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In this California county, one town has no water. Another has enough to share.

California’s drought has had such an uneven effect statewide — even within one county.
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To be a true host with the most, you need to make sure you’re keeping the beer flowing like a stream at any shindig.
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‘More money than God:’ Chinese titan lavished Hunter Biden with 3-carat gem, offer of $30 million
The Biden family offered their services to a huge, Chinese-government-linked energy consortium to expand its business around the world.
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Mallory Weggemann: 'Swimming saved my life,' says five-time Paralympic medalist
"I can't leave January 21, 2008, in the past," says Mallory Weggemann, a five-time Paralympic medalist swimmer.
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'Swimming saved my life,' says five-time Paralympic medalist, who believes sharing her story will help others
Five-time US Paralympic medalist Mallort Weggemann talks to Coy Wire about the medical procedure that paralyzed her from the waist down and how swimming helped save her life.
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Lindsay Lohan announces she is engaged to Bader Shammas
Lindsay Lohan has announced she is engaged to boyfriend to Bader S Shammas in a gushing post on Instagram. The Hollywood star shared the news with her 9.7 million followers and posted a trio of loved-up snaps. The smitten actress paid tribute to Bader, and wrote alongside her photos: “My love. My life. My family....
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Indiana girl, 2, still missing after father rescued from submerged truck; authorities recover her coat
Indiana authorities continued to search for a missing 2-year-old girl Saturday after discovering what they believed to be her coat downstream from where her father was found Friday morning inside his submerged truck.
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Fourth-generation dairy farmer warns economic woes, climate change regulations could end family farms
Dairy farmers Stephanie and Steven Nash describe the obstacles facing small family farmers.
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IS roadside bomb in Iraq leaves 5 peshmerga dead, 4 wounded
The official state news agency of Iraq's Kurdish-run region says a roadside bomb attack by Islamic State group fighters in northern Iraq killed five Kurdish forces and wounded four others
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Book: Prince Charles questioned complexion of Harry and Meghan’s baby
A new book alleges vicious snubs within the royal family — and that Prince Charles questioned the skin color of his grandson, Archie.
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Op-Ed: 1 in 4 adults are estranged from family and paying a psychological price
A social media fad urges young adults to 'cancel' their parents. As a psychoanalyst, I see the unanticipated toll.
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Second Opinion: What it will take to keep the next global pandemic at bay
More than 7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, but the huge discrepancy of access among nations is a devastating failure.
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D.C.-area forecast: Sunny and warmer today with light winds
Blustery again tomorrow but then a milder trend into midweek.
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Letters to the Editor: If you want 'one nation under one God,' chances are it won't be your religion
Michael Flynn surely didn't mean Judaism or Catholicism when he said America is a "Judeo-Christian" nation. So what did he mean?
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Editorial: Colleges' overreliance on adjunct faculty is bad for students, instructors and academic freedom
Adjunct faculty, generally underpaid and without job security, make up 75% of all college instructors. Higher education now depends on them, which could be a saving grace.
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‘Land Acknowledgments’ Are Just Moral Exhibitionism
In David Mamet’s film State and Main, a Hollywood big shot tries to shortchange a set hand by offering him an “associate producer” credit on a movie. A screenwriter overhears the exchange and asks, “What’s an ‘associate producer credit’?” The big shot answers: “It’s what you give your secretary instead of a raise.”The practice of “land acknowledgment”—preceding a fancy event by naming the Indigenous groups whose slaughter and dispossession cleared the land on which the audience’s canapés are about to be served—is one of the greatest associate-producer credits of all time. A land acknowledgment is what you give when you have no intention of giving land. It is like a receipt provided by a highway robber, noting all the jewels and gold coins he has stolen. Maybe it will be useful for an insurance claim? Anyway, you are not getting your jewels back, but now you have documentation.Long common in Canada and Australia, land acknowledgment is catching on in the United States and already de rigueur in certain circles. If you have seen enough of these —I have now watched dozens, sometimes more than one at the same event—you learn to spot them before the speaker even begins acknowledging. In many cases the tone turns solemn and moralizing, and the speaker’s posture stiff, as if preparing to read a confession at gunpoint. One might declare before, say, a corporate sales retreat: We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather to discuss the new line of sprinkler systems is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. The acknowledgment is almost always a prepared statement, read verbatim, because like all spells it must be spoken precisely for its magic to work. The magic in this case is self-absolution: The acknowledgment relieves the speaker and the audience of the responsibility to think about Indigenous peoples, at least until the next public event.[From the May 2021 issue: Return the national parks to the tribes]Thanksgiving relies on a cartoon version of the settlement of the Americas, focusing on a moment of concord between victim and génocidaire. Land acknowledgments are similarly confected to stroke the sentiments of mostly non-Indigenous audiences—this time by enabling their preening self-criticism. Earlier this month, Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference began with a land acknowledgment so bewildering to viewers that it went briefly viral. But it was not abnormal among statements of this sort. The emcee acknowledged that the company’s headquarters, one square mile of land outside Seattle, was “occupied by the Sammamish, Duwamish, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Snohomish, Tulalip, and other coast Salish people... since time immemorial.” She noted that the tribes are “still there” but offered no connection between the past and today. Few if any of the baffled viewers would deny the historic presence of these peoples amid the sacred groves that later produced PowerPoint and Clippy, the Microsoft Word mascot. But in the absence of context, the effect of this parade of names was to suggest that for thousands of years the Indigenous peoples were crammed onto the Microsoft campus uncomfortably like canned salmon, doing who knows what, until Bill Gates arrived in the late 20th century to turn them into programmers.Maybe it is a victory for Indigeneity to have the name Muckleshoot even mentioned at a Microsoft conference. By far the most common defense of land acknowledgments is that they harm no one, and they educate Americans about a hidden history that took place literally where they stand. Do they not at least do that?No, not even a little. It is difficult to exaggerate the superficiality of these statements. What do members of the acknowledged group hold sacred? What makes them unique and identifies them to one another? Who are they, where did they come from, and where are they going? The evasion of these fundamental questions is typical. The speaker demonstrates no knowledge of the people whose names he reads carefully off the sheet of paper. Nor does he make any but the most general connection between the event and those people, other than an ancient one, not too different from the speaker’s relationship with the local geology or flora.At ceremonies and events in my home city of New Haven, Connecticut, I have heard acknowledgment that we are on “Quinnipiac land.” This statement is never accompanied by mention of the basic fact that the Quinnipiac all but ceased to exist as a people more than 150 years ago, and there is no currently recognized Quinnipiac tribe. I suspect that few in the audience know this, and that few of the speakers do. (There is an “Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipiac Tribal Council.” Its leader, Iron Thunderhorse, is currently in prison in Texas for rape, and projected to be released in 2051, at the age of 107. He is half-Italian, was born William Coppola, and according to a legal filing by the Texas prison authority, was not listed as Native American on at least one of his purported birth certificates.)Some people argue that land acknowledgments are “gestures of respect.” I’m not sure one can show respect while also being indifferent to a people’s existence. The statements are a counterfeit version of respect. Teen Vogue put it well, if unintentionally: “Land acknowledgment is an easy way to show honor and respect to the indigenous people.” A great deal of nonsense about identity politics could be avoided by studying this line, and realizing that respect shown the “easy way” is just as cheap as it sounds. Real respect occurs only when accompanied by time, work, or something else of value. Learning basic facts about a particular tribe might be a start.Most of these acknowledgments are considered (by the speakers, anyway) moral acts, because they bear witness to crimes perpetrated against Native peoples and call, usually implicitly, for redress. If you enjoy moral exhibitionism, to say nothing of moral onanism, land acknowledgments in their current form will leave you pleasured for years to come. (Cartoon history serves this purpose well; reality, less so. Do you acknowledge the Quinnipiac, or the tribes they at times allied with the English to fight? Or both?) The acknowledgments never include any actual material redress—return of land, meaningful corrections of wrongs against Indigenous communities—or sophisticated moral reckoning. Nor is there an “easy way” to reckon with this past. In the early 1600s, as many as 90 percent of the Quinnipiac were wiped out, along with other coastal Native Americans, by chicken pox and other diseases imported by Europeans. How does one assign blame for the spread of disease, hundreds of years before anyone knew diseases were something other than the wrath of God? (Does China owe Europe reparations for the Black Death, which came, like COVID-19, from Hubei? Or should China take two Opium Wars and call it even?)Without time, work, or actual redress, the land acknowledgment that implies a moral debt amounts to the highwayman’s receipt. “To acknowledge Indigenous homelands and to return those lands are related, but the former alone allows for rhetoric without further action,” Dustin Tahmahkera, a professor of Native American cultural studies at the University of Oklahoma, told me. If Microsoft truly felt bad about the location of its offices, it could move its operations to soil less blood-soaked. (There aren’t many such places, alas.) Not every Microsoft conference needs to be an announcement of a real-estate deal. But if Microsoft is going to acknowledge a debt, it should also pay it. [Read: How to acknowledge a shameful past]If the practice of land acknowledgment persists, it should do so in a version less embarrassing to all involved. I would propose restricting such acknowledgments to forms and occasions that preserve their dignity and power.Follow these rules, and object to any land acknowledgments that violate them: The acknowledgment should reveal a specific relationship between the event and the people who are acknowledged. Boilerplate language is an insult. It should not smell of self-congratulation, either by the speaker or the institution. If it makes you look good, you are doing it wrong. Note that one form of self-congratulation is pedantic self-criticism. If the acknowledgment calls for restitution, it should specify the reasons for the restitution and the means for making it. If you think land should be given back or other payment made, say so. Venture a magnitude of the repayment and explain why. Even the highwayman’s receipt lists the jewels and coins taken. These reforms in land acknowledgment would leave plenty of cynicism to go around—nearly all warranted, I think. Land acknowledgments are a classic culture-war issue, Nick Estes, an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico, told me via email. They can be “a pantomime of caring or outrage mostly by professional class elites and educational institutions.” Meanwhile, he asked, what of “the real issues facing Indigenous peoples—housing, employment, child removal, generational poverty, lack of adequate healthcare, police violence, racism, and erasure; in other words, real colonialism”?Land acknowledgments are just words, and words can distract from real issues, in particular the ultimate one, which is Native American tribal sovereignty. But some words are honest, even loving, and others are hollow and nauseating. As an American, and as a once and future member of an audience at ceremonies and events, I would be thankful for more of the former and fewer of the latter.
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Seoul wants to build a metaverse. A virtual New Year’s Eve ceremony will kick it off.
But designers still aren’t sure what these virtual worlds may ultimately look like.
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Save over $300 on this master chef knife set in Black Friday sale
Both amateur and seasoned chefs alike have one thing in common when they get into the kitchen: they need a good set of knives to get things done.
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Jim Acosta Slams Kevin McCarthy for Not Standing up to GOP 'Freak Show Caucus'
"In the freak show caucus, loyalty only flows in one direction… which means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement," Acosta said.
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Omicron: Why Did WHO Skip Over Two Letters in Greek Alphabet to Name Latest Variant?
The letters "nu" and "xi" were next but the World Health Organization went straight to "omicron."
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The Omicron Covid-19 variant is raising concerns amid the holiday travel season, but there's no need to panic just yet, experts say
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is raising the concerns of health officials amid the busy holiday travel season, but there is no need to panic just yet as the potential impact of the newly detected strain remains unknown, experts say.
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Beverly Hills SWAT standoff with suspicious van blocking traffic ends after several hours
A police standoff in Beverly Hills, California, ended shortly before midnight Saturday with SWAT officers removing an unresponsive man from a van that had been blocking a busy intersection for several hours, according to reports.
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Triller Triad Combat: Best photos from Arlington
Check out these photos from Triller Triad Combat which took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.       Related StoriesPhotos: Triller Triad Combat ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffsPhotos: Fighters in MMA movies through the yearsUFC Fight Night 198: Best photos from Las Vegas 
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UNLV student dies after collapsing at fraternity ‘Fight Night’ event
Nathan Valencia, 20, collapsed shortly after he duked it out in a boxing match at the “Kappa Sigma Fight Night," on Nov. 19. He died four days later, his family said.
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Benfica match abandoned after Covid-hit opponents left with six players
Benfica's Primeira Liga match at Belenenses on Saturday was abandoned amid extraordinary scenes after their Covid-19-hit opponents were forced to name a team of nine players -- including two goalkeepers.
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Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama are Democrats' top 2024 picks if Biden doesn't run: poll
Vice President Kamala Harris is the top choice for Democrats if President Biden chooses not to run again in 2024, according to a new poll.
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Man opens fire on Michigan bus, is shot dead by cops
Anthony Oliver, 54, went on the shooting rampage at the Kalamazoo Transit Center around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, according to WXMI.
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This Maryland woman just claimed her third $50,000 lottery prize
A Maryland woman is celebrating after winning the lottery for a third time in about three years.
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Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers say she sexually exploited them. Here's what her trial may reveal
Opening arguments will begin in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls as young as 14.      
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Book: Queen Elizabeth snub prompted Harry and Meghan to quit royal family
Queen Elizabeth’s choice to eliminate a photo of grandson Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie led to the couple quitting the royal family, according to a new book. “Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan,” (Gallery), out Tuesday, claims that the British monarch had an aide move a...
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Trump supporters focus on 'issues' with election, not the final result, as Arizona ballot review falls flat
It remains to be seen how long baseless concerns about vote counts will continue to undermine the election process.       
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Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure
The nation’s most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs. Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.
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Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday, but widespread political violence during the campaign and questionable results from 2017 are looming large.
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Local News Outlets May Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
A small paper like The Storm Lake Times in Iowa would receive a big tax credit. So would Gannett, the nation’s largest news publisher.
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'A huge lift': Biden's bet on child care is closer to reality but could it boost expenses for some?
Biden's social infrastructure bill could make child care more affordable for many. But the Build Back Better Act could also raise prices for others.       
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Intelligence Analysts 'Didn't Understand Donald Trump, How Far He Would Go'
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
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Doctor Who First Raised Concern Over Omicron Variant Says Symptoms Are 'Mild'
Dr. Angelique Coetzee did warn older people were still vulnerable to the COVID-19 variant.
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Hong Kong protest film wins best documentary at Chinese-language 'Oscars'
A documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong won a high-profile award at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking world's version of the Oscars, in Taiwan on Saturday.
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New Jersey police officer fatally struck nurse with vehicle, drove body to his mom’s house: reports
A New Jersey police officer was arrested earlier this month after allegedly hitting and killing a nurse with his vehicle, then transporting the body away from the scene before ultimately returning it.
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The Right’s Throwback ‘Cancel Culture’ Tactic: Smear Schoolbooks as Porn
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFor more than a year after its publication, author George Johnson’s memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue was met with universal acclaim. The book, an account of Johnson’s upbringing as a queer Black boy, landed on “best of 2020” lists at Kirkus Reviews and the New York and Chicago public libraries.“There were no attacks until about eight weeks ago,” Johnson told The Daily Beast.The shift occurred near the beginning of the 2021 school year, when a coordinated campaign against the teaching of certain race- and gender-related topics plunged school board meetings into a panic. Johnson’s book and others attracted the furor of adults in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and elsewhere.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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NJ district to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from high school
The Camden City school district will rename 90-year-old Woodrow Wilson High School after voting on the measure nearly 18 months ago.
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How ‘Forza Horizon 5’ Became the Perfect Game for the COVID Era
XboxPlenty of games received the “perfect game for the COVID era” title in the last two years. Nintendo’s timely Animal Crossing: New Horizons, InnerSloth’s mobile juggernaut Among Us, and PlayStation’s transportive samurai opus Ghost of Tsushima. Now, Microsoft has entered the fray with the latest edition in its storied racing imprint, Forza Horizon 5.Critically and commercially, the reviews for Forza Horizon 5 sparkling. With more than four million players sprinting across its recreation of Mexico on the first day, Playground Games hits every mark. Its eye-catching world is a hodgepodge of gorgeous geography, from flaring calderas to wafting palm trees dotting the coastline. You off-road up mountain ranges, dodge goats and drift tight corners to vault through a peach sky fresh off a nicely-placed ramp. Its world is ridiculous and fun; it begs to be played. And, according to creative director Mike White who helmed the game, it celebrates players for doing so as well. “Everyone in the game is excited you’re here,” he tells The Daily Beast.But the lifecycle of a game like this can be dicey. Playground’s previous Horizon title was the first live service—a game that drops new content over the years to paid subscribers—which completely changed how its developers would engage with the Forza community. By the time Forza Horizon 4 was relatively over, it played like a much different game. It seems that Forza Horizon 5 will follow in the last iteration’s tire tracks. Things will surely not always look the same, but leaning into the ease of Xbox’s Game Pass service, which allows access to hundreds of Xbox titles old and new for around ten dollars a month—opting for sociality or, as White puts it, “build[ing] features that encourage you to play with a friend”—seems like a smart play. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start
While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.Earlier this week, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) based in Stockholm warned about a “visible deterioration” in US democracy that it says began in 2019 and rapidly accelerated after Trump refused to concede the 2020 election. For the fifth straight year, more countries moved towards authoritarianism than democratisation, according to IDEA, which currently sees only 98 democracies around the world—the lowest number in years.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Here’s What ‘Succession’ Gets So Right About Toxic Whiteness
HBO Max“I don’t do requests because I’m not a DJ” should really become the motto of every Black woman who, hired for her expertise and competency, nonetheless has to deal with colleagues and clients who attempt to undermine both.On the last episode of Succession, the line is delivered by Lisa Arthur—the Gloria Allred-esque Black woman celebrity lawyer—in response to Kendall Roy, who has retained her services, only to consistently ignore every bit of legal advice he is paying her to give him. Instead, Kendall gives Lisa directives and “wish list” requests, like the one that provoked Lisa’s cutting quip, which include immunity from prosecution for himself and a legal-thrashing-dethroning for his father Logan.When Kendall, sensing Lisa’s growing fatigue with him, tells her he “really value[s] all the work” she does, but then quickly adds the demand that she “try harder,” the tight-lipped smile and subtly derisive chuckle she emits is familiar to every Black woman who has had to grin and bear insufferable whiteness.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ready for ‘Murder Under the Mistletoe’? How True Crime Shows Celebrate the Holidays
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt’s less than 30 days until Christmas and Daphne Woolsoncroft has too many holiday murders to fit her programming schedule. Woolsoncroft, who co-hosts the true crime podcast Going West with her partner Heath Merryman, likes to cover grisly cases set during the cheerful season.“We think of the holidays as this cozy time, and when something horrible happens, that makes [a case] more interesting,” Woolsoncroft told The Daily Beast. “It just hits harder, because it is this time of joy.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Bail on Bubbe’s Latkes This Hanukkah and Try This Recipe
Ben’s DeliThe Jewish festival of Hanukkah is synonymous with many things nonedible: the menorah, spinning dreidels, the number eight, iconic folk songs, unusually long-burning oil, and, of course, the rededication of the Second Temple at Jerusalem during the Maccabean uprising against a Hellenistic empire.But for many Jews, it’s all about the food.Aside from the usual holiday staples like matzo ball soup, brisket, roasted chicken, and challah bread, Hanukkah prominently features oily fried treats—most famously the deliciously crispy potato latke.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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‘Maus’ Author Art Spiegelman: ‘We Are on the Brink of Fascism’
Robert CooverIn Robert Coover’s novel Street Cop, published in June of this year, the American writer depicts an askew, raunchy, weirdo-yet-not-entirely-unfamiliar world in which “everything was tentative and illusory”: a place where murderers are arrested by robots, the clocks are unreliable, the police vans are self-driving, there’s a pet shop of the living dead, and a quite literally mutating urban landscape in which the streets are paved in recyclable thermoplastics and neighborhoods deviously interchange locations.The title character, when first encountered, is not an officer of the law but rather “a mere derelict, a nuisance really” who himself was being hotly pursued by the cops. Deciding in defeat to turn himself in at a police station, he instead emerges with a street cop gig the sergeant assumed he was applying for (the interview consisted of being asked to describe the first time he got laid). He “walked out in uniform, joined the hunters chasing a phantom.”Street Cop is published by the independent outfit isolarii. Their subscription-based model of ultra-portable—iPhone-sized—editions is nimble; their editorial thread is compelling (their latest title being a correspondence between Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist.) The duo behind isolarii approached maestro cartoonist Art Spiegelman to visually pair with Coover’s postmodernist novella.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Adia Victoria Wrote a Hit Blues Record While Working in an Amazon Factory
HandoutBlues and country music have long trodden the swampy borderland between oppressed working-class sensibility and commercial populism. On one hand, the former—which rooted the tree of American music that would one day branch into the dominant genres of the 20th century: rock and roll, rap, and country—emerged directly out of slavery and has a long, storied history of furnishing a soundtrack to underclass struggle. The latter, country music—which was born largely of the blues and shares its heritage for lending a tune to the poor and the persecuted—today fills stadiums. Its biggest, bling-laden names rake in tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars, all while doing their damnedest to assert the blue-collar cred necessary to woo the rank-and-file proletariat. Shoot—my boots might sparkle but I’m just another working stiff like you, and all that.As she finds herself drawn into the bayou of country industry acclaim, “gothic blues” singer-songwriter Adia Victoria is navigating the quagmire that inevitably churns up amidst the struggle between class-conscious authenticity and the rising tide of personal success. Her latest album, A Southern Gothic, has so far brought her along an eclectic route that has meandered from the stages of Nashville to the cafes of Paris, from an Amazon distribution center to the Billboard Top 10.I chatted with Adia via Zoom to learn more about her latest album, the recognition it’s brought her, and the struggle to keep it real in the face of success.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Jared Leto Is Hilarious in ‘House of Gucci’—but What About Those Teen Allegations?
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/Getty/MGMAs one of Hollywood’s loudest proponents of Method acting, Jared Leto has long been one of those performers who loves “disappearing” into a role. In House of Gucci, he finally succeeds—for better and for worse.For most of his career, Leto’s shapeshifting has been more conspicuous than chameleonic. But Ridley Scott’s fashion epic uses the actor’s zeal for over-the-top “transformative” performances to its advantage. Somewhere between the prosthetic nose, the “it’s-a-me!” accent, and the hideous corduroy jackets, Leto does become unrecognizable. The trick only becomes funnier once you realize this floundering, narcissistic Fashion Wario is actually Leto—an actor defined, increasingly, by his relentless ego.The Oscars conversation is far from set, but House of Gucci could win sophomore awards for both Leto and Lady Gaga. As exciting as it is to consider Gaga adding yet another gold statuette to the shelf, however, Leto’s awards contention is more complicated. What should we make of this performance and the boost it could give Leto’s image, given the unsettling rumors that have hung over him for years?Read more at The Daily Beast.
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