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Baby Doctor Charged With Insane Dark Web Kidnapping Plot
via LinkedInA Washington state doctor is behind bars, charged with a diabolical plan to hire hitmen off the dark web to maim a former employee and abduct and extort his estranged wife—a vengeful plot foiled by news reporters.The allegations against Dr. Ronald Ilg, a Spokane neonatologist, contained in federal court papers include a polyamorous relationship, bitcoin payments, chilling text messages, and a suicide attempt.“I fucked it up. Irreparable fuck up,” Ilg allegedly confessed in the note authorities discovered when they found him unconscious from an apparent Xanax overdose, which he survived.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Even After Brownies, My Favorite Bakeware Remained Unstained
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Made InScouting Report: This bakeware set isn’t just beautiful, it’s sturdy, and has the potential to last a lifetime.I’ve been baking a lot more recently, and so when I found out that one of my favorite cookware companies and makers of my favorite skillet, Made In, was coming out with a new bakeware set, I was excited as can be. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m here to say the only issue is if you get these pieces, you’ll want to use them every single day.When I first got the set in the mail, I was blinded. The set is so white, thanks to its porcelain design, made from a 202-year old recipe, and features a red or white trim that is a beautiful touch. But I thought, there’s no way this will stay this white. Low and behold, after baking brownies, potatoes gratin, and even a cassoulet in these, they are fairly easy to clean and maintain their color beautifully. The pieces are safe in the oven up to 650 degrees, and are dishwasher safe, although I’ve found soaking and scrubbing gets the trick done in no time.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Chris Wallace Confronts GOP Senator for Questioning Biden’s Mental Fitness: ‘Is That Helpful?’
Fox NewsFox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on his recent tweet that questioned President Joe Biden’s mental fitness and seemingly suggested Biden’s a Manchurian candidate, asking the senator on Sunday if comments like that are “helpful.”Circling back to the concerted efforts during the 2020 election by Republicans and conservative media to paint the 78-year-old Biden as struggling with cognitive decline, Cornyn referenced a recent Politico article while pondering that someone else is actually in charge of the federal government.“The president is not doing cable news interviews,” he tweeted. “Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters. Invites the question: is he really in charge?”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Capitol Rioter Who Pretended to Be Antifa and Ransacked Pelosi’s Office Released From Jail
Shannon Stapleton via ReutersDespite the fact that Capitol insurrectionist William Robert Norwood III allegedly stole body armor, lied to the FBI, and “led a pack of rioters through the inner sanctum of Speaker Pelosi’s office space” where he lifted a paper coaster, he has been released pending his trial, according to Department of Justice documents seen by The Daily Beast. He is charged with two felonies: obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property.Norwood, who goes by Robbie, boasted to family members about assaulting a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. “It worked,” he wrote to family members. “I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for.” He went on to brag of his bounty. “I got a nice helmet and body armor off a cop for God’s sake and i disarmed him,” he wrote in messages to friends and family. “Tell me how that works.”Norwood petitioned the court last week to be released to home detention which was granted Saturday, according to Department of Justice documents which lay out the extent of Norwood’s involvement in the Jan. 6 riots. “Defendent admitted to packing a green tactical vest, bear mace, and a knife in the vehicle he drove to Washington, D.C.,” the document states, before going on to say that he neither wore the vest, used the bear mace nor wielded the knife while inside the Capitol building. Read more at The Daily Beast.
Fauci: ‘I Doubt Very Seriously’ We’ll Cancel Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
NBC NewsThe nation’s top infectious disease expert struck a cautiously optimistic chord on Sunday, saying that he doubts “very seriously” that the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will be canceled outright in the United States after federal health agencies called for a pause on the vaccine’s rollout last week.Following reports of six blood-clot cases among people who had received the J&J shot, the Food and Drug Administration recommended a temporary halt in administering the vaccines as regulators examined any possible link between the vaccines and the disorder. At the time of the pause, federal health officials said the rollout of the J&J vaccine could resume within a matter of days.During appearances on both NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it was all but a certainty that we should know the state of the Johnson & Johnson shot by the end of this week.Read more at The Daily Beast.
These Are Our Favorite Slippers to Wear No Matter What
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Getty ImagesThere’s nothing better than sitting down in sweats, with a toasty beverage, and your feet all wrapped up in a good pair of slippers. But slippers are for so much more than that, too. Some can be worn outside, some while you’re cooking, some even when you’re walking the dog. No matter what, the bottom line is this: slippers are great and we definitely have some favorites. If you’re in search of a new pair, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our favorites all in one place.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Prince Harry May Stay in U.K. a Few Days, After Reuniting With Prince William
Mark Large-WPA Pool/Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.Harry may be sticking around for a few daysThe morning after the momentous day before brings a few questions. How is the queen? We hope settled with a lovely pot of tea in her favorite room at Windsor, family at least on Zoom or a few safe feet away, and comforting Corgis snaffling at her feet.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Publishers Are Using E-books to Extort Schools and Libraries
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyDuring a rough pandemic year of distance learning, e-books—cheap to distribute, searchable, easy to annotate, and accessible on devices that students use every day—became the default choice in many schools.So you might think that e-books should be freely available to teachers and students to use in the same ways they’ve long used paper books, and at comparable prices. But they’re not.Instead, many of the biggest publishers are charging schools and libraries top dollar, putting digital books out of reach for tons of kids who need them while putting severe restrictions on how schools can use the books they’re now renting, rather than owning. The draconian terms mean, for example, that a single e-copy of The Diary of Anne Frank can cost a school district as much as $27 per student per year—with the lion’s share of the money going to billion-dollar publishing companies.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Nonviolent Sit-Ins That Desegregated Nashville’s Lunch Counters
via Library of CongressOn April 19, we will commemorate—as well we should—the twenty-sixth anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. But April 19 is also the anniversary of another consequential, albeit lesser known, bombing: On that date in 1960, a bomb went off at the home of Alexander Looby, the Black lawyer representing students and other activists arrested in sit-ins aimed at integrating downtown Nashville. Looby and his family survived, but the bomb blew out 147 windows at a nearby medical college.The sit-ins had been going on for several weeks. Leaders of the movement, brought together by the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith and trained in nonviolent direct action by James Lawson, included a who’s who of future luminaries: John Lewis, Bernard Lafayette, James Bevel, and C.T. Vivian hailed from the American Baptist Theological Seminary; and Diane Nash and Marion Barry were from Fisk University.The early morning bombing led these leaders to immediately organize a march. Within a few hours. some 4,000 people descended upon City Hall, where Nash and Vivian confronted Mayor Ben West. Less than a month later, an agreement to desegregate lunch counters was reached—the first in a city below the Mason-Dixon line. Martin Luther King Jr. called the effort “electrifying.” The Nashville Movement, he said, was “the best organized and most disciplined in the Southland.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
What It’s Like Visiting Botswana Right Now
GettyWhen another Land Cruiser passes ours we rumble to a halt. It’s not uncommon to stop and share animal intel on safari, but I’m more curious about what lodge the car belongs to and how many guests they have in camp, rather than finding what animals they’ve seen. Considering it’s the first car we’ve seen on our 2.5-hour journey from Linyanti (in the north Chobe National Park) to Savuti (a bit further south), my curiosity is at an all-time high.Ordinarily this wouldn’t be the case. Although Botswana is known to limit tourists (thanks to the country’s high-end tourism model that keeps numbers low), it never has a shortage of trucks filled with travelers dressed in beige, pocketed gear with binoculars slung around their necks. On this late March day though, khaki-clad tourists are few and far between and I can’t help but feel like I quite literally have the whole of the coveted Chobe to myself.It’s less than ideal to see a lack of tourists in a place that needs them most, but there’s no denying that having an entire national park to yourself has its benefits–not bothering about making conversation with other guests on your vehicle or sharing a sighting with the click click of cameras in your ear.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Derek DelGaudio's Magic Is So Great It Makes You Want to Cry
Catlin Ochs/New York Times via ReduxAt the very end of his brilliant new memoir Amoralman, the magician Derek DelGaudio offers his reader a little piece of thread that if pulled hard enough might unravel everything that’s come before. That is, he dares you to contemplate the idea that everything he’s told you so far is a lie. The extraordinary thing is that this offer enhances rather than undercuts his story.Here’s how that plays out: At the beginning of the book, DelGaudio tells about a period in his distant past—distant enough, anyway, for the statute of limitations to have run out—when for six months or so he made his living dealing crooked poker games. In particular he describes a game in which one player kept losing money until he was broke and finally pulled a gun. Turned out he only wanted to know what he could get for the piece to stay in the game. Big exhale. Then, at the end of the book, DelGaudio recounts his last meeting with Ronnie, the card mechanic who’d taught him how to deal a crooked game, and Ronnie tells of the time he dealt a game where a guy pulled a gun—precisely the same story DelGaudio told earlier.“You should put that in your book,” Ronnie tells him, adding, “Just don’t mention me. Say it happened to you.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Samuel Little Says He Killed 93 People. Why Don’t You Know His Name?
FBIBetween 1970 and 2005, Samuel Little allegedly murdered 93 people, according to his own confessions. That means he killed more people than Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy combined. He claims to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. So why don’t you know his name?Starz’s new true crime docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer, premiering Sunday night, details how Little, who died in 2020, made his away across the country over the course of decades, treating back alleys, pick-up corners, and underbelly jukebox joints as his hunting ground, targeting prostitutes and drug addicts—often poor women of color—and strangling them to death.His rap sheet over the years was over 100 pages long—rape, assault, even murder—and he was tried three times, but, despite witness testimony from survivors, he was repeatedly acquitted and spent little time in jail.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Mochi Ice Cream Has Been My Best Snack Discovery This Year
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/MochidokiScouted Report: Mochi ice cream from Mochidoki and My/Mochi is the perfect snack to cure anyone's afternoon cravings.My snacking habits have been exacerbated by working from home and being around, well, all of my snacks. Chips and salsa is my go-to at 3:00pm, or sometimes I’ll go healthy and douse cucumbers in chili crisp. But there’s one snack that I know will continue to be something I reach for far after we’re not stuck at home anymore and that’s mochi ice cream.If you’re not familiar with mochi itself, let me break it down for you. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice, which is pounded out into a gelatinous, thick, sticky paste that can be rolled into balls and stuffed with sweet or savory ingredients. Pair that with ice cream and you have the perfect bite for an afternoon sweet treat. The best part of eating mochi ice cream is that it requires some patience to get the best experience — it helps me slow down a bit. You have to let it sit after you take it out of the freezer, allowing the mochi itself to soften and the ice cream to slightly melt — this is the best way to experience the squishiness of the mochi with the creamy, firmness of the ice cream. My two favorites have been from Mochidoki (which just opened their first shop in NYC) and My/Mochi. I gravitate towards classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla, but the red bean from Mochidoki is probably my all time favorite — red bean is an underutilized ingredient in western desserts, in my opinion. It’s sweet with a slight hint of savoriness which helps hit all my cravings.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Frustrating Reason We’re Flying Blind on New COVID Variants
GettyCOVID infections are up in many U.S. states as new variants spread, state and local authorities end social distancing rules and mask mandates, and pandemic-weary Americans let down their guard.If that weren’t bad enough, fewer and fewer of those same tired Americans are getting tested for the virus. Fewer tests means less data—and less early warning when new variants evolve and spread.Welcome to Rabbit Hole, where we dive deep on the biggest story. It’s for Beast Inside members only. Join up today.Read more at The Daily Beast.
CNN’s New Morning Duo Eager to Call ‘Bullsh*t’ in the AM
John Nowak/CNNAmid a flurry of post-election cable news shakeups earlier this year, CNN announced Brianna Keilar would move from her early afternoon slot to New Day, the network’s flagship weekday morning show, alongside John Berman. Keilar will replace longtime co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, who in turn will move to afternoons for a two-hour broadcast with Victor Blackwell.Keilar, who has become well-known for her scathing “Roll the Tape” segments—which have called out what she described as “total bullshit,” frequently targeting the conspiratorial rhetoric of rival network Fox News—will officially make her debut on the New Day set this Monday.Chatting via Zoom with The Daily Beast, Keilar and Berman talked about their competitors at Fox & Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe; how they plan to change the CNN morning broadcast; whether there’s a danger in giving airtime to known liars and peddlers of disinformation; and whether Keilar’s fiery fact-check segments will be a recurring feature of their show.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Chloé Zhao Is Making History. But Hollywood Is Still a Nightmare for Asian Women.
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty/Alamy“I want more stories of women who try hard to raise their voices, but are shut down by society,” says Vietnamese American memoirist Le Ly Hayslip from her home near San Diego.One of Hayslip’s books became a benchmark film by Oliver Stone called Heaven and Earth. While we’ve had 184 “Vietnam War movies,” most all of these have been from the point of view of the soldiers who fought there. Only one Hollywood Vietnam War movie centers a Vietnamese woman—the one based on her life.On March 16, 2021, a gunman murdered six Asian American women in Georgia. In its wake, those who have punched down on Asians for decades, like comedian Jay Leno, have suddenly issued public mea culpas. But nothing will change until AAPI women’s stories are funded and produced. That horrible mid-March show of brutality, on the anniversary of the My Lai Massacre (the slaughtering of elders, women and children during the American War in Vietnam), has brought attention to the over-sexualization and erasure of AAPI women by Tinseltown.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Squishy Sadness of the Last Moderate Republicans
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyYou’d think that four years of rolling over for abuses of democracy might make the last moderate Republicans at least pretend to be a little sheepish about what they’re entitled to, but no. They’re triggered, so triggered that anonymous aides are making the rounds saying things like, “The administration roundly dismissed our effort as wholly inadequate in order to justify its go-it-alone strategy.” Yes, Republicans are embracing bipartisanship now that they’ve lost the House, the Senate and the presidency. If Biden really cared about America, they’re whining, he’d give Republicans a few little wins like letting them chip away at the agenda that swept Democrats into power.The senators who call themselves the G-10, elevating themselves to nation status, are real mad. That crew includes Lisa Murkowski, who voted with Trump 72.6 percent of the time and Mitt Romney, who voted with Trump 75 percent of the time. Rob Portman, who’s retiring, and Bill Cassidy, who did vote to impeach Trump after he led an armed insurrection at the Capitol so congratulations, I guess, for doing the bare minimum? And I guess the others—Shelley Moore Capito, Todd Young, Jerry Moran, Susan Collins, Thom Tillis and Mike Rounds—consider themselves moderates because they didn’t try to overturn the election?Read more at The Daily Beast.
‘Are You the One?’ Contestant Gianna Hammer Claims Production ‘Drugged’ Her and Covered Up Sexual Assault
Courtesy Gianna HammerWhen Gianna Hammer was cast in MTV’s Are You the One?, she felt she couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to be a part of the hit reality television competition. After all, what single 21-year-old would turn down spending a few weeks filming in the Dominican Republic, a chance to win $45,000 and getting to flirt with 11 attractive young men, with the very likely chance of flying back to the U.S. with a boyfriend in tow?But Hammer, now 25, has been reluctant to talk about her experience, telling The Daily Beast that while shooting Season 5 of the show in the fall of 2016, she was “drugged” by production and “sexually assaulted” by a fellow cast member, whose name she’s asked The Daily Beast to withhold.And instead of promptly kicking the contestant off the show after several other cast members had to physically pull Hammer from the bed, she says producers for Lighthearted Entertainment persuaded Hammer to allow the man to stay, their solution being for him to sleep on the couch and cut them both off from drinking alcohol for the rest of filming.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Mika Brzezinski: I Was An ‘Idiot’ Signing My First ‘Morning Joe’ Contract
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyMika Brzezinski’s firing from CBS in 2006 was a total surprise. Like, she was completely caught off guard. “I still, I still wake up going, why didn’t that happen? Like I was so shocked,” she tells The New Abnormal host Molly Jong-Fast on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal. She remembers it clearly. She walked into a one-on-one meeting with former CBS president Sean McManus thinking she was going to pitch a new story idea or even get promoted. But then, she heard the words “it’s not working out.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Times Square AK-47 Suspect Had Just Lost His Dad in a Police Shootout
via YouTube/CBS New YorkThe father of the Ohio teen arrested Friday with an AK-47-style assault rifle in the Times Square subway station was killed in a shootout with cops last month after fleeing in his car the wrong way down a busy interstate, police sources told the New York Post and NBC News.Details about the father of Saadiq Teague have come out as questions swirl about what the 18-year-old was doing in New York City and why he was carrying a weapon. Police have so far released scant details about the young man’s plans or his possible motivation, pending further investigation.At the beginning of March, Columbus police tried to arrest Andrew Teague, Saadiq’s father, on a warrant for felonious assault. According to court documents cited at the time by local NBC affiliate WCMH, Teague was wanted over a Feb. 2 incident in which he allegedly fired more than a dozen shots at his brother.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How the Royals Wore Their Love and Respect at Prince Philip’s Funeral
Chris Jackson/GettyThe queen has a brooch for every occasion—even the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip. The queen’s mourning clothes, though a stark contrast to her usual pastel ensembles, came accented with a special accessory that paid homage to her partner of 73 years.According to Express, the queen wore her Richmond Brooch on Saturday. It’s one of the largest in her collection, the paper reported, and was a wedding present for her grandmother Queen Mary’s nuptials in 1893. Usually the Queen wears the pin, made of diamonds, with a hanging pear-shaped pearl drop. But that feature was removed for the funeral.The sparkling accessory lit up the queen’s all-black look, and matched her face mask—also black, with white trim around the edges. The monarch sat alone through the funeral, which was pared-down due to the pandemic, like so many others.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Is the Only First Aid Kit I Keep Around for Small Emergencies
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/TargetI wouldn’t say that I’m accident prone. Clumsy is a bit of a stretch, too. But there’s not a week that passes that I don’t need a BandAid. My hands move quicker than my brain, in broad strokes that often end with me breaking nails or slipping with a knife. This means I must have bandages in my house at all times. I’ve stocked and restocked boxes of the plain, flesh colored bandages until I was sent a Welly First Aid Kit.Yes, I’m a total sucker for packaging, but these days, anything that’s both fun and function brings me a great sense of joy. Unlike the traditional white and red boxes of yesteryear, the Welly First Aid box is all bells and whistles. Inside the brightly colored container is a plethora of personal aid treasures, from bandages to disinfectant. The individually wrapped, sterile bandages have fun and funky patterns like tie dye and flora and are uniquely shaped to wrap easily around appendages. Even the larger bandages get a sprucing up. Inside, you’ll find 48 standard fabric bandages, 30 small fabric bandages, three large, and a dozen waterproof ones, as well. There’s an entire roll of tape, non-stock pads, wound prep pads, butterfly strips, antibiotic and Hydrocortisone packets, and even some Ibuprofen. It’s an all-in-one First Aid kit that was made for 2021. It’s all neatly organized and easy to find just what you’re looking for.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Harry and Prince William Reunite After Prince Philip’s Funeral, Where the Queen Sat Alone
Jonathan Brady/GettyPrince Philip was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in an extraordinary funeral at Windsor Castle which, because of tough British coronavirus regulations, was attended by just 30 people—and for the duration of which the widowed queen sat alone and masked. She cut an intensely solitary figure, and the Mail reported she and Prince Charles were seen weeping.In accordance with royal tradition, there was no eulogy or personal statement made by a family member.However, those watching for a sign of easing royal relations will have been moved and heartened by the sight of Prince William and Prince Harry walking next to each other after the service talking, alongside Kate Middleton.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Harry and Prince William Join Royal Family Procession Behind Prince Philip’s Coffin
Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William and Prince Harry walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin at his funeral today. Separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son, the brothers walked behind Prince Philip and the queen’s four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. None were wearing military uniforms, but all were wearing medals, a compromise reached after an internal debate in the royal family about the appropriate dress for Harry and Andrew. The royal procession on foot followed Prince Philip’s coffin, which was carried on a green Land Rover which he helped design. The Duke of Edinburgh's casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers. His children and grandchildren watched as his coffin was carried by a group of Royal Marines into St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the funeral service itself. The queen arrived separately with a lady-in-waiting in a Bentley. She will sit in the chapel, masked and alone for the duration of the service. The Daily Mail reported she was wiping away tears as she arrived.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Enough Is Enough’: Grandson of Indy Masacre Victim Decries Violence
Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty“Enough is enough.”That’s the message from the grandson of one of the eight FedEx workers slaughtered by a man who was so unstable he had his gun taken away the year before.His grandmother, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, had just picked up her paycheck at the Indianapolis facility when former employee 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole started shooting.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Younger’ Is the Perfect Show to Usher Us Out of TV’s Horrible Pandemic Era
Nicole Rivelli/2021 ViacomCBS, IncThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week:Have we maybe, finally, reached a time when our favorite TV series don’t feel the social responsibility to awkwardly shoehorn the pandemic into their plot lines? If the new—and final—season of Younger is any indication, the fantasy is here. As it should be. For six seasons, the show has been my favorite TV fantasy.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Just Getting Into College Is Almost a Full-Time Job
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyIn “Breaking Home Ties,” the cover that he painted for the Sept. 25, 1954 Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell went out of his way to capture the anxiety that a family experienced when a son or daughter gained admission to college. “Breaking Home Ties” shows a son and father, along with the family dog, sitting beside a farm truck waiting for the train that will take the son to college. The father, who slumps forward and is dressed in work clothes, is a portrait in sadness. His son, wearing an ill-fitting suit, looks over his father’s shoulder and seems lost in his own thoughts.Even if Norman Rockwell’s style of painting were to become popular again, it’s hard to imagine a picture like “Breaking Home Ties” appearing on the cover of any of the many recent books on the struggle to get into college. What makes families anxious about college admission these days is not the threat of fraying family ties but a son or daughter not getting into the “right” school—be it an Ivy League college or a flagship state university.In the early 1950s, when Rockwell’s picture takes place, just graduating from college was by itself a singular achievement. In 1952 only 8.3 percent of men and 5.8 percent of women had completed college compared to 35.4 percent of men and 36.6 percent of women today. Rockwell’s freshman seems sure to end up better off than his farmer father, and in going to an in-state college (there is a small State U pennant on his suitcase), he is doing what is expected of him; 96 percent of public school students and 80 percent of private school students did that in the 1950s.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘In the Earth’ Is the First Must-See COVID Horror Movie
NeonNature can be neither opposed nor fled in In the Earth, which—following last year’s misbegotten Rebecca, that never fit his gonzo sensibilities—returns writer/director Ben Wheatley to the hallucinatory strobe-lit horror insanity of his 2014 gem A Field in England. A stripped-down genre affair shot during quarantine and infused with deeply rooted pandemic fears, it’s a phantasmagoric folky freak-out that, like a pestilence, gets under one’s skin, where it festers and infects with unnerving potency. Perched on the razor-thin boundary between lucidity and madness, it gnaws at the nerves and bludgeons the senses until submission—to humanity’s helplessness in the face of the ancient world’s elemental power—is the only recourse.Produced in fifteen days in August 2020, In the Earth (now playing) is not only a companion piece to Wheatley’s A Field in England—a mushroom-fueled psychotronic nightmare par excellence—but also to Alex Garland’s Annihilation, sharing a narrative focus on scientists venturing into a toxic heart of darkness, where they find brutal violence and trippy 2001-style lunacy. The primary subject of Wheatley’s latest is Martin Lowery (Joel Fry), an unassuming researcher who arrives at a remote English facility where pandemic protocols are the order of the day. No one explicitly identifies the disease that everyone is afraid of, but in drips and drabs, the film reveals that it’s extremely deadly, and that it’s ravaged the country (and planet), including the city where Martin’s elderly parents reside.At this outpost, a country home retrofitted for medical purposes, Martin meets Alma (Ellora Torchia), a park ranger who’s been assigned to accompany him into the dense forest to rendezvous with his former colleague Dr. Olivia Wendle (Hayley Squires), who’s carrying out unspecified tests in the middle of nowhere. Before embarking on their two-day hike to Olivia, Martin spies a painting (and related kids’ drawings) of a fabled pagan spirit of the woods known as Parnag Fegg that captured locals’ imaginations in the 1970s after some children went missing in the area. It’s no great leap to assume that this myth is somehow related to the film’s opening sight of a towering stone slab with a hole in it (think a more earthen variation of 2001’s alien monolith). Yet at least initially, Martin shrugs off this tall tale, his attention less on campfire stories about monsters than on a practical mission that involves doing outdoors-y things he’s not very skilled in, like building a tent.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Pierre A. Bernard Was Yoga’s First Star Guru. Then a Sex Scandal Led to Jail.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Public DomainThe NYPD was shocked by several things they saw during their morning raid on the building on W. 74th St., but one thing particularly scandalized them: the women inside were wearing tights. The police captain confirmed the sighting to the New-York Tribune, which said that “two of his men saw the tights with their own eyes.”Their target that May day in 1910 was the yoga school of Pierre A. Bernard. This was not Bernard’s first run-in with the law, nor would it be his last, but it was the one that got the American-born guru and unabashed practitioner of Tantric and hatha yoga in the deepest trouble. It also spelled the beginning of a challenging period for what was then seen by some as an exotic and even dangerous practice.Yoga was first introduced to the country nearly 20 years earlier, but it was during the beginning of the 20th century that it began to attract more interest, particularly among the wealthy and artistic classes. In a response that has become all too common in the country, many in mainstream society decided the foreign-looking downward dogs and cobra poses were a threat, especially to American women. (Let us not forget about the tights!)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Joaquin Phoenix Really Wants You to Watch This Documentary About a Lovable Pig
NEONLifelong vegetarian Viktor Kossakovsky has harbored a sincere curiosity with all living beings in his proximity. The established Russian documentarian fondly remembers a childhood outdoors in touch with local fauna.“I started to take photos of animals in the forest when I was a kid: birds, dogs, cats, flies, and even ants,” he tells The Daily Beast via video call from his home in Berlin.For the last 30 years, since his career as a non-fiction storyteller began, Kossakovsky had dreamed of making a film starring animals. But convincing a producer of the precise mode of execution he envisioned had always turned into a dead end.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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