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henatrice, n.
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: henatrice, n. A female cockatrice.

ang moh, n. and adj.
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: ang moh, n. In Singapore English: a light-skinned person, esp. of Western origin or descent; a Caucasian.

parafango, n.
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: parafango, n. A medicinal bath made with volcanic mud and paraffin wax.

greeze, n.
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: greeze, n. A large, satisfying meal. Also more generally (as a mass noun): food.

placcy, adj. (and n.)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: placcy, adj. In Australian English: plastic. Frequently in 'placcy bag'.

pseudosopher, n.
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: pseudosopher, n. A sham or spurious philosopher; a person who falsely believes himself or herself to be wise.

zizzy, adj.
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: zizzy, adj. Vibrant, lively, energetic. Now chiefly British.

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Do you have a grip on the lifecycle security of your AWS-deployed applications?
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Learn how to manage the risks of cloud native environments with Aqua and AWSPromoThere’s no doubt that adopting DevOps methodologies and CI/CD pipelines, and extending cloud native technologies like containerization can massively accelerate your application development and deployment.…

'This is the worst I've seen it' says Arista boss as entire network hardware sector battles component shortages, doubled lead times for semiconductors
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Campus, routing, switching, and data centre kit all affectedSemiconductor lead times are running at up to 60 weeks or twice the pre-pandemic norms, according to networking biz Arista.…

WireGuard VPN gets native port to the Windows kernel
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
'This project is a big deal to me' says protocol's creatorWireGuard, a high performance and easily configured VPN protocol, is getting a native port from Linux to the Windows kernel, and the code has been published as experimental work in progress.…

UK's Ministry of Defence coughs up bug bounties for crowdsourced pentesting
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Small steps could lead to bigger stridesThe Ministry of Defence has paid out the first bug bounties to ethical computer hackers who probed web-accessible systems for vulnerabilities, according to a cheery missive from HackerOne.…

Salesforce follows application rivals into the RPA market with Servicetrace purchase
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Replacing swivel-chair integration is not a market that independent vendors will get to themselvesSalesforce-owned application integration biz Mulesoft has gobbled up Servicetrace, a robotic process automation vendor.…

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Look at what hanging around the water cooler did for me, says son-in-law of billionaire Infosys founderGetting back into the office after a pandemic spent home working and on video calls would be "really beneficial" to young people's careers, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer has said.…

Customers warn Gartner of AWS's high-pressure sales tactics in latest verdict on public cloud providers
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Top three no surprise but users offer some sharp commentsGartner has published its latest Magic Quadrant report on public cloud providers, reporting that customers are facing "unexpected pressure from AWS Sales" and that Microsoft still has reliability challenges.…

Shopping for execs: ID management biz Okta poaches Google's veep of engineering to run product dev activities
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Head techie for Chocolate Factory's search ad biz departs Mountain ViewIdentity-as-a-service slinger Okta has poached Google veep of engineering Sagnik Nandy to become its president and chief tech officer.…

'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
The kid went on to work for IBM. AwksWealthy people continue to assign inordinate value to items associated with the rich and/or famous so here's yet another auction of relics touched by our lord and saviour Steve Jobs (peace be upon him).…

Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in£44m SAP replacement
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
When do we get avant-garde ERP?Leeds City Council is huntig down a replacement for its SAP HR and finance system in a bid to leap onto the SaaSy bandwagon.…

Vivo X60 Pro: Branding was plastered all over the Euros, but does the phone perform better than the English team?
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
We reckon it'd snatch it in extra time thanks to cameraReviewAs England made it way to the final of the Euro 2020 footie tournament, fans of the beautiful game could hardly have failed to notice adverts for Vivo flashing up during matches. The company's X60 Pro phone is in play but is it any good?…

Amazon sets the date for televised return to Middle Earth: September 2022
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Big tech gets busy in New Zealand as LoTR TV show wraps filming the same day Google opens Auckland officeAmazon Studios, Jeff Bezos' filmed entertainment outfit, said its much-anticipated Lord of the Rings television series will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, 2022.…

Tesla battery fire finally flamed out after four-day conflagration
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Only one Megapack went up, adjacent containers mostly kept their coolThefirein a large battery using Tesla kit in Australia is out– four days after it started.…

IBM Cloud took the evening off– 23 services were hard to provision for eight hours
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Similar problem hit over the weekend, and Google has also had severe recent wobblesIBM cloud has experienced a significant Severity One outage– the rating Big Blue uses to denote the most serious incidents that make resources in its cloud unavailable to customers.…

Ever wondered how much data web giants generate? Singaporean super-app Grab says 40TB a day
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Reports record Q1 sales and advances plans for SPAC-ulative IPOSingapore-based mega-app Grab has revealed that it generates 40TB of data a day. All that data is clearly valuable: Grab has also announced record profits.…

Research finds cyber-snoops working for 'Chinese state interests' lurking in SE Asian telco networks since 2017
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
Handy way to keep tabs on 'activists, politicians, business leaders, and more'Attack protection specialist Cybereason has fingered threat actors working on behalf of "Chinese state interests" as being behind attacks on telcos operating in Southeast Asia– with some having been prowling the penetrated networks for information on high-value targets since 2017.…

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut– priced between $20 and $158 a month
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 GMT
We tried 'em on Windows, iOS and Android, and can't say they're very excitingFirst LookMicrosoft has revealed the full range of options and pricing for its Windows 365 Cloud PCs, andThe Registeris not impressed– on price or performance.…

US govt calmly but firmly tells Blue Origin it already has a ride to the Moon's surface with SpaceX, thanks
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Hit us up next time you're free, thoughSpaceX is clear to build a lander with NASA to put the first woman and another man on the Moon– after Uncle Sam dismissed complaints that the $2.94bn contract was awarded unfairly.…

Google says Pixel 6, 6 Pro coming this year with custom AI acceleration
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
For now, tedious Apple-grade teasingGoogle today said the latest iteration of its Android smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are coming this fall.…

Credit-card-stealing, backdoored packages found in Python's PyPI library hub
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Plus: SolarWinds cyber-spies hit US prosecutors' email systems, and moreIn briefMalicious libraries capable of lifting credit card numbers and opening backdoors on infected machines have been found in PyPI, the official third-party software repository for Python.…

Mid-range storage shouldn’t be about revolution, but it shouldn’t be revolting either
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Cast off your chains with this webcastWebcastEven the smallest organisation knows its data is precious. Unlocking the value of your data is crucial to future growth, while protecting it is central to your very survival.…

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Also: Why new OS looks this way, and easier install for Linux subsystemMicrosoft has added Windows 11 to the Beta channel of its Insider preview scheme and issued a new build which replaces flashing taskbar icons - indicating attention is required - with what it calls a "red pill."…

Nuisance call-blocking firm fined£170,000 for making almost 200,000 nuisance calls
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Irony, thy name is Yes Consumer Solutions LtdA firm that sells nuisance call-blocking systems is itself nursing a£170,000 fine from the UK's data watchdog, ironically for cold calling almost 200,000 people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).…

Chromebooks fighting for mind share at PC makers with higher-margin Windows 11 machines in the lead, says IDC
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Colour us surprisedPC makers are starting to prioritise production lines in favour of more profitable Windows PCs at the expense of Chromebooks, or so warns IDC.…

Following Torvalds' nudge, Paragon's NTFS driver for Linux is on track for kernel
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Also: 5.14 rc4 is out, with Linus saying 'nothing to see here'Paragon Software, in response to a nudge from Linux Torvalds, said it will submit a pull request for its NTFS driver for Linux.…

PwnedPiper vulns have potential to turn Swisslog's PTS hospital products into Swiss cheese, says Armis
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Hardcoded passwords, unencrypted connections and unauthenticated firmware updates... patches releasedSecurity specialist Armis has discovered vulnerabilities, collectively dubbed PwnedPiper, in pneumatic tube control systems used in thousands of hospitals worldwide– including 80 per cent of the major hospitals found in the US.…

NHS England's£200m ERP replacement misses another deadline as procurement runs 2 years behind schedule
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Delivery of project to manage£110bn spending 'appears to be unachievable' says UK government's own watchdogNHS England has missed the latest deadline in the procurement of a£200m replacement ERP system responsible for managing the UK's annual health spending of £110bn and is now more than two years late.…

Right to repair shouldn't exist– not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Gatekeeper capitalism at its most odiousColumnThere is much that people of breeding and taste can and should despise in gaming. Some of it comes from the angry undertow of sullen boyish aggression that pervades the over-muscled, over-weaponised first-person-shooter end of the market, where it is impossible to pick up the controller without hearing your mother tell you to tidy your room. Then there's the regrettable aesthetics of the custom gaming PC sector, a curious amalgam of macho metal vibe and sugar-rush amphetamine-acid LED colour cycling.…

Undebug my heart: Using Cisco's IOS to take down capitalism– accidentally
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Two little letters is all it takesWho, Me?Welcome to another edition ofWho, Me?where this week a typo manages to send a hub of rampant capitalism into meltdown.…

Twitter uses HackerOne bounties to find biases in its image-cropping AI model
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Claims it's the first algorithmic bias bounty competitionTwitter's saliency algorithm– otherwise known as its automated image cropping tool – has a problem with gender and race bias. The micro-blogging service is hoping to fix it by offering what it reckons is the industry's first algorithmic bias bounty competition.…

Australian court rules an AI can be considered an inventor on patent filings
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
IP lawyer says decision is bad because the last thing we need is robot patent trollsAn Australian Court has decided that an artificial intelligence can be recognised as an inventor in a patent submission.…

Huawei to America: You're not taking cyber-security seriously until you let China vouch for us
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Slams Biden's Executive Order on improving infosec, calls for multilateral trust frameworkHuawei has decided to school America on cyber-security, and its lesson is to co-operate with China so its vendors– including Huawei – can be trusted around the world.…

Zoom agrees to pay subscribers $25 to put its security SNAFUs behind it
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Zoombombing class action offers US$85m in payments, meaning even free accounts get a few bucksUS-based Zoom users may have a little cash coming their way after the video meeting outfit lodged a preliminary settlement in a class action related to some of its less-than-brilliant security and data protection practices.…

AWS adds browser access to its cloudy WorkSpaces desktops– but not for Linux
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Microsoft's Windows 365 will do much the same when it launchesAmazon Web Services has stolen a march on Microsoft's cloud desktop plans by adding browser access to its WorkSpaces desktop-as-a-service offering.…

Wanna use your Nvidia GPU for acceleration but put off by CUDA? OpenAI has a Python-based alternative
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Plus: Software-detected gunshot withdrawn as evidence from trialIn briefIf you’ve always wanted to program your Nvidia GPU to accelerate machine learning, image processing, and other workloads, but find Nv's CUDA too daunting or too much of a faff to learn, you’re in luck.…

Jack Dorsey's side hustle– payments outfit Square – acquires buy now pay later darling Afterpay for $29bn
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 GMT
Plans to make partial payments for almost anything the new normalSquare, the credit card processing company run by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has announced plans to acquire Australian buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) outfit Afterpay for $29 billion.…

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 GMT
Open letter drafted against what's seen as unjustified profiteeringMany of the almost 24,000 technical standards maintained by the International Standards Organization (ISO) are subject to copyright restrictions and are not freely available.…

Sysadmins: Why not simply verify there's no backdoor in every program you install, and thus avoid any cyber-drama?
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 GMT
Just 'validate third-party code before using it', says Euro bodyHalf of publicly reported supply chain attacks were carried out by "well known APT groups", according to an analysis by EU infosec agency ENISA, which warned such digital assaults need to drive "new protective methods."…

Euro watchdog will try to extract $900m from Amazon for breaking data privacy laws
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
You miss every shot you don't take, we guessAmazon says a European Union privacy watchdog has mustered the temerity to demand a $885m fine for failing to comply with data privacy rules.…

Russia says software malfunction caused Nauka module to unexpectedly fire thrusters, tilt space station
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
You call this a glitch?Russia said a "software failure" caused its Nauka module to suddenly and unexpectedly fire its thrusters after docking with the International Space Station this week.…

HP Inc slurps Teradici to get better at delivering remote PCs
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Apparently quite a few people haven't been in the office as much latelyHP Inc has acquired remote PC specialist Teradici.…

'$6 in every $10' spent on cloud infrastructure is with AWS, Microsoft, or Google
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Fewer and fewer orgs want to run their own data centreSpending on cloud infrastructure services shot up by more than a third again as workload migration and cloud native applications development sped up, according to the latest research from Canalys.…

Here's 30 servers Russian intelligence uses to fling malware at the West, beams RiskIQ
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Biden-Putin summit went well, thenDetails of 30 servers thought to be used by Russia's SVR spy agency (aka APT29) as part of its ongoing campaigns to steal Western intellectual property were made public today by RiskIQ.…

Google picked as yet another 'strategic partner' for SAP's RISE, Microsoft still lingers on the scene
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
German software giant's relationships are anything but exclusiveSAP has linked arms with Google in the latest dosey doe with the cloud infrastructure market.…

UK regulator waves through SK Hynix's $9bn acquisition of Intel's NAND and SSD biz
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Number of 'strong remaining competitors' within the market planning expansions of their own, says CMAThe UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the thumbs-up to SK Hynix's agreed $9bn purchase of Intel's NAND and SSD businesses, ruling that the buyout would have no negative impact on local purchasers.…

Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
ZX Spectrum was pretty cool tooIt is 60 years since the founding of Sinclair Radionics, a forerunner of Sinclair Research and responsible for some nifty calculators and a not-so-nifty watch.…

Telefónica's cloud limb slurps Cancom's UK&I biz to cash in on Brit enterprise tech market
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
There's a tasty NHS contract in thereTelefónica Tech – the cybersecurity and cloud wing of the Spanish-owned telecoms giant – has forked out €398m (£340m) to German outfit Cancom Group's UK and Ireland operations.…

Contractors argue umbrella companies need improved regulation, not outright ban
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Trades Union Congress proposals miss the point, say campaignersContractors have described a UK union's call to ban umbrella companies as unworkable, leading to a greater void in the under-regulated market and making outsourced workers vulnerable.…

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Protip: Don't treat the IT department like this if you value your lifeToday isSystem Administrator Appreciation Dayso enjoy thisRegreader's story of just what these brave individuals have to put up with.…

London class-action sueball against Google is a lot like Epic's case except fandroids might win enough for a pint
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 GMT
Hundreds of millions in damages, Play Store in the sights etc. etc.Yet another anti-Big Tech group litigation lawsuit has been launched in London. This time it's targeting Google, claims to be on behalf of 19 million Android users, seeks up to£920m in damages, and pretty much mirrors Epic Games' lawsuit against the Chocolate Factory over app store charges.…

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Lorde's'Solar Power': Diary of a Song
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
“Solar Power” was built on nostalgia for early 2000s pop, a newfound feeling of freedom and the singer-songwriter’s ongoing love for her New Zealand home. See how she did it.

New York Public Library’s Picture Collection Will Be Archived
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Cornell, Spiegelman and Warhol browsed the famous collection of images in the New York Public Library. Now a century of serendipitous discovery is coming to an end.

After 40 Years, a Luminary of Theater’s Avant-Garde Departs
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
“I have the energy, I have the interest,” says Blanka Zizka of the Wilma Theater. “But I need to go a different way.”

Lincoln Center Names Shanta Thake as its New Artistic Leader
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Shanta Thake, a theater executive, faces challenges that include helping the center embrace new genres and attract virus-wary audiences.

Want Free Central Park Concert Tickets? Keep Trying.
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
The first batches of free tickets to the“We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” are being released online this week. They can be gotten, with patience.

Review: Mostly Mozart Returns to Lincoln Center, Quietly
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
The center’s summertime music series has a limited outdoor run this week.

Zazie Beetz Grew Up With Shel Silverstein and Nina Simone
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
The“Atlanta” actress talks about her latest film, “Nine Days,” her desire to become a doula, her love affair with all things French, and how Debussy and Lianne La Havas got her through some difficult times.

'Wicked'Is First Broadway Tour Since Coronavirus Shutdown
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
The production, which starts Tuesday in Dallas, is the first Broadway tour back onstage, a test as American theaters seek to rebound from the pandemic shutdown.

As Bang on a Can Returns, a New Generation Rises
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
After months of livestreamed marathons, the new music collective was back to in-person performance with a two-day festival.

Reese Witherspoon to Sell Hello Sunshine to Wall Street-Backed Venture
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
With the planned sale of Hello Sunshine, the studio she started in 2016, the Oscar winner joins the ranks of Hollywood’s power brokers.

The Two Economists Who Fought Over How Free the Free Market Should Be
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Nicholas Wapshott’s “Samuelson Friedman” looks at a feud that continues to define the economic direction of the United States.

Abrons Arts Center’s Fall Season Celebrates Trailblazers
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Highlights include a photography exhibition on female leaders in public housing and a contemporary play about the life of Mary Shelley, the author of“Frankenstein.”

‘Pray Away’ Review: Atoning for an Anti-Gay Stance
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In this documentary, people who had promoted the idea that sexual orientation could be changed express their regrets.

Osama bin Laden, the Fanatical Terrorist and the Devoted Family Man
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
With fresh material from bin Laden’s hide-out, Peter Bergen, in “The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden,” gives us a three-dimensional portrait.

The Pressures and Privileges of Being a Parent in 2021
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Three new books delve into the choices faced by modern families.

The Body Keeps Score. So Does This Memoir.
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“Ladyparts,” Deborah Copaken tells the story of her life through the lens of ailments, loss and struggle.

Stephen King Pays His Dues in a‘One Last Job’ Novel
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“Billy Summers,” a hired killer and aspiring writer is lured from the brink of retirement with a lucrative assignment.

A Political Prisoner Restores His Mind by Talking to a Frog
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“The President and the Frog,” by Carolina De Robertis, a thinly veiled version of a former Uruguayan leader reflects on a dark period in history.

Tao Lin and the Grueling Art of Self-Healing
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“Leave Society,” Lin’s new novel, a writer abandons speed, despair and his belief in Western medicine. But he still wants a fix, to fix himself.

From Towering Redwoods to Tiny Creatures, This Novel Has It All
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Ash Davidson’s debut, ‘Damnation Spring,’ gets at a logging community’s deep roots.

A Story Collection Steeped in Colombia’s Troubled History
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
“Songs for the Flames,” by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, is a book about the power of secrets, held by characters touched by war and trauma.

This Novel Is a Record of Its Own Failure. Somehow It Succeeds.
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
“The Luminous Novel,” by Mario Levrero, is a diary of a doomed project, one that leads the reader to surprisingly optimistic conclusions.

For Asian Women Raised in Sweatshop Conditions, Queens Posed Obstacles to Assimilation
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Two memoirs, Anna Qu’s “Made in China” and Ly Tran’s “House of Sticks,” recount memories of abuse and family loyalty.

A Key Player in Trump’s First Impeachment Tells His Insider’s Story
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Alexander Vindman’s memoir, “Here, Right Matters,” is not only a backstage account of the first impeachment proceeding but also a plea to Americans to do the right thing.

How a Well-Intentioned Program Has Trapped Millions in Debt
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Josh Mitchell’s “The Debt Trap” traces the history of the student loan program, and where it went wrong.

Adrift in a Ghostly Paris, With a Void in His Soul
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In David Hoon Kim’s debut novel, “Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost,” a grieving expatriate looks for fulfillment in a city of longings and letdowns.

Four Nuns and a Halfway House for Recovering Addicts
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“Agatha of Little Neon,” Claire Luchette’s winning debut novel, religious life collides with the pungent reality of the secular world.

Book Review:‘Something New Under the Sun,’ by Alexandra Kleeman
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
What constitutes an emergency? That is one of the questions posed by Alexandra Kleeman’s latest novel, “Something New Under the Sun.”

Human and Animal Predators Together in the Scottish Highlands
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
“Once There Were Wolves,” a new novel by Charlotte McConaghy, features a preternaturally sensitive wolf biologist, her traumatized twin sister, 14 gray wolves and a skeptical rural community.

Joyce Carol Oates Explores the Cruel Course of Grief
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“Breathe,” Oates’s new novel, a woman navigates the shock and painful journey of a loved one’s terminal illness.

May the Family Secrets Always Be at Your Back
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“We Are the Brennans,” Tracey Lange tells a yarn about an Irish American clan with a lot to hide.

How Lorde Got Happy
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
The 24-year-old musician traces the personal and sonic evolutions that led to the title track from her next album.

A Remarkable Work of Family History Vividly Recreates the Anti-Nazi Resistance in Germany
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In“All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” Rebecca Donner writes about her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack, an American woman who was sentenced to death by the Nazi regime.

Lynn C. Franklin, Literary Agent and Memoirist on Adoption, Dies at 74
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
She represented Desmond Tutu and Deepak Chopra, but the book closest to her was the one she wrote about giving up her baby and then reuniting with him.

No, Cormac McCarthy Isn’t on Twitter. Don’t Be Fooled by the Check Mark.
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
An account posing as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of“The Road,” “No Country for Old Men” and “All the Pretty Horses” was mistakenly verified by Twitter.

Book Review:‘The Husbands,’ by Chandler Baker
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
In her new novel,“The Husbands,” Chandler Baker turns the Stepford formula upside down.

Three Sharply Observed Books Showcase the Enduring Appeal of Memoirs About Dealing With Disease
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
Three new books about affliction— Fred D’Aguiar’s “Year of Plagues,” Jan Grue’s “I Live a Life Like Yours” and James Tate Hill’s “Blind Man’s Bluff” — have a lot to say about desire, pain, depression and many other topics.

'Happier Than Ever': Billie Eilish's Uneasy View From the Top
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
On her second album,“Happier Than Ever,” the 19-year-old pop phenomenon takes on new anxieties and adversaries — and debates just how much of herself to reveal.

George Forss, 80, Photographer Discovered on the Streets of N.Y., Dies
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
He was peddling his black-and-white photos of New York City’s majesty for $5 each in the 1980s — until a famous photographer came upon them in “astonishment.”

The Kid Laroi’s Ever-Growing Mixtape Is Now a No. 1 Album
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
By continually adding songs to“____ Love,” the teenage rapper and singer’s label pushed a release that arrived a year ago to the top of the Billboard 200.

Welcome to His World. And Hers.
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
In a mixed but audacious first season, AMC’s feminist deconstruction of marriage stories made two sets of TV clichés into something bigger.

The Novel That Inspired Harry Styles and Emma Corrin’s Upcoming Film
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
Published in Britain in 2012 but only being released in the United States for the first time now,“My Policeman,” by Bethan Roberts, depicts a passionate love triangle between a married couple and an older gay man in 1950s Brighton.

Start-Ups Are Not Great for Marriages
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
New novels by Tahmima Anam and Y.Z. Chin feature South Asian American women facing disadvantages in tech.

Jay Pickett, Veteran Soap Opera Actor, Dies at 60
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
His credits included“General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles.” He died while filming a western in Idaho, where he was raised.

Three (White, Male) Tough Guys Sign Off. Is It a Moment?
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
“Bosch,” “Mr. Inbetween” and “Jack Irish,” dependably good and noticeably old-fashioned, all reach the end of the hard-boiled road.

What’s on TV This Week: An Obama Documentary and ‘Shiva Baby’
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
HBO debuts a new docuseries about President Barack Obama. And a claustrophobic comedy blends sexual tension, small talk and brined fish.

Review: In Carl Hancock Rux’s ‘Vs.,’ the Jury Is Out
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
Where justice is virtual, crimes have no names and audience members step up to the dock to examine anonymous witnesses.

DaBaby Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks After More Events Drop Him
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
The rapper apologized on Monday after being criticized for asking fans at a performance to raise their phones in the air if they didn’t have H.I.V. or AIDS.

A World War II Spy Didn’t Live to Tell Her Tale. Her Great-Great-Niece Will.
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
In her book,“All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” Rebecca Donner examines the life of Mildred Harnack, part of the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany.

Can Paramount+ Succeed? One Producer Hopes to Make It So.
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
“He’s our future,” one CBS Studios executive said of Alex Kurtzman, who has a lucrative contract to expand the “Star Trek” universe — and with it the streaming service’s audience.

Think Sustainability Is Simple? This Sheep Farmer Would Like a Word.
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
Can farmers make money without wrecking the land? That’s the complex question James Rebanks tries to answer in his new book, “Pastoral Song.”

Anthony Barajas of TikTok Dies After Shooting at Movie Theater
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
Anthony Barajas, who was popular on TikTok, and Rylee Goodrich were each shot in the head at a theater in Corona, Calif., in what the district attorney said was an unprovoked attack.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Not at Opus 40.
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
The scenic vistas of this landscape art and the legacy of its creator, Harvey Fite, are being challenged by a persistent feud and a big fence.

A Brief History of Summer Reading
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
We rarely talk about spring books or winter reading. What is it about summer that inspired a whole genre of its own?

Cults, College Dropouts and the Art of Control in Two New Story Collections
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
Alix Ohlin’s “We Want What We Want” and Genevieve Plunkett’s “Prepare Her” explore desire and alienation.

Roberto Calasso, Renaissance Man of Letters, Dies at 80
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
A Florentine by birth, he was a polymath as an author and publisher (Kafka, Vedic philosophy, Greek mythology) who reached a wide international readership.

Timothy Rub Will Step Down at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
As director, he oversaw Frank Gehry’s reimagining of the historic 1928 building and dealt with an institution reeling from reports of abusive behavior on the part of museum managers.

Chuck E. Weiss, Musician Who, in Love, Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 76
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
He and Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones were inseparable in the late’70s, and when Mr. Weiss’s romantic life took a turn, Ms. Jones memorialized it in “Chuck E.’s in Love.”

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George Forss, 80, Photographer Discovered on the Streets of N.Y., Dies
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
He was peddling his black-and-white photos of New York City’s majesty for $5 each in the 1980s — until a famous photographer came upon them in “astonishment.”

Lynn C. Franklin, Literary Agent and Memoirist on Adoption, Dies at 74
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
She represented Desmond Tutu and Deepak Chopra, but the book closest to her was the one she wrote about giving up her baby and then reuniting with him.

Paula Caplan, 74, Dies; Feminist Psychologist Took On Her Profession
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
She argued that categorizing premenstrual syndrome or feelings of guilt as disorders resulted from sexism in a field dominated by men.

Jay Pickett, Veteran Soap Opera Actor, Dies at 60
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
His credits included“General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles.” He died while filming a western in Idaho, where he was raised.

Reynold Ruffins, Push Pin Studios Graphic Artist, Dies at 90
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
With Milton Glaser, Ed Sorel and Seymour Chwast, he was part of a movement that upended the’50s era advertising style with witty, faux-nostalgic imagery.

Frenchy Cannoli, Evangelist for Hashish, Dies at 64
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
He left France at 18 for a nearly two-decade sojourn to India, Nepal, Mexico and Morocco to learn the secrets of making hash and became an authority.

Chuck E. Weiss, Musician Who, in Love, Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 76
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
He and Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones were inseparable in the late’70s, and when Mr. Weiss’s romantic life took a turn, Ms. Jones memorialized it in “Chuck E.’s in Love.”

Roberto Calasso, Renaissance Man of Letters, Dies at 80
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
A Florentine by birth, he was a polymath as an author and publisher (Kafka, Vedic philosophy, Greek mythology) who reached a wide international readership.

Ruth Pearl, Mother of Murdered Reporter Daniel Pearl, Dies at 85
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
A reluctant celebrity, she was thrust into the spotlight after his brutal death, and created a foundation in his memory to promote cultural understanding.

El legado de Johnny Ventura: el merengue moderno
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 +0000
El cantante, que gobernó la capital de República Dominicana, ayudó a darle al merengue un sentido renovado de libertad con tempos acelerados y letras sin censura.

Richard Lamm, Governor and Early Abortion Rights Supporter, Dies at 85
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 +0000
He spearheaded the passage of a liberal abortion law in Colorado before Roe v. Wade, and he helped stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in the state.

Overlooked No More: Janet Sobel, Whose Art Influenced Jackson Pollock
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 +0000
With no formal art training, working in her Brooklyn apartment, she took up the drip style of painting that Pollock later made famous.

Carl Levin, Long-Serving Michigan Senator, Dies at 87
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 +0000
The longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history, Mr. Levin was regarded by colleagues and Washington observers as a paragon of probity.

Johnny Ventura, Who Created the Sound of Modern Merengue, Dies at 81
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 +0000
The“Elvis of Merengue” released more than 100 albums and won six Latin Grammys. For a time, he was mayor of the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Floyd Cooper, Illustrator of Black Life for Children, Dies at 65
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 +0000
He sought to revive and recount chapters of African American history that he felt weren’t taught enough in classrooms.

Albert Bandura, Leading Psychologist of Aggression, Dies at 95
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 +0000
He was most known for his Bobo doll experiment, in which children mimicked adults in attacking an inflatable doll. The work challenged basic tenets of psychology.

Ron Popeil, Inventor and Ubiquitous Infomercial Pitchman, Dies at 86
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 +0000
Mr. Popeil became a well-known presence on TV, hawking products that people didn’t know they needed, including the Veg-O-Matic and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler.

Dusty Hill, Long-Bearded Bassist for ZZ Top, Dies at 72
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 +0000
The band, known for its hard-charging, blues-inflected rock, was one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, selling more than 50 million albums.

George Rhoads, Designer of Fantastical‘Ball Machines,’ Dies at 95
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 +0000
In his ingeniously conceived sculptures, balls seem to travel randomly and trigger various sounds.“Each pathway that the ball takes,” he said, “is a different drama.”

Robert Ellison, Ceramics Collector With a Giving Streak, Dies at 89
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 +0000
The more than 600 works he gave to the Met enriched the museum’s collection enormously.

Joey Jordison, Slipknot Drummer, Dies at 46
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 +0000
Mr. Jordison’s explosive, virtuosic playing and elaborate solos, sometimes performed atop a hydraulic riser, made him a fan favorite.

Dr. J. Allan Hobson, Who Studied the Dreaming Brain, Dies at 88
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 +0000
He disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain.

Jimmy Elidrissi, Waldorf Bellhop for Five Decades, Dies at 74
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 +0000
A Moroccan immigrant’s goal was to make guests, including nine U.S. presidents, feel right at home amid the grandeur of a landmark Manhattan hotel.