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cockle stairs, n.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: cockle stairs, n. (A flight of) winding stairs; a spiral staircase

footpad, n.1
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: footpad, n.1 A highwayman who robs on foot

e-waste, n.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: e-waste, n. Discarded electronic and electrical equipment (esp. devices such as mobile phones, computers, etc.), typically containing environmentally hazardous substances and requiring special treatment for safe disposal or recycling

ambigu, n.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: ambigu, n. A meal or banquet at which many different dishes are served together; spec. one at which different courses are served simultaneously

cryonaut, n.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: cryonaut, n. A person who is cryogenically preserved with a view to being revived in the distant future

magnanerie, n.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: magnanerie, n. A silkworm house

amouring, n.
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 -0500
OED Word of the Day: amouring, n. Courtship, wooing, lovemaking

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SpaceX blows away cobwebs at dormant California pad with satellite launch as a Falcon 9 makes touchdown number 7
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Also: New Zealand owl watching with Rocket Lab and ExoMars 'chute testIn BriefElon Musk's SpaceX demonstrated that a long-dormant pad could be reactivated with seemingly little effort after it launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite from Space Launch Complex 4 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.…

Manchester United email servers remain offline amid what is being called a 'ransomware' attack
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
UK data watchdog has been told and 'forensic' probe is ongoingPlayers' managers looking to lift salaries by a couple of million pounds or so better check their email read receipts: a full week afterManchester United was hit by hackers, many of its systems remain offline, with at least one report claiming the club is being shaken down for ransom.…

It's been an Honor serving with you but you're our 'competitors' now, Huawei tells its sawn-off mobile limb
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Budget sub-brand selloff will save jobs of workers, says founder, and avoid 'dragging innocent people' downHuawei founder Ren Zhengfei has bid farewell to the company's budget sub-brand Honor, saying that selling the business will safeguard it from forces in America he believes are seeking to destroy Huawei.…

Yes you’ve got lots of data…but have you got lots of information? And is anyone using it?
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Here’s some information that will really helpPromoYou know you’ve got lots of data resting in your systems. But how much of it is usable information, that your colleagues can actually put to work?…

UK infoseccer launches petition asking government not to backdoor encryption
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Sign up and make your voice heardA UK infosec bod has launched a petition asking the government if it would please drop its plans to install backdoors in end-to-end encryption.…

The price is right? Capita confirms Education Software back in talks with new bidder
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Must have lowered the asking price to one that isn't higher than entire group's market capCapita has opened talks with a new suitor for its Education Software Solutions business, the one it tried to offload earlier in the year at a price reported to be higher than the entire group's market capitalisation on the London Stock Exchange.…

Arriving in 2021, the UK's Digital Markets Unit 'could' start to do something about the power of online ad giants
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
But Parliament seems a bit busy at the moment to legislateThe UK government hasannounced plansto set up a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to level the advertising playing field currently dominated by the likes of Google and Facebook.…

If I pedal faster and feed it spinach, my robot barman might pull more pints
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
When I dreamt of a sci-fi future, I'm pretty sure this wasn't itSomething for the Weekend, Sir?Help me up, would you, luvvie?…

<i>Assassin's Creed Valhalla</i>is a monastery-burning romp that would be way better if it was not an<i>Assassin's Creed</i>game
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Can we start a petition to abandon the whole 'lol jk ur in a simulation' arc too?The RPGGreetings, traveller, and welcome back toThe Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. We've continued to put theXbox Series Sthrough its paces [read: played it a lot] with one of the titles available on the console from launch on 10 November,Assassin's Creed Valhalla.…

£1.3bn National Cyber Security Strategy? Meh – we're looking at 2021, Cabinet Office shrugs
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
'Progress' report shows nobody's really paying attention any moreHow is Britain's£1.3bn National Cyber Security Strategy going? Nobody really cares any more – even the Cabinet Office, judging by its latest progress report.…

After demonstrating a facial recognition system that works on cows, moo-chine learning pioneer seeks growth funding
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
A grand uddertakingIrish computer vision and AI agriculture specialist Cainthus hopes to raise $50m after launching a facial recognition tool for cows.…

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Another fine messOn CallFriday is upon us so take a moment from glumly hitting refresh on your government website of choice and join us for a story of abbreviations and adult filters in today's edition ofOn Call.…

AWS hires Rust compiler team co-lead Felix Klock
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Cloud giant has a lust for Rust so needs top minds and wants them to advance the languageAmazon Web Services has quietly revealed that it has hired Rust compiler co-lead Felix Klock.…

European Space Agency will launch giant claw that drags space junk to its doom
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
No, really. It has signed a contract to make this happen in 2025The European Space Agency has formalised its plan to dispose of space junk by using an orbiting claw to grab an old bit of rocket before dragging both the claw and the junk to a fiery doom.…

China's clouds boom but they're collectively earning less than Azure alone
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 GMT
Alibaba in front with Huawei and Tencent on a second tierChina's clouds grew by 65 per cent in 2020's third quarter, collectively hauling in $5bn of revenue in the period.…

TikTok given another week to sort out how to sell itself
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
New ways to evade sticking points apparently under discussionTikTok has another week to sort out its sale to Oracle, Walmart, and their investor pals.…

Marmite of scripting languages PHP emits version 8.0, complete with named arguments and other goodies
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Hallucinate, Desegregate, Mediate, Try not to hate: INXS of 25 years on, PHP liberates the number eightVersion 8.0 of the PHP scripting language is scheduled for release on 26 November, which coincides with the US Thanksgiving holiday.…

UK coronavirus tier postcode-searching tool yanked offline as desperate Britons hunt for latest lockdown details
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
When we expect heavy traffic spikes we provision enough capacity to handle it... right?The gov.uk postcode-searching tool for Britons to find out what level of coronavirus lockdown they'll be in until Christmas has crashed on launch and been withdrawn.…

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
And on the B-side: Linux?Looking for something to do in quarantine? How about booting DOS from a 10-inch vinyl record?…

Netflix chooses its own judgment in 'Bandersnatch' case: Settle and make the nasty lawsuit go away
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Maybe next time Brooker can choose to write a proper Black Mirror episodeStreaming giant Netflix has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the trademark rights to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books.…

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
'These actions will help us to optimize the business by reducing the number of unprofitable customers'HP might have dropped theInkInc from its corporate banner but CEO Enrique Lores is still mining for the black gold: with the firm clawing back cash by slapping away the grubby hands of its pesky "unprofitable customers" from its printing rig.…

Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee report slams manufacturers as Euro Parliament votes to back tinkerersA new report from the UK's House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) argues the country should enshrine the "right to repair" in law and reduce VAT on tech repair services, while Europe's Parliamentarians also voted to further the cause.…

Physicists wrap neutrino detector in cosy blanket to shed light on the Sun's secondary fusion cycle
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Direct observation published for first timeAs we near the northern winter solstice, the Sun continues to produce a steady power output of 384.6 yottawatts resulting from the fusion of hydrogen into helium in two distinct nuclear reactions. Direct observation of the secondary cycle waspublishedin the journalNaturefor the first time yesterday.…

Spending Review: We spy a stray£60m – is that all you can spare to help 5G market recover from UK kicking out Huawei?
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Plus: Broadband ambitions meet cold waterAmong the economic doom and gloom of the UK's Autumn Spending Review, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak inadvertently revealed the sop UK.gov plans to throw to telcos after sacking Huawei from the UK's 5G rollout at the behest of an orange one-term president of the US.…

Privacy campaigner flags concerns about Microsoft's creepy Productivity Score
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Watching, always watchingMicrosoft's Productivity Score has put in a public appearance in Microsoft 365 and attracted the ire of privacy campaigners and activists.…

Xiaomi revenues up by a third due to strong phone sales and triple-digit European growth
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Cheap and cheerful clearly appealed during pandemicIt has been a difficult year for the mobile industry as economic uncertainty and widespread national lockdowns further depressed the public's appetite for handset upgrades. Some vendors are faring better than others, however, with Xiaomi proving especially resilient.…

Last call: Share your DevOps experiences at Continuous Lifecycle Online 2021
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Containers, serverless, CI/CD, tooling– we’d love to hear all about itEventIf there’s anything that hasn’t come to a halt this year, it surely is software development and service infrastructure work. We know you’ve all been busy so here’s another chance toget inyour presentation proposal for ourContinuous Lifecycle Online 2021conference.…

How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
53 nations and 180 telcos have adopted Clean Network plan– and Huawei fell for itThe United States' Clean Network plan has won support from 53 nations and 180 telcos, and Huawei has unwittingly legitimised it.…

Salesforce reportedly poised to scoop Slack for billions
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Which rather kicks a hole in the planned debut of Slack-like Salesforce AnywhereSalesforce is reportedly deep in talks to buy Slack, according toThe Wall Street Journal, which says a deal could happen "in days".…

China 'firmly opposes' India's new round of app bans, says it has violated trade laws
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 GMT
Left last couple of bans alone but now says national security argument is bogus and calls for mutual co-operationChina has responded to India'snew roundof bans on mobile apps by attacking the reasons for the banishments.…

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
It flew OK without MCAS– but not well enough to be certified as safeThe Boeing 737 Max was safe enough to fly without the controversial MCAS system but would not have met safety certification rules, the EU Aviation Safety Agency has said after confirming the airliner will return to European skies in January 2021.…

Sopra Steria: Adding up outages and ransomware cleanup, Ryuk attack will cost us up to€50m
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
French IT outsourcer says its overall losses will deepen as direct resultSopra Steria has said a previously announced Ryuk ransomware infection will not only cost it "between€40m and €50m" but will also deepen expected financial losses by several percentage points.…

AWS admits to 'severely impaired' services in US-EAST-1, can't even post updates to Service Health Dashboard
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Multiple services sickly after Kinesis catches a cold: CloudWatch, DynamoDB, Lambda, Managed BlockchainAWS has delivered the one message that will strike fear into the hearts of techies working out their day before Thanksgiving Holidays: US-EAST-1 region is suffering a "severely impaired" service.…

Revenues are up, the boss is about to give his keynote, and results are due. Time to sell shares, says Salesforce CFO
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
$2.5m worth– 1,000 pairs of Nike Air Mag sneakers or a second-hand Pagani? Decisions, decisionsIs it a vote of confidence when the CFO sells $2.5m in shares as the CEO is about to make his big pitch of the year and the quarterly results are due?…

Dell reports green shoots in enterprise infrastructure biz after seven consecutive quarters of shrinkage
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
SMEs are spending again, claims tech giantIt is now seven straight quarters since Dell's infrastructure unit last grew but COO Jeff Clarke reckons he's spotted some green shoots of recovery that might bode well for server and storage spending next year.…

Thought the M3 roadworks took a while? Five years on, Vivaldi opens up a technical preview of its email client
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Take the M3 exit to offline mail and calendar shenanigansIt's been a while coming, but browser maker Vivaldi has finally released a public preview of its long awaited email client.…

That other controversial Chinese telco: The FCC rejects ZTE's petition against its 'national security threat' designation
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Local US carriers to remain unable to buy its kit with federal fundingThe US Federal Communications Commission has rejected a petition [PDF] from controversial Chinese teleco kit maker ZTE asking the agency to reconsider whether it should be deemed a national security threat.…

Ad banned for suggesting London black cabs have properties that prevent the spread of coronavirus
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
'It's like being in my own bubble back here'Though taxis can do a lot of things, like getting one from A to B, emptying out bank accounts, and eventransporting BSODs, we suspect that preventing the spread of COVID-19 is not one of them.…

Retired engineer confesses to role in sliding Microsoft Bob onto millions of XP install CDs
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
'While Bob never got to play on the big stage, he always followed the band around and got to ride on the bus'One anniversary unlikely to be marked within the bowels of Redmond is that of Microsoft Bob. However, a retired engineer has taken to YouTube to confirm that the unloved interface did indeed enjoy a second life as digital ballast for Windows XP.…

Ticketmaster: We're not liable for credit card badness because the hack straddled GDPR day
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Lawyers for fined firm make eyebrow-raising claim to irate ex-customerTicketmaster is claiming that the ICO's£1.25m data breach fine clears it of any responsibility for its network being infected by card-skimming malware, according to correspondence seen byThe Register.…

Mall of duty: Black Ops. No, you're not a customer, you're just an ad audience metric
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Quis custodiet ipsos bork-es?Bork!Bork!Bork!Join us on a jaunt to an Australian shopping centre, where Windows 7 rules the roost and the digital signage, it seems, might be watching your every move.…

Considering the colonisation of Mars? Werner Herzog would like a word
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Famed director dispenses a reality check for wannabe MartiansFilm-maker Werner Herzog has upended the scorn bucket over billionaire electric car and space firm mogul Elon Musk's plans to create a city on Mars.…

MongoDB loses its mind with marketing budget movie mania: Yep, it's choose-your-own-adventure Hackers with drop-down menus
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
This must have cost a packet...MongoDB has just found out what it can spend the marketing budget on, if not the usual fodder of canapés and international flights.…

NASA building network cables that can survive supersonic flight - could this finally deliver unbreakable RJ45 latching tabs?
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Needed for probe testing how X-59 can break sound barrier without breaking eardrumsNASA has revealed it’s building network cables capable of surviving supersonic flight.…

VMware says faster growth will come once customers get back inside data centres
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
SaaS revenue tops licences for the first time in solid Q3VMware has reported Q3 growth that beat guidance offered earlier in its financial year but said results would have been better but for a slowdown in“transformational projects”.…

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Authorities warn aliens to get a permit before they do this sort of thingPollThe Utah Department of Public Safety has found a mysterious metal monolith in a remote corner of the state.…

Google binned two apps by China’s Baidu, which says researchers got it wrong by linking it to personal info leaks
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
Palo Alto Networks spotted subscriber IDs and MAC addresses on the moveUPDATEDInfosec researchers at Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat intelligence unit spotted a pair of prominent Chinese apps leaking personal data, and after it informed Google the ad giant dumped the apps from its Play store.…

India takes aim at Alibaba with new round of Chinese app bans
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 GMT
43 apps axed, including those helping buyers and sellers of digital tat bazaarIndia has banned another 43 apps from operating in its territory.…

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 GMT
Plus or minus some caveatsComcast has vowed to enforce its 1.2TB-a-month download limit in more US states, expanding the policy to cover the nation's northeast and mid-Atlantic corners.…

Amazon's ad-hoc Ring, Echo mesh network can mooch off your neighbors' Wi-Fi if needed– and it's opt-out
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 GMT
Ring, Echo owners get emails explaining how to switch off incoming functionalityAmazon is close to launching Sidewalk– its ad-hoc wireless network for smart-home devices that taps into people's Wi-Fi – and it is pretty much an opt-out affair.…

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Did John McCracken Make That Monolith in Utah?
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, buried in the desert: His dealer says yes. His son says maybe. His artist buddies, like Ed Ruscha, say, no way the sculptor created this tall, silvery object.

Do the Royals Watch‘The Crown’?
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
A lack of hard facts has not prevented plenty of speculation as to whether Queen Elizabeth and the other members of the royal family ever watch their fictionalized selves.

Some Movies Actually Understand Poverty in America
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The complex realities of subsistence escape“Hillbilly Elegy.” But as far back as Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights,” filmmakers have been turning a discerning eye on destitution.

In‘Your Honor,’ a New Orleans Judge Breaks Bad
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
It was the best show idea the writer Peter Moffat had ever heard. Bryan Cranston loved it, too. Their new mini-series asks: How far would you go to protect your child?

Art Basel Miami Beach Was Canceled, but the Show Goes On
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
As coronavirus deaths rose, museums and galleries have rolled out new shows. The socialite Libbie Mugrabi is planning a dinner for the ages. Is Miami’s art world clueless?

Even From the Desert, Danny Lyon Still Speaks to the Streets
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The indefatigable photographer on the struggles of getting his new film to the next generation of activists.

HBO Documentary Has Competition. These Women Don’t Seem Worried.
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
These days everybody wants a piece of the nonfiction game. HBO’s documentary heads, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, talked about how they’re navigating the evolving landscape.

Which Nxivm Show Is Better? An Expert Investigates
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The reporter who broke the story of the cult for The New York Times thought he was done with Nxivm. But he couldn’t resist seeing how “The Vow” and “Seduced” compared with his own experiences.

A Second Sudden Exit for a Hard-Charging Artistic Director
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Ari Roth founded Mosaic Theater Company after being fired by Theater J. He resigned under pressure after complaints from staff.

Missing‘The Nutcracker’? How to Get Your Holiday Fix at Home
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
Many seasonal mainstays have been reimagined for online viewing this year. Here are some of our favorites, from“A Christmas Carol” to Handel’s “Messiah.”

How‘The Crown’ Embraced ’80s Pop
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Season 4 of the Netflix show takes viewers into a new decade, with a musical soundtrack to match, including artists like Stevie Nicks, Elton John and David Bowie.

Best Art Books of 2020
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Baby Yoda Has a Name
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Mando gets a new task from a complicated ally. Baby Yoda gets a back story.

Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drum
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Inspired by this year’s protests against racial injustice, this Derek Fordjour painting reimagines the stars and stripes of the American flag.

Her Antenna Is Tuned to the Quietest Voices
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Yu Miri won a National Book Award for“Tokyo Ueno Station,” a novel whose main character is the ghost of a homeless construction worker.

Sotheby’s and Christie’s Look to Luxury as a Coronavirus Antidote
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The world’s two biggest auction houses are selling more watches, jewelry and handbags, but art’s still where the money is.

Gift Books for Children (That Adults Will Also Love)
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Upside-down fairy tales, a neon periodic table, the art of Ramona Quimby and more.

‘Black Beauty’ Review: A Melodrama in Need of Rougher Edges
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Set in the present day, this adaptation of the classic children’s novel forgets why the story of a horse surviving the maliciousness of humans has endured for so long.

Crisscrossing the Country on Highways Big and Small
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
In“The National Road,” Tom Zoellner set out to discover what connects us as Americans at a time when divisions run deep.

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
This long Thanksgiving weekend, check out a great concert, a craft show for kids and a reboot that’s better than the original.

Geoffrey Palmer, Judi Dench’s Sitcom Co-Star, Is Dead at 93
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Their show“As Time Goes By” was a hit in Britain and had a following in the U.S. “When you acted with him,” Ms. Dench said, “you’d just feel very safe.”

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.

11 New Books We Recommend This Week
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Betty Jones, Founding Member of Limón Troupe, Dies at 94
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
She created the Desdemona role in José Limón’s best-known dance, “The Moor’s Pavane,” and became a respected teacher.

In Need of a Film About Romantic Possibility? Try‘In the Mood for Love’
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
Wong Kar-wai’s influential drama, along with his “Chungking Express,” are part of a new retrospective of the Hong Kong director’s work.

Taylor Swift Illuminates‘Folklore’ in a Stripped-Down Studio Concert
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
Playing her latest album for the first time with two collaborators who helped make it, Swift heightens the songs’ sense of pristine contemplation.

Can the Mainstream Catch Up to Rico Nasty?
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The 23-year-old Maryland rapper has built a cult following with her mixtapes of playful but bruising scream-rap. Now she’s releasing her major-label debut.

‘Zappa’ Review: Portrait of a Rock Star and a Nation’s Hero
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The documentary, directed by Alex Winter, portrays the musician and composer Frank Zappa as a sort of noble.

‘My Psychedelic Love Story’ Review: On the Run With Timothy Leary
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
This Errol Morris documentary explores the relationship between the LSD guru and Joanna Harcourt-Smith, a woman who likened herself to Mata Hari.

‘Superintelligence’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Has to Save the World
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
In this comedy from Ben Falcone, McCarthy plays the world’s most average human, picked to save the world by an A.I. entity with the voice of James Corden.

‘Stardust’ Review: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
A more accurate title for this movie, set in the early’70s, would be “Johnny Flynn Sings Jacques Brel.”

‘Mosul’ Review: In Iraq, This Time It’s Personal
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
A rogue Iraqi SWAT team fights the Islamic State in Matthew Michael Carnahan’s action thriller.

‘Kill It and Leave This Town’ Review: Grotesque, Bleak and Endless
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
One viewing is enough for this animated feature debut by the Polish director Mariusz Wilczynski.

Musical Travel Companions for a Year of Going Nowhere
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The composer John Luther Adams combines immersive sound worlds with environmental activism.

Claudia Rankine Wishes More Writers Thought About Whiteness
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
“Racist ideas continue to shape our consciousness.”

This Lockdown, England’s Theaters Know What to Do Online
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The first coronavirus shutdown caught playhouses unawares, but they learned lessons that stood them in good stead when the shutters came down again.

Trump Brought Back Michael Flynn for the Finale, Fallon Says
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
“Seriously, there’s a name from the past,” Jimmy Fallon said of Flynn on Wednesday. “Even Michael Flynn was like, ‘Damn, I totally forgot about Michael Flynn.’”

In‘This Is Your Time,’ Ruby Bridges Urges a New Generation to Keep Fighting
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
The trailblazer’s best seller is intended for a middle grade audience, but her message of persistence is relevant to people of all ages.

Dena Dietrich, Who Found TV Fame as Mother Nature, Dies at 91
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
In a long acting career she was best known for wreaking havoc in a series of margarine commercials, warning,“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

Theaster Gates Turns the Stain of the Past Into Art
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
In his show at Gagosian, he merges the language of abstract art with the legacies of racial injustice.

New in Paperback:‘Invisible Americans’ and ‘Hunter’s Moon’
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Assaults and Occupations in Wartime
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Two new books look at men in battle and civilians under occupation.

Iconic or Sexist? Palm Springs Mulls a Marilyn Monroe Statue
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The City Council has voted to place the sculpture near the Palm Springs Art Museum, but local cultural leaders oppose the move.

Snapshots of the Many Megan Thee Stallions
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The Houston rapper provides glimpses of her various sides on her new album,“Good News,” but offers few close-ups.

A Poet Who Mesmerizes by Zigs and Zags, Hopping From Idea to Idea
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
In“That Was Now, This Is Then,” the Pulitzer-winning poet Vijay Seshadri invites readers into his coiling, conversational thought process.

5 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Cecily Brown’s new paintings, Sam Gilliam’s sculptures and monochromes, Gideon Appah’s otherworldly vistas, Tishan Hsu’s first museum survey and works from the Purvis Young trove.

‘Overseas’ Review: Human Capital
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
This observational documentary is set in a training center for Filipino women who are deployed abroad to work as domestic help.

In a Holiday Lesbian Rom-Com, Kristen Stewart Saw Herself
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The actress stars opposite Mackenzie Davis for a bit of Christmas comfort, with a queer twist, from director Clea DuVall and her“Veep” pal Mary Holland.

Review‘Emilia’: An Elizabethan Poet Takes Her Rightful Place Onstage
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The life of Emilia Bassano Lanier is interwoven with Shakespeare’s in a boisterous British comedy.

How Phoebe Bridgers Got Her Grammys Good News
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The 26-year-old singer and songwriter picked up her first four nominations on Tuesday, including one for best new artist.

What if There Were a Worst-Seller List?
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The graphic novelist Ben Katchor imagines what it would take to put together a weekly list of the least appealing books.

How an Opera Can Fit in a Mailbox
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
In a year when everything seems deliverable, On Site Opera is presenting“The Beauty That Still Remains,” its first production by mail.

Catch Up on These 12 Great 2020 Series This Thanksgiving Weekend
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The belts are loosened and the tryptophan is surging. These fantastic series are perfect for a four-day weekend dedicated to bingeing of all kinds.

‘The Glorious American Essay,’ From Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
This anthology, edited by Phillip Lopate, offers a selection of 100 essays from colonial times to the present, about a wide range of philosophical and practical subjects.

Eat Up! Drama is Served at These Family Dinners
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
With fewer guests at the table this Thanksgiving, theatrical reminders that food, drink and reminiscence can unsettle as well as comfort.

10 Classical Concerts to Stream in December
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
An exploration of Josephine Baker, an avant-garde trumpeter and the composer John Adams are among the highlights.

Depending on the Kindness of Sound Engineers
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Williamstown Theater Festival’s summer season is now a winter experiment, all on audio. That includes “A Streetcar Named Desire,” recorded in actor’s closets.

NY Times Obituaries:




Debra White Plume, Defender of Her Tribe, Is Dead at 66
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
She championed the rights of the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota and was a leader in protests at Wounded Knee and oil pipeline sites.

Bruce Boynton, Plaintiff in Landmark Civil Rights Case, Dies at 83
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
He was a Black man who wanted to sit in the white section of a bus terminal restaurant. The case reached the Supreme Court.

Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.

Leonard Kamsler, a Dissecting Golf Photographer, Dies at 85
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He pioneered the use of strobe photography to break down a golfer’s swing. He was also innovative, even crafty, in documenting P.G.A. tournaments for decades.

Those We’ve Lost
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll. This series is designed to put names and faces to the numbers.

Paolo Gabriele, Pope’s Butler in ‘Vatileaks’ Scandal, Dies at 54
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He admitted to stealing files and giving them to a journalist as a way to expose Vatican corruption and protect his boss, Benedict XVI.

Geoffrey Palmer, Judi Dench’s Sitcom Co-Star, Is Dead at 93
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
Their show“As Time Goes By” was a hit in Britain and had a following in the U.S. “When you acted with him,” Ms. Dench said, “you’d just feel very safe.”

Edward J. Perkins, 92, Dies; First Black U.S. Envoy to South Africa
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He also held ambassadorial postings in Liberia and Australia and, as director general, helped diversify the elite, mostly white Foreign Service.

Betty Jones, Founding Member of Limón Troupe, Dies at 94
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
She created the Desdemona role in José Limón’s best-known dance, “The Moor’s Pavane,” and became a respected teacher.

James D. Wolfensohn, Who Led the World Bank for 10 Years, Dies at 86
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He was a force on Wall Street before taking the reins of the bank in 1995, then proceeded to shake it up. He did the same at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Edward P. Lazear, Economist and Presidential Adviser, Dies at 72
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He was a widely respected labor economist at Stanford who led President George W. Bush’s economic council during the financial crisis.

Dena Dietrich, Who Found TV Fame as Mother Nature, Dies at 91
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
In a long acting career she was best known for wreaking havoc in a series of margarine commercials, warning,“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

Ian Finkel,‘World’s Greatest Xylophonist,’ Dies at 72
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
He entertained from the borscht belt to the Philharmonic, playing an unconventional instrument with vaudevillian flair. He died of complications of Covid-19.

Diego Maradona, One of Soccer’s Greatest Players, Is Dead at 60
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 +0000
He was ranked with Pelé among the best, and his ability to surprise and startle won over fans and even critics. But his excesses and addictions darkened his legacy.

David Dinkins Kept Loving Tennis, No Matter Who Mocked Him
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
The expansion of the National Tennis Center in Queens was among the signature achievements of the former mayor, who still played into his late 80s.

Priscilla Jana, Lawyer Who Battled Apartheid, Is Dead at 76
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 +0000
Representing Nelson and Winnie Mandela among many others, Ms. Jana fought for equality in South Africa both in and out of the courtroom.

Honestie Hodges, Whose Handcuffing Changed Police Policy, Is Dead at 14
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Honestie’s handcuffing by the police in Grand Rapids, Mich., caused a national uproar and led to a new law enforcement policy on dealing with youths. Honestie died of Covid-19.

David Maas, Half of‘Quick Change’ Magic Act, Dies of Covid-19
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Mr. Maas and his wife, who performed lightning-fast costume changes, often appeared on television and were a halftime fixture at N.B.A. and college basketball arenas.

David N. Dinkins, New York’s First Black Mayor, Dies at 93
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 +0000
Mr. Dinkins, who served in the early 1990s, was seen as a compromise selection for voters weary of racial unrest, crime and fiscal turmoil. The racial harmony he sought remained elusive during his years in office.

The Last Word: David N. Dinkins
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 +0000
The first African-American mayor of New York on his rise to City Hall and his fall after criticism of his handling of the racial violence in Crown Heights in 1991.

Lady Elizabeth Anson, Party Planner to the Royals, Dies at 79
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 +0000
A daughter of British nobility, she knew instinctively how to make guests comfortable, the queen among them and even that table of dreadful bores.

Eric Hall, Extravagant British Soccer Agent, Dies at 73
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 +0000
After promoting bands like Queen and the Sex Pistols, Mr. Hall became one of the most colorful agents in England’s Premier League. He died of the coronavirus.

Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero, Is Dead at 100
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 +0000
He parachuted into occupied France and became an assistant to the legendary Jean Moulin, though only later did he learn Moulin’s true identity.

Pat Quinn, Who Promoted A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 37
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 +0000
Mr. Quinn, who learned he had A.L.S. after turning 30, was credited with helping to make the ice-bucket videos a viral sensation that raised $220 million.

Jake Scott, Super Bowl M.V.P. for the Dolphins, Dies at 75
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 +0000
A fearless defender, he had 35 interceptions in six seasons in Miami and was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls in the 1970s.

Bruce Swedien, a Shaper of Michael Jackson’s Sound, Dies at 86
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 +0000
In more than 60 years as a recording engineer, he worked with a wide range of artists. His most notable collaboration was with Mr. Jackson and the producer Quincy Jones.

Cándido Camero, Conga Master Who Transformed Jazz, Dies at 99
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 +0000
He brought Afro-Cuban influences to American ensembles and dazzled audiences with his virtuosic multiple-drum technique.

Arthur Imperatore, Founder of a Critical Ferry Service, Dies at 95
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 +0000
He steered New York Waterway through financial straits. He also reveled in moments of glory, notably when his boats rode to the rescue on Sept. 11, 2001.