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Min-Min, n.
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: Min-Min, n. A mysterious, phosphorescent light observed sporadically in the Australian outback.

urbs, n.
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: urbs, n. A city as a technical entity or in contrast to a suburb, etc.

hearty, adj., n., and adv.
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: hearty, n. As an affectionate form of address (chiefly used by or to a sailor). Now chiefly used in humorous representations of the speech of pirates.

boohai, n.
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: boohai, n. colloquial (New Zealand). A remote rural place or district;‘the sticks’.

tziganologue, n.
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: tziganologue, n. A student of or expert in Romani peoples and culture.

paddling pool, n.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: paddling pool, n. A shallow artificial pool for children to paddle in.

almondine, adj.
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
OED Word of the Day: almondine, adj. Of, resembling, or reminiscent of the almond tree or its fruit.

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If you're Intel, self-driving cars look an awful lot like PCs
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Hardware capabilities, latest feature updates? You'll get what you pay forIntel's vision of the computing architecture of autonomous vehicles is similar to that of PCs, with pricey models getting better hardware and the latest software, and cheaper self-driving cars getting the bare minimum.…

Researchers finger new APT group, FamousSparrow, for hotel attacks
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Espionage motive mooted in attacks which hit industry, government tooResearchers at security specialist ESET claim to have found a shiny new advanced persistent threat (APT) group dubbed FamousSparrow - after discovering its custom backdoor, SparrowDoor, on hotels and government systems around the world.…

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah, it's just Windows suffering from a bit of vertigo
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Up above the streets and houses, XP's flying highBork!Bork!Bork!Windows XP continues to hang in there– quite literally – as the operating system does what it does best some 90 metres above the London's River Thames.…

How many Android containers can you fit on your VM?
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
The Registerspeaks to Canonical about running the OS in the cloudInterviewDevelopers targeting Android are spoiled for choice with their platforms.…

Infosys admits it still hasn't fully fixed Indian tax portal
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Deadline came and went, but over 750 'resources' are still hard at workInfosys has admitted it has missed the Indian government's deadline to fix the tax portal it built, but which has been a glitchy mess since itsJune 2021 launch.…

Here's an idea: Verification for computer networks as well as chips and code
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
What tools are available? What are the benefits? Let's find outSystems ApproachIn 1984, artificial intelligence was having a moment. There was enough optimism around it to inspire me to explore the role of AI in chip design for my undergraduate thesis, but there were also early signs that the optimism was unjustified.…

Imagine a fiber optic cable that can sense it's about to be dug up and send a warning
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Forget wiring cities with IoT devices– this could be how wide-scale sensing gets doneImagine an optic fiber that can sense the presence of a nearby jackhammer and warn its owner that it is in danger of being dug up, just in time to tell diggers not to sink another shaft. Next, imagine that an entire city's installed base of fiber could be turned into sensors that will make planners think twice before installing IoT devices.…

Unable to test every tourist and unable to turn them away, Greece used ML to pick visitors for COVID-19 checks
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Inside the software built to figure out groups of potentially infected, asymptomatic passengersFaced with limited resources in a pandemic, Greece turned to machine-learning software to decide which sorts of travelers to test for COVID-19 as they arrived in the country.…

Angry birds ground some Google Wing drones in Australia
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Between COVID and corvids, locked-down Aussies can't catch a break - or a coffee lowered from the treetopsSome of Google parent company Alphabet's Wing delivery drones have been grounded by angry Australian birds.…

Memory prices to dive in late 2022, says Gartner
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Firm says 40 per cent of a server's bill of material costs are tied to memoryPrices for DRAM and NAND flash are set to fall, sharply, in the second half of 2022 according to analyst firm Gartner.…

AWS announces new region in the Land of the Long White Cloud– New Zealand
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Hopes three availability zones will be hobbit-forming for local businesses and government agenciesAmazon Web Services has announced it will build a Region in New Zealand and light it up by the year 2024.…

Microsoft wants you to know it hasn't forgotten about Surface
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Laptops added or refreshed, and another go at making dual-screen phones a thingMicrosoft has introduced the Surface Laptop Studio, and if you mistook it for a tablet with a trackpad stand, you'd be forgiven.…

Square-shaped hole in workers' wallets after payment system fails at peak tip time
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 GMT
Unexplained service issue blamed after customers unable to leave gratuities electronicallySquare's payment system malfunctioned over the weekend for several hours, a glitch that cost workers at affected businesses a meaningful portion of their earnings during the most lucrative day of the week.…

Zoom's $15bn merger with Five9 probed by Uncle Sam for national security risks
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Vid-chat giant's ties to China under the microscope by AG-led panelZoom’s ties to China are at the center of a US government investigation into the video-conferencing giant's$15bn planto take over Five9, a California call-center-in-the-cloud.…

Apple tried to patch this security hole in macOS Finder but didn't consider upper and lowercase characters
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
file:// is blocked? Oh OK, we'll just use File:// or fiLE://...Apple's macOS Finder application is currently vulnerable to a remote code execution bug, despite an apparent attempt to fix the problem.…

Salesforce should rename its Dreamforce conference to Feverdreamforce because this is getting ridiculous
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Apropos of nothing, here's Lionel RitchieCommentSalesforce execs get so bowled over by Dreamforce, the SaaS org's annual gabfest, that they seem to lose all perception of time and space.…

Britain publishes 10-year National Artificial Intelligence Strategy
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Aw, look. It wants to be a 'global science superpower'The UK government has published its much-awaited National AI Strategy in pursuit of "global science superpower" status.…

Lithuania tells its citizens to throw Xiaomi mobile devices in the bin
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Baltic state's cyber security centre uncovers remote censorship blocklist function in Mi 10T handsetLithuania's National Cyber Security Centre has told its citizens to get rid of Xiaomi-made mobile devices amid fears that the Chinese company could remotely enable censorship tools.…

More than three years after last release, X.Org Server 21.1.0 RC1 appears
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Back from the brink with new featuresMore than three years after X.Org Server 1.20, released in May 2018, a release candidate for 21.1.0 has been posted.…

Your apps are heading to the cloud. So why leave your files on that creaking NAS system?
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Break free from the silos at Nasuni CloudBound21PROMOIf you’re running enterprise ops at any scale, you’re likely either using the public cloud or attempting to emulate its best characteristics across your own infrastructure.…

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
What in the blazes?Two Catholic monks from the Rhône region in southern France have been charged with setting fire to 5G phone masts amid concerns the mobile technology could pose a health risk to humans.…

Nvidia cosies up to Open Robotics for hardware-accelerated ROS
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Hopes to tempt roboticists over to its Jetson platform with new simulation features, drop-in acceleration codeNvidia has linked up with Open Robotics to drive new artificial intelligence capabilities in the Robot Operating System (ROS).…

Mobile mobile museum looks to chart the history of portable phones
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
25-year-strong collection of 2,000 handsets covers 1984 to the present dayA very-literally-mobile museum boasting over 2,000 exhibits is to go online and on the streets this year to show off the evolution of the mobile phone from 1984 to the present day - and its founders are looking for donations to fill a few gaps in the collection.…

<strong>[NSFW]</strong>Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
'Warning: this report contains highly offensive language and discussion of content which may cause offence'NSFWUK comms regulator Ofcom has taken the unusual step of employing survey company Ipsos MORI to swear 186 times at 368 different members of the public and record what they thought about it.…

Ubuntu-on-a-phone folks UBports emit OTA-19, warn some devices face the chop in future
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
This could very well be the last release based on 16.04Ubuntu Touch was Canonical's attempt at a mobile version of its OS, subsequently ditched by the Linux outfit and now maintained by UBports, which has just released the latestupdate, OTA-19.…

First RISC-V computer chip lands at the European Processor Initiative
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
EPAC accelerator runs its first 'Hello, World!' in-silicoThe European Processor Initiative (EPI) has run the successful first test of its RISC-V-based European Processor Accelerator (EPAC), touting it as the initial step towards homegrown supercomputing hardware.…

Thatcher-era ICL mainframe fingered for failure to pay out over£1bn in UK pensions
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Three or four unconnected systems required for casework leading– unsurprisingly – to errorsUK spending watchdog the National Audit Office has found that a 34-year-old computer system was one of the causes of a scandal which led to more than£1bn of state pensions not being paid.…

Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover protocol found leaking hundreds of thousands of credentials
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Email clients fail over to unexpected domains if they can't find the right resourcesA flaw in Microsoft's Autodiscover protocol, used to configure Exchange clients like Outlook, can cause user credentials to leak to miscreants in certain circumstances.…

Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Mozilla, Apple register dismay as worries surface over privacy, potential crypto mining behind user's backGoogle has released Chrome 94 for desktop and Android, complete with an "Idle Detection" API to detect user inactivity, despite privacy concerns expressed by Mozilla and Apple.…

'Large-scale computing' needs a government team driving it, says UK.gov
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Report from the Government Office for Science lays out the hurdles to supercomputing relevanceA report from the Government Office for Science has proposed the formation of an in-house team dedicated to large-scale computing, as it bemoans the nation's weak standing in the international supercomputing sector and makes a series of recommendations for improving matters.…

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Apple-flavored approach running as test 'for a small percentage of users'AnalysisGoogle has been spotted testing a web technology that a former staffer fears will further undermine the already often ignored choices people make about their browsers.…

UK civil courts award£10m contract to Version 1 Solutions for end-to-end online processing
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Digitisation of the justice system still delivering value for moneyThe public body that runs the courts in England and Wales has awarded Version 1 Solutions a contract valued at£9.6m to build an end-to-end digital service for civil claims and damages.…

Navigating without GPS is one thing– so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Meaconing, loss of position, and the Royal Navy's responseBoatnotes IILearning to fix your position without GPS is one thing. Actively jamming it to induce a deliberate system failure aboard your own ship is quite something else, as we found on Monday.…

An easier way to Flutter? Custom functions improve visual code builder but devs may still be frustrated
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
FlutterFlow is a visual application builder for the popular frameworkInterviewFlutterFlow, a third-party visual application builder for the Flutter framework, now has custom functions for the addition of Dart code, but developers may still find it too limiting.…

UK's Civil Aviation Authority hashing out rules for crash-proof cargo pods on drones
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Project wins£50k from governmentThe UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is drawing up guidelines so that crash-proof cargo containers can be attached to drones to transport medical items such as blood samples and vaccines.…

Nutanix reckons cloud is a concept, not a place– and guess who it reckons has nailed the concept?
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Adds security and networking to platform, hoping you use it to repatriate appsNutanix has used its annual .NEXT conference to advance the argument that public clouds can be wastefully expensive places in which to run workloads– unless they're managed by Nutanix so they can be returned to another environment at your convenience.…

Would you like to clone your best programmer?
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Now you can. By using OutSystems on AWS, as this webinar showsPROMOWhen it comes to modern application development, things are getting increasingly personal.…

Court of Appeal says AI software cannot be listed as patent inventor
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
'A patent is a statutory right and it can only be granted to a person'The Court of Appeal of England and Wales this week dismissed a man’s plea to have his AI system recognized as the inventor of two patents.…

Swift 5.5 unleashed with async keyword to fix 'pyramid of doom', plus other changes in 'massive release'
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Full concurrency model at lastApple has emitted version 5.5 of the Swift programming language, described as a "massive release," including async/await keywords, package collections, and improved Objective-C interoperability.…

Philippines approves digital services tax on streaming services, apps, even SaaS
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Digital imports aren't currently taxed at all, and COVID means the government is keen to find new revenue sourcesThe Philippines has become the latest nation to impose a digital services tax.…

Japan, Singapore, perhaps the whole world.... Get ready for robot waiters from Softbank and Keenon
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
Automation is the answer to labor shortages, social distancing, apparentlySoftBank Robotics (SBRG) and China's Keenon Robotics are teaming up to make robot waiters the norm in Japan and Singapore, both companies announced on Monday.…

Break out your emergency change process and patch this ransomware-friendly bug ASAP, says VMware
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 GMT
File upload vuln lets miscreants hijack vCenter ServerVMware has disclosed a critical bug in its flagship vSphere and vCenter products and urged users to drop everything and patch it. The virtualization giant also offered a workaround.…

Database containing personal info on 106m people who traveled to Thailand found open to the internet– report
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Misconfigured Elasticsearch server blamedA database containing personal information on 106 million international travelers to Thailand was exposed to the public internet this year, a Brit biz claimed this week.…

Now America's financial watchdog probes 'frat house' Activision Blizzard
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Plus: Chief Legal Officer exits as court battles loomThe SEC has launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard, and has subpoenaed several current and former employees, including CEO Bobby Kotick, the California games giant confirmed on Tuesday.…

Suex to be you: Feds sanction cryptocurrency exchange for handling payments from 8+ ransomware variants
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Russia-based biz targeted in Uncle Sam's crack down on cyber-extortionThe US Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned virtual cryptocurrency exchange Suex OTC for handling financial transactions for ransomware operators, an intervention that's part of a broad US government effort to disrupt online extortion and related cyber-crime.…

SEC takes legal action after crowdfunded marijuana investment scheme appears to go up in smoke
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Platform and individuals charged in first case of its kindUS financial watchdogs have launched legal action against a cannabis-related investment scheme said to be the first case involving crowdfunding regulation.…

Canonical gives administrators the chance to drag their feet a bit more on Ubuntu upgrades
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Two more years! Two more years!There was good news today for administrators looking nervously at their aging Ubuntu boxes. A few more years of support is now on offer as Canonical brings 14.04 and 16.04 LTS into the 10-year fold.…

US Congress ponders setting up permanent UFO investigation office
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Nothing to do with little green men, mind, unless they can be defined as state or non-state actorsTwo intelligence funding appropriation bills currently awaiting approval from the US Congress contain within them sections for the creation of a new office to investigate UFO sightings.…

Open Source Jobs Report: Explosive cloud growth knocks Linux off top spot for desired skillsets
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
455% hike in demand for Kubernetes qualifications causes a stirThe Linux Foundation and edX's latest annual Open Source Jobs Report highlights an explosion of interest in cloud technologies that has bumped Linux off the skillset top spot for the first time.…

JEDI contract might be no more, but case should live on, says Oracle: DoD only wants Amazon, Microsoft for new cloud deal
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 GMT
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the courtroomOracle has asked the US Supreme court not to dismiss its case over the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, despite the US Department of Defense officially axing the $10bn procurement deal.…

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Terence Blanchard,
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Terence Blanchard, a jazz trumpeter best known for scoring Spike Lee films, reopens the opera house with“Fire Shut Up in My Bones.”

Michael Gandolfini and the Riddle of Tony Soprano
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
In“The Many Saints of Newark,” James Gandolfini’s son takes on his father’s iconic role. But knowing his dad hardly prepared him for the work ahead.

Review: With Balanchine and Confetti, City Ballet Is Back
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
New York City Ballet opened its fall season on Tuesday with its first full-scale performance since the pandemic began. It felt like a rainbow.

A Broken Frame, and DNA Traces, Led to Arrest in van Gogh Theft
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Dutch prosecutors said that DNA evidence tied a man to the thefts of a van Gogh and a Frans Hals painting; he denies the charges.

Britney Spears: End Conservatorship, but Remove My Father First
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
The singer’s lawyer requested the installation of a temporary conservator, citing her need to negotiate a prenuptial agreement and ongoing “anguish and harm.”

Dr. Fauci, Movie Star
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
“Fauci,” a new documentary, follows his work in two health crises: AIDS and the coronavirus pandemic. He agreed to participate as long as it didn’t interfere with his work.

A Black Theater Flourished in New York. 200 Years Ago.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
The African Theater, which had its first performance on Sept. 17, 1821, is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.

In‘Nuclear Family,’ a Filmmaker Frames Herself
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
In her new three-part documentary for HBO, Ry Russo-Young revisits a notable custody case: her own.

In‘Star Wars: Visions,’ Lucasfilm and Anime Join Forces, and Go Rogue
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
The Disney+ collaboration between Lucasfilm and seven anime studios pays tribute to the Japanese influence on“Star Wars” — and throws out the canon.

KW in Berlin's Journey from Derelict Factory to International Art Space
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
In Berlin, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s journey from a ruin to a serious art-world player mirrors the transformation of the city around it.

Moor Mother’s Musical Galaxy Grows Even Bigger
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Camae Ayewa makes a blend of hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, punk and electro as Moor Mother. In Irreversible Entanglements, she records scalding free jazz. Both have new albums this fall.

‘Undine,’ ‘My Zoe’ and More Offbeat Streaming Gems
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
From slasher musicals to water nymph dramas, we recommend a number of unusual films to breathe new life into your streaming routine.

Balanchine, the Teacher:‘I Pushed Everybody’
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
He used to say he would be remembered more for his teaching than his ballets. The film“In Balanchine’s Classroom” provides a glimpse of that.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.

Listen to the Essential Terence Blanchard
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Spike Lee scores, daring jazz: Here are highlights from the varied career of the composer of“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Readers Aren’t Into Sports? The Best-Seller List Says Otherwise.
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Basketball and tennis are the subjects of two top titles written by stars in their own fields.

The Best Book That Amor Towles Ever Received as a Gift
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
“My wife gave me the first edition of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ to be published in English (in 1886). That the edition was in translation was just as well, since I don’t read a word of Russian.”

Oedipus Takes to the Stages in Berlin
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Four interpretations of the Greek myth have been produced in the German capital, all with resonances for our moment.

Late Night Shares the Stage With Climate Change
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Seven hosts dedicated their Wednesday shows to raising awareness about the urgent need to slow global warming.

Kerry James Marshall to Design Windows for National Cathedral
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 +0000
Kerry James Marshall will design two stained-glass windows addressing racial justice to replace a pair honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Melvin Van Peebles, Champion of New Black Cinema, Dies at 89
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
A fertile creative force, he wrote fiction and musicals but is best known for a breakthrough movie that heralded the genre known as blaxploitation.

Carmen Balthrop, Soprano Known for Joplin Opera Role, Dies at 73
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
After winning a vocal competition in 1975, she starred in“Treemonisha,” which ended up on Broadway. She also sang for a senator.

‘The Village Detective: A Song Cycle’ Review: Soviet Film Hero Emerges
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Bill Morrison, the poet laureate of lost films, turns the story of footage found near Iceland into a history of a slice of Soviet cinema.

What to Watch This Fall
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Plan your TV itinerary.

3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Check out Paul Thek’s “meat piece,” Julia Bland’s textile paintings and “Modern: Ancient: Brown” by McArthur Binion.

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Barbara Campbell Cooke, 85, Widow of the Slain Sam Cooke, Is Dead
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
They were teenage sweethearts, but their marriage turned tragic, and when she married the protégé singer Bobby Womack, the publicity was intense and the boos were loud.

Review: In‘Polylogues,’ Dispatches From Non-Monogamy
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Xandra Nur Clark’s provocatively questing but overlong solo show is a compassionate portal into a topic often treated with prurience.

‘Intrusion’ Review: We’re All Trying to Find the Guy Who Did This
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
This domestic thriller from Netflix is painfully dumb and laughably obvious.

What About the Heroine’s Journey?
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
The Harvard scholar Maria Tatar has made a career of studying fairy tales and folklore. Now she is taking aim at Joseph Campbell and showing us the women he left out of the story.

Late Night (and BTS) Goes to the U.N. General Assembly
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Trevor Noah referred to the U.N. event as“the annual gathering that honestly could just be a Zoom.”

Willie Garson, Who Played Stanford Blatch on'Sex and the City', Dies at 57
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Mr. Garson was also known for his role as the con man Mozzie on“White Collar.”

Sarah Dash, the‘Glue’ of the Vocal Trio Labelle, Is Dead at 76
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
She brought her church-rooted soprano and high harmonies to the rock and funk powerhouse best known for the No. 1 hit“Lady Marmalade.”

Review: In‘Sanctuary City,’ Slamming the Door on the Dream
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
For the undocumented immigrant teenagers in Martyna Majok’s unsparing, unsentimental new play, home is a heartbreaking lesson in betrayal.

David Alan Grier on Navigating the Art World as a Black Collector
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
The Tony-nominated actor and comedian discusses his love for overalls, citrus trees and trying to sell his teenage daughter on Frank Sinatra.

Saadi Yacef,‘Battle of Algiers’ Catalyst and Actor, Dies at 93
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
At the center of the Algerian effort to throw off French rule, he re-created that role in Gillo Pontecorvo’s searing 1966 movie, based on a book by Mr. Yacef.

The Alarming Rise of Peter Thiel, Tech Mogul and Political Provocateur
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
In a revealing new biography,“The Contrarian,” the journalist Max Chafkin charts Thiel’s ascendancy in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., as a driven man drawn to far-right causes and beliefs.

Two of America’s Leading Historians Look at the Nation’s Founding Once Again — to Understand It in All Its Complexity
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Joseph J. Ellis’s “The Cause” and Gordon S. Wood’s “Power and Liberty” argue that the Constitution was a necessary compromise.

Anne-Marie Slaughter Explains What She Has Learned From a Long Career of Public Service
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Slaughter’s “Renewal” looks at how a personal transformation can lead to broader social change.

Bicycle Diaries: Cruising With the‘American Utopia’ Family
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Our intrepid reporter and photographer biked through Queens with David Byrne and some of his castmates ahead of their return to Broadway. Then the skies opened up.

Review: After Merce, the Dances Go On, and Go On to Inspire
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
“In Conversation With Merce,” a virtual program, features Merce Cunningham’s “Landrover” and responses to it, by Liz Gerring and Kyle Abraham.

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage. But reports of her divorce from Nashville have been greatly exaggerated.

Review: What if‘Star Wars’ Really Were Japanese?
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
“Star Wars: Visions,” a collection of short films on Disney+, lets Japanese animators play with a franchise that has deep roots in their country’s storytelling traditions.

Beyond the Art Fair, Things to Do While Visiting Basel
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
From riverside cafes to an exhibition on the video game industry, the city has plenty to offer.

Art Basel Reasserts Its Importance at Home
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
‘The mother of all art fairs’ is a hybrid of sorts, but the emphasis is on the in-person presentation in Switzerland.

Art That Looks at What Women See
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
An exhibition at a Swiss museum asks visitors to consider how female artists view their portrait subjects.

Art Basel’s Other Exhibition Hall Is a City
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
With sites around Basel, the fair’s Parcours sector offers visitors new ways to consider how people approach space, indoors and outdoors.

Lil Nas X Reveals Himself on‘Montero’
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
After a record-breaking single, a tentative EP, a public coming out and another newsworthy smash, the 22-year-old pop sensation offers a fuller view of his inner world.

Liliana Porter Finds Art in the Empty Spaces
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Art Basel offers the latest platform for the work of the established artist, which takes the form of photography, painting and prints.

Review: For Armory Recitals, a Modest but Memorable Return
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Paul Appleby and Conor Hanick presented a song program focused on cycles by Beethoven and Berg.

An Installation That Carries the World’s Weight
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
After a year’s delay, the artist Min Yoon makes his debut at Art Basel with his “Turtles All the Way Down.”

Bushwick Starr Gets New $2.2 Million Home
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
The innovative Brooklyn performing arts space is moving three L stops away, to a former dairy plant in Bushwick— and prepping for a new chapter as a neighborhood cultural hub.

Yaya DaCosta Joins Elite Society in‘Our Kind of People’
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
In an interview, the actor discusses leaving“Chicago Med” for her soapy new Fox drama about a powerful Black community on Martha’s Vineyard. “I can carry a show,” she said. “It’s time.”

A Theater in a California Canyon Becomes an Oasis Once Again
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
Created by blacklisted actors during the Red Scare, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, a picturesque outdoor theater, is drawing audiences in the pandemic.

Lena Waithe, Gillian Flynn to Become Book Publishers With Zando
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
The two women are joining Zando, an independent publishing company founded last year that plans to work with authors and sell books in unconventional ways.

7 Podcasts for Parents Who Need a Break
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
These shows will provide a sense of community and useful tips for just about any parenting scenario.

A Hollywood Producer and a Master of Adaptation
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
“That’s my skill,” said Bruna Papandrea, who teamed with Reese Witherspoon on hits like “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” She now has her own company providing shows and movies to a number of streaming services.

Beasts and Baseball: New Science Fiction and Fantasy
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
“The Body Scout,” “Light From Uncommon Stars” and “No Gods, No Monsters” tell stories of genetic dystopias, musical gifts and mythic creatures.

In Richard Powers’s New Novel, Hope for a Grieving Kid and Planet May Lurk in the Human Brain
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
The Pulitzer Prize winner’s latest book, “Bewilderment,” features a widowed father whose troubled son is transformed by a novel neurofeedback therapy with profound implications for the human race.

An Irreverent Novel Trains Its Gaze on Refugees and Their Rescuers
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
“The Wrong End of the Telescope,” by the Lebanese American writer Rabih Alameddine, examines the relationship between Middle Eastern refugees and their Western rescuers with clear eyes and trenchant humor.

A History of Medical Innovation That Doesn’t Ignore the Side Effects
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
In“You Bet Your Life,” Paul A. Offit looks at advances that have prolonged life, from chemotherapy to the Covid vaccine, and the difficult, even deadly, paths to arrive at them.

NY Times Obituaries:




Melvin Van Peebles, Champion of New Black Cinema, Dies at 89
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
A fertile creative force, he wrote fiction and musicals but is best known for a breakthrough movie that heralded the genre known as blaxploitation.

George Holliday, Who Taped Police Beating of Rodney King, Dies at 61
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
His shocking video, which played a key role in the prosecution of four officers, presaged the now-common use of cellphones to capture police abuse.

Carmen Balthrop, Soprano Known for Joplin Opera Role, Dies at 73
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
After winning a vocal competition in 1975, she starred in“Treemonisha,” which ended up on Broadway. She also sang for a senator.

Barbara Campbell Cooke, 85, Widow of the Slain Sam Cooke, Is Dead
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
They were teenage sweethearts, but their marriage turned tragic, and when she married the protégé singer Bobby Womack, the publicity was intense and the boos were loud.

Sarah Dash, the‘Glue’ of the Vocal Trio Labelle, Is Dead at 76
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
She brought her church-rooted soprano and high harmonies to the rock and funk powerhouse best known for the No. 1 hit“Lady Marmalade.”

Willie Garson, Who Played Stanford Blatch on'Sex and the City', Dies at 57
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 +0000
Mr. Garson was also known for his role as the con man Mozzie on“White Collar.”

Saadi Yacef,‘Battle of Algiers’ Catalyst and Actor, Dies at 93
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
At the center of the Algerian effort to throw off French rule, he re-created that role in Gillo Pontecorvo’s searing 1966 movie, based on a book by Mr. Yacef.

Reuben Klamer, Creator of the Game of Life, Dies at 99
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
He developed an estimated 200 toys and other items, including a phaser rifle for“Star Trek.” But his best-known product was a game for “literally everyone on earth.”

Irma Kalish, TV Writer Who Tackled Social Issues, Dies at 96
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
A female trailblazer in the TV industry, she and her husband took on topics like rape and abortion in writing for sitcoms like“All in the Family” and “Maude.”

Anthony Johnson, Actor Known for‘Friday,’ Dies at 55
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
Mr. Johnson, whose other film credits include“House Party” and “Menace II Society,” died on Sept. 6, his agent said.

Kenneth Schoen,‘Linchpin’ in Criminal Justice Reform, Dies at 89
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
In Minnesota, New York and nationally, he pushed for better conditions for prison inmates and more options for“community-based corrections.”

John Shelby Spong, 90, Dies; Sought to Open Up the Episcopal Church
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
Bishop Spong pushed for women in the clergy and same-sex marriage, and he called on his followers to reject“supernatural” aspects of Christianity.

Peter Williams, 69, Dies; His Art Evoked Black Lives, Including His
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 +0000
His colorful works could be quite personal, or they could be blunt responses to police brutality or other news of the day.

Yolanda López, Artist Who Celebrated Working-Class Women, Dies at 78
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 +0000
She was celebrated for recasting the Virgin of Guadalupe in her own image as a feminist superhero— a young, strong, brown woman in running shoes.

AdalbertoÁlvarez, Latin Dance Music Maestro, Is Dead at 72
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 +0000
He was known as the“Gentleman of Son” because of his infectious enthusiasm for repopularizing the genre considered the bedrock of the Cuban sound.

Bennie Pete, Bandleader Who Kept the Beat After Katrina, Dies at 45
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 +0000
A tuba player and the leader of the Hot 8, one of New Orleans’s high-profile brass bands, he brought music to his fellow citizens in the difficult days after the storm.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria’s Longest-Serving President, Dies at 84
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 +0000
He joined the country’s fight for independence in the 1950s and helped lead it out of a brutal civil war in the 1990s. He was ousted in 2019 after 20 years in office,

Ralph Irizarry, Innovative Latin Percussionist, Dies at 67
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 +0000
A colleague said Mr. Irizarry, who played timbales with Ray Barretto and Rubén Blades and led his own bands, expanded the instrument’s possibilities “to the nth degree.”

Antony Hewish, Astronomer Honored for the Discovery of Pulsars, Dies at 97
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 +0000
He received a Nobel Prize for his finding. Some criticized the prize because it was a graduate student in his lab who had first detected the signals.

Jane Powell, Hollywood’s Girl Next Door, Is Dead at 92
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 +0000
Typecast from the outset, she was a star of movie musicals before she was out of her teens. But her big-screen career peaked when she was in her 20s.

Joan Washington, Dialect Coach to the Stars, Dies at 74
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 +0000
She taught Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain and countless other performers how to sound like someone else.

Ida Nudel,‘Angel’ to Soviet Jews Seeking to Flee, Dies at 90
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 +0000
During the Cold War, she fought for the rights of others and waged a 16-year fight of her own for an exit visa to Israel. She finally won in 1987.

Ruly Carpenter, 81, Dies; Owned the Phillies’ First Championship Team
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 +0000
Distressed by soaring salaries, he sold the team a year after they beat Kansas City in the 1980 World Series.“We hoped common sense would prevail,’’ he said. “But it didn’t.”