Joy Williams: Connect the Sots (BOOKFORUM)
Lucia Berlin […] was forever getting married to cads or addicts and had four sons whom she pretty much raised herself, supporting them through a series of crummy jobs-switchboard operator, ER attendant, cleaning woman. From the '70s through the '90s, she published seventy-six short stories in six collections, not a single one of which was appropriately lionized at the time.
CATHARINE MORRIS: A worrying truth (Times Literary Supplement)
Francis O'Gorman […] notes that worriers are "good at analyzing states of mind, responses, nuances, the fine shades of feeling"; and that they can see "fresh angles, loopholes, ways in or ways out, which others often haven't noticed". Worry may be conducive to art, and, in drawing attention to social ills of various kinds, it may have a political use, too.
J.F. Sargent, LouAnne Johnson: "My Life Was Made Into A Blockbuster Movie: 5 Lame Realities"(Cracked)
No one's ever made a movie about our lives, because nobody would watch a movie about us sitting on the couch in our underwear, scarfing sour gummy worms and binging on Netflix. So we reached out to LouAnne Johnson, whose life story was adapted into the 1995 blockbuster teaching drama Dangerous Minds, and asked about her experiences both as a teacher and as someone whose life was rewritten by a screenwriter and then acted out by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Michael Dawson: 5 Mind-Blowing Ways People Mastered Video Games (Cracked)
Completing a video game can be hard. It requires focus, hand-eye coordination, and a life you can ignore for long periods of time. As we've shown before, this is not enough challenge for some gamers. Why merely enjoy the sprawling wasteland of Fallout when you can sprint through it in 15 minutes or conquer it as a baby? If you tell gamers to climb a virtual mountain, one of them will figure out a way to do it on a seatless unicycle using only the asthmatic character.
The fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introduced bluegrass to many Americans. The father and jug player, Briscoe Darling, was played by Denver Pyle and Maggie Peterson was sister Charlene. What American bluegrass band portrayed the musical Darling brothers?
Fines herbes is a combination of herbs that forms a mainstay of French cuisine. The ingredients of fines herbes are fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil. These "fine herbs" are not the pungent and resinous herbs that appear in a bouquet garni - which, unlike fines herbes, release their flavour in long cooking. Marjoram, cress, cicely, or lemon balm may be added to fines herbes. The marjoram may be dried.
Alan J was first and correct with:
I'm afraid I haven't a clue, Marty.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Taking a WAG here - thyme.
The tree's been up since Monday, and is still undecorated. Hard to get into the spirit when our daughter will miss her 2nd Christmas in 33 years with us, and the Mister has to work 7-12s with Christmas Eve & Christmas Day off (that schedule will continue into February). Good thing it's raining; I can crank up the Christmas Music and focus on making that tree resplendent.
DJ Useo said:
Oooh, you stumped me again! If the Missus was awake I could ask her. She is all into spices.
Thanks again for the great page & links everyone. If only Bartcop himself was here.
Chives ~ Ingredients of fines herbes are fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil.
Lois Of The Lettuce replied:
Parsley, Chervil, Tarragon and Chives...NOT to be confused with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, which are lyrics from a gay ass song but NOT the secret of French Cuisine, which is as follows: Chives...the flower attracts bees which pollinate all the other herbs! Tarragon...a proven carcinogen for mice, so that protects the other plants from being eaten by tumor stricken rodents! Parsley...good for caterpillars, which along with the Chervil, known to be an effective slug bait, provides all the staples of the French diet! YUM!
Joe S answered:
Chives. The only one of the four that I use.
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Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
Looks like one of the rose bushes will be blooming shortly - just in time for Christmas.
My east coast relatives used to ask me if it was weird not having snow for the holidays.
Told them I never saw a picture of baby Jesus making a snowman - all the pictures had palm trees and sand, just like here.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Scorpion', then a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Steve Carell and Jennifer Hudson.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gwendoline Christie and Coldplay.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Telenovela', then another FRESH'Telenovela'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Claire Danes, Ron Howard, and Logic.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Shaquille O'Neal, Judith Light, and Mike O'Brien.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Alessandra Ambrosio, Drenge, and Brittany Ashley.
ABC starts the night with the FRESH'The Great Christmas Light Fight', followed by another FRESH'The Great Christmas Tree Light Fight', then still another FRESH'The Great Christmas Tree Light Fight'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Rick Ross.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'The Arrow'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'TVs Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center For Media Special'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Karate Kid, Part II', followed by the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', then the movie 'Jingle All The Way'.
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Return to Amy's Baking Company
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[10:00AMDoctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 25 - Transfigurations
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 1
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 2
[6:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 3
[7:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 4
[8:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 1
[9:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 2
[10:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 3
[11:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 1
[12:00AM] THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12, Episode 1
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12, Episode 2
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, Episode 1 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has (F) 'Vanerpump Rules Social', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH'Apres Ski'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show it's the dreaded "TBA".
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Tom Rhodes, Brian Posehn, and Rick Overton.
FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by a FRESH'Fargo'.
History has 'Alcatraz: Search For The Truth', followed by the FRESH'America's Greatest Prison Breaks'.
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[9:00AM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[12:00PM] THE RAID: REDEMPTION
[2:15PM] MR. WOODCOCK
[4:15PM] THE HUNGOVER GAMES
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
[11:00PM] SAW III
[1:30AM] SAW IV
[3:30AM] PERKINS' 14
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ellie Kemper (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Interpreter
[9:00AM] Wild Things
[11:15AM] Stand by Me
[1:15PM] Five Easy Pieces
[3:45PM] Easy Rider
[5:45PM] Galaxy Quest
[8:00PM] Spies Like Us
[10:15PM] Young Frankenstein
[12:45AM] Spies Like Us
[3:00AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Jane the Virgin
[4:00AM] The Natural (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by the movie 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Adam Scott, Morris Chestnut, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Performer Stephen Colbert, accompanied by his daughter Madeleine, arrives for the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception held in East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Washington. The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees are singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson.
Photo by Andrew Harnik
Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) is arguably New York City's most famous resident, and he's made some of his money off the name of one of the city's most famous public landmarks: Central Park.
The leading Republican presidential candidate first applied for a trademark to use the words "Central Park" on merchandise more than two decades ago, when the park had a far less glamorous reputation than it does today. Since then, Trump has used the nonexclusive trademark to brand furniture, chandeliers, pillows and even key chains.
A Trump spokesman declined to say how much Trump has earned from the trademark, but noted the developer's deep connections to the park. Trump once owned the Plaza Hotel along Central Park South, operates a skyscraper hotel overlooking the park and famously renovated the park's once-downtrodden ice rink.
Since it is a public space, no one can put an exclusive trademark on the words "Central Park." But, as first reported by cable news channel NY1, records show that Trump is the single biggest private, for-profit holder of Central Park trademarks on specific goods.
The park isn't the only New York-area landmark on which Trump has filed a trademark. He owns one for "Westchester," the county north of the city, that was the namesake of a furniture line, and one for "Fifth Avenue," to label items within his casino business.
The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy plan to hold a joint memorial service Monday to mark the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
The joint service is a rehearsal for what is expected to be a much bigger memorial service next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack by Japan that killed over 2,400 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II, KITV TV reported.
In previous years, commemorations took place at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. This year and next year, the ceremony will be at Kilo Pier. KITV reported. More than 3,000 guests and the general public are expected to attend. Next year's 75th anniversary will be a much larger event with almost 6,000 people.
The Kilo Pier offers not only more space, but also a better view, Daniel Martinez of the National Park Service told KITV.
"When you look out from Kilo Pier across the way, less than a quarter-mile away, you're looking at the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri, so it's a wonderful venue," Martinez said.
A senior Chinese government official said fake living Buddhas were using donations to support pro-independence activities in Tibet and called on local authorities to take action against them, according to state media.
Local governments in Tibet should cooperate with their counterparts in eastern and central China and "take joint action to contain the phenomenon of fake living Buddhas", Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told state television on Saturday.
The government is building a database of legal living Buddhas, and may eventually make it public, the online edition of the official China Youth Daily on Sunday quoted Zhu as saying.
As of 2007, there were more than 100 living Buddhas in Tibet, according to the official China Daily.
On the remote rocky shores of the western United States, low tide brings visitors to wave-splashed tide pools to marvel at ocean wonders usually hidden from view.
But recently, largely missing from the bounty are the biggest draw: a rainbow-hued array of starfish.
"I don't know what you would call it other than catastrophic," says Drew Harvell, a biologist at Cornell University, describing what is widely regarded as one of the worst marine disease events ever recorded.
"It's staggering, really, the millions of stars that have died. It is not apocalyptic or extreme to say that."
Once densely packed onto the rocks and on the ocean floor, the key predators are simply missing from some locations, their numbers cut by 95 percent or more.
Employees at a Volkswagen plant in the state of Tennessee decided to organize for the first time since foreign automakers set up shop in the business-friendly South, which is known for its low rate of unionization.
The United Auto Workers won a breakthrough representation election Friday at the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga.
Skilled tradeworkers voted to join UAW, cracking the wall of non-union assembly plants belonging to foreign carmakers in the region.
The National Labor Relations Board, which supervised the process, said 71 percent of employees voted to join during the two-day election, which began Thursday.
Relations between Sweden and Israel hit a fresh low on Sunday after Israel said Sweden's foreign minister had accused it of unlawful killings and Stockholm responded by saying that the comments had been "blown out of reasonable proportion".
Relations between the two countries have nose-dived since Sweden's Social Democrat-led government recognized a Palestinian state last year. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom deepened the rift by describing Palestinians' plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.
In the latest row, Israel condemned as "scandalous" on Sunday what it said was a suggestion by Wallstrom its forces had unlawfully killed Palestinians involved in a surge of street violence, and warned of a diplomatic rupture with Stockholm.
Wallstrom's remarks, however, touched a nerve in Israel, whose forces have killed 103 Palestinians since Oct. 1, of whom it has identified 64 as assailants or who were caught on camera carrying out assaults. Most of the others died in clashes with police or troops.
The Palestinian attacks, fueled in part by strife over a contested Jerusalem shrine as well as a peacemaking process deadlocked since early 2014, have killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen.
Tashka Yawanawa's Amazonian tribe lived on the plains along the Gregorio River for millennia -- until a wall of flood water last year forced them to flee their homes for good.
"We had never seen a flood this big, this fast, this ferocious," the tribal chief told AFP on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Paris aimed at agreeing a pact to stave off disastrous climate change.
"Now we have to change our life and move to the hills."
Scientists caution against linking a single extreme weather event to an unpredictable and long-term phenomenon such as climate change.
However, there is a growing body of evidence that some environmental changes can already be blamed on planet warming caused by humanity's greenhouse gas emissions.
Indian diamond trader Mahesh Savani, top center wearing white, poses for a group photo along with brides before mass wedding hosted by him in Surat, India, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. 151 young couples tied the knot at the mass wedding hosted by Savani who has been funding the weddings of fatherless women in the city of Surat for several years. Weddings in India are expensive affairs with the bride's family traditionally expected to pay the groom a large dowry of cash and gifts. Hundreds of people, mostly family members and neighbors of the couple, are hosted at lavish meals over a number of days adding to the costs.
Photo by Ajit Solanki
The "Hunger Games" finale spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy "Krampus" to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running.
The Jennifer Lawrence-led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
The anti-Santa Claus thriller from Universal, the only film to debut in the top 10 this week, brought in $16 million.
"Creed," the boxing film where Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, came third, and the Disney/Pixar animated tale "The Good Dinosaur" came fourth. Each had around $15.5 million in ticket sales.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," $18.6 million ($32.4 million international).
2. "Krampus," $16.0 million ($3.3 million international).
3. "Creed," $15.5 million ($1.4 million international).
4. "The Good Dinosaur," $15.5 million ($19.4 million international).
5. "Spectre," $5.4 million ($23 million international).
6. "The Night Before," $4.9 million.
7. "The Peanuts Movie," $3.5 million ($2.2 million international).
8. "Spotlight," $2.9 million.
9. "Brooklyn," $2.4 million.
10. "Secret In Their Eyes," $2.0 million.
A former caretaker and friend said Woodlawn died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. She was 69.
Born Harold Danhakl, she took on the name Holly Woodlawn after running away from home and hitchhiking to New York City, where she became one of Warhol's drag queen "superstars." Her story was immortalized in the first lines of the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side."
Woodlawn received critical acclaim for her film roles, but she couldn't find mainstream success. She made a modest comeback in the 1990s with the rise of queer and independent movies, and she recently appeared in the TV comedy "Transparent."
Timothy Seldes, an editor and literary agent who worked with Anne Tyler and Richard Wright among others and was a member of a prominent journalistic and artistic family, died Saturday at age 88.
Seldes' stepdaughter, Elizabeth Shreve, told The Associated Press that he died among loved ones at his home in Washington, D.C. He had been in failing health and was suffering from pneumonia.
Raised in New York City and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Seldes grew up around words, ideas and the performing arts. He was the brother of Tony-winning actress Marian Seldes, son of the drama critic and author Gilbert Seldes and nephew of the pioneering press critic George Seldes.
Timothy Seldes broke into the book business as a clerk at a Doubleday store in Manhattan, and later held positions with the publishers Macmillan and Harcourt Brace. He spent much of his editing career at the Doubleday house, where he rose to managing editor and authors included Wright and Isaac Asimov.
But by the early 1970s he was unemployed - "Not by my own request," he later told Narrative Magazine - and was anxious to get back into publishing. In 1972, he purchased the venerable agency Russell & Volkening, the clients ranging from Tyler and Eudora Welty to Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer and Saul Bellow. One author he worked with, Susan Shreve, became his wife in 1987 and survives him.
Seldes was married three times; had two children by his second wife, Lee Seldes; and also had four stepchildren.
He retired after selling Russell & Volkening to Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in 2012.
Hundreds of environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, December 6, 2015, as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bourget near the French capital.
Photo by Benoit Tessier
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