The 1975 Imagine Utopia in Their New Dont Worry Video – Rolling Stone

The 1975 have released the music video for Dont Worry, the latest visual from the Manchester quartets new albumNotes on a Conditional Form.

Done in the same CGI-rendered style as past videos like The Birthday Party, the simple, utopian Dont Worry clip shows a person walking through a shiny cityscape where buildings are surrounded by trees and sources of renewable energy (wind farms, solar panels, etc.). The passerby looks through the upper window of an apartment building and sees a dancer twirling around their plant-filled living room. The two characters eventually make eye contact, smiling and waving at each other at the songs end.

The 1975 releasedNotes on a Conditional Form this past May; the 22-track LP features the songs People, Frail State of Mind, Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America, Me and You Together Song, Guys, If Youre Too Shy (Let Me Know) and others.

In the weeks leading up to the new albums release, the band hosted listening parties for their first three albums every Friday on Twitter and Spotify, culminating in 2018s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Healy also hosted aspecial podcastin partnership withThe Facewhere he interviewed heroes like Stevie Nicks, Brian Eno and Mike Kinsella.

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What to Do At Home This Week – The New York Times

Here is a sampling of the weeks events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.

Missing your friends? (Remember other people?) Hang out with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, a pair of real-life pals, the hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend and the authors of the newly published Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Books Are Magic, a Brooklyn bookshop, brings together the duo for a virtual conversation with Samin Nosrat of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Tickets are $10 each; $31 with a copy of Big Friendship.

When 7 p.m.

Where booksaremagic.net

If you couldnt get enough of Patrick Radden Keefes Wind of Change podcast which investigates if the titular 90s power ballad by the German heavy-metal metal band Scorpions was the handiwork of the C.I.A. the second of two bonus episodes drops today. Mr. Keefe takes listeners (by way of their earbuds) to Latin America, where Tim Gill, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, suspects the U.S. government may have tried to stage a similar op.

When Anytime

Where Spotify

Feel the beat as part of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, which the performing arts center, based in Becket, Mass., is holding online this year. Ephrat Asherie, a choreographer and B-girl, and Archie Burnett, a renowned voguer, lead a master class focused on street and club dances.

When 4 p.m.

Where jacobspillow.org/virtual-pillow

Step inside the enigmatic minds of David Mitchell and David Byrne during a discussion hosted by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center on Manhattans Upper East Side. Mr. Mitchells new novel, Utopia Avenue, tells of the rise of a rock n roll band in 1960s London; Mr. Byrnes recent Broadway production American Utopia was a New York Times Critics Pick. Tickets are $35 each.

When 6 p.m.

Where 92y.org/events

Reward yourself for making it halfway through the week by watching some exceedingly cute and curious African penguins waddle around on webcams hosted by the California Academy of Sciences. There are three different views, including one thats underwater, and the feeding demonstrations, in particular, are must-see TV.

When Anytime

Where calacademy.org/learn-explore/animal-webcams

Learn about the concept of health justice achieved when structural factors and policy no longer influence health outcomes as it pertains to race. Check out Racial Justice in H.I.V., a virtual panel organized by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Academy SF, a social club in the citys Castro district.

When 8:30 p.m.

Where academy-sf.com/events

Voyage to the red planet for Mars Day, an annual celebration held by the National Air and Space Museum. In the early afternoon, familiarize yourself with Marss geography through a digital scavenger hunt. And in the evening, tune in to the museums Instagram for a series of short talks on human colonization of the planet, David Bowies Mars-inspired music, stargazing basics and more.

When 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Where airandspace.si.edu/mars-day

Plunge into two tomes on swimming at an event by Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington. Bonnie Tsui, a Times contributor and the author of Why We Swim, and Leanne Shapton, an artist and the author of Swimming Studies dissect the quintessential summer pastime.

When 6 p.m.

Where politics-prose.com/events

Indias Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of whom Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The Times, once wrote, The only proper response to dancers this amazing is worship and the acclaimed Chitrasena Dance Company from Sri Lanka unite for Samhara Revisited. The magnificent (digital) performance unfolds in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a live original score.

When 7:30 p.m.

Where metmuseum.org/events/whats-on

Kick back, perhaps with a beverage, and cue up some good jazz, courtesy of Dizzys Club, located in Lincoln Center in Manhattan and now streaming its shows online. Tonights performers are Adrian Cox, a clarinetist, and Joe Webb, a pianist.

When 7:30 p.m.

Where facebook.com/DizzysClub

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Comic-Con 2020: Before Amazon Prime’s remake of ‘Utopia’, here’s what happened to David Fincher’s 2014 version – MEAWW

As [emailprotected] draws nearer, fans are looking forward to news about Amazon Prime's 'Utopia' panel on July 23. The remake of the controversial cult classic will see the British series gain a high-budget American remake. However, this is not the first time the series was up for renewal. In 2014, just as Channel 4 was canceling 'Utopia', HBO announced that director David Fincher would be helming an all-new remake. So what happened?

'Utopia' tells the story of a deep, worldwide conspiracy that appears to be predicted by a comic book known as 'The Utopia Experiments'. A group of fan theorists online find the manuscript for the comic and become an immediate target for shadowy agents seeking to bury the conspiracy at all costs. The series quickly won acclaim for how dark, subversive and mind-bending its plot got. However, despite the critical acclaim it received, Channel 4 canceled the series after two seasons.

Around the same time, it was announced that David Fincher would be directing an American remake. However, the project soon fell apart due to budgetary concerns. According to Fincher, in an interview on the Empire podcast, $9 million would have made all the difference. "I thought we had really, really good scripts and a great cast and we were getting ready to do that and you know it came down to $9 million," he said. "In the end, when you actually kind of lay it all out, $9 million in the scheme of things doesnt sound like a huge discrepancy between what we wanted to do and what they wanted to pay for."

Fincher, having just come off the commercial and critical hit 'Gone Girl' had ambitious plans for the project, wanting to "sort of rival tentpole movies." One of the reasons that the budget was so high was that Fincher wanted to shoot the entire series in chronological order. "Gillian Flynn wrote the scripts and you know it's a road movie," he said. Fincher had worked with Gillian Flynn previously, who had written both 'Gone Girl' as a novel and as the film adaptation.

"They go from one place to the next place, they burn that place to the ground, they go to the next place and they shave their heads and dye their hair and get tattoos and then burn that place to the ground. It wasnt 'Cheers'. It wasn't like you build a bar and then generate some pages and the cast comes in and reads some lines." "This was inherently chronological," Fincher continued. "Any time that you sort of impose a chronology to film production things become because you literally cant go to the next scene until you finish the scene in the kitchen that burns to the ground. You have to make sure you have it done, then you can burn it to the ground."

It's been six years since all hope for a new 'Utopia' series appeared to have been lost, but the new Amazon Prime remake appears to be bringing the defunct project to life. The show will be helmed by Gillian Flynn herself and David Fincher will be serving as executive producer.The [emailprotected] Panel on 'Utopia' will be held on July 23. You can get additional details here.

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Comic-Con@Home: Amazon Sets Panels For The Boys, Upload, Truth Seekers And Utopia; Launches First-Ever Virtual-Con – Deadline

Amazon Prime Video is not just bringing a roster of horror, comedy and superheroes to Comic-Con@Home, but they are also bringing the first-ever Amazon Virtual-Con which will include virtual experiences and activations that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Things are set to kick off on San Diego Comic Cons official YouTube channel and on the Amazon Virtual-Con portal starting at 12 p.m. PST on July 23.

The Amazon series joining this years virtual edition Comic-Con include The Boys, Upload, Truth Seekers and Utopia.Like every Comic-Con, the panels will include cast, creators and crew of the series and will feature fan Q&As, behind-the-scene-stories, breaking news from the aforementioned series.

To further heighten the Comic-Con experience, Amazon Virtual-Con, a virtual convention content hub, will be a destination for fans to access and engage with Amazons full range of Comic-Con activations. Fans will be able to gather as a community to share in the experience of seeing their favorite stars, learn how to draw some of their favorite comic book characters from the industrys leading illustrators, and test their comic book movie knowledge with like-minded fans in a round of trivia.

Virtual-Con will be available free of charge to all fans in front of the Prime Video paywall from July 23-26.

Below are the full details for the panels and Amazon Virtual-Con


Truth SeekersThursday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. PSTA new original supernatural horror-comedy by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), James Serafinowicz (Sick Note) and Nat Saunders (Sick Note). Join as they discuss the making of the hilarious eight-episode series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators, who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Empire Magazines Chris Hewitt.

UtopiaThursday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. PSTA twisted, eight-episode thriller about a group of young comic fans who discover the conspiracy in a graphic novel is real, and embark on a high-stakes adventure to save humanity from the end of the world. Join writer and executive producer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and series stars John Cusack (High Fidelity), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades Freed), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Desmin Borges (Youre The Worst), Javon Wanna Walton (Euphoria), and Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weeklys Christian Holub.

UploadThursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. PSTJoin creator, executive producer and director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and stars Robbie Amell (Code 8), Andy Allo (Pitch Perfect 3), Kevin Bigley (Undone), Allegra Edwards (New Girl), and Zainab Johnson (American Koko) as they discuss how they brought this futuristic comedy to life, share behind-the-scenes details from Season One, and tease what fans can expect in Season Two. The panel will be moderated by Engadgets Cherlynn Low. Upload Season One is a ten-episode, half-hour, sci-fi comedy that takes place in the near future, where people can be Uploaded into a virtual afterlife of their choice.

The BoysThursday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m. PSTJoin executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara and Aya Cash, with moderator Aisha Tyler, for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of The Boys. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance. Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes who are as popular as celebrities abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. The even more intense, more insane Season Two finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.


ComiXologys Comic-Con@Home Panel, Plus Live Artist Drawing Sessions, Creator Interview Series, and Comic Book Movie Trivia NightSaturday, July 25 at 3:00pm PST (Comic-Con@Home panel)Are you currently reading digital comics? Are you familiar with comiXologys exclusive digital content program comiXology Originals? Join comiXologys Head of Content, Chip Mosher and a cast of beloved comic creators and rising-stars including, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jason Loo (Afterlift), artist Claudia Aguirre (Lost on Planet Earth), writer Curt Pires (YOUTH), along with some surprise guests, to get the scoop on the latest comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making them! Theyll intrigue you with behind-the-scenes stories about the process of bringing comics from concept to the page and what its like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond.

For the superfan seeking even more comic book content, comiXologys own Kiwi will host live drawing sessions on comiXologys Twitch channel with some of the industrys most renowned illustrators, including GLAAD Media Award-winning illustrator Tula Lotay and three-time New York Times best-selling British artist Jock. In addition to drawing sessions, Kiwi will also host an interview series with creators from comiXologys Originals line of exclusive digital content, including Curt Pires & Dee Cunniffe (YOUTH) and the creators behind two yet to be announced original graphic novels. And if all that isnt enough, comiXology and Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky will host Comic Book Movie Trivia Night on Friday, July 24 at 5:00p.m. PST on their Twitch channel.

For the schedule of live drawing sessions and creator interviews, please continue to check amazon.com/virtualcon for updates.

Summer Game Fest is Better on TwitchAmazon Virtual-Con brings fans select programming from Twitchs on-going Summer Game Fest, the biggest gaming event of the year. Twitchs Summer Game Fest is the only place where you can witness the future of gaming and join the conversation live with the largest gaming community on the planet.

Prime Videos The Boys Customizable Promo ItemBringing to life one of the most beloved convention experiences, Amazon Virtual-Con will give fans the opportunity to create their own customizable promo items free of charge. Attendees of Amazon Virtual-Con can choose between two promo items, then customize the design using a variety of preset images inspired by the Amazon Original series, The Boys. Each customized item will ship to guests, free of charge, 10 15 days following the event.

Prime Videos Hanna Unlocked Adventure GameHanna Unlocked is a digital adventure game presented by Amazon Prime Video and powered by The Escape Game. The game will be available to play for free through Amazon Virtual-Con. Hanna Unlocked drops players into the Hanna universe between the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2. Players will take on the role of a UTRAX agent and must piece together a sequence of events, gather intel, and ultimately track the whereabouts of their targets, Hanna and Clara, all while receiving communication from top brass, agent John Carmichael, a leading character in Season 2. Once the mission is completed, players are then shown footage that takes them seamlessly into the beginning of season 2.

Audibles Sandman ExperienceTo celebrate Audibles release of The Sandman, based on Neil Gaimans iconic graphic novel, fans are invited to submit a description of a memorable dream at drawnfromthedreaming.com or via U.S. mobile phone at 515-SANDMAN (515-726-3626), a hotline narrated by creator Neil Gaiman, who serves as fans guide through the Drawn from The Dreaming experience. Selected fan-submitted dreams will be illustrated by a top DC artist, possibly one of the original artists from the graphic novels. Dream drawings will be featured in an Instagram dream gallery, @DrawnFromTheDreaming, and fans will be tagged in their customized artwork. Everyone who submits a dream will be rewarded with an exclusive free audio episode from The Sandman, including a brief overview of the story so far, told by Neil Gaiman himself, only on Audible.

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Peter Hujar’s Illicit Photographs of New York’s Cruising Utopia – AnOther Magazine

July 06, 2020

There is a fine line between fury and tenderness in the photography of American artistPeter Hujar, which captures New York between the gayliberation movement of the 60s and the Aidsepidemic of the 80s. Whether its hisimage of two leather daddies kissing, or of fellow artist and lover Paul Thek in masturbatory pleasure, the beautiful and the brutal coalesce in his compelling work.

Within the broadercontext of American image-making, Hujar defines an era that is bookended by Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe, according to Oliver Shultz, who has curated anonline exhibition of the artistsphotographyfor Pace Gallery. In Cruising Utopia,weare confronted withtwo Hujars: the studio photographerwho captured his community of revolutionaryfigures and Downtown vagabonds at his East Village loft; and the flaneurwho cruised the citys West Side, where sexual encounters took placeamid trucks and crumbling piers.

The shows first pairing demonstrates the duality of his practice. In Christopher Street #2 (Crossed Legs), 1976, a man sunbathing by the Hudson River inshort shorts unashamedly bares his legs, with a hazy detail of a ship on the backdrop. There is no dramatically lit studio, but Hujars voyeuristic gaze and the subjects grand gesture recall his performative shots of artists John Giorno or Ethyl Eichelberger. The adjacent photograph, Christopher Street #4,taken in the same year and location, fits multiple men into the frame each with searching eyes, some withnaked chests and confident attitudes. The same ship is visible, similarly on the pictures upper left corner. Hujar photographed moments of exchange, says Shultz, whether they were with strangers on the street or friends and lovers at his studio.

Until hisdeath in 1987 due to Aids-related illness, Hujars Second Avenue loft was frequented by his close friends such as Susan Sontag, Fran Lebowitz and Greer Lankton, all of whom posed for disarming solo portraits. The exhibition includes a young Lebowitz waking up from a sleep; while Lankton stares into the ceiling, almost ready to surrender to her dream-state. Hujars $167 monthly rent was not unheard of at a time when the East Village was a bustling hub for artists, and yet henever chased after wealth or commercial success Lebowitz allegedly said, Peter hung up on any curator interested in giving him a show, on her friends disinterest in mainstream recognition during his funeral.

A stroll down almost any street meant another encounter with some brightsomeone who was not yet a somebody, says Stephen Koch, the director of the Peter Hujar Archive. He had a turbulent relationship with a then-emerging David Wojnarowicz, a dynamic similar to that of Rimbaud and Verlaine. In a picture from 1981, Wojnarowiczs arresting expression is accentuated by a flirtatious cigarette in his mouth; his thin long face surrounded by shadows. Hujar was able to convey his subjectsas almost sculpturalWojnarowicz and others appear larger than life, similar to dwarfing Greco-Roman statues placed on tall pedestals or New York skyscrapers he photographed behind West Side parking lots.

Orgasmic Man, 1969,catches a youngmannamed Dutch Anderson inclimax (the work is part of a namesake series, currently exhibited in Barbicans Masculinities: Liberation Through Photographyshow). His right hand gently carries his tilted head; his eyes lids create pools of wrinkles around his eyes, tightly shut in pleasure. Theres a compelling, arresting ambiguity to the image you dont know whether youre looking at a scene of ecstasy or agony, or if youre witnessing or trespassing, explains the author Hanya Yanagihara about her decision to use the photograph for the cover of her seminal novel, A Little Life (2015). The posers anonymous expression blankets ample human emotions, from the darkest to the most joyous,similar to the books four protagonists, as well as anyone looking at a Hujar photograph.

Peter Hujar: Cruising Utopia is accessible on Pace GalleryswebsiteuntilJuly 28, 2020.Ten per cent of all proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the New York City AIDS Memorial.

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Peter Hujar’s Tender, Transgressive Portraits and Why They Require Nuance – Hyperallergic

Peter Hujar, Christopher Street Pier #4 (1976), vintage gelatin silver print, 14 3/4 14 5/8 inches, paper No. 128278.02 ( The Peter Hujar Archive, all images courtesy Pace Gallery, New York)

Debuting on the last day of Pride month, amid pandemic and protest, Pace Gallerys Peter Hujar, Cruising Utopia is an online store masquerading as a disconnected, virtual exhibition. Featuring twenty of the artists photographs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, the compilation is a mix of portraits and city scenes. The introductory text describes Hujars subjects as a fabulous and often infamous cast of underground elites, which include Susan Sontag, Fran Lebowitz, Paul Thek, and David Wojnarowicz. While these elite white subjects are mostly named and contextualized in their portraits, the subjects of color seem to be more tertiary, barely named and mostly lacking context. Unnamed people of color are part of his scenes set along Chelseas now-mostly-demolished Piers and grace photographs like Two Cockettes (1971), in which two femmes from the gender-expanding performance group embrace. If the exhibitions title is a reference to Jos Esteban Muozs 2009 book, he too goes unnamed.

The photographs in Cruising Utopia demonstrate Hujars skill with composition and his attention to intimacy and shadow. His documentation of queer life remains a key archive but as he is (lucratively) canonized, exhibitions of Hujars work bear the responsibility of considering the limitations of his gaze and social circles. Yet with Cruising Utopia the curatorial framing is loose, and mostly comprises short quotations from (white) critics and artists including Bob Nickas, Arthur C. Danto, Vince Aletti, and Nan Goldin. These quotes, while lucid, are inserted without broader citation and safely rely on established authority.

Moreover, the main texts author goes unnamed, positioning it as that of a faceless gallery voice. Relatedly, each photograph is accompanied by a large button reading Available (or, in a few cases, Sold or Reserved), so one can inquire about purchasing prints, which are priced between $10,000 and $35,000, unframed. The 10% of sales that will be donated to the New York City AIDS Memorial from sales reads as an insufficient gesture considering the curatorial lackings and the current political moment.

Just a few days before this exhibition opened, the Reclaim Pride Coalition organized the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, without corporate sponsors or police permits. It honored the radical legacy of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, led by trans people of color against police brutality, and for which Hujar was present. True to this ongoing history, several instances of police violence were reported along the route. This reality stands in stark contrast with images like Hujars Gay Liberation Front Poster Image (1970), which depicts a seemingly all-white group in smiles and celebration.

Further, the exhibition feels disconnected from current demands for structural institutional change backed by material commitments, and from Pace Gallery President and CEO Marc Glimchers own June 2 statement, in which he committed to looking in the mirror and making the changes that are needed, before continuing, [i]f we are not part of the change, then we are empowering the destruction of all principles and ideals we claim to hold dear.

As galleries and art spaces continue to grapple with their virtual presence, we must hold them accountable to the ways they are using their power. If an exhibition is to take up (virtual) space at any moment, but especially this one, it should do so with rigor, especially when centering a white artist increasingly validated by the market.

Initially only scheduled to remain on view for two weeks, it is also worth noting that Cruising Utopia does not include new scholarship or programming to deepen or broaden discourse around Hujars work. The value of his tender, transgressive images is not just an economic one.

Peter Hujar, Cruising Utopia continues online via Pace Gallery through July 28.

Editors note (7/10/20, 12:38 pm EDT): Since the publication of this review, Pace Gallery has announced the public program Cruising Utopia, A Conversation on Peter Hujar, scheduled for July 15.

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I was optimistic about this brave new post-Covid world until the Tories reminded us who they really are – The Independent

They say the youth and those in their early 30s are deluded in their optimism. I figured that, after such seismic change in the way we travel, work and socialise, and after all the clapping for NHS workers, viral pictures of wild boars on Italian streets and goats in Welsh villages, we would be granted some truly revolutionary economic package on emerging from lockdown to reflect our new attitudes to life. Perhaps a universal basic income. A Green New Deal.

How wrong I was.

There was nothing in the summer economic update this week for the worse-off. Nothing for the domestic violence victims, despite a surge in the number of women being killed or abused during lockdown. Nothing for social care or frontline workers. Nothing for nursing homes, no bonus for NHS staff. Nothing for renters, thousands of whom face eviction. The hostile environment continues for migrant workers.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

For all the big numbers from Rishi Sunak, it was much ado about nothing.

The government likes to claim our debt and deficit are high and both must come down if our economy is to function and provide the services we need. Yet we are currently experiencing zero or near-zero interest rates across the developed world. Borrowing might never be as cheap as it is now. And if we dont borrow and invest that money in the people, sectors and businesses that need it most, the cycle of poverty will simply continue.

What Sunak has delivered is a one-size-fits-all approach. A 500 voucher to encourage spending! A 1,000 bonus to employers for every furloughed employee they take back! And Tories say they fear the free hand-outs of socialism.

Trickle-down economics is clearly also alive and well. The government believes that by cutting VAT and stamp duty for houses worth up to half a mil, that richer people will have more money to spend and that will benefit everyone else. We know that doesnt work. The rich just get richer, and move as much cash as they can offshore.

And what about the Green New Deal? The green part of the package is worth 3bn a drop in the ocean and 2bn of that will be dished out by local authorities to retrofit homes and make them more energy efficient. It sounds like a lot of money, but that 2bn has to be divided by 343 local authorities. Sunak said this would remove a half megaton of carbon from the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 270,000 cars off the roads. But there are almost 40 million cars on British roads, so excuse me for not jumping up and down with excitement.

I had imagined moving back to London and cycling my bike in the new cycle lanes and enjoying some kind of new, green urban utopia. Instead, the government opened car showrooms as soon as they possibly could. Talk about recklessness: thousands of people die in London alone every year from air pollution. Sometimes I walk down my local high street and want to bang my head against a wall as I spot an endless stream of vehicles. I get this funny aftertaste in my mouth as I gulp down the fumes; the noise drills a hole in my brain. I wonder, why do so many people not seem to care?

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Tony Bennett the owner of The Devereux pub in Temple, London. Pub and hospitality bosses have cheered the Government's proposals to allow customers through their doors again on July 4 as "a welcome relief". PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 23, 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that pubs, restaurants and cinemas will be able to reopen from July 4, with "one metre-plus" distancing measures in place


Police forensics officers carry out a search near Forbury Gardens, in Reading town centre, the scene of a multiple stabbing attack which took place at around 7pm on Saturday, leaving three people dead and another three seriously injured


Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - June 21, 2020 Children play football outside the stadium before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Arsenal's midfielder Nicolas Pepe kneels before the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium in southern England

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Bianca Walkden during a training session at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester


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Players kneel, as well as, having 'Black Lives Matter' in place of names on their shirts prior to the start of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park in Birmingham. The league resumed after its three-month suspension because of coronavirus


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Queues form at Primark at the Rushden Lakes shopping complex after the government relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors


A man kneels at a commemoration to mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The fire claimed 72 lives on 14 June 2017


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A Black Lives Matter supporter sings to crowds who marched with her in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in London. The death of an African American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world


Scouts show their support at the Lord Baden-Powell statue in Poole. The statue of Robert Baden-Powell on Poole Quay is to be placed in "safe storage" following concerns about his racial views


Social distancing markers around the penguin enclosure at London Zoo. Staff have been preparing and are now ready for reopening next week with new signage, one-way trails for visitors to follow, and extra handwashing and sanitiser stations in place


Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during during a protest called by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign calling for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes outside Oriel College, at the University of Oxford

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Hermione Wilson helps to install a new artwork at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, created as a tribute to the NHS titled "A Thousand Thank Yous" originally devised by the late Allan Kaprow which consists of colourful painted messages on cardboard and has been directed remotely by London-based artist Peter Liversidge


The Edward Colston statue has been pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol. Colston was a 17th century slave trader who has numerous landmarks named after him in Bristol


Children pose for their family in front of discarded placards fixed on a wall in Piccadilly Gardens after a Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Manchester. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world


Protesters kneel in Trafalgar Square during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, England. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world


Protestors march from Windsor Castle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement


People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis


Street artist Nath Murdoch touches up his anti-racism mural in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire


Customers socially distance themselves as they queue to enter Ikea in Warrington. The store opening saw large queues of people and traffic on adjacent roads as it reopened after the lockdown. The furniture and housewares chain reopened its stores across England and Northern Ireland subject to several restrictions, keeping its restaurants closed and asking customers to shop alone


A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy, London, Britai


Visitors at Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale, Co Durham are able to cross an ancient packhorse bridge as work on the dam wall means water levels have dropped signifcantly to reveal this monument of the pas


British Tennis player Maia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis Club. People can meet family and friends outdoors and play sports such as golf and tennis again as the country is moving into phase one of the Scottish Government's plan for gradually lifting lockdown


A police frogman, searches for a weapon in Abington Lake in in Northampton


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My month in the garden: it’s time to think about plant protection and a good supply of veg for winter – Telegraph.co.uk

Late last summer, I took my mother, who was sadly in the last stages of a terminal illness, to The Pig Hotel, near Bath. We had both wanted to see their gardens. We ate al fresco, enjoying magnificent views on a fabulously sunny day. The place waspacked.

The head gardener kindly took us on a tour of the gardens, which thankfully are wheelchair-friendly. The magnificent walled kitchen garden was brimming with a good range of vegetables and in a small greenhouse I spied a 3m tall herb with small scented white flowers. The gardener did not know what it was but said it made a highly popular, most flavoursome herbal tea, similar to the better known Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena) butfar superior. She kindly let me have some cuttings, which rooted fairly quickly.

I finally managed to track down its correct name, with the help of the renowned botanist, Jamie Compton. It is Aloysia polystachya, from Argentina, widely grown there to make T de Burro, or donkeys tea. In Argentina it is well known for its antidepressant and relaxing qualities, perhaps the perfect lockdown tea? No wonder there was so much bonhomie that day! It appears hardy to -7C (19F), but Ill keep some inside over winter just in case. Jekkas now sells this (jekkas.com).

I always enjoy going back to visit gardens we have worked on, and last week it was a real treat to visit MaryBerry in her new garden. Westarted to help Mary with the designin early2017, when she had herprevious, much larger garden at what had been the family home for many years.

I spent a day with her and husband Paul and sketched out possibilities. Mary and Paul have now been bedded down in their new garden for about a year. Everyone I work with who downsizes and leaves a garden that they have developed and cherished for years, always takes on their new plot with relish. I think the idea of refining all your gardening knowledge and ideas into a new Utopia must be hugely satisfying, and Mary is noexception.

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Occupy City Hall Struggles as Homeless Move In – The New York Times

When it first kicked off last month, the activist encampment that billed itself as Occupy City Hall was viewed as the latest wave of the citys George Floyd protests an innovative political space that, under summer skies, attracted peaceful crowds to speeches and teach-ins focused on a narrow goal: cutting $1 billion from the New York Police Departments budget.

In the past week, however, the number of protesters has dropped off sharply and those who have remained have taken on a new responsibility: caring for dozens of homeless people who were drawn to the compound for its free food, open-air camping and communal sensibility.

It has not been easy.

Brawls have erupted. Passers-by and journalists have been harassed. Local residents even those who say they support the camps politics have complained that it has turned into a disorderly shantytown where violence has occurred. Several medics who had been there from the start announced this week that they were leaving, citing a lack of safety in a statement.

The coronavirus has also become a growing concern as people cluster together, sometimes without masks.

On recent nights, about 100 people have typically slept in tents and on the ground in the park, most of whom are considered homeless, organizers said. Signs denouncing racism and the police are everywhere, taped to tables or attached to metal fences. On many days, music blares out of speakers.

The organizers of the camp renamed Abolition Park defended the project, saying that by serving meals to homeless people and helping to provide a safe place to sleep, they are doing what they said the city had not: addressing the needs of its most vulnerable residents.

They acknowledged that disagreements, even acts of violence, had occurred in the park, but they said they were looking for ways to deal with such troubles without involving the police.

Its not pretty all the time and were not just going to abandon it because its not pretty right now, said Desirae, the 20-year-old leader of the compounds media team, who declined to give her last name. Were going to stay here through the ugly.

The camp, just feet from City Hall, presents a thorny political problem for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized by the demonstrators and by his Black supporters since the George Floyd demonstrations started in late May.

A spokeswoman for the mayor, Avery Cohen, noted that since the protests at City Hall Park started, there have been just 12 complaints to the 311 hotline about the area near City Hall, none of them concerning homeless people.

We are wholly committed to protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, she said. To ensure the well-being of those peacefully exercising their right to protest, our outreach teams have been at the site to engage those who may need our assistance. We stand ready to help any person who needs a helping hand.

The Police Department referred questions to the mayors office.

Some organizers said the complications were the inevitable growing pains of unlearning and relearning concepts such as leadership, ownership and safety.

Others said they considered this past week a transition stage as their movement, which is led by Black organizers, figured out internal structures, communication strategies and programming that can be sustained long-term. The physical space is also being reorganized, and a new grand opening is expected soon, they said.

And they said they were taking steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, distributing masks and sanitizer.

Still, there have been tense situations, including violence.

At a community gathering on Tuesday night, several protesters clashed with one another verbally and physically. Then on Wednesday morning, two more protesters assaulted a person who entered the encampment with a sign proclaiming support for the police.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, joggers and passers-by including one reporter were confronted by people in the park, accused of having trespassed or of being spies for the police.

Over the weekend, a resident of 49 Chambers Street, a condominium complex across from the camp, said in an email that some people from the camp had tried to break into the building and had threatened to burn it down.

Weve spoken to the N.Y.P.D., and the response was that the mayors office ordered them to stand down and not interfere with crimes being committed on this specific block, the resident said. This leaves our building the only residential building out of multiple government buildings on the block defenseless.

The occupation began on June 23 when about 100 people, led by the grass-roots group Vocal-NY, set up shop on a small patch of grass to the east of City Hall with the sole mission of bringing pressure on the City Council to cut the Police Departments funding at an upcoming vote before the July 1 budget deadline.

The little squatters colony grew into a kind of happy Hooverville, a sprawl of tarps, tents and bedrolls that spread through the plaza that lies between City Hall and the ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge. There were food tables, cleaning crews, a hand-sanitizing station and even a library where campers could go to hear lectures on the school-to-prison pipeline.

While the protest was mostly peaceful, the facades of the nearby Surrogates Court and Tweed Courthouse buildings on Chambers Street were marred with graffiti, though it was not known who was responsible.

The encampment reached its peak on June 30 when thousands of people crowded into the plaza after dark to watch the Council vote on a giant video screen.

While the Council ultimately decided to shift nearly $1 billion away from the police, many of the protesters expressed disappointment, wanting deeper cuts. Most of them, along with leaders from Vocal-NY, went home within days.

But some, like Adi Sragovich, stayed largely, she said, out of a sense of duty to the homeless people who had in the meantime flocked to the park.

On Wednesday morning, Ms. Sragovich, 20, was still at the compound, fixing people sandwiches and plastic bags of granola for breakfast.

It felt unethical pulling out, she said.

Beyond the free meals and the help-yourself clothes bin, the park activists have set up a makeshift mental health tent, where a licensed social worker has been advising people suffering from trauma, mental illness or substance abuse.

A team of volunteer de-escalators has also been drafted to move about the camp defusing disputes and soothing frayed tempers.

This space has transitioned a lot in the last two weeks, said Ren Jean-Baptiste, 24, a protester who has been at the camp since the beginning. We know its not permanent, but it is a safe space, and were trying to get the people the services they need.

David Terry said he appreciated the gesture. A few weeks ago, Mr. Terry, 56, said he became homeless when a fire damaged his apartment in Harlem. He made his way to the camp near City Hall. Now he spends his days listening to the music in the plaza or lounging about with others talking politics. He has even tried his hand at the meditation tent.

Theres other places I could go, he said, but I like it here.

At least so far, the organizers have not come up with a specific list of demands or any explicit agenda for this latest version of the camp. But they have said they would like to refocus the conversation more on abolishing the police than merely defunding it.

Abolishing prisons and police does not just mean subtracting those institutions from society but building a world where everyone gets the care they need, said Katherine, 27, an organizer who would not give her last name.

Twice during the occupations first phase, before July 1, scores of police officers pushed into the park and fought with large crowds of protesters, leading to arrests and injuries. But in the past few days, while the police have loomed in the distance, there have been no physical confrontations.

Some activists said they were more worried about outsiders or those within the camp.

This is a utopia among chaos, said a man who calls himself Professor Kannon and has been giving history lessons on police brutality and civil rights since the start of the encampment.

We have disputes and disagreements if we didnt, we wouldnt be a family, Professor Kannon said. The only people in here thats going to harm us is us.

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Was This Ancient Taoist the First Philosopher of Disability? – The New York Times

Zhuangzi is a creative and flexible author, so it is no surprise that later in the same work, Confucius is ironically appropriated as the spokesman of Zhuangzis own position. This Confucius says he wants to become the disciple of an amputee, Royal Nag, because he looks at the way things are one [or whole] and does not see what theyre missing. He looks at losing a foot like shaking off dust. Royal Nag (and Zhuangzi) saw, long before contemporary epistemologists, that similarity and difference are standpoint dependent: Looked at from their differences, liver and gall are as far apart as the states of Chu and Yue. Looked at from their sameness, the ten thousand things are all one. In short, the common assumption that it is bad to be disabled makes sense only if we project our parochial and historically contingent human values onto the fabric of the universe.

One response to this critique would be that disabilities are bad, not because they are violations of the objective teleological structure of the universe, but because they are inefficient. Those who are disabled are simply less functional, less able to achieve their goals, than those who are normal. This leads easily to the conclusion that eliminating disabilities would be better, not just for society but for the disabled themselves. Contemporary technology seems to have put this almost in our grasp. With the advent of both genetic screening technologies and Crispr gene editing, we are approaching an age in which we may be able to design the human body; perhaps soon the new normal for the American family will be designer babies. We may be approaching a world in which illness is eradicated, a world of physical and mental harmony and homogeneity among all peoples. This, many would argue, is surely the stuff of a utopia a brave new world.

The seductiveness of this argument illustrates the danger of the hegemony of instrumental reasoning reasoning employed to find the most efficient way to a given goal. It is an important aspect of wisdom, but it also carries the temptation, especially in modern capitalist society, to reduce all of rationality to means-end efficiency. In some cases, means-end efficiency results in an inappropriate and inhuman standard.

To think that we have moved beyond this pitfall would be nice, but we havent. It is still very much with us. As the coronavirus pandemic began to overwhelm medical capacity in the United States in March, the disability activist and writer Ari Neeman argued that the triage guidelines that certain states were putting into use indicated that it was preferable to let a disabled person die simply because it would require more resources to keep that person alive. The principle of granting equal value of human lives, Neeman wrote, would then be sacrificed in the name of efficiency.

We do not mean, in this brief essay, to dismiss all of philosophy outside of Zhuangzi. The sayings of Confucius include a passage in which the master is a respectful and congenial host to a blind music master (Analects, 15.42), and the later Confucian tradition includes the stirring admonition, All under Heaven who are tired, crippled, exhausted, sick, brotherless, childless, widows or widowers all are my siblings who are helpless and have no one else to appeal to. Readers of the New Testament will recognize this as a core value in the teachings of Jesus. In fact, many figures and institutions in the Abrahamic traditions have been at the forefront of caring for the disabled, precisely by appealing to the Platonic view that humans ultimate value lies in their immaterial souls rather than their contingent material embodiments.

But in this time of rampant sickness and social inequality, and given our fundamental duty to extend equal treatment, compassion and care for others, we think Zhuangzi is an important and insightful guide, a Taoist gadfly, if you will, to challenge our conventional notions of flourishing and health. With the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act approaching, this ancient Chinese Taoist reminds us that it is the material conditions of a society that determine and define disability. We have the power to change both those material conditions and the definition of disability.

John Altmann (@iron_intellect) writes about philosophy for general audiences and is a contributor to the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series of books. Bryan W. Van Norden (@bryanvannorden) holds a chair in philosophy at Vassar College and is the author most recently of Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto.

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‘India Will Move Beyond Modi, his Party, and Right Wing Populism’Prof Jeffrey C Alexander – NewsClick

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Jeffrey C Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University and co-director of its Center for Cultural Sociology. He is among the worlds leading social theorists with a keen interest in the recent rise of authoritarian-populist regimes across the world. Ajay Gudavarthy, associate professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, who recently published India after Modi: Populism and the Right are in conversation here on populism and the future of democracy in the United States and India.

You are known to have inaugurated cultural sociology as against sociology of culture, wherein you stress on performance and dramaturgy as central to how power works and is also resisted. Do you think the current rise of populism has foregrounded performativity in any manner discernibly different from when democracies were not necessarily populist?

Theres been a long intellectual tradition arguing that populism engages in the aesthetics of rule more than democratic power, much less socialism. I think this is deeply mistaken. The reason I created social performance theory is to argue against historicist or ideologically specific understandings of the social location of dramaturgy. Performance is part of any social action, everywhere, and it permeates every attempt at legitimate rule, which pretty much covers the exercise of power everywhere at every time. This is not to say, of course, that right and left populist performances are the same. The culture, codes, and narratives of left and right are very different, so the performances that evoke them would differ, too.

You made an incisive point that the Left does not take culture seriously as it equates it with conservatism. But surely Gramsci was a front-ranking political thinker who argued in favour of mobilising culture. How do you think the Left needs to negotiate the question of culture today?

Gramsci was a major influence on my thinking in the early days of my intellectual formation, when I was a radical activist as a New Left Marxist. New Left Marxism was always very critical of economistic Marxism, the term that Lenin rightly used against the Mensheviks to justify the need for an activist political party to wake up the working and peasant classes. Gramsci was deeply affected by Lenin but was much more willing to be explicitly cultural (rather than narrowly political) because he was also deeply affected by Antonio Labriola, the very creative and open-minded Italian Marxist thinker who was heavily influenced by Hegel.

When I moved from cultural Marxism to cultural sociology, I brought the thinking of Gramsci, and of course Hegel, with me. But there is a lot more that has gone into creating cultural sociology than Gramsci. Theres semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism, especially Foucault; theres the literary theories of narrative; theres performance studies and Austins performative speech act theory; theres aesthetic ideas about form and sensibility.

The challenge for the left is, first, to realise that not all culture is political, not attached to domination, and to appreciate that. People of all ideologies need traditions, codes, and collective meanings; they need vibrant and powerful material symbols; they need to be engaged, both as actors and audiences, in compelling social dramas.

The second challenge for the left is to build a new utopian culture of an alternative society. Socialism/communism played such a role for 150 years, but its utopian power as a transcendental symbol has disappeared, dying in the last two decades of the 20th century. This is notat allto say that a heck of a lot more social democracy would be a bad thing! The more the better. It is to say, rather, that the symbol of socialism has been profoundly tarnished, for better and for worse. Its also to say that equality in the socialist sense of Marx, what he himself criticised in The German Ideology as an empty abstract equality, is no longer a viable description of a good society.

For me, the new utopia would have to be rooted in ideas about civil society, self-governance, radical democracywhat I call the civil sphereand in a particular vision of multi-cultural incorporation.

The progressive social movements that exert performative power today are all rooted in these values.

Through the idea of civil repair you offer a way of moving towards solidarity between various social groups with the universal as a normative ideal more than anything else. But in todays politics it is the Right that is able to articulate the ideas of solidarity and universal better than Black Lives Matter and anti-caste movements in India.

I wouldnt be that confident in your suggestion that BLM hasnt been successful in its performance of civil solidarity and multicultural incorporation! As public opinion polling has stunningly demonstrated in the last two weeks, white American opinion has come to support BLM and racial justice by a far higher percentage than in the first wave of BLM protests in 2013. [US President Donald] Trumps version of racist and anti-egalitarian solidarity is losing support rapidly, and the stage is being set for a dramatic victory of the centre-left in the November presidential elections.

Yes, Trumpand far right populism everywhereoutperformed the left over the last decade, and he was able to ride a backlash against BLM and Americas first Black president into power in 2016. But the regulative (law, voting) and communicative (journalism, polls, civil associations) of the civil sphere stood up against Trumps right populism over the last three and a half years. Democrats won a tremendous victory in the Congress in 2018, and #MeToo became the most powerful feminist movement in recent history during the administration of Americas most misogynist president.

Both right wing and left wing movements appeal to solidarity. Right movements defined more primordial, localised, kin, race, gender, and caste forms of particularistic solidity. Left movements define and defend broader, more civil forms of (expanded) solidarity. Creating civil repair can be seen as an unsettling frontlash movement, led by political and cultural avant-gardes; it always creates backlash and resistance, and this opens the way for conservative, right populism, and even fascist movements to come to power. In my forthcoming book, Populism in the Civil Sphere (Polity, January 2021), sociologists from around the world make use of this theory to explore left and right populism.

I find the ideas of myth and meaning at the centre of how the right in India is mobilising itself. Would it be correct to argue that rather than as a general pattern there are moments in history that are more prone to the autonomy of symbols and cultural codes?

While I know your recent work on right-wing Indian political culture, Ajay, and I consider it pioneering, I dont agree, no, with the suggestion that some historical periods or social formations are more prone to the relative autonomy of culture. It would be like saying are there periods where people like to eat and have sex more than in other times? I dont think so!

You seem to be arguing that even neoliberalism and capitalism are built on certain kinds of myths, and globalisation was itself a trauma response to what transpired during the Cold War. But surely global trade flows and financial capitalism cannot be reduced to a social imaginary, even if one agrees that cultural discourses do structure economic transactions.

In fighting against the reduction of materialism, cultural sociology has never sought to create an opposite kind of idealist reductionism in turn. Each sphere of society has its own, relatively independent social processes, especially as differentiation increases over historical time. Capitalism has its own so-called laws, though theres not like the iron laws of physics that Marx claimed they were in his introduction to the third volume of Capital! The globalisation of capitalism is an example of this internally-logical development: where there are falling costs of labour and land, capital will flow! The financialisation of capitalism in the West is another example. Yet, at the same time, I would insist that capitalism itself requires, and in a sense is built upon, certain cultural codes and performances. This is well explored in Callons Actor-Network Theoretical studies, as it is also in Roger Friedlands work on institutional logics. Without certain powerful understandings of the self, exchange, and reciprocity, contemporary capitalism couldnt function. The greatest economist of the 20th century, John Maynard Keynes, put such non-rational phenomena as trust at the centre of entrepreneurialism and financial markets alike.

How do you see the future of democracy in the US in the next decade or so? Do you see the ebbing of authoritarian populism and alternatives to global neo-liberal regimes emerging?

Good social scientists must be aware that historical development is contingent. Marshall Sahlins, drawing on Althusser, spoke about the structure of the conjuncture. Look at the extraordinary contrast between the historical essays of Marx, like The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, and the systematic theoretical works like Capital. That said, I believe that there are ample cultural and institutional reasons to believemore than merely to hopethat the right-wing populism will ebb in the US and that, at the same time, more solidaristic and egalitarian policies will be put into place to step the grotesque excesses of what is called (I dont like the term) neoliberalism. I am not convinced that neoliberalism emerged simply or perhaps even mainly for economic reasons; I think it came out of a particularly effective right-wing performative reaction to the decline of the socialist ideal in the 1980s.

Finally, your thoughts on democracy in India. You were particularly struck by Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditating in a cave. With an economy in recession, will cultural nationalist symbolism hold the same kind of power to generate meaning for representing the reality?

For intellectuals and citizens who remain deeply committed to democracywhether in its republican or liberal formthe fate of Indian democracy is one of the most critical questions of our time. Not only because of concern for the more than one billion people who live in India, but also because China is on the road to becoming a very politically threatening anti-democratic global power. Modern India shows for South Asia, just as Korean, Japan, and Taiwan show for East Asia, that democracy is not civilisationally limited, as the reactionary political scientist Samuel Huntington argued in his deeply misleading book, The Clash of Civilizations (1996). (By the way, I handed out anti-war leaflets inside of Huntingtons lecture class in 1968 while a student at Harvard!)

India is an Axial Age civilisation, a concept that my teacher Robert Bellah, and the great Israeli historical and comparative sociologist SN Eisenstadt, took over from Karl Jaspers interpretation of Webers comparative sociology of religions. Despite its egregious caste inequalities, Hinduism has inside of it critical and transcendental capacities and, despite its own egregious racial, religious, and institutional practices, British colonialism added to the critical and democratic capacities of contemporary Indian culture.

Gandhi is a good example of a great Indian leader and thinker who synthesised both, inventing a form of militant non-violence that has motivated civil sphere activism around the world. As long as India can maintaindespite Modis sometimes sinister desires and actionssome significant autonomy for its communicative and regulative institutions, India will move beyond Modi, his political party, and right-wing populist constructions of reality. When it will depends on what kind of political culture and performances the Indian Opposition can provide.

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AIRWAVES getting CROWDED in House race POLICE bill hits hurdle in SENATE TRUMP comes to N.H. on Saturday – Politico


CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES HIT THE AIRWAVES After months of packing their campaign war chests, some Democrats running in the crowded primary to fill Rep. Joe Kennedy III's open House seat are spending thousands of dollars on television ads.


Earlier this week, Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss spent nearly $30,000 to air his first television ad. Then Democratic socialist Ihssane Leckey, a former Wall Street regulator, reserved $110,000 worth of cable TV airtime on Thursday. And now City Year co-founder Alan Khazei is also placing a TV ad buy, according to a source.

One reason campaigns are shifting to TV is because the congressional race is wide open. An internal poll from Newton City Councilor Becky Grossman's campaign showed 60 percent of voters are undecided on who to vote for. TV may play an outsize role in the primary this year candidates can't hold large events due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the state's expanded vote-by-mail and early voting options mean many voters will cast ballots much sooner than Sept. 1.

So far, the candidates with the most money in the bank are going up on television. Auchincloss has $1.16 million in cash on hand for the primary, his campaign says, while Khazei is reporting $809,000 in his primary war chest. Leckey raised eyebrows this week when she posted a $710,000 fundraising haul this quarter, which was largely made up of $650,000 from her and her husband's life savings, according to the Leckey campaign.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: POSTAL WORKERS BACK MARKEY Sen. Ed Markey will announce a new endorsement from the Massachusetts Postal Workers Executive Board this morning. The group is backing Markey in his reelection campaign against Rep. Joe Kennedy III. The American Postal Workers Union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and represents more than 200,000 current and retired postal workers.

THE GREAT DEBATE The coronavirus pandemic has knocked candidates off the campaign trail for months, but debates ahead of the state's Sept. 1 primary are finally starting to take shape in most districts, though two candidates running for federal office say they've been unable to get a debate on the calendar.

Rep. Richard Neal and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse have a pair of debates in the works, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. The Democrats have been invited to two debates in August, one hosted by WGBY-New England Public Media, The Springfield Republican and MassLive.com and the Berkshire Eagle; and another hosted by 22 News, WWLP and Springfield CW.

Rep. Seth Moulton will face his primary challengers Jamie Belsito and Angus McQuilken in three debates in August hosted by local Democratic committees, his campaign said. And the Democrats running to fill Rep. Joe Kennedy III's open House seat will debate at the end of July.

Its less clear whether Rep. Stephen Lynch will debate his progressive challenger. Emboldened by progressive primary gains in other states over the last several weeks, infectious disease specialist Dr. Robbie Goldstein is accusing Lynch of "trying to run out the clock" to avoid a debate. The campaigns have been in talks to attend a series of forums where one candidate would speak after the other, rather than a one-on-one debate, according to planning emails obtained by POLITICO. Lynch did not debate his 2018 primary challengers.

"Its clear that Representative Lynch is trying to run out the clock, and that he is not only scared of our campaign to bring progressive change to Washington, but is scared to face the voters of the 8th district," Goldstein said.

"We're happy to entertain any requests. It's more challenging in Covid times to arrange these things, but always happy to," said Lynch spokesperson Scott Ferson.

On the Republican side, Senate candidate Kevin O'Connor is calling on his opponent Shiva Ayyadurai to schedule a debate. Ayyadurai's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment.

"I'm ready to go," O'Connor said, adding that attempts to schedule a debate were met with "radio silence" from his opponent.

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TODAY Sen. Ed Markey and state Rep. Joseph McGonagle, Jr. distribute meals at the LUMA food pantry in Everett. Rep. Joe Kennedy III makes campaign stops in Gloucester and New Bedford, followed by an event in Quincy with former Rep. Bill Delahunt.

Mass. reports 177 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths, by Jaclyn Reiss, Boston Globe: The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts among confirmed cases climbed by 25 to 8,053, the state reported Thursday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 177, bringing the total to 105,138, as key metrics the state is using to monitor the reopening remained generally steady.

Massachusetts unemployment claims fall again, by Jim Kinney, Springfield Republican: There were 26,755 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts in the week ending July 4, according to numbers released Thursday by the federal government. Thats down 2,944 from 29,699 new claims for unemployment compensation filed in the week ending June 27.

Massachusetts Senates police reform bill held up due to concerns that it didnt undergo public hearing, by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: The Massachusetts Senates wide-ranging police reform bill is held up over criticisms that legislators didnt get enough time to review the bill and that the proposal hasnt been put to a public hearing. The Senate plans to meet at 10 a.m. Friday to discuss the bill after Sen. Ryan Fattman, a Webster Republican, tabled the bill over concerns about a lack of a public hearing and insufficient time to debate the bill.

State commissioner for deaf placed on leave amid ties to controversial fraternity, by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: The Baker administration on Thursday placed the states chief advocate for the deaf on administrative leave amid allegations he told staff members he wore robes resembling Ku Klux Klan garb and made apparent Nazi salutes while he was a member of a controversial college fraternity three decades ago.

Massachusetts State Police hand out punishments for troopers in overtime scandal, by Lisa Kashinsky, Boston Herald: State Police are handing out punishments for the remaining troopers embroiled in the infamous Troop E overtime scandal, announcing that one member has been fired and five more could get the boot while others face suspension without pay. One officer whose overtime fraud charges were sustained by the department and upheld by a Department Trial Board was terminated earlier this week, while five others have trial boards currently scheduled.

Massachusetts hospitals collectively saw more than $2 billion in losses as coronavirus spread, data shows, by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: Massachusetts hospital collectively saw more than $2 billion in net losses in early 2020 as the coronavirus spread to the United States and shook stock markets, according to data compiled by the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.

Boston schools mapping reopening, with 6 feet of social distancing built in, by Jenna Russell, Boston Globe: Facing an intense two-month sprint before the scheduled first day of school on Sept. 10 and mounting demand for details on their reopening plans Boston school officials say they will release three possible blueprints for the fall by the end of this month. One thing is already certain: the district will base its plans on 6 feet of social distancing in schools, not the 3-foot minimum included in state guidelines.

The Coming Eviction Crisis Will Be Worse Than You Think, by Sofia Rivera, Boston Magazine: When Gov. Charlie Baker signed the statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium in late April, it was an approval with an asterisk: The freeze would lift 45 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency ended or 120 days from the date the bill was passed, whichever came first. Theres no predicted end to the pandemic in sight, but the sand in the 120-day hourglass is set to run out on August 18.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Jesse Mermell Earns 19 Local Endorsements from Somerset, Mansfield, Medfield, Foxborough, Wellesley and Brookline, from the Mermell campaign: Jesse Mermell today expanded the coalition of local leaders supporting her campaign for Congress by earning 19 endorsements from six key communities. As COVID-19 has devastated local budgets across the country, it is essential that the next Congresswoman from the Fourth District has the right experience, vision and coalition to fight for federal funding to support our municipalities, said Mermell.

Charbonnier suspends candidacy for 12th Suffolk House seat, Dorchester Reporter: Cam Charbonnier, one of four candidates on the ballot for the September 1 election for state representative in the 12 Suffolk district, suspended his campaign today, citing the dynamics of the pandemic and the inspiring civil rights movement. A long time aide to Mayor Martin Walsh and the only white candidate in the field to succeed Representative Dan Cullinane, said that upon further reflection and conversation he realized that this is not my moment.

With latest SJC pick, Baker faces history and calls to meet the moment, by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: Over eight years, former Governor Deval Patrick effectively reshaped the states judiciary and its very top rung, appointing five new Supreme Judicial Court justices, many of them groundbreaking picks. Yet, quietly and quickly Governor Charlie Baker is poised to surpass not only Patricks influence on the states highest court, but that of any governor in nearly five decades.

District attorneys clash over young killers seeking parole based on brain research," by Shelley Murphy and John R. Ellement, Boston Globe: Nyasani Watt was 10 days shy of his 18th birthday when he fatally shot another teenager and wounded his friend on a Dorchester street in 2011, with a gun that had been handed to him by Sheldon Mattis, who was already 18. Both of them were convicted of first-degree murder for killing 16-year-old Jaivon Blake and sentenced to life in prison. But only Watt will get a chance to argue for parole some day because mandatory life sentences are banned for juvenile killers.

Sen. Warren: Trump was a failure before coronavirus crisis, CNN: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) thinks that Donald Trump was a failed president even before the coronavirus crisis hit the US, and that his failures will play a big part in the 2020 presidential election.

To US Rep. Richard Neal, President Donald Trumps petulance reinforces Supreme Court victory in tax case, by Jim Kinney, Springfield Republican: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said Thursday that he, and by extension the American people, are one large step closer to seeing President Donald Trumps closely guarded tax records following rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court sent House subpoenas for the records back to lower courts for further rulings.

Supreme Court Gives Progressive Challenger Ammunition Against Rep. Richard Neal, by Daniel Marans and Arthur Delaney, HuffPost: A progressive mayor who is challenging Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal (D) from the left seized on Thursdays Supreme Court rulings as evidence of Neals failure as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to hold President Donald Trump accountable. In a pair of historic opinions written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court rejected Trumps lawyers arguments that the president is immune from subpoenas of his personal records.

Animal rights advocates sue federal government over treatment of research primates, by David Abel, Boston Globe: In the wake of regulators formally rejecting a petition to improve the conditions of non-human primates used in federally funded research studies, a group of local animal rights advocates has sued the US Department of Agriculture, saying the agency refuses to raise standards for the animals.

Calls grow for coronavirus mask mandate ahead of Trumps New Hampshire rally, by Lisa Kashinsky, Boston Herald: Pressure is mounting on New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to issue a mask mandate ahead of President Trumps rally in Portsmouth on Saturday, as locals fearing a surge in coronavirus cases brace for an influx of outsiders.

Three Massachusetts marijuana companies fined for use of pesticides, control violations, by Melissa Hanson, MassLive.com: Three marijuana companies in Massachusetts are facing fines for various violations, including the use of pesticides by two businesses and issues of control that would violate a state cap by the third business.

Herald: HEAR HIM ROAR. Globe: Portsmouth wary about what Trump rally could bring," "High court opens door to Trump's finances," "City schools look for more room to keep 6 ft. distance.

Springfield mayor: DOJ report knocking police narcotics unit disturbing and disappointing, by Stephanie Barry, Springfield Republican: Mayor Domenic Sarno called a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Justice assessing the police departments narcotics unit as out-of-control and excessively violent disturbing and disappointing during a press conference Thursday. The 28-page report released late Wednesday presented a withering picture of the unit, highlighting instances of falsified reports, lax oversight and alleged beat-downs of arrestees with a particular focus on punches to the head and neck.

Emails indicate Provincetown arts center director aware of Jeffrey Epstein cover-up, by Ethan Genter, Cape Cod Times: When Richard MacMillan was hired as co-executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center in spring 2019, his main focus was to raise money for the prestigious arts institute. The center, known for its seven-month artist-writer fellowship program, was in the middle of a $5 million fundraising campaign, and MacMillan was chosen in a national search to help reach or exceed that goal.

Newton is not a utopia. Task force to review policing, by John Hilliard, Boston Globe: Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller launched a sweeping review of the citys police force this week, as a newly appointed task force began work to develop recommendations that she said will impact the departments direction for years to come. The 12-member advisory group met for the first time Wednesday, and comes after advocates have called for a broader discussion about the role of policing in Newton and the communitys relationship to its residents of color.

Needham man cited in Newton protest incident, Associated Press: Police in the Boston suburb of Newton have cited a man for driving his pickup truck through a group of young Black Lives Matter demonstrators. The man, identified only as a 55-year-old Needham resident, was cited for operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger and failure to use care when starting a motor vehicle, police said.

Methuen mayor says 45 layoffs coming, by Bill Kirk, Eagle-Tribune: With the city facing a $7 million shortfall, Mayor Neil Perry said Tuesday the budget he is presenting to the City Council Wednesday will include up to 45 layoffs of city workers. Perry, who has been hospitalized this week, said that on the plus side, the last fiscal year ended with a $2 million infusion into the free cash account -- which is money left over at the end of the fiscal year.

Worcester police to start processing license to carry requests again, by Brian Lee, Telegram & Gazette: The Police Department on Monday will begin to process first-time license to carry applications, in line with the governors third phase of reopening businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The applications will be done by appointment, said Lt. Sean Murtha, a department spokesman. The police hadnt processed first-time LTC applications since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Edie Mead Holway, Andy Flick, chief of staff to Rep. David Trone and former political director for the Serve America PAC, and Samuel Weinstock, legislative aide for Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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A Modernist Utopia In The Clouds Floats Above Dulwich – Londonist

Will NobleA Modernist Utopia In The Clouds Floats Above DulwichDawson's Heights is an unlikely utopia floating above Dulwich. Image: Londonist

From Dog Kennel Hill in East Dulwich, you can sometimes make out in the far distance, what appears to be a modernist castle or ziggurat floating on the clouds. Walk towards it and it gradually reveals itself to be Dawson's Heights a council estate of almost 300 homes, built between 1964-72.

Though not as well-known as some of London's other post-war housing estates, Dawson's Heights is a landmark building. It was built in the wake of the Parker Morris Committee, which outlined new standards of living space for public housing.

Designed by a then-26-year-old Kate Macintosh, Dawson's Heights goes above and beyond. Each flat has its own private balcony. Cars are relegated to the outside of the building, creating a green sanctuary within. Flats either overlook this courtyard with rose beds and play equipment or out towards the City, where the horizon increasingly bristles with high-rise silhouettes.

In recent years, some of London's great housing estates, including the Heygate in Elephant and Castle and Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, have fallen to the wrecking ball. But though not listed, Dawson's Heights has been immaculately kept, and is beloved by its lucky resident community.

Which begs the question: why doesn't London have more estates like this?

Macintosh appeared on a 2019 Channel 4 documentary about the rise and fall of the UK's council estates. In it she explained how people living in private accommodation close to Dawson's Heights started to complain that the quality of living was better for council tenants. Private developers were being shown up and they pushed prime minister Margret Thatcher to ditch Parker Morris standards.

In short, Dawson's Heights was just too damned successful to be repeated.

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Ten books to read in July – Albany Times Union

The best thing about social distancing? You have a valid excuse to stay home and read. Of course, some establishments are reopening, and that includes bookstores. Patronize them when you can and remember to wear a mask when you do. You'll want to be safe and courteous as you check out July's bumper crop of new titles.

"Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy," by Tiffany D. Cross (July 6)

Cross is a veteran news analyst whose time on the campaign trail has convinced her that black voters can shape the future of the United States if they are not silenced. She examines the paradox of a system designed to exclude black lives that would not exist without them.

"Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir," by Lacy Crawford (July 7)

Sexually assaulted at 15 by two fellow students at a prestigious prep school, Crawford spent years putting her past behind her. But when she found out she wasn't the only victim, she came forward, only to learn about the extensive and sustained efforts by school leaders to cover up a culture of abuse.

"The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice," by David Hill (July 7)

Hill, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., takes readers back to the 1930s to '60s, when that city was as rife with gang activity as Las Vegas or Miami. When Owney Madden came to town and decided to open a resort called The Vapors, casinos, brothels and racetracks followed. Hill interweaves this history with first-person accounts, including one from his grandmother.

"Antkind: A Novel," by Charlie Kaufman (July 7)

Once you enter the world of protagonist B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, who has seen a three-month-long film masterpiece that no one else has, you won't be able to extricate yourself until the 700-plus-page novel is finished. Kaufman (the screenwriter of "Being John Malkovich," "Anomalisa" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") crafts a mind-bending fever dream that's also a ripping good read.

"Want: A Novel," by Lynn Steger Strong (July 7)

Despite a PhD, a husband and kids, Elizabeth feels like she's reached a dead end: She's bankrupt and can't find a job in academia, while her husband struggles to get his carpentry business off the ground. But when she reconnects with her childhood friend, Sasha, old patterns resurface alongside an overwhelming desire for complete fulfillment.

"Utopia Avenue: A Novel," by David Mitchell (July 14)

This rock-opera of a book follows Utopia Avenue, a bizarre band whose members include Jasper de Zoet (yes, a descendant of the title character in Mitchell's "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," set in 17th-century Japan). Mitchell's rich imaginative stews bubble with history and drama, and this time the flavor is a blend of Carnaby Street and Chateau Marmont.

"Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism," by Anne Applebaum (July 21)

Please listen to Applebaum, and not simply because she was previously a columnist at this newspaper. She's been sounding alarm bells about anti-democratic trends in Europe for a long time, and as an acclaimed historian of the Soviet Union (she won a Pulitzer in 2004 for "Gulag: A History"), Applebaum understands how and why authoritarianism takes hold.

"Hamnet: A Novel," by Maggie O'Farrell (July 21)

Imagine that a penniless Latin tutor married to a somewhat wild woman had a son they loved to distraction, who died of a plague. His name was Hamnet and a few years later the tutor would pen a play titled "Hamlet." But that's really as far as O'Farrell goes with the Shakespeare stuff in this brilliant examination of grief and family bonds.

"Afterland: A Novel," by Lauren Beukes (July 28)

Three years after a pandemic known as The Manfall, the world is run by women. Is it a better place? Not for mothers like Cole, who will go to any length to protect her 12-year-old son from a fate as a reproductive resource, sex object or "stand-in son." To evade Cole's sister, mother and son must race across a United States transformed by imbalance and despair.

"Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir," by Natasha Trethewey (July 28)

When a poet writes a memoir, take note. When that poet is Trethewey, former poet laureate of the United States, start reading immediately. The author was 19 when her stepfather shot and killed her mother at their home in Atlanta. While the book grapples with personal pain, its expansion into the societal ills of racism and domestic abuse lifts it to a new level of urgency.

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14 new books you won’t be able to put down this July – Her.ie

Looking for a new book to read?

Summer is finally here -- and while we're already building up our must-read pile for the next few months, we have a feeling it's going to be getting even larger.

Especially with some of the releases hitting shelves over the next few weeks.

Here are 14 amazing new books you won't be able to put down this July.

Lola Nox, the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker, thinks nothing can scare her. That is, until her father is brutally attacked in theirNew York apartment -- and she soon finds herself packed off to live with a grandmother shes never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her fathers most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away. And theres someone or something stalking Lolas every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. It doesn't help that Lolas got secrets of her own - and if she cant find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her

Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao on her very first morning on the island of Capri -- and she instantly cant stand him. She cant stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she cant stand that he knows more about Casa Malaparte than she does, and she really cant stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa.

The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George.

But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, where Lucie is weekending with her new fianc, she finds herself drawn to him again. Soon, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fianc and ultimately herself, as she tries to deny George entry into her world and her heart.

Astrid Strick has always tried to do the best she could for her three children. And while they're now grown up (finally), you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Elliott doesnt have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant but feels incapable of rising to the challenge. Nicky has fled to distant New Mexico, where hes living the bohemian dream. And Astrid herself is up to things that would make her childrens hair curl.

Until now, the family have managed to hide their true selves from each other. But when Nickys incorrigibly curious daughter Cecelia comes to stay, her arrival threatens to upturn everything...

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. Having left a trail of bodies in his wake, and with the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide.

That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he climbs up into the loft, he realises that the can drop down into all the other houses on the street through the shared attic space.

Thats when the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Thomas enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet

Jean Swinney, the feature writer on a local paper, is disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother.When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.

But the more she investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen herself, her husband Howard - with his dry wit and gentle disposition - and her charming daughter Margaret.

But they are the subject of the story Jean is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness.But there will be a price to pay - and it will be unbearable.

Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, theres one thing she knows for certain she has everything she ever wanted.

Then a woman from Patricks past arrives and makes a horrifying allegation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident but she says it was murder.

He insists hes innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

Laurens daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime but speaking up about what happened comes at a price. When Zaras identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back and shes left with one choice: to disappear.

To keep daughter safe, Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband. There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake a text, an Instagram like could bring their old lives crashing into the new. They can never assume someone isnt watching, waiting.

Awfully opinionated for a girl is what they call Hillary as she grows up in her Chicago suburb. Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, thats the general consensus.

Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm No.

How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new.New project - a house to renovate. New people - no links to the past. New friends - especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help.

Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She's always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest.Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family.

And once they realise how formidable she can be, it might well be too late.

Olive is many things. Independent. Adrift. Anxious. Loyal. Kind. She knows her own mind.

And its ok that shes still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made and sometimes stereotypes to fulfil.

So when her best friends lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path theyve always followed together, she starts to question her choices because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree committed a shocking and unprovoked murder.

For Paul Adams, its a day hell never forget. Hes never forgiven himself for his part in what happened to his friend and classmate. Hes never gone back home. But when his elderly mother has a fall, its finally time to stop running.

Its not long before things start to go wrong. A copycat killer has struck, bringing back painful memories. Pauls mother insists theres something in the house. And someone is following him.

Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each others lives in unexpected ways.

They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you've never heard of.

Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.

This is the story of Utopia Avenue's brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker - a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close.

There haven't been many details released aboutMaloriejustyet, but if it's anything likeBirdbox,we can only imagine how terrifying it will be. Definitely one to add to the TBR pile.

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The struggle to stop HS2 – The Ecologist

Chris Packhams bid to get the courts to agree to hear a judicial review case against HS2 was heard yesterday andthe judges will give their verdict on it in three weeks.

But during those three weeks, HS2 will trash many more woodlands.

Now is the moment therefore to stand up against HS2,an icon of a dangerous vision of a tech-utopia.The struggle against this projectis conversely an act of facing up to the reality that the actual trajectory of our society is now bound to be non-utopian, given baked-in climate-degradation.


Ive long been a staunch opponent of HS2. There are so many massive reasons to oppose it:the ecological devastation that building the line is wreaking;the vast slug of carbon that is going into the atmosphere from its construction, and that it is planned to run mainly on fossil power.

These first two considerations alone are enough to make it clear that HS2 makes our situation worse, is incompatible with a 2025 deadline for carbon-zero as called for by Extinction Rebellion.

Consider furthermore its extreme expense. For the same price tag as HS2, you could create perfect Dutch-style or better cycling infrastructure across the entire country, give every British citizen a free bike including free electric bikes for every OAPand still have plenty of money to spare.

Similarly, for a fraction of the money required to build HS2, we could re-open a bunch of old train lines to improve capacity: including the Great Central Main Line.

All this has been sacrificedfor the sake of knocking half an hour off the journey from Birmingham to London.


The project will also lock in and indeed incentivise unsustainable patterns of long-distance commuting.

This shows plainly that HS2 makes less sense than ever in the post-Covid world: where we can expect a permanent decline in commuting and in in-person business-meetings. HS2 is a white elephant in the era of the hegemony of Zoom! HS2 is old tech, yesterdays news.

At the same time Covid has shown us the true value of community, and of care; it is the beginning of a great relocalisation of our world. HS2 makes no sense in a world that is finally turning the corner on realising that speed and hyper-mobility are not everything, and in fact are not even good things!

But there are some who dont understand why HS2 is opposed by environmentalist organisations such as XR,and the popular naturalist Chris Packham. I think the real reason for that lack of understanding is that they dont understand why XR would oppose a train line asan alternative to planes -havent we got better targets to challenge than HS2?

It has occurred to me, only very recently, that this lack of understanding can be used to explain what XR is nowabout.


How XRs emergency-response can and should be heard as a cri de Coeur, now that it is becoming clearer thatthe full post-Covid reset we desperately hoped for is not going to be forthcoming. Sunaks green investment package is dwarfed by his road-building package, let alone by HS2.

The world is already choosing not to reset deeply it is choosing this by, for instance, undertaking substantial polluter-bailouts.

HS2 has therefore just become a perfect target because the world is not about to stabilise. Because the future will be more local: either through choice, or through collapse. We need to make plain the moment that we have reached: one where mega-costly carbon-heavy mega-projects need to go extinct

So Ive suddenly gone from being a staunch opponent of HS2 to seeing the struggle against HS2 as one we must (and now can) win. Because the deepest reason for all of us to oppose HS2 with our bodies and with everything we have got is that such opposition makes clear that we are not signed up to a now-failed vision of a tech-heavy utopia.

A green industrial revolution is not going to save us. Maybe it could have done, a generation ago. But that ship has sailed. And now we are facing civilisational decline, perhaps collapse. Because the virus gave humanity its very last chance to be saved. And humanity said, on balance: no, were not going to be saved. Or at least: this civilisation is not going to be.


For this post-Covid world, we need to find iconic ways of representing this new story. Beyond a full imagined salvation, beyond that con, into a future where we need to focus on transformative adaptation and indeed on deep adaptation.

The way that groups such as XR most powerfully manifest a story is through actions. It now seems clear therefore that the struggle to stop HS2 takes on new significance. It is totemic for our new story.

HS2 itself tells a story of ultra-heavy-industry, of 2050, of a reformed business as usual at best. HS2 would put us on rails direct toward collapse. The struggle against HS2 tells a story of not being fooled by these tech-fix dreams. It tells our new story of no longer pretending that it is five minutes to midnight, and admitting instead that it is past midnight.

Hope dies; action begins. Pouring ourselves into the struggle to stop HS2 could just be the most powerful non-violent story-manifesting weapon we now have. A truly powerful one.We have the power to stop HS2 -and in the process truly to change the narrative and, if not turn the rising tide, at least stop fuelling it.

In these next three weeks, lets move to save some irreplaceable nature. And if the courts dont rule in Chris Packhams favour then, then the epochal struggle to stop HS2 will come down to Non-Violent Direct Action.See you not in the streets, but in the woods, where the rails would run...

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Professor Rupert Read is a political liaison for Extinction Rebellion.

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These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV – 9to5Mac

Apple Arcadelaunched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apples gaming service.

You can learn more about and downloadall the new games by heading to the Arcade tab in the App Store, then swipe down to the very bottom and tap See All Games. The newest games are listed at the top.

If you havent signed up yet, Apple Arcade is available free for the first month, then $5/month for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. PS4 and Xbox wireless controllers are also now compatible with Apple devices and select titles.

7/10:New to Apple Arcade today is a dark and eerie adventure puzzler called Creaks.

The ground starts shaking, light bulbs are breaking and something rather unusual is happening right behind the walls of your very room. Equipped with nothing but wit and courage, you slowly descend into a world inhabited by avian folk and seemingly deadly furniture monsters.

From the creators of indie classics Machinarium and Samorost comes Creaks, a new puzzle adventure game that delights the senses with its hand-painted visuals, precise animation, eerie sounds, and an eclectic original score from Hidden Orchestra. Proceed at your own pace at figuring out the solutions to dozens of carefully designed puzzles, explore the mansion for hidden paintings, and uncover the great secret.

6/25: A big release today on Apple Arcade is the futuristic adventure thriller and sequel to the popularBeneath a Steel Sky,Beyond a Steel Sky.

From Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series, with art direction by Dave Gibbons, legendary comic book artist behind Watchmen, comes Beyond a Steel Sky, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic Beneath a Steel Sky.

You are Robert Foster. A child has been abducted in a brutal attack. You have vowed to bring him home. But the trail has led you from your community of desert wasteland dwellers, to Union City, one of the last remaining mega-cities in a world ravaged by shattering wars, and political meltdown.

Fortified and impenetrable, it is a utopia in which people live happily under the surveillance and control of a benign AI. But all is far from what it seems

Beyond a Steel Sky is a dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller in which engaging puzzles drive a fast-paced narrative set in a dynamic gameworld that responds to and is subverted by the players actions.

An adventure set within a dynamic world, populated by willful characters driven by motivations that the player can subvert. In combination with a unique hacking tool, multiple solutions to puzzles emerge from player choices. Unravel dark conspiracies, defeat a terrifying antagonist in this dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller, which explores contemporary themes: social control, AI, and total surveillance. Intelligent puzzles are interwoven with an intriguing dramatic narrative to deliver a compelling gameplay experience. A beautifully detailed, comic-book styled world, from the mind of legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons.

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6/12:A new side-scrolling adventure game has arrived today on Apple Arcade calledLittle Orpheus.

The year is 1962 and NASA are trying to put a man on the moon. In a remote corner of Siberia, a Soviet cosmonaut is heading in the other direction. Comrade Ivan Ivanovich is dropped into an extinct volcano in his exploration capsule, Little Orpheus, to explore the center of the earth. He promptly vanishes.

Three years later he emerges claiming to have saved the world. He has also lost the atomic bomb powering the Little Orpheus. He is taken to a top secret bunker deep below the Ural mountains to be debriefed by the fearsome General Yurkovoi, a man so frightening even Stalin wont buy him a drink. The General rolls up his sleeves, fixes Ivan with a steely glare and say So where have you been comrade? And where is my bomb?And Ivan looks him right back in the eye and says Well General, you might not believe what happened to me, but Ill do my best. Because it happened like this

Join our bold yet hapless hero as he explores lost civilizations, undersea kingdoms, prehistoric jungles and lands beyond imagination. Gasp as he battles the subhuman tribe of the Menkv and escapes the clutches of dreadful monsters! Cheer as he triumphs over impossible odds and brings socialism to the subterranean worlds!

Little Orpheus is a technicolor side-scrolling adventure game inspired by classic movies like Flash Gordon, Sinbad and The Land that Time Forgot. Delivered in eight bite-size, commute-friendly episodes, Little Orpheus is simple enough for casual players but rich enough for seasoned adventure fans.

If youre a fan of old school family blockbusters, want a rollercoaster story thatll take you to the Earths core and beyond, or are just in some need of ideologically correct entertainment, join the most unlikely hero to hit Apple Arcade on an adventure beyond belief. With stunning visuals, brilliant acting and a world-class score, Little Orpheus is a pocket-epic youll never forget.

Comrades, to the center!

6/4:It doesnt look like were getting a new Apple Arcade title this week but there is a major update for the popular RPGOceanhorn 2 with the Golden Edition today (via CNET). The expansion marks a great time to replay the game or jump in for the first time.

Introducing the Golden Edition!

Theres never been a better time to start your RPG adventure or to jump back in! The Golden Edition update is packed with new, exciting content, and its the best version of the game to date!

5/28: Apple Arcade has added a new game from Nickelodeon called SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit. Heres how its described:

Trouble has come to Bikini Bottom! The evil mastermind Sheldon J. Plankton has once again hatched a plan to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula. This time he has enlisted his army of cousins to capture all of SpongeBobs friends! Play as SpongeBob on his epic, most side-scrolly quest through Bikini Bottom ever! Explore, collect coins and spatulas, and crush obstacles as SpongeBob races to rescue his friends, defeat Planktons minions and take back the formula. Keep an eye out for your favorite Bikini Bottom residentsyou never know who you might run into!

5/22:Apple Arcade sees the arrival of a new dungeon crawler RPG,Towers of Everland.

Lets go on a dungeon crawl as Towers of Everland seamlessly brings together exploration, combat and RPG elements to take the player on an amazing adventure within the world of Everland. On your epic journey, test your skills in battle against the hordes of fiendish monsters you encounter, conquer all the towers you can and amass weapons and armor from hundreds of unique pieces.

5/14:Launched today on Apple Arcade is a fun new puzzle journey calledWinding Worlds.

Youre far from home. Youre not sure how you got here. But you do know one thing: its your calling to help your new friends, however you can. But not all of them are being cooperative

From the award-winning studio that brought you GNOG comes Winding Worlds, a finger-wiggling puzzle-adventure about a girl, a Wurm, and how to say goodbye.

Willow just wants to mind her own business. But after she finds a broken magical necklace, she is transported on a spellbinding journey to a network of strange planets, each with a different inhabitant. Hired and guided by a mysterious cosmic Wurm, Willows task is to find out how to help her new friends heal and move on. In Winding Worlds, join a cast of characters, big and small, in a heartwarming tale of grief, love, truth, and acceptance.

5/8:Apple Arcade has gainedThe_Otherside, a new turn-based RPG.

Otherside is a turn based RPG and strategy board game where you will control four survivors who hope to push back the shadowy threat. Make your way through each level solving puzzles, fighting monsters, and destroying the spirit anchors that threaten our dimension.

Do you have what it takes to restore the town back to normal and save the day?

5/1:The latest addition to Apple Arcade is the adventure titleNeversong.

Upon waking from a coma, Peets girlfriend is nowhere to be found. Investigate the screams coming from the heart of Neverwood, the increasingly bizarre behavior of the zombie grownups, and the strange truth about Peets past in this hauntingly dreamlike fable.

From Red Wind Field to the haunting halls of Blackfork Asylum, explore six moody, illustrative levels.

Take on bosses, monsters, and zombie grownups with your trusty baseball bat.

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking piano-centric soundtrack.

Join your quirky childhood pals and trusty pet bird on an adventure to discover the truth about your recent coma.

4/17:Apple Arcade has gained two new titles today with Beyond Blue and A Fold Apart. The former is a deep-sea diving adventure game and the latter is a love story in a paper world puzzler.

Beyond Blue takes you into the near future, where youll have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, a deep sea explorer and scientist. You and your newly-formed research team will use groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and interact with the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted. The game features an evocative narrative, exploration of an untouched world, and adventure that challenges the player to make high-stakes decisions during the crews expedition.

And heres the description ofA Fold Apart.

After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at any cost. Experience both sides of their story as the couple navigates the complexities of (mis)communication and the emotional ups and downs that separation brings. By flipping, folding, and unfolding the paper puzzles in their handcrafted worlds, you can help the couple overcome the emotional barriers of their relationship but will love endure?

4/10:The new side-scrollerScrappers is now available on Apple Arcade.

In Scrappers, up to 4 players can team up to clean up the streets of a futuristic city teeming with garbage and trash anyone who gets in their way!

You take on the role of the Scrappers, a squad of robot garbage collectors working to clean up a grimy city of the not-so-distant future. Time is money in Junktown, and team tactics like stacking trash and passing it to teammates much like in basketball can boost your efficiency for bigger rewards!

But garbage collection is only part of the job. Rival teams will attack and interfere, and its up to you to dispose of them while staying on schedule!

Teamwork is key to maximizing efficiency and achieving high scores, which in turn unlocks new characters and customization options!

4/3:Legend of the Sky Fish 2, a new RPG has landed on Apple Arcade.

A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again.

As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan the Combat Fishing Pole as both a weapon and a grappling hook to face the rising threat.

Unveil an exciting story as you journey in a world full of intriguing characters and devious traps. Explore gorgeous landscapes and mysterious dungeons while defeating mutant abyssal creatures.

3/20: Spyder is out as the latest Apple Arcade title:

Save the world with Agent 8 in this Spy-on-The-Wall adventure.

Set in a retro universe, British Spy Agency EP-8 has created Agent 8, the most sophisticated miniature robot spider on earth! Built using experimental technology, this itsy-bitsy superspy is equipped with all the gadgets and gizmos youll need; cut through panels, overload terminals, flip switches, and open valves as you scurry about sabotaging the heinous plans of evil doers.

3/13: New today is the bouncy dungeon crawlerRoundguard.

Roundguard is a bouncy dungeon crawler with pinball physics, lots of loot, and a randomized castle full of oddballs. Press your luck against hordes of dangerously cute monsters and challenging roguelike elements in this all-round bouncy adventure!

If you love roguelikes & Peggle, then Roundguard is for you.

2/27:The makers of the highly popular Crossy Road are back with Crossy Road Castleas an Apple Arcade exclusive.

Bring your friends and see how far you can get in this endless spinning tower of arcade fun!

Keep climbing as high as you can. Every run is different.

2/14:Apple Arcade gets a new strategy game this week, Loud House: Outta Control from Nickelodeon.

2/7: This weeks new title isCharrua Soccer. It features retro 3D gameplay and features three modes: Friendly Match, Competitions, and Penalty Match.

You can choose player vs computer or player vs player.Charrua Soccerfeatures simple controls with fun and challenging gameplay.

1/31: Secret Oops!has arrived, a multiplayer AR party game.

Secret Oops! is an innovative cooperative local multiplayer Augmented Reality game where players try to make sure that the worlds dumbest spy isnt detected.

1/24: The newest title for Apple Arcade is Butter Royale, a Buttery food fight, battle royale style!

Have the food fight of your life in Butter Royale, a multiplayer battle royale game, and be the last one standing on Butter Island. Play against 31 other players in fastpaced food battles (under 5 minutes) with the help of sauce-shooting, baguette-blasting kichen tools!

1/17:Kings of the Castlehas launched today on Apple Arcade.

Speed to the rescue in this fun, multiplayer fairy tale. Save the prince before anyone else using your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. But watch out for their spells.

Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the princes safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry!

Kings of the Castle can be played solo or with others in multiplayer mode.

1/10: Apple Arcades latest title isNo Way Home.

Stranded in a strange galaxy, you must fight for survival using only your wits, your ship, and your party planning robot companion. Explore the universe, befriend bizarre aliens, and blast through hordes of monsters as you endaevor to find a way home.

No Way Homefeatures hand-drawn artwork, 50+ weapons, 60 unique enemies, an immersive mission system, daily challenges, and more.

1/3: New today is Doomsday Vault:

Earths climate has collapsed and your mission is to collect the precious remaining plant life and return it to the safety of the Doomsday Vault.

12/20: LEGO Builders Journey has arrived on Apple Arcade. Heres a description of the new LEGO title:

LEGO Builders Journey is an artistic, nonverbal puzzle adventure with meditative music where players build to solve challenges, while moving through stunning brick built universes, which showcase the endless possibilities of the creative play material and deliver a poetic narrative highlighting the importance of play in our lives.

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Amazon ready for SDCC@Home with first-ever virtual con – Amazon Adviser

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SDCC 2020 is going to be very different to what were used to. Amazon Prime Video is trying to make the most of it for fans of The Boys, Upload, and more.

Due to the coronavirus, SDCC 2020 isnt happening. Well, not in the way we know it. Instead of people heading to the convention, its coming to us at home. There will be many pre-recorded panels for fans to watch at home. [emailprotected] is going to be completely free for anyone around the world to watch.

Amazon Prime Video is part of the lineup, but is going one step further to bring the sense of SDCC to us. After all, its not just about the panels. Conventions are about the experiences you can do, including the activations. And we know Amazon loves its activations.

Deadline reports that The Boys, Upload, Utopia, and Truth Seekers will head to [emailprotected] The shows make sense with a new season of The Boys premiering in September, a huge success with Upload back in May, and the chance to promote the two new shows heading to Amazon Prime Video soon.

There will be panels for all four shows. These are pre-recorded but fans have already had the chance to get many questions in. So, there will be some fan Q&As. There will also be some behind-the-scenes stories and breaking news about the shows.

Everything will be available to stream on Amazon. You dont need a Prime membership.

The panel order is:

All the videos will be available until Sunday, July 26.

One of the best things about conventions is the activations. Amazon tends to put a lot on, and this was something many fans were disappointed about missing out on. Well, you dont need to miss out.

Amazon is bringing a range of virtual programming. Its the first of its kind and will be interesting to see if other networks follow suit.

On Saturday, July 25, youll be able to join in the ComiXologys panels and a live drawing session. Theres also a comic book movie trivia night planned.

The movie trivia night is on Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m. PT on comiXologys Twitch channel.

Next up is the Summer Game Fest through Twitch. This is the place to experience the future of gaming, another major part of conventions.

Youll also be able to get your own customizable The Boys promo items completely free! There are two items to choose between and then a variety of pre-set images to pick. The items ship 10-15 days after [emailprotected]

Fans of Hanna will also get an event. Hanna Unlocked is an adventure game powered by The Escape Game. Youll drop into places between the two seasons, becoming a Utrax agent. Its up to you to piece together the events, get the intel, and figure out where Hanna and Clara are. John Carmichael will give you your orders.

Finally, Neil Gaimans Sandman is included in the virtual convention element. Its to celebrate the Audible release of the graphic novel. You can submit a description of a memorable dream via Drawn from the Dreaming or 515-SANDMAN. Selected dreams will be illustrated by some of the top artists around, including possibly one of the original artists of the novel. If you submit a dream, youll get an exclusive free audio episode from The Sandman and an overview of the story so far told by the one and only Neil Gaiman.

Now is the time to get ready and plan for [emailprotected] You can check out all the latest from the first-ever Virtual Con from Amazon Prime Video at the official website.

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What will be the new Utopia? – The New Indian Express

In Jerome K Jeromes The New Utopia, a man wakes up from a 1,000-year-long sleep, and finds himself in a future London where he needs a bath.

No; we are not allowed to wash ourselves. his guide tells him, You must wait until half-past four, and then you will be washed for tea.Be washed! Who by? the man asks.The State, replies the guide.

Replace the state with a corporate or a public-private partnership, carpet the sidewalks with cameras, let AI and neural networks take over every aspect of urban life and you get very close to the vision of a smart city where sensors rule the senses and the Internet of Things is god incarnate.

Now consider an alternative. You step out of your air-cooled, passive solar home and cycle slowly to the terraced wetland park which protects your city from floods while serving as habitat for birds.

Its waters are teeming with fish, community gardens abloom with flowers attract pollinators, the green terraces of every house brim with fresh produce.

Despite the summer sun, you are protected much of the way by the shade of living root bridges that cover the bicycle tracks. Squirrels play overhead, birdsong animates the world.

Living root bridges are not fairy tale nor are wetlands that perform multiple ecological functions, most famously the ones flanking Kolkata.

Julia Watsons book Lo-TEK-Design by Radical Indigenism, presents many such examples of traditional ecological knowledge from 18 countries some of which can be adapted into alternative visions for future cities.

In another 30 years, 68 percent of the world population will be city-based. NASAs Earth Observatory estimates that 18 percent of the global carbon footprint comes from the top 100 high-emission urban areas of the world.

Obviously if we have to fight climate change we will need to address this by building eco-friendly metropolises which are not necessarily smart cities.

A study done by Yigitcanlar and Kamruzzaman has shown that there is no simple linear relation between smartness and carbon-dioxide emissions.

Others have demonstrated that measures for sustainability are not necessarily driven by advanced technologies. Still smartness is often conflated with sustainability and the race for hi-tech nirvana continues.

Acknowledging no singular definition of the concept, India has taken ambitious targets of building 100 smart cities within and around existing urban centres with a total project cost of Rs 2,05,018 crore.

The aim is to create institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure layered with smartness which in some cases involve eco-friendly measures.

Another contentious issue about the use of advanced technologies to power cities of the future is centred on privacy.

In this quest for convenience and efficiency a variety of data-driven, deep learning applications including mobile games to modify transport choices, face-identification based security measures, telemedicine and so on will be employed which will require citizens and governments to hand over personal information to giant tech companies.

The US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence points out how Chinese AI start-up Cloudwalk has been helping Zimbabwe build a national facial recognition database while Kuala Lumpur is adopting a smart city platform called City Brain, developed by Chinese tech giant Alibaba. US corporates are also eager to get into this game.

Naomi Klein writing about the corporate push for tech-enabled solutions in the backdrop of the pandemic rightly points out that not every solution is technological.

Leaving aside the question of privacy it is also worrying that smart solutions are prone to malfunction and tend to eat away jobs. Again, commentators like Ayona Datta draw our attention to questions of equity, justice and ownership surrounding the technopolises of the global South. Where will all the land to build these smart cities come from? she asks.

A deeper critic of smartness that overlaps sustainability concerns points out the anthropocentrism of cities and suggests urban alternatives which are shared domains for multiple species. Christoph Ruprecht from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto says, Multispecies cities are thriving ecosystems, constantly re-shaped by their many-species inhabitants to facilitate mutual flourishing. He points me to an ongoing unique experiment For the Love of Bees a living social sculpture project to imagine Auckland as the safest city in the world for bees.

An ardent champion of the multispecies cities imagination, Ruprecht dismisses the smartness paradigm. A smart city is ultimately a dead city, he avers, not unlike artificial plastic plants, unable of receiving or giving care. We need to keep these warnings in mind before rushing headlong for high-tech dreams.

Rajat ChaudhuriClimate activistEmail: rajat@rajatchaudhuri.net

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‘And She Could Be Next’ highlights women of color transforming US politics | The Crusader Newspaper Group – The Chicago Cusader

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By Raymond Ward

Spearheading a new generation of forward-thinking sales companies primedto reimagine the industry even before COVID-19, Utopia takes POVs first ever mini-series And She Could Be Next to the virtual March Du Film.

The multi-part documentary series directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia follows women of coloras candidates and organizerswho are transforming U.S. politics from the ground up, including history-makers Stacey Abrams (Georgia) and Rashida Tlaib (Detroit).

If ever there was a moment where we need to be reminded of the leadership of women of color, that time is now, said executive producerAva DuVernay. If youre an immigrant, a young person, a person of faith, or simply someone who has felt unseen for too long, you will find yourself reflected in this story.

After being selected for its world premiere this year by the Tribeca Film Festival, PBSs documentary showcase POV aired And She Could Be Next earlier this week in the United States, with Utopia taking it to the virtual Croisette for international sales. Co-founded in 2019by director Robert Schwartzman, Los Angeles-based Utopia offers an array of flexible and filmmaker friendly sales and distribution services.

The world has its eyes on the U.S., comments Utopias Head of Sales, DavidBetesh. We believe there is strongbuyerappetite for socially-driven work of the highest quality, and thats just whatour Emmy and Academy Award-winning partner POV is known for. Its especially a thrill to launch this series internationally during what is unquestionably an epochal and borderless moment of reckoning around issues of race, gender, and representation. The seriesis a natural addition to our slate of high-quality features and documentaries,includingthe Steve Bannon portrait American Dharma from Academy Award-winner Errol Morris.

Other films onUtopiasCannes market slate include the upcoming ensemble comedy,The Argument, starringDan FoglerandMaggie Q;the basketball documentary Jump Shot, produced by and featuringtwo-time NBA champion and MVP Stephen Curry; and the comedy feature Mister America fromAdult Swims Tim Heidecker.

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