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pogonotrophy, n.
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: pogonotrophy, n. The cultivation or growing of a beard.

dragon boat, n.
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: dragon boat, n. A traditional type of Chinese rowing boat used in racing at an annual festival celebrated today, typically approx. 40 ft. (12.2 m.) in length, made of teak, and decorated at the prow and stern with figures of the head and tail of a dragon.

là-bas, adv.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: là-bas, adv. Over there, down there.

pass-remarkable, adj.
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: pass-remarkable, adj. Making or inclined to make (esp. disparaging) remarks or comments; excessively or offensively critical.

poetaster, n.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: poetaster, n. An inferior poet; a writer of poor or trashy verse; a mere versifier.

perlaceous, adj.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: perlaceous, adj. Resembling pearl in appearance; pearly, nacreous.

stink eye, n.
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 -0400
OED Word of the Day: stink eye, n. A look or glare that expresses anger, disapproval, disgust, etc.; a dirty look.

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Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 GMT
Plus: Canon has cameras that only let employees into meeting rooms if they smile, and moreIn briefThe Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), whichset sailthis week from the UK to the US, failed just three days into its journey. It appears a mechanical fault occurred, something the Mayflower's AI can't fix itself.…

Spyware, trade-secret theft, and $30m in damages: How two online support partners spectacularly fell out
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Chat-bot maker LivePerson wins lawsuit against call-center outfit [24]7.aiOn Thursday, a jury in a federal court in Oakland, California, found call center biz [24]7.ai– as in, 24/7 – guilty of unfair competition and stealing trade secrets from chatbot maker LivePerson, awarding the company more than $30m in damages.…

Amazon notices Apple, Google cutting app store commission rates, follows suit
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Keeps small-time devs on the reservation with AWS credits, tooAmazon this week said it would reduce its Appstore commission rate for less successful developers, following recent similar moves by Apple and Google, and is sweetening its deal by offering AWS credits to support apps' backend services.…

FCC pushes forward on rules to block the certification of new telecoms gear from ZTE and Huawei
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Crackdown on loopholes that allow 'high-risk' vendors to have equipment approved for use in the USThe US Federal Communications Commission is pressing forward with a proposal that wouldban telecommunications providers[PDF] from using equipment made by manufacturers deemed to present a risk to national security.…

New York congressman puts forward federal right-to-repair bill
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Fair Repair Act targets all varieties of electronic devicesA New York congressman has introduced afederal right-to-repair bill, just a week after thestate's Senatepassed a bill addressing the same issue. That state bill has failed to progress, we note.…

Petition instructs Jeff Bezos to buy, eat world's most famous painting
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Booze-fuelled Change.org campaign implores Amazon founder to 'GOBBLE DA LISA!'Ultra-billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has already been the subject of a petitionasking him not to return to Earthafter heblasts off in his New Shepard rocketon July 20, but even if he is allowed back, Bezos is now facing an even more difficult prospect.…

Microsoft: Try to break our first preview of 64-bit Visual Studio– go on, we dare you
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Plus: Updates to .NET 6, ASP.NET Core, and .NET MAUIMicrosoft has unveiled a slew of developer tools, including a preview of the64-bit Visual Studio 2022, ahead ofthatdeveloper event set for 24 June.…

Racist malware blocks The Pirate Bay by tampering with victims' Windows hosts file
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Hello, 2002 called with one of the oldest low-tech tricks in the bookMalware laced with racial epithets tries to block Windows-based victims from visiting file-sharing sites associated with copyright infringement, according to new Sophos research.…

UK gets glowing salute from Bezos-backed General Fusion: Nuclear energy company to build plant in Oxfordshire
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Biz will develop Magnetized Target Fusion technology at the siteGeneral Fusion– the Canadian-based atomic outfit backed by Jeff Bezos and a battalion of other major investors – is to build a test facility in Oxfordshire to showcase its power-generating technology.…

UK financial watchdog dithers over£680k refund from Google (in ad credits, mind you) for running anti-fraud ads
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
MPs give FCA a telling-off for wasting taxpayer moneyThe UK's financial regulator is refusing to say whether it will accept an offer by Google to pay back more than£600,000 spent on online ads warning people about the dangers of money scams.…

CREST president Ian Glover to retire after 13 years– but where's the transparency, bossman?
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
UK infosec accreditation body still won't publish exam cheatsheet scandal report nor be interviewed by El RegIan Glover, president of infosec accreditation body CREST, is stepping down from his post, he told the organisation's annual general meeting yesterday.…

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long<i>Enterprise</i>playset
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
$500, 136-piece, tribble-ladenStar Trektribute is immense, but clearly illogicalPlaymobil is set to boldly go where no three-inch man has gone before with the release of a metre-long replica of the NCC-1701 USSEnterprisefrom the originalStar Trekseries.…

Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
'This is shooting Schematron in the heart ... its heart is individual open source developers'The original inventor of a popular XML standard, Rick Jelliffe, who created Schematron, has protested that his open source work is now behind a paywall at standards body ISO.…

Vissles V84: Mechanical keyboard hits all the right buttons for Mac power users
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Ideal for Apple fans who appreciate little boxes made of clicky-clackyReviewMechanical keyboard manufacturers have typically swerved Mac users. It's not personal, it's just business.…

Wanted: Brexit<i>grand fromage</i>.£120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Successful applicant must 'change existing thinking', which is odd as it's all been going so well up to nowNo 10 Downing Street - the home of the UK Prime Minister - is looking to hire a big cheese at the Brexit Opportunities Unit to bring a fresh new oomph and zing to Whitehall.…

That aging database isn’t just an inconvenience. It’s blocking your entire digital transformation
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Hear how real-world users have switched to DBaaS with the Nutanix Database Summit on-demandPromoIf your organisation still relies on a creaking, legacy database, it’s not just your data administrators who are suffering.…

Poltergeist attack could leave autonomous vehicles blind to obstacles– or haunt them with new ones
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
First 'AMpLe' concept proves worryingly simple to implement with successResearchers at the Ubiquitous System Security Lab of Zhejiang University and the University of Michigan's Security and Privacy Research Group say they've found a way to blind autonomous vehicles to obstacles using simple audio signals.…

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
How did I love thee? Let me count the email redirectionsSomething for the Weekend, Sir?How many websites do I have? Go on, take a guess. Well done! You might be correct… or perhaps not. Honestly, I have no idea.…

What a time to be alive: Cisco now offering 5G routers to ride along in cars
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Switchzilla adds 5G options to edge routers and gateways, bets you'd rather buy its kit than run multiple networksCisco has announced industrial routers and internet gateways with baked in 5G as it tries to extend the enterprise network and SD-WAN to the edge.…

A hotline to His Billness? Or a guard having a bit of a giggle?
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Choose Your Own On CallOn CallYou can never be sure who is on the other end of theon-callphone. It might be a minion... but sometimes it might be the master. Or maybe not.…

VMware’s just given its best allies the tool to spread its Tanzu container creed
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
4000 service provider clouds are based on vSphere— now they’re all capable of running Kubernetes tooVMware has shipped Tanzu Basic for service providers, making it possible to run Kubernetes on over 4000 clouds, and thereby given itself a better chance at having its containerised stack succeed.…

Chinese web giant Baidu unveils Level 4 robo-taxi that costs $75k to make
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Plans to roll 1,000 of 'em off the production line in three yearsChinese tech giant Baidu and state-owned BAIC Group's ARCFOX Brand have teamed to build 1000 autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) for use as taxis over the next three years— and claim they’ve cut manufacturing costs to just $75,000 apiece.…

India’s ban on Chinese apps eases just a little as PUBG blasts back onto Google Play, maybe Korean Stock market too
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Fragfest adds green blood, Azure cloud, shirts, and detailed rules about how to kill people politely to satisfy regulatorsPUBG, one of the highest-profile China-linked apps India banned in 2020, has been allowed back into Google’s Indian Play store despite India's previous insistence its bans are permanent.…

South Korea bans 1700 tech products for using forged test reports
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Huawei, Cisco, and Samsung caught out as US-based testing labs allegedly sent work to ChinaSouth Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT has revoked safety certification for 1696 communications products after discovering that test results attesting to their safety were misrepresented.…

Facebook and Singapore teams looking for ways to get data centres relaxing in moist tropical climes
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Heat and humidity are horrible, and your server can’t quaff a cocktail to cool offSingapore’s two major universities — Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) — have announced they are establishing a US$17.2M research program to develop data centre cooling tech that works in tropical environments.…

Dem, Repub senators propose tax credits for factories that churn out chips on US soil
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
It'll be absolutely FABS-ulous, Wyden and Crapo promiseUS senators introduced a law bill on Thursday offering semiconductor manufacturers tax credits to encourage them to build more fabrication plants on American soil as well as specialized equipment for chips.…

Google dishes out homemade SLSA, a recipe to thwart software supply-chain attacks
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 GMT
Try it with phish'n'chipsGoogle has proposed a framework called SLSA for dealing with supply chain attacks, a security risk exemplified by the recent compromise of the SolarWinds Orion IT monitoring platform.…

FYI: There's a human-less, AI robot Mayflower ship sailing from the UK to US right now
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Follow this Plymouth to Plymouth trip onlineA 15-metre-long autonomous human-free ship has begun a 3,000-odd-mile trip from the UK to the US to recreate the historic Mayflower voyage of 1620.…

TITAN crypto-token does the opposite of zero to $60: Value plummets in hours
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
And did a code bug throw a spanner in the works for IRON investors?A cryptocurrency token called TITAN collapsed on Wednesday, going from about $60 apiece to near zero in a matter of hours. The sales frenzy, attributed to a sell-off driven by whales– people who hold large amounts of a cryptocurrency in this context – also destabilized a so-called stablecoin known as IRON.…

Ex-Brave staffer launches GDPR sueball in Germany over tech giants' real-time bidding for ad inventory
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Privacy browser's former chief policy officer calls web advertising ecosystem 'the Biggest. Data. Breach. Ever'Former Brave chief policy officer Johnny Ryan is continuing his crusade against the online advertising industry by filing a lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and US telco AT&T in Germany.…

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Ex-Pink Floyd uber-grouch calls social media mandroid 'one of the most powerful idiots in the world'Grouchy former Pink Floyd bassist/vocalist Roger Waters launched an expletive-laden attack on human-impersonating Facebook CEObot Mark Zuckerberg after receiving a request from Instagram to use one of his songs in a promotional film.…

Chrome 'Conformance' for JavaScript frameworks says: If you don't follow our rules, your project won't build
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Google knows bestGoogle's Chrome team has introduced projects to assist framework authors with what it considers best practice, starting mainly with the React-based Next.js.…

Your spacesuit ran into a problem and needs to restart
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
ISS solar array installation overran after a good old 'off and on again'There are two things a spacewalker doesn't want to hear: "Can you turn it off and turn it on again?" and "What's that hissing sound?"…

Space Force turtle expert uncovers $1.2m Cape Canaveral cocaine haul
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
30kg stash lost overboard by smugglers enough to get anyone out of their shellA member of the newly inaugurated US Space Force discovered more than she bargained for as she conducted a survey of turtle nests on the coast around Cape Canaveral last month.…

Graph DB slinger Neo4j secures $325m round of funding for $2bn valuation
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Also touts sharded graph application running on 1,000 serversNeo4j has secured another $325m in a funding round and said it was ready to demo a distributed graph database with a trillion relationships, sharded across 1,000 servers, returning queries in a matter of milliseconds.…

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Let's 'free up data for innovation and in the public interest,' says paperA UK government taskforce chaired by the architect of the disastrous£700m"one dole-to-rule-them-all" Universal CreditIT project, Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, has published a wish list of regulatory proposals it wants to see adopted by a post-Brexit administration.…

Tim Cook: Sideloading is a disaster and proposed App Store reforms would harm user privacy and security
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Apple CEO stays on message during interview while Epic case rumbles alongTim Cook has claimed that proposed reforms to the App Store are "not in the best interests of the user" and would "destroy the security of the iPhone."…

Microsoft loves Linux so much that packages.microsoft.com has fallen and can't get up
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Ubuntu fans report 404 errors amid 'space issues' TITSUP*Microsoft demonstrated its deep and meaningful affection for all things penguin overnight by borkingpackages.microsoft.comand leaving some Linux fans bereft of the company's wares.…

Google cosies up to AMD for high-performance scale-out Tau VMs– but makes eyes at Intel and Arm, too
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
New 60 vCPU VMs come with some bold price-performance claims, but AMD needs to stay on its toesGoogle's cloud arm has hooked up with AMD, tapping up its latest EPYC processors for a new family of virtual machines, Tau VMs, aimed at scale-out applications - but the company isn't keen on tying itself down to just one chip-slinger.…

Not very sage rage over UK pay outage: Opayo says 'ohheyno' as payment processor's payments stop processing
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Glitch leaves punters unable to pay for their goods and servicesOpayo, the payment processor formerly known as Sage Pay, has not been having a great Thursday, as an unknown systems failure took its systems offline - preventing customers from accepting any payments.…

Toyota reveals its work on an honest-to-goodness cloak of invisibility
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Though it's mostly just looking to make its cars safer, rather than hide themA team of researchers have detailed a range of techniques which they suggest could one day lead to a genuine cloak of invisibility - although, thanks to Toyota's involvement, they're looking to start by making the windscreen pillars disappear from your next car.…

Facebook, academics think they've cracked spotting deepfakes by spotting how they're generated
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
99% accuracy in testingComputer scientists have built prototype software capable of not only detecting fake images forged by neural networks but also estimating the properties of the model used to generate these so-called deepfakes.…

Utopia? Echoes of Delphi and Dreamweaver in new visual editor for React
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
'I loved the idea of FrontPage, and learnt so much' confesses Utopia founderLooking for a design and coding tool for React? A new effort, Utopia, was released in alpha this week.…

UK product safety regulations are failing consumers online, in the IoT, and… with artificial intelligence?
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
So the National Audit Office found in report on the Office of Product Safety and Standards, anywayA report into the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has highlighted“gaps in regulators' powers”, with major risks found in oversight of online marketplaces, “smart” Internet of Things devices — and, oddly, artificial intelligence.…

You had one job: Akamai's Prolexic Denial-of-Service protection system fingered after users in Australia denied, er, services
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Major banks, websites, gaming services, and more taken downUpdatedA wide range of internet-connected services in Australia, including banking systems, are experiencing an outage– and it looks like a hiccup at Akamai was at the heart of the problem.…

Stob treks back across the decades to review the greatest TV sci-fi in the light of recent experience
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
To boldly zoomStobExterior: model shot. The Enterprise is seen parked above the equator of a planet. As usual, it is at a peculiar, inward-shifting angle relative to its background. It gives the impression that, far from being captured by gravitational pull, it can only sustain its orbit by continually bearing hard to the left, as though the modelmakers were unaware of the comparative scale of planets and spaceships.…

Microsoft CEO gets a side hustle— Satya Nadella made Chair of Microsoft board
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Gates did both jobs, Ballmer didn’t. And of course there’s a handbrake in the form of a new lead independent directorMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has been appointed Chair of the company’s board.…

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Japan Supersonic Research wants to be in the air by 2030Japan has a assembled a supergroup of aviation, industrial, and space organisations to build a supersonic passenger jet.…

Biden to Putin: Get your ransomware gangs under control and don’t you dare cyber-attack our infrastructure
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Putin to Biden:чушь! You already attack us way more than we attack you!US President Joe Biden and his Russian Federation counterpart Vladimir Putin have traded barbs over cyber-attacks at a summit meeting staged yesterday in Switzerland.…

Dell hires its‘top advisor’ Chuck Whitten from Bain&amp; Co as third member of leadership cabal
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 GMT
Seeks extra decision-making bandwidth“to lead next phase of growth” by appointing two co-chief operating officersDell has appointed a new member of its senior leadership team: former Bain& Company director Chuck Whitten.…

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With‘In the Heights,’ Jimmy Smits Sings a Little but Gave It a Lot
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
He doesn’t have a musical theater background, so he worked hard to make one line — “Good morning, Usnavi” — ring out. Now that’s how he’s being greeted.

The Ballet Star and the Russian Magnate: A Feud Roils the Dance World
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Natalia Osipova and the impresario Vladimir Kekhman, formerly known as Russia’s “Banana King,” once worked closely together.

André De Shields Isn’t Done With ‘King Lear’ (or ‘Hadestown’)
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The actor is performing the coveted role for a second time, and is already aiming for a third. But first: He’s returning to Broadway in September.

Now Sparks Can Confuse Fans on the Big Screen
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The musical brothers Ron and Russell Mael are known for catchy songs and perplexing shifts. But they longed to be in films. This summer they’re part of two.

The Internet’s Exotic Pets, and the People Who Love Them
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The stars of Pet Tube are modeling the radical caretaking of strange animals. But they are only human.

120 CDs Later, a Conductor’s Legacy Is Still Uncertain
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Eugene Ormandy led the Philadelphia Orchestra to heights of pure sound, not intriguing interpretations, a new box set shows.

Documenta Sets the Direction of Art. Its Past Mirrored a Changing World.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The trajectory of Documenta, a once-every-five-years exhibition that carries huge weight in the contemporary art world, is highlighted in a new display in Berlin.

The Enslaved Artist Whose Pottery Was an Act of Resistance
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Poetic jars by David Drake are setting records at auction and starring in art museums, showcasing the artistry of enslaved African Americans.

Five Pioneering Black Ballerinas:‘We Have to Have a Voice’
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
These early Dance Theater of Harlem stars met weekly on Zoom— to survive the isolation of the pandemic and to reclaim their role in dance history.

Father and Son Return to the Stage, Together. Again. No Regrets.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Reed and Ephraim Birney are in the Berkshires, reprising their roles in“Chester Bailey.” They discuss what it’s like to play off — and fight — each other.

Juneteenth: 7 Events for Celebrating the Holiday in New York
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
On Saturday, many of the city’s cultural venues are holding performances and parties to mark the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

‘Rita Moreno’ Documentary Review: An Icon’s Growing Pains
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
This paean to the trailblazing Puerto Rican actress is also a case study in the highs and lows of showbiz for a woman of color.

'Divas'at the Arab World Institute: Singers Who Took Center Stage
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
A multimedia exhibition in Paris offers a rich flashback to a period between the 1920s and the 1970s when many female performers took center stage.

A History of Getting Hammered, and Why Some of Us Should Keep Doing It
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 +0000
In“Drunk,” Edward Slingerland plays devil’s advocate for the pleasure and utility of Dionysian abandon.

Allen Midgette, an Ersatz Andy Warhol, Dies at 82
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
In a prank, or perhaps a piece of performance art, Mr. Midgette pretended to be the famed artist on a lecture tour in 1967.

‘Liminality’ Is Theater of the Mind That Explores the In-Between
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
A new virtual reality experience in Williamsburg marries wondrous production values with banal narratives.

‘Us’ Offers Marital Angst and a Trip to Europe
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The“Masterpiece” mini-series, arriving Sunday on PBS, tracks a crumbling marriage through some of the Continent’s most glorious scenery.

What to Do This Weekend
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Juneteenth and Father’s Day.

Frank Bonner, Brash Salesman on‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dies at 79
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
He played the memorably obnoxious Herb Tarlek for all four seasons of the popular sitcom set at a radio station, and reprised the role on a sequel show a decade later.

In the Weeds of‘In the Heights’
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic choices and the critical blowback to the film’s casting.

H.E.R.’s Soulful Suspicions, and 11 More New Songs
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Hear tracks by Yves Tumor, Brittney Spencer, Tyler, the Creator and others.

The Literary Life of Cicadas
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The arrival of our buzzing summer friends also brings buggy bookish allusions.

On the Pointlessness of Pointy Shoes
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Archaeological advice on post-pandemic footwear. Plus: brittle stars in a“weirdo box,” a possible Viking ransom and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

The One About Bibi Netanyahu’s Father and the Perils of Diaspora
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
In his new novel,“The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.

Five Action Movies to Stream Now
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
From flicks about vengeful gangsters to sagas of postapocalyptic survival, this month’s picks include films from around the globe.

Control of New York’s Stages Remains in White Hands, a Study Finds
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The Asian American Performers Action Coalition is hoping for a season of change when theaters reopen.

Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love‘Recovery of an MMO Junkie’
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
During a pandemic year in isolation, our critic found solace in this anime rom-com about the ways we avoid or ultimately give in to intimacy.

Once Again, Fossils Are Hot
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Collectors are surging again to own a bit of natural history, be it an ancient shell, an animal’s tooth or a full dinosaur skeleton for the foyer.

Brigid Berlin, Andy Warhol’s Most Enduring Friend
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Berlin, who died last year, was a great artist in her own right, and her New York apartment, which is being sold, is a window into a bygone era in the city’s history.

When Bots and Antibodies Are Art Materials
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
For over 50 years, Lynn Hershman Leeson has anticipated and reflected the ways in which technology might change us.

Using Augmented Reality, London Takes Its Art to the Streets
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
A walking tour, sculpture trail and outdoor installations are designed to encourage the public to engage again with culture in the city.

The Stylist Akeem Smith Turns Jamaican Dance Hall Into Art
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
As a fashion influence, his creative orbit includes Hood by Air, Helmut Lang and his own label, Section 8.

Preserving an Art Fair’s Eclectic Approach, Online
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Masterpiece London is virtual again, but this time it can build on last year’s success.

A Matchmaker App to Connect Artists and Collectors
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Stacie McCormick’s Fair Art Fair, which is to debut next month, hopes to bring unrepresented artists to the attention of buyers, without the high fees.

New in Paperback:‘The World’s Fastest Man’ and ‘Our Time Is Now’
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Me and My Dad: Sophie and Arthur Elgort on Making Fashion Photography a Family Business
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Also, the problems with modern magazines and what it’s like growing up with a camera in your face.

Stephen Colbert Celebrates America’s New Holiday, Juneteenth
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
June 19 is“also known as Macklemore’s birthday, but haven’t Black Americans suffered enough?” Colbert joked on Thursday night.

Jordan Ellenberg Wouldn’t Have Given the Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
“I strongly endorse the idea of going beyond the verbal art forms traditionally marked as ‘literature,’ but everybody already knows about Bob Dylan. They should have given it to Lynda Barry.”

Black Lives Drawn and Stories of Struggle Told Through Comics
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
In her latest Graphic Content column, Hillary Chute looks at a compilation of Black cartoonists and a history of female slave rebellions.

Turning to Books to Grasp the Most Ungraspable Disease
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Sandeep Jauhar offers a tour of books about Alzheimer’s, from the search for a cure to fictionalized accounts of living with this scourge.

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Try a great new British mini-series, or plunge back into two returning favorites.

Hit Hard by Pandemic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center to Merge
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
By joining forces, the two institutions hope to bounce back from the severe losses brought by the coronavirus.

A Guide to Theater Festivals in New York and the Berkshires
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
From the Williamstown Theater Festival to New York Stage and Film, theatergoers can experience world premieres, concerts and more.

Angélique Kidjo Connects With Africa’s Next Musical Generation
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
The artist from Benin showed African songwriters how to reach the world. Now they’re repaying the favor.

‘Physical’ Review: Feeling the Sick Burn
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Rose Byrne stars in an Apple TV+ dramedy as a seriously bitter woman seeking fulfillment in 1980s San Diego, and starting to find it in an aerobics studio.

Eva Sereny, Who Photographed Film Stars at Work, Dies at 86
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
She captured De Niro, Streep, Eastwood and many others, often in unguarded moments. Working with directors like Fellini and Spielberg inspired her to make movies herself.

‘Fatherhood’ Review: He Lost His Wife. Go Easy on Him.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Kevin Hart plays a widower raising a daughter in this Father’s Day Netflix weepie, but the lack of conflict borders on bland.

How Bats and Their Poop Erase Ancient Cave Art
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
Bats roosting in caves produce ample guano, which may explain why prehistoric marks left by humans cannot be found in some places where they are expected.

A Small Brazilian Photo Club That Reached for the Skyline
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
How a group of mostly amateur photographers helped develop Brazil’s modernist aesthetic.

For a Composer, the Final Minutes Are Critical
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Flowering into lushly affecting patterns, Christopher Cerrone’s new album is part of a burst of activity over the past year.

9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

‘Luca’ Review: Calamari by Your Name
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Pixar takes a trip to the Italian coast in this breezy, charming sea-monster story.

Sparks, a Musical Curiosity With a Big Following for Half a Century
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Edgar Wright knows Sparks and you will too, once you see his documentary about this singular cultural phenomenon.

‘Les Nôtres’ Review: Hidden Suffering in Plain Sight
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
In this moody film, a 13-year-old girl in a Quebec town hides her pregnancy, but her trauma deepens as the identity of the father emerges.

‘Summer of 85’ Review: Denim Embraces and Stolen Kisses
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
A gay teenagers’s fleeting romance goes off the rails in this coming-of-age story from the French director François Ozon.

‘The French’ Review: A Candid Look at the French Open
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
This documentary by William Klein relies on the unspoken or spontaneous moments to tell the tale of the 1981 Open, off court and on.

‘Truman&Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation’ Review: Friendship in Focus
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
The director deftly constructs a dialogue between Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.

‘A Crime on the Bayou’ Review: Race on Trial
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Nancy Buirski’s documentary deals with a civil rights case in 1960s Louisiana that wound up before the Supreme Court.

‘My Name Is Bulger’ Review: A Boston Saga
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
The documentary tells the tale of two brothers who rose to the top of very different professions: a politician, William, and a mob boss, Whitey.

‘Sweet Thing’ Review: Little Caregivers, Little Fugitives
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
The filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell cast his wife as a negligent mother and his children as runaways in this shimmering black-and-white drama.

NY Times Obituaries:




Allen Midgette, an Ersatz Andy Warhol, Dies at 82
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
In a prank, or perhaps a piece of performance art, Mr. Midgette pretended to be the famed artist on a lecture tour in 1967.

Madeline Davis, Who Spoke to the Nation as a Lesbian, Dies at 80
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
She was the first openly gay woman to speak to a major party’s national convention, asking Democrats in 1972 to include an anti-discrimination plank in their platform.

Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
Her subjects ranged widely, but she took special aim at journalism itself, writing that every journalist“knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”

Kenneth Kaunda, Patriarch of African Independence, Is Dead at 97
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
As Zambia’s first president, he dominated his country, outliving many of the other frontline leaders who had sponsored southern Africa’s guerrilla wars.

Frank Bonner, Brash Salesman on‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dies at 79
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
He played the memorably obnoxious Herb Tarlek for all four seasons of the popular sitcom set at a radio station, and reprised the role on a sequel show a decade later.

Saul B. Cohen, Who Helped Raise CUNY Standards, Dies at 95
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
As president of Queens College and a state regent, Dr. Cohen, a renowned geographer, brokered a compromise to end the open admissions policy.

Eva Sereny, Who Photographed Film Stars at Work, Dies at 86
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
She captured De Niro, Streep, Eastwood and many others, often in unguarded moments. Working with directors like Fellini and Spielberg inspired her to make movies herself.

Brigitte Gerney,‘Crane Lady’ Who Survived Collapse, Dies at 85
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 +0000
Her legs were crushed when she was trapped for six hours in Manhattan in 1985, touching off a media frenzy. Miraculously, she was able to walk again.

Richard R. Ernst, Nobelist Who Paved Way for M.R.I., Dies at 87
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 +0000
His development of advanced analytical techniques formed the basis for M.R.I. technology used in hospitals and helped chemists determine the structure of complex molecules.

Lee Ross, Expert in Why We Misunderstand Each Other, Dies at 78
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 +0000
His argument about how social situations, not personality, can govern behavior took hold in modern psychology and inspired thinkers like Malcolm Gladwell.

Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. Judge With an Activist Streak, Is Dead at 99
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
In 53 years on the bench and nearly a decade as the chief judge of the Eastern District of New York, he was known for his bold jurisprudence and his outsize personality.

William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
A lawyer, he was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, led Jimmy Carter’s New York campaign and targeted jail conditions as head of New York City’s corrections board.

Lisa Banes,'Gone Girl'Actress, Dies at 65 After Hit-and-Run
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
A mainstay of the New York stage, she also acted in films, including“Gone Girl.” She died 10 days after she was struck by a scooter as she was crossing a street in Manhattan.

Richard Baron, Who Published Baldwin and Mailer, Dies at 98
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
As the risk-taking publisher of the Dial Press, he also released the satirical hoax“Report From Iron Mountain,” a “leaked” government report on the dangers of peace.

Carol Jarecki, Respected Chess Referee, Dies at 86
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 +0000
She was known for her practical, no-nonsense approach at scores of major tournaments. She was also a pilot and a nurse and, with her husband, conquered the game of roulette.

Karla Burns, Who Broke a‘British Tonys’ Color Barrier, Dies at 66
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
Her Olivier Award was for her signature role as Queenie in“Show Boat,” a part that once earned a Tony nomination. She later lost her voice in surgery and fought to regain it.

Ned Beatty, Actor Known for‘Network’ and ‘Deliverance,’ Dies at 83
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 +0000
In a career that spanned more than four decades and more than 150 movie and TV roles, Mr. Beatty was rarely the star but almost always made a strong impression.

Donald York, Musical Director of Paul Taylor Company, Dies at 73
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 +0000
Mr. York, a former child prodigy who was raised on jazz and choral music, wrote scores that matched Mr. Taylor’s eclectic choreography.

Mudcat Grant, American League’s First Black 20-Game Winner, Dies at 85
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 +0000
After 14 major league seasons, he wrote a book about Black pitchers and sang in nightclubs.“I made way more money in music than I did in baseball,” he said.

Milton Moses Ginsberg, 85, Unconventional Filmmaker, Dies
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 +0000
His movies about a psychiatrist’s disintegration and a werewolf in the White House originally bombed, but they both drew favorable attention many years later.