Amy Sohn: How the Tax Code Hurts Artists (NY Times)
WITH tax day looming, you can practically hear the cries of creative professionals across the country. That's because the tax code hits many right where it hurts, by penalizing them for the distinctive way they make money.
CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: O Adjunct! My Adjunct! (New Yorker)
I spent half of my undergraduate career figuring out what I didn't want to do. I started off in the journalism program, switched to literature, was undecided for a few panicked, free-floating months, and studied photography for a time. But the spring of my sophomore year, I enrolled in a fiction-writing workshop with an instructor named Harvey Grossinger.
Adam Gopnik: Why an Imperfect Version of Proust is a Classic in English (New Yorker)
The art of translation is usually a semi-invisible one, and is generally thought better for being so. A few translators' names are familiar to the amateur reader-we know about Chapman's Homer, through Keats, and Richard Wilbur's Molière is part of the modern American theatre-but mostly translators struggle with sentences for even less moment (and money) than other writers do.
#1 Song on Your Birthday
"You cannot fail to have fun with this site, which tells you the #1 hit song the day you were born - or, perhaps more tellingly, the night you were conceived . . . plays them for you . . . and (just because it was so easy for whoever programmed this to toss in), tells you the number of minutes you've been alive." - Andrew Tobias
Leslie William Nielsen, OC (11 February 1926 - 28 November 2010) was a Canadian-American actor and comedian.
He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.
Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, Nielsen eventually gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s and the early 1990s, after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker comedy film Airplane!. Nielsen specialized in his portrayal of characters oblivious to and complicit in their absurd surroundings, which gave him a reputation as a comedian. Airplane! marked Nielsen's turning point, which made him, "the Olivier of spoofs", according to film critic Roger Ebert, and led to more further success in the genre with The Naked Gun film series, based on their earlier short-lived television series Police Squad!, in which he also starred. Nielsen received a variety of awards and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Leslieless Lois Of Oregon wrote:
Oh, t'was the beautiful and talented Leslie Nielsen, who we
dreamt of so often in our youth! How we does miss him so.
It is 3:50 a.m. here and 34 degrees, and snow expected at
3000ft. Yikes. So much for spring.
Thanks for the K.R. meme
Dale! Stay toasty everybody.
Alan J said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
Leslie Nielsen and Leslie's Friday. Mann, Easterbrook, Bibb, Warren, & Down.
DJ Useo replied:
He said it was Leslie Nielsen. I suppose I agree. The bar is generally pretty low, though.
I mean, who else is there? Personally, I wish Gene Wilder had made more spoof movies like Young Frankenstein.
Now that was the pinnacle of spoof movies.
MAM , wrote:
Leslie Nielsen. a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" comedies.
Joe S said:
Leslie Nielson. I like him. He's funny. Not like Will Ferrell, who is more like a big dumb white guy. And not funny.
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'Scorpion', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'L&O: SVU', followed by a RERUN'The Blacklist', then an hourlong RERUN'SNL' (from 4/17/82), hosted by Johnny Cash, music by Elton John.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Michael Keaton hosting, music by Carly Rae Jepsen.
ABC starts the nigh with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH'In An Instant', followed by another FRESH'In An Instant'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', another old '2½ Men' then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux has a RERUN'Backstrom', followed by a RERUN'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY fills the night with LIVE'MLB Spring Training'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', and '8 Minutes'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: La Parra de Burriana
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Piccolo Teatro
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Classic American
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Finn McCool's
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 1
[1:00PM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 2
[2:00PM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 3
[3:00PM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 4
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 16 - Ethics
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 17 - The Outcast
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 18 - Cause and Effect
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 19 - The First Duty
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 20 - Cost of Living
[9:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 21 - The Perfect Mate
[10:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 22 - Imaginary Friend
[11:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 18 - Cause and Effect
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 19 - The First Duty
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 20 - Cost of Living
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 21 - The Perfect Mate
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 22 - Imaginary Friend
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Maid In Manhattan', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax', followed by the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon'.
History has fills the night with 'The Bible' (Roma Downey version).
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[9:00AM] BATMAN-DIZZONNER THE PENGUIN
[9:33AM] BATMAN-GREEN ICE
[10:06AM] BATMAN-DEEP FREEZE
[10:39AM] BATMAN-THE IMPRACTICAL JOKER
[11:12AM] BATMAN-THE JOKER'S PROVOKERS
[11:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WEARS A HEART T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS
[12:15PM] JOY RIDE
[2:15PM] THE INVASION
[4:30PM] PULP FICTION
[8:00PM] FIGHT CLUB
[2:30AM] THE RUM DIARY
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KEVIN SMITH WEARS A HOCKEY JERSEY & JEAN SHORTS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Holiday Feasts
[6:15AM] Cold Mountain
[9:30AM] The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
[2:30PM] The Thin Red Line
[6:00PM] The Natural
[11:00PM] Sixteen Candles
[1:00AM] Basic Instinct
[3:45AM] Sex, Lies, and Videotape (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Disaster LA', followed by the movie 'Outbreak'.
The young redhead spotted the horse on a rescue website and immediately wanted to help her.
"I was looking at the NYNE (Need You Now Equine) website one night and Brandon asked about this one cute red horse on the screen," Brandon's mother, MJ Allen, told the Whig. "I told him the horse didn't have any place to go and what will probably happen to it."
"[That's] when he said, 'Mummy, my birthday's coming up. Just give my birthday money to them. I don't want the horse to die,'" Allen told Off Track Thoroughbreds.
"I did it because nobody else was going to buy her," Brandon said of asking that his birthday money be spent on the horse. "And I saw her hair was the same, exact colour as my hair. And I wanted to save her because I love horses."
Candice Bergen has a new memoir to promote, which means it's time to spill some juice. That comes today in the form of the revelation that Bergen's father, renowned ventriloquist and radio performer Edgar Bergen, cut her out of his will.
Candice, 68, makes the revelation on an upcoming episode of CBS Sunday Morning where she says she's not sure why her father decided to cut her out, but that she suspects it had something to do with the wild behavior of her youth.
"I was acting out of adolescence in print at a very early age and I often embarrassed my parents," Candice confesses to Jane Pauley. "But I said something that was very hurtful to my father and I think he just slid the bolt."
Edgar Bergen died of kidney disease in 1978 at 75. The Muppet Movie, which came out one year later and was his final screen appearance, was dedicated to him. Candice was 32 years old at the time of his death. While she got nothing, Edgar's puppet Charlie McCarthy was mentioned in the will. Candice wrote in A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul that she grew up hating being called "Charlie's sister."
"Charlie McCarthy was not a puppet to my father," Bergen explains during her CBS Sunday Morning interview while discussing her father's puppet, which is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. "He was an alter ego and he was also a separate entity. And my father, I quoted that part of the will that - I can never get over because he said, 'To Charlie McCarthy, from whom I have never been separated even for a day.'"
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig say they are abandoning plans for a Lifetime TV movie after the secret project became public.
Lifetime had confirmed news reports Thursday that the former "Saturday Night Live" stars play a couple who befriend a pregnant woman in hopes of adopting her child. The film's ominous title was "A Deadly Adoption."
The actors quickly issued a statement that they were disappointed word got out. Ferrell and Wiig said they decided it's best to forego the project they labeled "top secret."
Earlier, Lifetime said the movie had already been taped and was being kept under wraps with plans to air it this summer. The network didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Ferrell and Wiig's statement.
A young Indian boy dressed as Hindu God Shiva waits for alms from devotees on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti festival in Ajmer, India, Friday, April 3, 2015. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman all over India.
Photo by Deepak Sharma
Six paintings by French impressionist painter Claude Monet are among the stars heading for New York City's spring art auctions that could realize between $78 million and $110 million, Sotheby's announced Friday.
The works, which span five decades of the artist's career and represent his most indelible scenes, will appear at the auction house's impressionist and modern art sale on May 5. All have long been in private collections.
The group's crown jewel is a 1905 piece from the artist's "Water Lilies" series that is estimated to bring $30 million to $45 million. It was first owned by the Swiss collectors Emil and Alma Staub-Terlinden before being acquired in 1955 by the current owner.
The current record for a work by Monet is his 1919 "Water Lily Pond," which sold for $80.5 million at Christie's in 2008.
Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.
Police arrested 12 protesters Thursday when they tried to block the road leading to the summit of Mauana Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Officers with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources arrested 11 protesters at the construction site on the summit.
Native Hawaiians believe the site where the telescope is being assembled is sacred because it is where their creation story begins, said Kealoha Pisciotta, an opponent of the telescope project.
While the Native Hawaiian groups opposing the project do not oppose the telescope itself, they disagree with the location of the construction on Mauna Kea, the highest point in the state.
Scientists revere the site for another reason. They believe it's an ideal location for one of the world's largest telescopes because of the site's remote and sheltered position, nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano.
A model displays a 100.20-carat diamond, left, and a 25.59-carat Burmese ruby during a media preview for the Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong Friday, April 3, 2015. The diamond, a 100.20-carat perfect D color, internally flawless, Type IIa stone in a classic emerald-cut, will be offered in New York Sotheby's auction house on April 21, when it is estimated to sell for US$19-25 million. The 25.59-carat Burmese ruby, cushion-shaped in "pigeon's blood" color, mounted as a ring, will be offered in Geneva Sotheby's auction house on May 12, when it is estimated to sell for US$12-18 million.
Photo by Kin Cheung
Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than blacks and Hispanics do, at a time when the country is struggling to deal with police use of deadly force against men of color, according to a major American trend survey.
Seven of 10 whites polled, or 70 percent, said they can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police officer striking an adult male citizen, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, a long-running measurement of trends in American opinions. When asked the same question - Are there any situations you can imagine in which you would approve of a policeman striking an adult male citizen? - 42 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics said they could.
The poll results don't surprise experts on American attitudes toward police, who say experiences and history with law enforcement shape opinions about the use of violence by officers.
"Whites are significantly more likely to give police officers the benefit of the doubt, either because they have never had an altercation with a police officer or because they tend to see the police as allies in the fight against crime," said Ronald Weitzer, a George Washington University sociology professor who has studied race and policing in the U.S. and internationally.
However, blacks and Hispanics "are more cautious on this issue because of their personal experiences and/or the historical treatment their groups have experienced at the hands of the police, which is only recapitulated in recent disputed killings," he said.
A street decoration made from dyed sawdust lays intact before a Good Friday procession walks over it during Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala, Friday, April 3, 2015. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Photo by Moises Castillo
Documents leaked by fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden show Britain spied on Argentina to monitor its efforts to win sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, Argentine media said Friday.
Britain, which defeated Argentina in a brief, bloody war over the South Atlantic islands in 1982, carried out "covert interception and intervention operations and other maneuvers" on Argentina from 2008 to 2011, reported news portal TN, citing documents obtained from Snowden.
The website said the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, a British agency, carried out a "long-term, far-reaching" espionage program dubbed Operation Quito that included attempts to spy on military and political leaders' communications and spreading pro-British propaganda online.
Tension over the Falklands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas, have been on the rise again since British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon last week announced plans to spend £180 million ($268 million) over 10 years to counter "continuous intimidation" from Argentina.
The 74-day Falklands War claimed the lives of 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers and three islanders.
Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, Spain, Friday, April 3, 2015. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Photo by Andres Kudacki
U.S. power company Duke Energy Corp agreed to a $2.5 million settlement proposed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality relating to the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina, the DEQ said on Friday.
Duke, the largest in the United States by power generation capacity, will spend $2.25 million in carrying out environmental projects to benefit Virginia localities affected by the spill.
The remaining $250,000 will be placed in a DEQ fund to respond to environmental emergencies.
A pipe break at a retired Duke coal plant in February 2014 triggered the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history. The event prompted North Carolina's Senate to ask Duke to close 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years.
The company said it had set aside $100 million in the fourth quarter in anticipation of the settlement.
Bosnian Croat Stjepan Biletic holds eggs decorated with tiny horseshoes, in central Bosnian town of Kresevo, 60 kms south of Sarajevo, Wednesday April 1, 2015. A handful of men in Kresevo keep alive the centuries-old tradition of "egg-shoeing" - attaching horseshoes fashioned from strips of lead on eggs. In the past, blacksmiths in Kresevo shoed eggs to demonstrate their skill. Now days, most eggs are shoed in days leading up to the Easter festival.
Photo by Amel Emric
Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.
The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out a family's lawsuit that tried to block Encinitas Union School District from teaching yoga as an alternative to traditional gym classes.
"While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the district are, as the trial court determined, 'devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings,'" the court wrote in a 3-0 opinion.
Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock and their two children had brought the lawsuit claiming yoga promoted Hinduism and inhibited Christianity. They were disappointed with the ruling and considering their options.
Sarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Friday.
Brady, 73, died in a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia, after battling pneumonia, family members said in an email.
Brady's husband, former White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Aug. 4, also at the age of 73.
The 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. left James Brady partially paralyzed.
Four years later, Sarah Brady became involved in gun control. She chaired Handgun Control Inc., which was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as a tribute to the Bradys. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.
"Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives," the family's statement said. "Sarah was a voice of strength, love and encouragement, and she inspired others, showing that one person could make a difference and change the world - which she did."
A Miniature Dachshund (L) wears a duck bill-shaped dog muzzle while sitting in a stroller with another Miniature Dachshund at the 'Interpets' international pet fair in Tokyo, Japan, April 2, 2015.
Photo by Kiyoshi Ota
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