Big Little Lies, “The End of the World”

JUNE 25, 2019 This week on Dear Television: Phil Maciak asks why Big Little Lies is so unwilling to follow the money in “The End of the World,” the third episode of its second season. There are spoilers below, but, be aware that Phil doesn’t say anything about the climate change stuff in this episode. There was once a time …

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Book Culture’s future at risk, warns New York indie owner

Published June 25, 2019 by Katie Mansfield The owner of New York’s Book Culture bookshops says the business’s four stores are in danger of closing unless they receive help from the city. … The owner of New York’s Book Culture bookshops says the business’s four stores are in danger of closing unless they receive help from …

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In “The Farm”, immigrants carry the super-rich’s babies

The Farm. By Joanne Ramos.Random House; 336 pages; $27. Bloomsbury Publishing; £12.99. FOR JANE, a job at Golden Oaks, an elegant property north of Manhattan, seems almost too good to be true. She spends her days swaddled in cashmere, engaged in light exercise and nourished by organic superfoods. Her bedroom is far more luxurious than …

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Why Weather Forecasting Keeps Getting Better

At four-fifteen on the morning of June 4, 1944, Group Captain James Martin Stagg, a meteorologist for the British military, arrived at the library of a grand manor house on the southern coast of England. On the other side of the room was General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied Forces—the man Stagg …

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Top Honor for Librarians Revokes Melvil Dewey Name

On the heels of the name change of the Association for Library Services to Children’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award last summer to the Children’s Legacy Award comes another change to a major award in the library world: The Melvil Dewey Award, a top honor given by the American Library Association (ALA) to librarians for creative leadership …

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From Gilead to Gay Disco: Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Dream’

Manuel HarlanDavid Moorst (Puck) and Gwendoline Christie (Titania) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bridge Theatre, London Next summer will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Epithets like “landmark” or, worse, “seminal” have a tendency to attach themselves to mentions of Brook’s production—in fact, it was …

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