremony hosted for the first time by actor, writer and comedian Thanyia Moore.

In 2017, Moore joined the likes of Katherine Ryan, Andi Osho, Sarah Millican, Miss London Hughes and Desiree Birch when she was crowned Funny Women Champion, beating over 400 women in the process and also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award in 2018.

In a shake-up for the Independent Festival Awards, there are nine awards categories in total this year, designed to recognise success and innovation across the independent festival industry. These include, Unique Festival Arena, Smart Marketing Campaign, Live Act of the Year and four new categories: European Festival of the Year, Backstage Hero, In On The Ground Floor (forward thinking artist booking) and Never Mind The Pollocks (best festival artwork).

The Smirnoff Arctic Disco at Snowbombing Austria, The Seaside Stage at Victorious, The Street at Beat-Herder, Elephants Grave at Nozstock and The Roadhouse at Black Deer Festival are all up for Unique Festival Arena this year.

The contenders for Live Act of the Year, presented in association with PRS for Music, are KOKOKO!, Yola, The Murder Capital, Black Futures, and Bloxx.

Elsewhere, Pete The Monkey (France), Snowbombing (Austria), Let It Roll (Czech Republic), Dunk! Festival (Belgium) and Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland) are all in the running for the inaugural European Festival of the Year award.

Nominees across other categories include Standon Calling, Barn On The Farm, Twisterella, Deer Shed and The Mighty Hoopla.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: Were refreshing the Independent Festival Awards this year, with a new host and four new categories. The awards were set up as an irreverent alternative to other award shows, and the ultimate end of season celebration for the independent sector so its important to keep moving. Were delighted with the shortlist after receiving a record number of nominations from our members, proving there is no shortage of creativity and innovation in the independent festival sector. Were doing even more with the production and theme of the awards this year to emphasise that festival feel and weve introduced a European Festival of the Year category to demonstrate that, no matter what, the UK industry will remain a Europe-wide market and community.

DJ/producer Bear Growls dubbed the purveyor of the cosmic boogie will DJ at the awards, which will be followed by an after-show party at Yellow Arch Studios with DJ Katie Owen.

AIF has also announced the final Festival Congress schedule including an opening keynote from Owen Kingston, Artistic Director of immersive theatre company Parabolic Theatre, whose productions include For King And Country and Land Of Nod.

Kingston joins more than 45 speakers including previously announced Bing Jones (Extinction Rebellion), rock n roll photographer Jill Furmanovsky, Bert Cole (Arcadia Spectacular), Rebecca Wrigley (Rewilding Britain), Chris Sheldrick (what3words) and many more, with panels and workshops on topics including sustainability, the nature of independence, volunteer management, festival apps and data, licensing, contingency planning and more.

The theme of the event is Utopia And Dystopia, and the two-day conference will take place at Abbeydale Picturehouse a 1920s cinema in Sheffield.

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Crypto Rebels Trip Over Each Other en Route to Financial Utopia – Yahoo Finance

(Bloomberg Markets) -- For Ashleigh Schap, the 2008 Great Recession was more an ideological awakening than an economic crisis. Her hometown of Houston escaped the worst of the maelstrom that ravaged large parts of the U.S., her parents kept their jobs, and the house she was living in retained most of its value. She had little reason to imagine the wheels would come off Americas capitalist machine.

Yet the events of that year left a lasting impression on the teenager. The financial crisis and its aftershocks, which she read about on blogs and discussed with her classmates, made her realize that good times dont last forever. More important to what she would do later in life, she says they left her with a distaste for a lopsided financial system that benefits and protects those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom.

Im from Texas. My family is conservative and capitalist, she says. And this was the first evidence I had seen that the ideas of growth at all times, that the cream always rises to the top, and that markets will be always be efficient, failed.

It would be five more years before Schap would discover Bitcoina key moment in her growing rebellion against existing political and financial structuresand five more before she would work on creating what she saw as a fairer financial order. She would also diverge politically from her family. I dont talk to them about politics anymore, says Schap, whos now 27.

Her path from the high school chess club to crypto rebel was far from inevitable. Even before graduating in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin, she joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Dallas as an analyst in the companys business for wealthy clients. She says she spent less than half a year there, moved to New York, knocked around a fintech firm and a family office for a while, and eventually, in April 2018, landed on the outermost fringes of finance at MakerDAO.

The key to MakerDAO is in its name: DAO stands for decentralized autonomous organization. Its an online platform for creating digital dollars, or so-called stablecoins, and generating loans secured by crypto tokensall run by a blockchain-based computer program and free of oversight by any central party, such as, say, a government.

MakerDAO is the most important player in the fast-growing movement known as decentralized finance. #DeFiwidely known by its Twitter hashtagaims to create a financial world where everything from loans to investments is readily available to anyone without having to go through gatekeepers who decide who gets to play or intermediaries who charge fees at every turn.

It was a world in which Schap felt at home. In her early 20s, the online game World of Warcraft had introduced her to Bitcoin: She needed it to buy an accessory for her avatar. She bought five Bitcoin tokens in February 2013 (and then lost the same number a year later when the Mt. Gox exchange froze withdrawals following a hack of its systems). Decentralized finance is a natural outgrowth of cryptos ideology. The DeFi movement is small; its almost exclusively the preserve of crypto utopians, many of them clustered around San Francisco. Its criticsand there are manysay its a wild experiment run by people ill-equipped to be designing financial products.

I left the traditional financial world for a reason. Im not some crazy renegade. Im quite the opposite

The technology might be interesting for more efficient delivery of financial services, but the naivet and lack of knowledge of financial history seem shocking to me, says Richard Bernstein, founder of Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC and a former chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. Theres this tear-down-the-house mentality, with minimal understanding of why financial regulation even exists.

QuickTake:U.S. Crypto Regulatory Fight Has Everything But Rules

Schap says shes no financial ingnue. I left the traditional financial world for a reason, not because I was not being paid enough, but because I wanted to see what we could do with this new technology and how far we could push it, she says. Im not some crazy renegade. Im quite the opposite. Blockchain has the potential to create a fairer financial system than we currently have, with more flexibility and greater opportunities to access credit.

Indeed, the ideas behind decentralized finance could have broad resonance beyond crypto circles. Popular uprisings from the global Occupy movement to the Hong Kong protests are driven by a young population pushing back against societal injustices and existing power structures, including in finance.

Working for MakerDAO, her hair dyed pink, her workstation a stones throw from the New York Stock Exchange, Schap had completely transitioned to the financial resistance. She says she loved that MakerDAO was the antithesis of a corporate giant like JPMorganless a corporation than a cooperative, a commune for the digital age with developers and entrepreneurs around the world collaborating on an exciting new project.

And yet unbeknownst to Schap, even by the time she joined MakerDAO, a rebellion was brewing within the rebellion. The infightingin which Schap would become an accidental combatantrevolved around how decentralized financial services can ever really be. MakerDAOs founder, Rune Christensen, had come to believe it was time to move away from crypto anarchism and integrate the project into the existing financial system. Others, including Chief Technology Officer Andy Milenius and Schap, saw such a move as a betrayal of the ideals they cherished.

In an account of the startups ideological battles that Milenius shared on the companys chat server in early April, he said Christensen, in trying to force his vision on what had been a loose coalition of developers and businesspeople, gave them an ultimatum to get on board with his agenda or leave. While Mileniuss post said numerous staffers were uncomfortable with Christensens power play, Schap was the only employee he mentioned by name.

As would soon become clear, her days at MakerDAO were numbered.

Schaps studies at UT Austin werent a natural launchpad for a career in finance. As a philosophy major, with a minor in French, she says she told a JPMorgan recruiter her liberal arts education taught her how to think through problems. The job didnt suit her in the end. I didnt feel like what we were doing was moving the needle, she says. We were collecting all these fees, but I thought we were really overpaid. It wasnt exactly rocket science.

Schap felt increasingly pulled to the edges of finance. There just hadnt been many opportunities to make a career in the crypto industry, she says, during the five years shed spent in traditional finance. But by last year, she says, she felt qualified enough, and bored enough, to take advantage of an opportunity that arose to join MakerDAO. Schap worked in business development, and what began as a jack-of-all-trades job soon morphed into a singular focus on delivering the most ambitious phase of the project: creating a stablecoin backed by multiple types of collateral. She says she worked on finding partners that could supply collateral to the MakerDAO system.

MakerDAOs stablecoin, Dai, is pegged to the dollar and, in its current iteration, backed by the cryptocurrency Ether. There are about $82million worth of Dai in circulation as of Sept. 19. Launched in late 2017, Dai was one of the first of whats become a flurry of virtual currencies designed to avoid large price swings.

Stablecoins like Dai can be used as a hedge against volatility. Ether peaked at more than $1,400 each at the beginning of 2018, only to fall to $84 at the end of the year and then to trade at $175 at the beginning of October. Dai can also be used to pay for things. Users of Dai claim to have bought cars and paid their employees salaries with the currency. MakerDAO says some payments companies such as Wirex Ltd. allow customers to use the token to facilitate the movement of funds between cryptocurrencies and traditional money.

The Dai token also enables lending. Dai is created when holders of Ether send their crypto to a blockchain-based computer program developed by MakerDAO and open whats known as a collateralized debt position. The CDP then issues a loan to Ether holders in Dai. The loan is smaller than the amount of Ether posted to maintain overcollateralization in case of market stress.

Dai, sold on exchanges such as Coinbase, is also widely used in other DeFi projects. Advocates of decentralized finance aspire to do more than just replicate the current system: They see a world in which DeFi projects collaborate to create business models and products that couldnt exist without blockchain technology.

Imagine being able to develop new financial markets that previously needed a multimillion-dollar bespoke contract designed by an investment bank, but with a few points and clicks, says Joey Krug, a DeFi entrepreneur and co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, the first U.S. investment firm focused on Bitcoin.

I left the traditional financial world for a reason. Im not some crazy renegade. Im quite the opposite

MakerDAO has a second token, MKR. A bit like shares in a public company, it gives holders voting rights on such matters as how much collateral is required to borrow Dai. Holders are rewarded for sound management with money drawn from fees charged to borrowers. The value of these tokens could be diluted if loans arent repaid. There are $450 million worth of MKR outstanding.

Schap says that if the MakerDAO system works as envisioned, it will be like a decentralized bank, taking deposits, facilitating lending, and managing risks. It also functions like a central bank in that it sets interest rates (in the form of what is called a stability fee, which is designed to help Dai track the dollar).

Before division and disenchantment set in at MakerDAO, Schap says, she felt she was involved in a startup that wasnt only reinventing finance but also creating a new type of corporate structureimpromptu brainstorming, a flat organization, ideas flying in from people regardless of job title or area of responsibility. All this, she says she believed in those early days, wasnt a function of good personal chemistry; it was Makers DNA.

Or maybe it wasnt. Her growing unease was thinly veiled in a series of tweets she sent on her one-year anniversary there. One of them said: I believe in a global, borderless, decentralized money. I believe in transparency and open governance. I also believe that we are human beings, we are flawed, and we have to set aside our selfish desires to make these things work. Because this work is worth doing. This matters.

A few weeks earlier, Christensen, who co-founded MakerDAO in 2014, had issued his ultimatum in true counterculture style. Christensen is a 28-year-old Danish entrepreneur. While still in college, the Mandarin speaker co-founded a company that recruited European teachers to work in China. Taking inspiration from the sci-fi film The Matrix, he gave his MakerDAO development team a choice. The red pill: Get on board with Christensens vision, whose main focus, as Milenius described it in his post, was on government compliance and integration of Maker into the existing global financial system. The blue pill: If you feel differently, finish your work and then leave.

Taking the red pill doesnt mean youre a sellout to mainstream finance, Christensen says: I reject the idea that Im not an idealist. He says he believes that startups like MakerDAO have few examples to follow, and to succeed in a fast-paced industry, they need to adapt to the real world.

The big journey and challenge is how to deliver this vision, he says. Its quite easy to write a white paper and code, but to get a real live decentralized finance system going, you need to deal with challenges like regulation and how to integrate with the establishment. In his view, the DAO-like setup that Schap cherished led to a tyranny of structurelessness.

MakerDAO last year established the Maker Foundation. Designed to make the Dai credit system a success, it was intended to formalize the structure. As of mid-September, the foundation was still in the process of recruiting a professional board of directors, according to Christensen.

In response to his ultimatum, Schap and some like-minded employees proposed a third way, which became known as the purple pill. They were seeking a compromise to preserve MakerDAOs decentralization ethos and ensure that its resources would be used to finance as broad a spectrum of DeFi projects as possible. If youre going to build a new system, its going to require selfless thinking and be designed so that theres not one company or entity that gets all the rewards, says Schap. You need to remove the advantages of being at the top, and that is hard to do: If we build something, we feel we need to get our pound of flesh.

Christensen, according to Mileniuss post, viewed the purple pill discussion as an uprising. Milenius said numerous purple pill partisans were fired. Schap was fired at the end of April. She says the reason given for her dismissal was violation of a nonsolicitation clause, something she denies. A MakerDAO spokesperson declined to comment.

Milenius, 27, who stepped down as CTO shortly before he wrote his treatise, says the struggles at MakerDAO are representative of a wider conflict that pervades the crypto communitya battle between those who see blockchain technology as a means to entirely reimagine the financial world and those who see it simply as a useful tool to make that world more efficient. The blockchain community has always been starkly divided between those with a reform agenda and those with a radical vision for a new way to live, he says. After the events of this past spring, it has become clear to me that Maker now exclusively falls into the former camp.

For Christensen, the next phase of the project is about increasing users and profits. He says hes considering whether MakerDAO should obtain a broker-dealer license or acquire a licensed brokerage firm so the MakerDAO system can accept collateral from the real world to back Dai. The future is not about making Maker work, but about figuring out how the ecosystem becomes as sprawling as its able to and how it can make money, he says. There is so much to be done before the crypto ecosystem becomes this big self-sustaining economy.

Schap says she was surprised to find herself at the center of the MakerDAO storm. I somehow ended up being the poster child of this perceived mutiny, she says. The reality was quite a bit different. It wasnt me leading. There was no coup.

After losing her job at MakerDAO, Schap headed to Egypt for some downtime. At Dahab, on the Red Sea, the longtime scuba diver tried something more adventurous: learning to free dive down 66 feet (20 meters). Schap says she relished the mental challenge of calming your mind and pushing past the urge to breathe or swim up. From Egypt, she went to Berlin, a hub for blockchain developers, where she advised some DeFi projects.

Schap says her experience at MakerDAO has strengthened, not broken, her conviction that decentralized financial services are necessary and worthwhile. She says she hopes MakerDAO prospers. She put a year of her life into it, after all, and she holds some MKR tokens. But she remains unconvinced that platforms such as MakerDAO need to be regulated.

Decentralized finance is dismissed as little more than a distraction by vast swaths of the financial community, so MakerDAOs next steps matter: Its the largest and most closely watched DeFi project. It has a significant bearing on the broader $220 billion crypto market, says Robert Leshner, CEO of Compound, a virtual-currency money market.

Leshner says MakerDAO and DeFi more generally are helping to provide an answer to the question that hangs over crypto. After the bubble, then crash, of 2017 and 2018, its natural to ask, What do we use this stuff for? he says. [DeFi] is the first legitimate answer to the question. DeFi is starting to have its moment because its the next chapter for crypto.

As for Schap, decentralization has become something of a life goal. She says shes now working on her own DeFi startup with friends and will split her time between Berlin and New York. I dont think Maker will ultimately make or break DeFi, she says. Its already helped to make it. And I dont think its possible, even if Maker were to fail, for this train to stop rolling.

Marsh covers cryptocurrencies in London.

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Pictures of the week – The Bookseller

Published October 4, 2019 by Francesca Pymm

David Mitchell reads from his new novel Utopia Avenue (Sceptre) in this week's pictures round-up, while BookTrust hosts a free event for aspiring writers and...

Philip Pullman revealed the inspiration behind The Secret Commonwealth (Penguin/David Fickling Books) during a sold-out launch event at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday 2nd October. Pullman was joined on stage by journalist Zing Tsjeng.

David Mitchell read an exclusive extract from his new novel Utopia Avenue at a Sceptre Salon storytelling event on Tuesday 1st October.

To celebrate the launch of Elevate, an employee led BAME networking group founded at HarperCollins, BAME in Publishing's Sarah Shaffitalked toAmrou Al-Kadhi about theirmemoirUnicorn(Fourth Estate)on Monday 30th September.

L-R Barry Forshaw, Catherine Steadman and Robert Glenister took part in a panel event entitled Building Drama Page by Page at the inaugural Capital Crime festival, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms last weekend (26th-28th September).

On Saturday 28th September, BookTrust Represents held a free training session for aspiring writers and illustrators of colour at the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education (CLPE) in London. (David Parry/PA Wire)

Broadcaster Emily Maitlis joined Bret Easton Ellis, Brian Cox and Sir Richard Dearlove at the third Cliveden Literary Festival, which took place at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire last weekend (28th-29th September). (Cliveden Literary Festival)

L-R Georgina Capel, Ben Okri, Kate Mosse and Ian McEwan were among the guests at a drinks reception hosted by The Arts Club during the sold-out festival. (Cliveden Literary Festival/The Arts Club)

Bonnier Books UK hosted a proof party at Brunswick House on Thursday 26th September to celebrate Stacey Halls' new novel The Foundling.

L-R Emma Straub, Marian Keyes, Louise Moore and Jane Fallon attended Michael Joseph's spring 2020 showcase at Shakespeare's Globe in central London on Wednesday 25th September. (Tom Nicholson)

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What is the Architecture of Degrowth? – Archpaper.com – The Architect’s Newspaper

The Oslo Architecture Triennale, now in its seventh iteration, has made a name for itself under the directorship of Hanna Dencik Petersson as one of the most prescient and timely showcases in the relentless stream of iennales and ennials, those beloved recurring art and design festivals where dreams are made. After a successful 2016 exhibition themed around migration and identity in the face of hyper-globalization, the program returned in 2019, this time examining climate change, resource allocation, and economic systems under the theme of degrowth with Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth. Curated by Interrobang, an architecture and engineering firm, with chief curators Matthew Dalziel, Phineas Harper, Cecilie Sachs Olsen, and Maria Smith, the exhibition is a fresh take on ecology, introducing the ideology of degrowth into architecture discourse and examining how it would help realize a more ecologically-oriented human civilization.

Degrowth has recently gotten attention as a new paradigm for understanding a post-consumerist future where resource extraction and economic growth are decelerated, giving way to new social, political, and economic systems that are more harmonious with nature and the earths finite resources and terrain. For an exhibition, this is fertile intellectual territory to speculate on the ways in which we build, and how they can evolve in alternative worlds. It is a refreshingly positive take on politics today, as much of our discourse, in architecture and beyond, is overwhelmingly negative and aims to discount or problematize (cancel) rather than propose new ideas or provoke new thoughts.

Installation view of The Library at The National Museum Architecture. (Istvan Virag/OAT)

The main festival exhibition, titled The Library, was conceptualized as a spatial infrastructure for sharing knowledge and was organized as a series of four rooms or collections that featured works ranging from material samples and books to analyses of languages and economic systems. The range and breadth of types of thought experiments presented a holistic and clear visionalmost a manifestoof what degrowth might look like as an architectural philosophy. It was not a set of solutions, but rather speculative, positive provocations on what this new area of discourse might look like.

In theLibrarys first collection, The Subjective, personal identities and rituals were examined. How would life change in a degrowth world? How would we live, laugh, and love? The Aerocene backpack by the Aerocene Community is a personal, solar-powered balloon imagined as an alternative to carbon-intensive jet air travel. Helen Stratfords Organizational Diagrams for Everyday Life is a set of schematic diagrams that redraw the rituals of a daily schedule to visualize new routines outside of the pressures of work and productivity metrics that define us today.

Perhaps the most traditionally eco-friendly collection is the Objective Collection, which is about materials and building techniques. Like the rest of the Triennale, it attempts to take these decades-old sustainability ideas and pushes them into new places. Another Column by YYYY-MM-DD is a deployable textile column that can be filled with sand or aggregate to create a site-specific architecture to replace concrete. Multiplo by GUSTO is a simple brise-soleil made of discarded fan covers from an abandoned army base in Northern Italy. A host of other new, eco-friendly materials gave a glimpse into how resource extraction, especially fossil fuels, could be replaced by smaller-scale reuse and bio-engineering to architectural degrowth.

Exhibition view, The Library The National Museum Architecture. (Istvan Virag/OAT)

In the Collective and Systemic collections lie the big questions that both define a possible Architecture of degrowth, and are also impossible to answer now. How new collectivities and systems would be constructed is not clear in degrowth discourse at the moment, but the ideology is ripe for speculating on how we might live in a post-consumerist, post-growth society. Collective projects include Visual Ecolophonic by INDA and Animali Domestici examines and visualizes the Sami language of Northern Finland, which they describe as more in harmony than nature than most languages. ARPA by (ab)Normal is a theoretical world where artificial intelligence replaces market forces as an organizing principle. It is an important aspect to consider here, as questions about power structures and humanitys proclivity toward violence have to be taken into consideration.

The biggest questions are raised in the Systemic Collection, where entire social and political systems, networks, and environments are rethought at both the local and the global scale. This, according to the curators, is where degrowth departs from previous environmental movements. MassBespoke, a project to build quality housing out of timber, another replacement for concrete, was also on show at the Triennale. By allowing that flexibility in the system, these homes can now be personalized like custom homes. The Intentional Estates Agency (Jesse LeCavalier, Tei Carpenter, Dan Taeyuong, and Chris Woebken) is a set of real and imagined real estate models both new and oldfrom 19th-century utopias to seasteadingthat speculate on alternatives to our current real estate metrics.

In addition to the main exhibition, more than 100 events and other programming added to the degrowth chorus. Standouts included a workshop to make tote bags from recycled tote bags from previous events, as well as a spectacular, interactive performance by Rimini Protokoll that made the audience unwilling participants in the complexities and absurdities of our growth-fueled construction industry; politicians engaging in corruption, lawyers battling, financiers gambling, and precarious workers struggling.

Perhaps what is the most interesting aspect of this festival are the questions about that come next. How is degrowth a helpful ideology for architecture? Can it provoke new ways of building at the individual level that can become communal and then translate into change at the systemic scale? What power structures are most susceptible to degrowth in architecture? How can the development and real estate industry be convinced to participate in this? How do democracy and degrowth interact? What would happen if the right were to take degrowth and use it as an excuse to enable eco-fascism? Conversely, what does a green, socialist utopia look like? Can every aspect of our lives be redesigned through the lens of degrowth? The answers dont matter right now, it is the questions being raised that offer promise, and should echo through architecture at this most critical and important time for these eco-ideas.

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Coming to Broadway in Fall 2019 – NYU Washington Square News

Summer has finally come to a close, and that means its time for sweaters, pumpkins and Broadway previews. This fall, there are dozens of new shows coming to Broadway and off-Broadway stages near you. Comedies, tragedies, musicals, dramas you name it.

Not only is NYU conveniently located close to many theaters, students also have access to discounted tickets. As the weather gets colder, seeing a play can be the perfect opportunity to bundle up and relax for a little bit. Here are all the shows coming to theaters near you this fall.

Broadway

The InheritanceLocation: The Ethel Barrymore TheaterPreview: Sept. 27

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The Inheritance was a West End success and winner of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. Based on E. M. Forsters Howards End, this is a two-part play that tells the story of three generations of gay men. The Inheritance emphasizes the connection between them through humor and heartbreak alike.

David Byrnes American UtopiaLocation: Hudson TheaterPreview: Oct. 4

David Byrnes American Utopia is a once-in-a-lifetime performance to view, having sold out intheaters all around the world. A theatrical rendition of Byrnes world tour of the same name, the performance features Byrne and 11 other artists from a host of countries.

TinaLocation: Lunt-Fontanne TheaterPreview: Oct. 12

Tina is a musical biography of Tina Turner, often referred to as the Queen of Rock and Roll. The show follows Tina from her humble beginnings through her successful career.

Jagged Little PillLocation: The Broadhurst TheaterPreview: Nov. 3

Jagged Little Pill was inspired by Alanis Morissettes Grammy-winning album of the same name. The rock musical follows the Healys, an outwardly perfect family dealing with private demons and life-altering circumstances.

A Christmas CarolLocation: Lyceum TheaterPreview: Nov. 7

Charles Dickens classic story is brought to life in this immersive performance. A ChristmasCarol offers a new take on the timeless tale for theater-goers of all ages.

Kristin Chenoweth: For the GirlsLocation: The Nederlander TheaterPreview: Nov. 8

In this show, Kristin Chenoweth turns her new album For the Girls into a Broadwayperformance. Chenoweth dedicated this album to female artists who influenced hercareer, and she incorporates many of their songs into the show.

Slavas SnowshowLocation: Stephen Sondheim TheaterPreview: Nov. 11

Since its October 1993 premiere in Moscow, performance artist and clown Slava Polunins theatrical experience has become a timeless and universally beloved work. Truly in a genre of its own, Slavas Snowshow promises to awaken everyones inner child.

The Illusionists- Magic of the HolidaysLocation: Neil Simon TheaterPreview: Nov. 29

The internationally renowned magic troupe brings together a new, all-star cast of the worlds top illusionists for what The New York Times called a high-tech magic extravaganza.

Off-Broadway

Heroes of the Fourth TurningLocation: Playwrights Horizon, Mainstage TheaterPreview: Sept. 13Opening: Oct. 7

This will be the world premiere of Will Arberys play examining the psyches of four young conservatives reuniting at their small Catholic college in Wyoming. Heroes of the Fourth Turning sheds light on the contemporary political landscape and the human desire to be understood.

Scotland, PALocation: Laura Pels TheaterPreview: Sept. 14Opening: Oct. 23

This production will be the world premiere of Adam Gwons dark comedy. Literature, cult fiction and Broadway collide in this play based on the 2001 film that draws inspiration from Shakespeares Macbeth.

Little Shop of HorrorsLocation: Westside Theater UpstairsPreview: Sept. 17Opening: Oct. 17

Seymour and Audrey work at a little plant shop, and their lives are turned upside downby a man-eating plant thats threatening the entire world. Little Shop of Horrors merges Roger Cormans film with a book by Howard Ashman, and it follows Seymour, Audrey, Audreys boyfriend and the man-eating plant.

The New EnglandersLocation: The Studio at Stage IIPreview: Sept. 17Opening: Oct. 2

In Jeff Augustins latest play, Eisa and her two dads live in a small town in New England but desire more fulfilling lives. Each member of the mixed-race family in The New Englanders is navigating life and trying to pursue a unique path.

Forbidden Broadway: The Next GenerationLocation: The Triad TheaterPreview: Sept. 28Opening: Oct. 16

Five years after its last run in 2014, Forbidden Broadway comes back to the stage in acomical mashup of well-known Broadway shows performed by this generations Broadway stars.

The Wrong ManLocation: Robert W. Wilson MMC Theater Space/Newman Mills TheaterOpening: Oct. 7

Duran is The Wrong Man. This musical performance sees him falsely accused of murder because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

For more information on upcoming shows and ticket sales, visit http://www.playbill.com.

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Published October 2, 2019 by Mark Chandler

David Mitchell read from his new novel at a Sceptre Salon storytelling event last night, which also featured an exclusive extract from Phoebe Waller-Bridges highly...

David Mitchell read from his new novel at a Sceptre Salon storytelling event last night (1st October), which also featured an exclusive extract from Phoebe Waller-Bridges highly sought-after "Fleabag" book.

More than 100 guests packed into the Phoenix Arts Club in Soho mentioned in the second line of Mitchells new book Utopia Avenue.

Mitchells book, announced last week and released on 2nd June 2020, follows the career of 1960s rockers Utopia Avenue, the strangest British band you've never heard of. He read an atmospheric section of the book following one of its characters as she walked the streets of Soho.

There was also a surprise reading by editorial director Emma Hermanfrom Waller-Bridges Fleabag: The Scriptures, which the audience was urged not to share. Sceptre won an eight-publisher auction earlier this year for the book, which features the complete scripts alongside exclusive material and is out on 12th November.

Abi Dar, the Nigerian author of Sceptres lead 2020 debut fiction title, The Girl With the Louding Voice, kicked off the night before an appearance from Simon Parkin, investigative journalist and author of A Game of Birds and Wolves, the untold true story of WW2s Operation Raspberry, which has been optioned for film by Steven Spielberg.

There were also appearances from Professor Noreena Hertz, global economist and author of The Lonely Century, and Sanne Blauw, econometrician and author of the international non-fiction bestseller The Number Bias.

Carole Welch, publishing director at Sceptre, told the audience: These books exemplify the kind of fiction and non-fiction we aim to publish inspired writing and irresistible reading: superbly written books that are as illuminating and thought-provoking as they are captivating, that will stir, move and sometimes shock you. And in ranging from debutants to the mighty David Mitchell, whose first novel we published 20 years ago, they exemplify our aim to nurture our authors over the long-term while always being on the lookout for outstanding new voices from around the world to join them.

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Sheffield Theatres 2020 season to include Tom Bateman and four world premieres – WhatsOnStage.com

Sheffield Theatres' new spring/ summer 2020 season will feature a world premiere by Chlo Moss, Tom Bateman in his Sheffield Theatres' debut and two plays by Bryony Lavery.

Artistic director Robert Hastie's new season opens with the world premire of Chlo Moss' Run Sister Run, a co-production with Paines Plough and Soho Theatre and directed by Paines Plough's new co-artistic director Charlotte Bennett. Run Sister Run will play from 27 February to 21 March.

Tom Bateman makes his Sheffield Theatres debut in the title role of Coriolanus. Adapted and directed by Hastie, the production sees the artistic director return to Shakespeare's political plays after his inaugural Sheffield Theatres production of Julius Caesar. Coriolanus will play from 6 to 28 March.

Additional co-productions include Everybody's Got to Leave Sometime with Dante or Die and playing in May 2020 and This is What She Said to Me with Utopia Theatre, conceived and directed by Moji Elufowoju and written by Oladipo Agboluaje. This is What She Said to Me plays from 18 June to 4 July.

As previously announced, the theatre play host to a new production of Oliver Twist, in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon and one of two plays in the season by Lavery. Amy Leach will direct the show, which plays from 13 to 23 May.

Completing the season is Justin Martin's production of Oscar and the Pink Lady by Lavery, adapted from the novel by ric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The show will run from 26 June to 18 July and is directed by Justin Martin.

Artistic director Hastie said of the season: "Next season sees us continue this commitment to new writing with four world premires across our stages Run Sister Run, Here's What She Said To Me, Oscar and the Pink Lady and Everybody's Got to Leave Sometime. Three are by British writers whose heart and humour leap off the page, and one co-created with Sheffield People's Theatre, our company of Sheffield citizens whose determination to break new ground with every project is inspirational.

"We compliment the new, with one of Shakespeare's greatest plays Coriolanus, and a society in turmoil. The old ways are being challenged by a new breed of political player, and caught in the middle is a famous soldier whose ambition clashes with his contempt for the people he wants to lead. Beginning my tenure at Sheffield by directing Julius Caesar showed me the power of big Roman plays in the Crucible's forum-like auditorium. It's a public stage for big ideas and bold performers, and I'm thrilled to be working with Tom Bateman on Coriolanus as he returns to the stage to play the title role."

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Love and War in European Fiction – The New York Times

There are clear parallels between this story and the stunning late-90s Danish film Festen (The Celebration, in English), in which a man attends a grand birthday party for his father, using the well-attended occasion to publicly disclose the familys dark history. Hjorth mentions the film multiple times in her novel, and explicitly, effectively contrasts her storys upshot with that of the movie.

I was so inhibited and traumatized that I had to stay away from something that might have been good for me, Bergljot writes after not attending a party. All because of my stupid childhood. That should be my epitaph: All because of my stupid childhood.

THE GIRL AT THE DOORBy Veronica RaimoTranslated by Stash Luczkiw 229 pp. Black Cat. Paper, $16.

Dystopian fatigue is real. It seems that every other novel today is set in some undetermined yet overdetermined future. The Girl at the Door, the first work by the Italian writer Raimo to be translated into English, freshens the genre a bit by setting it in a utopia. Miden is a fictional island where there are no longer any diminutives or pet names, Raimo writes. They were eliminated from the language to keep women from being harangued in an untoward or debasing way. There are no poor people there, nor even unhappy people, because the society couldnt conceive of them.

The novel is told in brief, alternating chapters narrated by characters simply called Him and Her. He is a professor of philosophy in Miden, and she is his pregnant partner. She has recently been visited by a former student of the professor who claims that he raped her throughout an affair they had two years ago. I didnt know then, the girl tells her, meaning that she had been subjected to violence. I know now. A commission is deciding whether he is guilty of causing TRAUMA No. 215 in his victim.

The book makes vague mention of an international language, and as in many dystopian stories there are plenty of portentous, underexplained words in capital letters: There was a Crash that led many to emigrate to Miden. The female narrators father was one of the founders of the Dream. There are Mediators who are subjected to constant monitoring and psychological stress tests in which they had to demonstrate their objectivity even in the most controversial situations and what was often meant by controversy was just life.

Everything in Miden is produced locally because imported goods make the inhabitants feel destabilized by the unknown. Readers have reason to believe that the professor is at the very least morally cloudy, but Raimo is clearly most interested in complicating our ideas about what it might mean to expunge, or even attempt to expunge, the worst impulses and elements from society.

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NPRs Aarti Shahani tells her familys immigration nightmare in Here We Are – San Francisco Chronicle

Aarti Shahani, NPRs Silicon Valley correspondent, has a new book coming out, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares. Photo: Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle

Aarti Shahani opens the door to her Oakland home in Fruitvale with a wide smile, asks her 20-year-old nephew Akshay to please keep the noise down as he fires up a blender in the kitchen and then sits down in a comfy chair in the living room with her legs and bare feet tucked casually beneath her.

Its 9/11 today. How fitting, she says.

It does feel like a meaningful coincidence that Shahani, NPRs technology correspondent, whose voice is familiar to public-radio listeners from her on-air interviews with Silicon Valley tech titans, is discussing her new memoir, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares, on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a flash point for the United States complicated view of immigrants.

Shahanis heartfelt, galvanizing new book charts the protracted criminal justice nightmare her own immigrant family endured after her father was arrested for mistakenly selling electronics to the infamous Cali cartel in the mid 90s. He suffered under threat of deportation for a decade after that. Shahanis deep, personal commitment to advocating for immigrant rights was profoundly shaped by those events, as well as the unfortunate aftermath of 9/11.

I write in my book about being on the front lines of a history thats really important to remember, and it includes aspects of post-9/11 life in America which were toxic and awful, and which we have to watch out for, like the near-immediate roundups of brown men, Shahani said. But seeing President Obamas tweet this morning about veterans volunteering to clean up Ellis Island, I found myself thinking that this day also reminds us of the sense of unity were capable of, the good things we find in service and in loyalty to each other.

That duality Shahanis abiding love for an adopted countrys inclusive ideals, and her scorn for those ideals being debased through policies that discriminate against immigrants and the poor is at the heart of the provocative book she says she ran away from writing for a number of years.

Here We Are begins in 1981 when 1-year-old Aarti, her two older siblings and her parents, both Indian refugees who had been displaced by the India-Pakistan-Bangladesh partition, arrive with just a few thousand dollars in teeming, multiethnic Flushing, Queens (one of the most diverse tracts of land on the planet), from Morocco, where Shahani was born, to start a new life.

Undocumented at first, the Shahanis received their green cards a few years later, but carving out a new life remained a steep uphill climb. Shahanis mother found work in a bridal sweatshop. Her father, Namdev, an introvert with a head for numbers, resigned himself to manual labor, until he was eventually able to start a wholesale electronics store with his younger brother in Manhattan.

Utopia was so close, Shahani, 39, writes in a chapter describing how that vision fizzled in 1996, the moment she arrived home from high school (she had won a scholarship to the prestigious Brearley School) to find that her father and uncle had been arrested for unwittingly selling watches and calculators to Colombian drug lords.

Led astray by a lawyer who convinced him a trial would be too risky, Shahanis father pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to eight months at Rikers Island. His conviction, followed by a rapid decline in his health and spirits, transformed teenage Aarti overnight from a brainy 12th-grader focused on Model U.N. and wanting to be supernormal into a tenacious young activist attuned to the injustices of a broken immigration system.

Shahani spent the next 15 years doing everything she could think of writing letters to the judge, speaking out publicly, lobbying Congress to exonerate her father and avert his deportation. In 2002, she founded the nonprofit Families for Freedom to defend other families facing deportation.

I spent my 20s regurgitating legal facts and talking points first time, nonviolent offense, eight-month sentence, the judge said on the record hes paid an inordinate price, et cetera because I was campaigning to make my father stay here, Shahani said. I had that rap down. What I had never explored was, What was it doing to our father-daughter relationship?

Her fathers residency in the U.S. was secure only after he became a U.S. citizen in 2009. He died not long afterward. Shahani herself became a citizen at 21 during the year she took off from the University of Chicago to work on her dads case.

Here We Are is a persuasive critique of the impossibly stacked deck against poor immigrants like Namdev Shahani who are pressured to take plea bargains (Aarti Shahanis explanation of the trial penalty he faced is indispensable), but its also a coming-of-age story of an ambitious, whip-smart daughter getting to know herself better as her Old World father comes into clearer view.

Its about me exploring, how did this guy who was basically a stranger growing up become my best friend in the context of the case that destroyed his life? Shahani said.

In conversation, Shahani is a sharp thinker and articulates with matter-of-fact candor the ins and outs of her fathers prolonged legal jeopardy. But her voice slows and grows quieter when she reflects on the deeper reason she wrote the book: I needed to give him a proper eulogy, she said. I think that he lived an extraordinary life, but the kind of life that often goes uncelebrated.

She admits she put off the idea of writing about her familys painful past for years, out of fear of being engulfed by emotion. But in 2015, after she had transitioned to journalism and moved to the Bay Area (she decided to stay in California following a three-month fellowship at KQED) and started working for NPR, she decided to report New York v. Shahani (her fathers case) like any other assignment.

She dug into the facts and wrote a first draft over the summer of 2017, in the solitude of two separate Buddhist retreats. It felt very, very cathartic, she said.

It also felt like a timely act of resistance to President Trumps anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Following the 2016 election, many Americans were asking themselves, What am I doing for my country besides complaining? Well, Im a writer, and whether or not I wanted to admit it, I had become a person of some privilege, with a megaphone I never could have imagined having. How did I want to use it?

Sharing her familys embattled immigration story became my unique contribution at a moment when people like us, who are the essence of America, are under attack.I believe we have a president who wants to erase the fact of people like me, and its not accurate and its causing harm.I know Im not alone in having a sense that were in ahistoric moment where every voice counts.

Shahani said she hopes that by telling the heartbreaking details of her familys tortuous path to citizenship, shell open readers eyes to the fact that while policy debates put issues into separate buckets, immigration and criminal justice, for instance, our story is proof that theyre all interwoven. Working-class immigrants get caught up in these systems because of the things you dont know, cant access or cant afford.

I hope people read Aartis story and get a much better understanding of what immigrant families really go through, and are able to see how connected and at times arbitrary the criminal and deportation systems are, said Benita Jain, an Oakland attorney for the Immigrant Defense Project whos known Shahani since 2001.

Theres an unfairness to both of those systems that people are often not aware of unless theyre inside it. Aartis never-back-down approach, that she would cross any bridge to keep her dad here, is an inspiration.

Shahani didnt expect to be a journalist (as a young girl, she wanted to be a prosecutor), but has found an obvious talent and satisfaction chronicling Big Techs advances and misdeeds. She has reported on Mark Zuckerbergs congressional testimony, and recently interviewed Microsofts president, Brad Smith, on the need for regulation.

I chose tech as a beat because it felt like a safe distance from everything I had come from, she said, And yet its amazing to me how some of the issues I cover come full circle, for example the protests around companies like Palantir and Google helping with tracking and surveillance tools for the governments immigration enforcement agencies.

Tech reporting also threw into relief forShahanithe double standard of who pays the price in this country, she said. Its just amazing to me that (ousted Uber founder) Travis Kalanick has not been arrested. Reporting on Uber in particular, and Facebook secondarily, has really opened my eyes to how justice works in America. If youre wealthy, at most you face civil penalties. If youre working class, you face criminal penalties.

What impresses me most about Aartis coverage of Silicon Valley is that even when reporting on unhuman technologies, whether big tech or small startups, she manages to always tie her stories back to people, said NPR CEO Jarl Mohn. I didnt know her personal story when I first got to know her, but now that I do from reading her riveting book, I understand how her life experiences deepen her reporting.

Talking with Shahani, who has sharp observations about everything from the jail-to-deportation pipeline and tech industry malfeasance to the shared sense of humor that kept the Shahani family together through dark times, its clear why she describes her outlook on America in Here We Are as rage in the moment and hope in the long term.

I think its funny that Trumps family and mine both come from Queens, she said. We have very different lessons from there, and I would say mine is correct. Growing up, I had the United Nations working-class style. I was constantly being exposed to people from different countries, with different accents. My parents fled the partition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh because you had Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs killing each other. They moved into a building where those same people were exchanging milk and sugar, and babysitting for each other.

What more can I say?

As for Aartis lanky nephew, Akshay, who finally took his smoothie into his room to give his aunt privacy to talk about her familys saga? Hes her older brother Deepaks son, and he figures into Here We Are too, as an infant caught up in a dramatic residency struggle of his own after his mother kidnapped him to India and, yes, his tenacious aunt Aarti spearheaded working with lawyers in New Jersey and London, even Interpol, to secure his return.

Akshay now lives with his proud aunt and attends college. Hes hardworking, like us, Shahani writes in her books poignant epilogue, Dear Dad.

Life is just fascinating, she said. I think if youre open to what might happen, man, things can really happen.

Aarti Shahani: Author appearance. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Books Inc. 317 Castro St., Mountain View. http://www.bookinc.net

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. http://www.bookpassage.com

In conversation with Nellie Bowles. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. The Commonwealth Club. 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, S.F. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

In conversation with Ezra Klein. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. The Battery. 717 Battery St. S.F. http://www.thebatterysf.com

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Powers Of X: 10 Things Fans Should Know About The X-Men 100 Years In The Future – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Jonathan Hickman'sHouse of X/Powers of X event has been reshaping the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe, as the line heads towards the "Dawn of X" relaunch. To do this, each issue released weekly has been telling an oddly linear non-linear story that takes place across different timelinesduringdifferent time periods withinthose timelines.

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Thanks to the newly-revealed abilities of Moira X, she has had lifetimes tosee if and how the mutant race can survive. So far, sadly, the answer she's found is that they can't survive. This was shown perfectly by the brief look at the X-Men from 100 years in the future, which revealed some interesting information about the team, Moira, and their place in the Dawn of X.

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Technically, we've seen what the X-Men might look like a hundred years in the future already, when Marvel launched their2099 line of comics. This series introduced new characters based on present-day heroes, as they existed about a hundred years in the future.

The X-Men 2099 were mutants who followed in the same footsteps as Xavier, though their members were not connected to the present-day team beyond serving as inspirations. With the 2099 characters set for a return in upcoming Marvel storylines, it seemed important to specify that these are different X-Men from the future.

Given that this team of X-Men appears 100 years in the future, it would be nice to think that they are flourishing and co-existing with humanity in Xavier's dream utopia. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. Earth has been taken over by Nimrod and the Sentinels, who work together with enslaved humans to wipe mutants off the face of the Earth.

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Theyhave almost succeeded in this mission: the majority of mutantkind escaped to the Shi'ar Empire, while the remains of the X-Men stayed behind to continue the fight. The total population of mutants left on Earth whenreaders were introduced to the X-Men of the future? Eight.

Our first introduction to the X-Men of the future comes during one of their final battles, as a team of familiar but different mutants fight against cybernetically-enhanced humans and Sentinels from the Man-Machine Ascendency.

The mutant known as Rasputin is an amalgamation of mutantgenes from Colossus, Quentin Quire, Shadowcat, X-23, and Unus the Untouchable. Her partner is the pacifist known as Cardinal, who resembles a red-tinged Nightcrawler and is also made from multiple strains of mutant DNA.

The hybrid mutants Rasputin and Cardinal were actually the third attempts at genetically engineering a new race of mutants using thecombined DNA of multiple mutants, and they were known as Chimaera mutants. We saw the beginnings of Sinister's DNA database inPowers of X, whichwas originally requested by Xavier and Magneto.

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As revealed by the additional information included in the issues, following the decliningmutant population and constant threat from humanity, Sinister set up breeding pits on Mars and went about constructing mutant combinations based around military operations. The Man-Machine Ascendency would replicate this process with its less successful HOUND program.

Asteroid K serves as the last bastion of the mutant race on Earth and is a remnant of Krakoa that floats above the Earth in orbit. The remaining X-Men were forced to relocate there after the fall of Krakoa on Earth, which was followed by the destruction of the breeding pits on Mars.

While the majority of the mutant race then left for the safety of Shi'ar space, the X-Men set up shop on the space-bound Krakoa, which is fitting considering that a chunk of Krakoa was hurled into space during the legendaryGiant-SizeX-Men #1, which rebooted the team back in 1975.

While our first introduction to the team is through the Chimaera mutant hybrids, when they reach Asteroid K the remaining mutants are revealed and they include a couple of familiar faces. Leading the team is Wolverine, who appears to have shrunk a bit in his older age but is still the same old Logan.

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He is joined by the powerful mutant Xorn, whose abilities derive from a singularity that is housed within his head. Joining the present-day members is a Groot-like being that is revealed to be Krakoaand Cypher in a merged state, though his dialogue indicatesthat Cypher is no longer with them.

The team is revealed to be discussing their plans with none other than Apocalypse himself, who (up until this point in the comics) was always more of an enemy than an ally. His role as the leader of this future team of X-Men gave readers a few clues about these characters and their role in the timelines ofHoX/PoX.

The mutants we previously discussed are actually Apocalypse's Four Horseman, along with North, a Chimaera mutant with the abilities of Lorna Dane and Emma Frost. As revealed by the info sheets, Wolverine is War, Xorn is Death, North isPestilenceand Krakoa/Cypher is Famine.

Apocalypse led his Four Horseman on a final mission into the Man-Machine Ascendency's archives, while the Chimaera mutants (and Xorn) distracted Nimrod's forces. Their mission was to locate the date that Nimrod would come online in the past, which proved to be incredibly important given all the sacrifices made.

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Not only were the Chimaera mutants wiped out when Xorn's mask was removed and his singularity exposed, but Apocalypse and his Horsemen were also taken out by Nimrod. Wolverine was the only survivor to make it back to Asteroid K with the recovered information.

The Chimaera mutants' distraction was simply an attempt to buy Apocalypse and his Horsemen time in the archives. While Rasputin, North, and Xorn were more than eager to fight, Cardinal was genetically cursed with pacifism and usually unable to join in the battle.

However, he revealedthat he had taken a "terminal apocalypse seed" to deal with his usual peaceful nature. Apocalypse has used Death and Life seeds of Celestial origin before, but given his connection to Krakoa and the role the plants are playing inHoX/PoX, we have to wonder what other kinds of seeds the X-Men are using to amp up their powers.

As we previously mentioned, Moira X's mutant abilities allow her to live her life beginning to end multiple times, and she retains the memories from each lifetime. She has spent these lives on various paths that explored the options available to mutant-kind, with each action usually resulting indisastrous consequences for mutants and/or humans.

When the Wolverine of the future escaped back to Krakoa after the X-Men's final mission, he awakened Moira from her stasis, which revealed that this was the version of Moira who had attempted to follow Apocalypse's way to save mutantkind, apparently to no avail. The information about Nimrod's beginning in the past was downloadedby Moira and she was killed by Wolverine, ending her ninth life alongside Apocalypse's X-Men and beginning the timeline ofHouse of X.

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The Far Rights Apocalyptic Literary Canon – The New Republic

Politico has reported recent discussions among White House staff of a self-published, rambling essay called Bronze Age Mindset. The book is a dizzying 198-page treatise, written under the pseudonym of Bronze Age Pervertshorthanded to BAP by his ardent fans. And they are legion. Its a smash hit with the right, and is currently ranked #3 on Amazons bestseller list in Ancient Greek History, and #174 in Humoran inarguably more competitive category.

The authors Twitter presence is a post-post-post-ironic blend of jokey homoerotic photos of bodybuilders and boorish far-right memes. But while BAPs prose is rather artfully penned, Bronze Age Mindsets arguments are fractured and incoherent. Imagine the opinions of Jordan B. Peterson, as expressed by Ayn Rands Superman, in the playful vernacular of Donald Barthelme. The essay nevertheless manages to exert a sneaky power on the reader, despite being so chopped and screwed. BAPs introduction to the book is an incantation of sorts, the haunting final sentence of which ends without a terminal period; a detail that is unlikely to have been omitted by mistake:

I want to prepare you to receive this old spiritold spirits are moving from behind the reeds... the silhouette shimmers against a river in late summer, and I see already men who know how to honor such uncanny old friends. May they inhabit us again and give us strength to purify this world of refuse

The far-right literary oeuvre provides ample opportunities for such spirits to be conjured. In the years since Trumps election, one particular workGerald James McManuss 2001 political thriller Dark Millennium: A Visionary Talehas felt eerily prescient. Its protagonist, U.S. President Alexander McGrail, is presented as both a hero and a beloved villain. Hes a narcissistic sociopath and a racist. He treats women badly. He betrays trusted allies. As the story progresses, he enlists a top military officer, General Brandt, to help him put a diabolical secret plan into action: Together they fake a terrorist attack that kills every Democrat in Congress. McGrail blames Muslim extremists for the tragedy, but the press doesnt buy his explanation. Their offices are thus raided and the media is eventually shut down completely. Then, as is the case in many of these authors fantasy scenarios, things spiral into race war.

Incited by the medias accusations against the president, Americas black ghettos ran red with blood and flame. Uprisings broke out first in the eastern cities. ... In Manhattan, Brandt oversaw the execution of thirty thousand captured blacks. They were dragged kicking and screaming to the edge of a huge pit that was dug out of Central Park. Some blacks demanded their rights, most begged for mercy, but they were all thrown into the pit and remorselessly machine-gunned by Brandts men.

The violence spreads throughout the country as McGrails America systematically murders all people of color, feminists, socialists, and, of course, Jews. The story ends years into a future wherein McManuss fictional leader is, despite his personal flaws, venerated as the herofounder of a pure and enduring whites-only ethno-utopia.

The point is not to say that the harrowing plot of Dark Millenniumis about to come true. It is, rather, to acknowledge that there exists a broad, far-right subculture, which is actively posting, plotting, and praying that it will. Charlottesville was an attempt to galvanize this very movement. Its organizers sought to Unite the Right, and bring together the various outlier factionsmens groups, paleo-libertarians, sovereign citizens, and the likethat constitute the nebulous Alt Right and Alt Light. Instead, things quickly devolved into hooliganism, as the same old clowns rolled up, united only by the same old hatreds of the same old groups that have been targeted for decades, as codified in books like The Turner Diaries, The Camp of the Saints, and Dark Millennium: people of color, feminists, socialists, and Jews.

Despite this movements failure in Virginia, the right has since become increasingly unified online, emboldened by evidence of their influence on Trump, and a mounting sense that they are gearing up for something big. The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer recently featured a homepage header image of cartoon machine guns circling the Constitution. The sites publisher, Andrew Anglin, posts multiple times daily, revving up his followers, and has called for a soon-to-come age of ultraviolence, followed by a forceful solicitation of compliance with leadership:

There will be leaders. You need to be prepared to recognize them for who they are, and you need to be prepared to do whatever they tell you to do, exactly as they tell you to do it. You are going to be required to do things that you cannot possibly imagine yourself doing right now. And if you do not do these things, you will die.

If Donald Trump loses the presidency next fall, we all know hell tweet up a storm on election nightrailing against the corrupt media, decrying rigged elections, shrieking about socialism. But then what? What if he takes it to the next level and calls for violence or declares martial law? One hopes that those to whom we entrust the power of state violencecops, soldiers, spieswould keep the oaths of a constitutional order. Or, might they instead take us down a new path; a darker one, snaking though clearings felled by norm-breakers like Mitch McConnell and Devin Nunes: hearkening to the paeans to the great replacement of Tucker Carlson, the fragmented agitations of BAP, or the fascist violence of Andrew Anglin? All of these folktales could quickly come into competition, with the winner determining whether or not a Trumpian crie de guerrewill accomplish what Charlottesville could not: calling the lone wolves to the hunt, bolstered by a newly-unified army of Bronze Age Mindsetsuncanny old friends.

What if the next Democratic debate kicked off with this question from the moderators: Senator Warren, lets say you win the election in a narrow victory. Rather than concede, President Donald Trump goes on live television and whips his crowd into a frenzy, exclaiming, Theyre trying to steal the presidency from us! The time is now! Rise up and fight! How would you, as president-elect, respond?

The Beltway set may yet believe this question to be crazy. But in Trumps Americawhere Greenland is for sale, weather is changed with the swish of a Sharpie, and tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue on July 4they should know that crazy people are seriously contemplating these questions, and looking to the books theyve spent a lifetime reading and sharing for prophecy, if not instructions. We so-called normies must be prepared to answer.

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