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Joe Rogan performs at the Ice House Comedy Club in 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Michael Schwartz / WireImage)

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You cant even discuss the fact that certain races demonstrate low IQ, Joe Rogan lamented in 2018. On that show he was celebrating Sam Harriss support for Charles Murrays claims that people of color are dumber than whites.

In 2019, in response to a guests proposed hypothetical, Lets imagine that you actually believe that males and females are equal in intelligence, Rogan responded, LOL. Rogans position was obvious: Women, he believes, arent as smart as men.

Rogan has routinely attacked people of color, trans people, women, and queer people as part of his public life for decades. His attacks on trans people are particularly vicious. Almost weekly on his popular podcast, Rogan excoriates trans folks using language like, What are you? and She used to be a man, and attacking trans individuals for wanting to play in sports, transitioning as teens, and asking people to address them respectfully.

In 2018, he told frequent guest Gavin McInnes, founder of the violent white supremacist and misogynist gang known as the Proud Boys, that people often become gay or lesbian because of molestation at an early age. it seems to be a real factor.

And Rogan, who has reveled in using the N-word, said that going to a black neighborhood made him feel like he was visiting the Planet of the Apes. He likes to use the word faggot, has announced that queer women dont have the lower back muscles to give other women a proper fuck, and says campuses are being too aggressive in prosecuting sexual assaults. He also claims that feminism is sexist.

All of this is why I felt so hurt and angry when I saw my favorite candidate, Bernie Sanders, trumpet Rogans endorsement in a campaign commercial released on Twitter.

As a passionate lifelong socialist, Ive adored and supported Bernie since the 1980s, when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. I was beyond thrilled to be able to vote for him and contribute money to his campaign in 2016. Ive been ecstatic to see a new flourishing generation of openly socialist candidates in the Democratic Party like AOC, and the growth of a movement of young socialist activists backing them.

But the question at the heart of the controversy around Sanders celebrating Rogans endorsement is what solidarity means.

As Shevek, the hero of Ursula K. Le Guins anarchist novel The Dispossessed puts it, solidarity begins in shared pain. Solidarity means taking on anothers pain and responding to it as though it were your own. Or, as the Industrial Workers of the World had it, An injury to one is an injury to all. Solidarity is at the heart of socialism, but Bernie Sanderss decision to embrace the backing of someone like Rogan is the opposite of sharing the pain of all. It is the opposite of the union makes us strong. In particular, his campaigns decision to double down on the Rogan ad and not even to acknowledge the pain of trans, African American, Latinx, gay, and female critics is a disturbing signal that for Sanders adherents, cisgender straight white men are the only people whose suffering seems to matter.

Sanderss Rogan ad is not a side issue. It cuts to the heart of the danger facing the American leftin fact, this entire countryat this terrifying political moment. Far-right populists the world over are mobilizing whiteness and maleness as though they were actually the true emblems of working-class identity.

Trump won the last election by explicitly referencing capitalist inequality and telling whites and straight cis men that they were its only victims. Fascists here and abroad say baldly that the solution to capitalist inequality is to attack brown people and sexual minorities.

Walking that path, however unknowingly, is the wrong movefor both practical reasons and moral ones. Besides his personal volleys of hate against these groups, Rogan has used his show to host white nationalists and fascists including McInnes, Alex Jones (whom Rogan calls a good friend), Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stefan Molyneux. He delights in defending misogynists and gay-bashers like Jordan Peterson and Stephen Crowder.

Writing in The Guardian, Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of Jacobin, called Rogans show pretty good and said the podcasters fans are a group of people we cant afford to cede to Trump.

I wonder if he thinks we can afford to cede the votes of people of color, women, trans people, and queer folks to the seductions of staying at home rather than vote for someone not prepared to have our back. More importantly, I wonder if he thinks we can afford to jettison these groups claims to protection, solidarity, and mutual aid from the rest of the left.

If were going to say that socialism is compatible with racism, transphobia, and misogyny, then weve already ceded the most important battle of our times. Many incarnations of fascism and white nationalism already incorporate a perverse kind of socialism whose benefits are to be restricted to white and cis straight males. Hey, Richard Spencer already believes in universal health care for white peoplewhy not get him to join the campaign, too?

The reason why not is, as Le Guin also wrote, that the means are the end. I expected better from Sanders. I will be voting for someone else in the primary.

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As January comes to a close, here are three pieces from around the web that I particularly recommend. Enjoy!

Representative Darrell Issa in the basement of the Capitol with a painting of Ronald Reagan by artist Steve Penley. Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, via Getty Images.

Have you ever heard of Steve Penley? I havent, but then I guess the fact that I dont know his colorfully dappled paintings of US presidents and American flags just means that I dont watch much Fox News.

Penleys art is more than just a regular feature and symbol of all that is patriotic on Fox. You have seen his patriotic paintings all over Fox & Friends, and actually Fox News channeleverywhere you go, we see your pictures hanging up in the halls, the shows cohost, Ainsley Earhardt, enthused to an audience a few years ago, during an appearance by the world-famous painter on the show.

Its all over my radio studio nowwe took em all! another one of the friends, Brian Kilmeade, added. Its brainwashing!

That level of media exposure surely makes Penley one of the countrys most high-profile painters, whether youve heard of him or not. In a funny way, the right-wing mediasphere has a lot more use for artists than its liberal cable-media rivals.

Wetzler wades through a lot of Fox News (so you dont have to) to find the Fox News Theory of Art, and its pretty much what you think it is: Only three kinds of art exist for Fox News: patriotic, stupid, and obscene.

Any way you slice it, its a mainly instrumental view of art: a given artwork gets the spotlight either because it is useful as propaganda for the Fox News worldview; because it serves as an illustration of how dumb and empty-headed liberal elites are; or because it outrages conservative sensibilities, and so can be used to rally the troops for the culture wars.

The favored patriotic aesthetic tends to channel Norman Rockwell by way of Andy Warhol, a late-Pop recycling of comfortingly clichd American symbols. (Like Penley, the late Thomas Kinkadealso took direct inspiration from Warhols Factory and described himself as Warhols heir apparent.) The best you could say of this work is that its probably more aware of how it operates than the art-loving public thatdoesnt watch Fox Newsgives it credit for.

Conservative aesthetics are stereotypically all about taking a stand against decadent experimental art and for real traditional art. Ive made a version of this point before (about neo-Jungian philosopher of the manosphere, Jordan Peterson), but by putting this art into the context of Fox News, Wetzler makes the point even more forcefully: it shows just how classically postmodern this conservative art is, if by that you mean art reduced to hollowed out signifiers, mutable performances, and stripped of any sense of a reality outside of media.

The Fox News view of culture may slam contemporary art as deliberately valuing offense over enlightenment, spectacle over skill, ugliness over beauty. But beneath a very thin Rockwellian veneer, all of this is equally true of the Through-the-Looking-Glass sensibility of Fox Newss rearguard. You cant understand superstar Fox News artist Jon McNaughtons One Nation Under Socialism, a painting of Obama burning the Constitution, outside of the value it puts on offenseaka trolling the libs.

And you cant understand Joe Everson, whose shtick is live-painting the Statue of Libertywhile singing the national anthem, outside of the appeal to spectacle.

Patriot artist, nationally acclaimed flag muralist, and frequent Fox visitor Scott LoBaidos 20-foot-tall image of a musclebound Donald Trump isabout as farfrom the profundities of real traditional art as Andres SerranosPiss Christ.

Whats it all mean? Probably that you should take Fox News art a hair more seriously than it is normally taken. Not in the sense of plumbing it for deep meaningits meaning seems mainly to be its appeal to Fox News audiences. But as simplistic and easily mocked as it is, its much more savvy and finely calibrated to be effective than it gets credit for.

The blur in action: Donald Trump speaking before a luncheon with US and African leaders at the Palace Hotel in New York. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images.

Petrovich, by contrast, reads political meaning in a phenomenon that youve probably seen everywhere and not read much into: the increasing presence of the blur in mainstream political photojournalism. That we dont fall off our chairs when we see this tells us how far we have come, photographically, in a very short time, he writes. We are a long way from Pete Souzas languid, almost classical compositions on the Obama-era White House Flickr account, which in retrospect feel tinged with approaching horror.

Its an observant and nuanced essay, with the implication being that all the blurring is an almost an unconscious aesthetic symptom, registering a widespread, unnamable sense of looming dread. On the other hand, such blurry images are also slightly virtuosic and carry the blush of pure expression. Petrovich writes: I have been told that what I was seeing was just the increased prowess of the telephoto lens, or merely the resurgence of shallow depth of field.

I left the essay thinking it could be both. Photojournalism is in dire straights, images are cheap and everywhere, and it stands to reason that the dedicated professionals who remainwho are going to be focused in high-profile beats like political coverage and disaster reportingfeel pressured to register the individuality of their images with an arty shot. Wonky blurring is one way to do it. Whats interesting is that either wayas a symbol of an audiences general sense of unease, or as a symbol of the photographers intensified need to register their subjectivitywe arrive at the blur through a sense of a system in crisis, just by different routes.

Peter Schjeldahl at the 2011 New Yorker Festival. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker.

Like a lot of people, Ive been thinking about New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl and what makes him an important figure, since his essay, The Art of Dying, was published last year. Earnests essay puts a commanding knowledge of his subjects writinghe edited Schjeldahls recent book,Hot, Cold, Heavy, Lightto try to explain Schjeldahls Olympian everyman style.

There really are few writers who have the effect Schjeldahl has: his writing is almost untouchably on-its-own. But hes also exceptionally engaging and reader-directed, and focused on connecting the circuits of artist biography and personal experience to make comprehensible a thought, an experience, a way of seeing.

Earnest describes his articles as detective stories about feelings, which gives a name to what I feel about them. He mentions Schjeldahls own account of his method: Looking at art is like, Here are the answers. What were the questions? he once told me. I think of it like espionage, walking the cat backwhy didthathappen, andthat?until eventually you come to a point of irreducible mystery.'

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Joe Rogans Endorsement: The Stain On Bernie Sanders That Some Voters Think Makes Him More Attractive – Forbes

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PASADENA, CA - APRIL 17: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy ... [+] Club on April 17, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images)

The news that comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan endorsed Bernie Sanders for president matters just as much as The New York Times endorsing both Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar; Which is to say, not at all. But all the buzz surrounding Rogans nod to the Independent U.S. senator from Vermont has taken on a life of its own, far surpassing the Wha...? moment that followed The Times hotly debated double trouble pick.

This week, the Sanders campaign embraced the endorsement, which Rogan announced during a podcast withTimesopinion writer Bari Weiss, the self-described left-leaning centrist whos described by observers of her writing as a pro-choice conservative.

Sanders acceptance of Rogans support,in the form of this video, didnt just generate a backlash. The reaction seen on Twitter was more like front-, side-, top-, bottom- and every other which way-lash. To call it a backlash would be akin to describing the movie Joker as an intimate drama about a desperate mother and her troubled son.

As Dani Di Placido explained in his own story, in the rush to condemn the podcast as problematic, many commentators are missing the point.

Rogan, the colorful, bombastic, actor-turned mixed martial arts commentator has become an influencer in American politics and well-known for his candid conversations with controversial figures. Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro, Edward Snowden, Jordan Peterson and Roseanne Barr have sat in the same studio as Dr. Cornel West, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Macaulay Culkin and Robert Downey, Jr. Elon Musk famously smoked pot there, sending Tesla stocks plummeting 9%.

But Rogan also made racist remarksthere, about a primarily African-American neighborhood where he saw the film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes: We walked into Africa, he said on his podcast in 2013. His podcast is one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes, and he has nearly 6 million followers on Twitter.

Ten million users follow the Sanders campaign; another nine million follow his official Senate account. The endorsement video tweeted by his campaign was seen more than 5.5 million times, and retweeted 145K times.

That endorsement tweet was swiftly followed by outrage, hand-wringing and a statement by Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for the Sanders campaign. She did not name Rogan but made the point that the campaign is not going to reject support from people just because they dont always share the same beliefs as Sanders, the Washington Post reported.

Sharing a big tent requires including those who do not share every one of our beliefs, while always making clear that we will never compromise our values, wrote Gray. The truth is that by standing together in solidarity, we share the values of love and respect that will move us in the direction of a more humane, more equal world.

Among the angry responses to Grays statement was this tweet from the press secretary for rapid response at Human Rights Campaign, Charlotte Clymer, in which she declared: I am a human being and a trans person. I am not another belief.

Her boss, Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David, followed-up by publicly calling for Sanders to renounce Rogan and his endorsement. David noted that Rogan has attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity.

Given Rogans comments, it is disappointing that the Sanders campaign has accepted and promoted the endorsement, David said in the statement, which contrasted Rogans record with Sanders, applauding him for having run a campaign unabashedly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ people.

The Sanders campaign must reconsider this endorsement and the decision to publicize the views of someone who has consistently attacked and dehumanized marginalized people, David said.

Two examples of this would be Rogans podcast with Peterson in which the two men mocked respect of a trans persons pronouns as madness; more famously, Rogan misgendered the first MMA fighter to come out as transgender, Fallon Fox, in 2013. You're a f***ing man, Rogan said. That's a man, OK? Fox publicly asked for an apology; she never got one. not only called for Sanders to reject the endorsement, but to also apologize for accepting it in the first place.

But like a big electoral bug zapper, Rogans endorsement didnt merely scare-off some voters; It drew some closer.

Socialist journalist, editor of Jacobin magazine and Guardian columnist Bhaskar Sunkara called Rogan the best endorsement Bernie Sanders could hope for his fans are a group of people we cant afford to cede to Trump.

And since transgender people are not a monolith, it should come as no surprise there are trans voters who welcome Rogans endorsement. Here are tweets from three trans people who refused to join the Sanders-bashing bandwagon:

@Fox_Barrett tweeted, Hey. Fellow trans folk. I REALLY don't give a sh*t if Joe Rogan is endorsing Sanders. Neither Biden nor Warren nor f***ing Buttigieg are going to meaningfully push something like Medicare for All through. Free healthcare is a queer issue. Please don't get distracted.

The thread by Princeton professor and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, shared by transgender athlete and journalist Karleigh Webb, actually walks the line. The scholar, who in 2017 called President Trump a racist, sexist megalomaniac and received death threats for making those remarks in a commencement address, doesnt have a problem with the endorsement. Taylor does call out the campaign for failing to take the next step, and urges Sanders supporters to adjust their focus forward, not try to rewrite what happened this week.

I think its fine to accept the endorsement even as I disagree [with] highlighting him in an ad... Solidarity cant be built on a faulty unity that assumes some of our acceptance of the repugnant ideas that continue to keep us divided. And receiving Rogans endorsement [without] publicly challenging his backward politics is effectively to accept those ideas... Stop denying Rogans bad politics, instead challenge them.

The bottom line, of course, is: Will all this hurt Sanders at the Iowa caucuses one week from Monday? Its highly doubtful, but rival Joe Biden certainly is doing what he can toward that outcome:

At last count, in 2016, Iowa had about 7,400 residents who identified as trans, or 0.31% of the states population. And for Joe Rogan, like Dave Chappelle, every trans Iowan is a punchline whose sole purpose is to make people laugh. This is, after all, America in 2020, where punching down is tolerated, so long as we defeat the bigger bully.

Medicare for all will take care of trans people, and only Bernie Sanders...

Just you wait...

Youll see...

Hell protect trans rights, as soon as hes elected...

Hey, as soon as this election is over, trans rights are next...

By the way, that reminds me, did you hear what Joe Rogan said about trannies?

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Its always fun to get to play something that is seemingly normal but has a horrible subtext, Michael Emerson says, delivering the observation with the clipped overpronunciation that gives many of his performances their signature mixture of humor and dread. Emerson is talking about his role on CBSs Evil, the bonkers and delightful show from Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King, in which he plays a forensic psychologist named Leland Townsend, who may be the devil incarnate, an agent of the devil, or just a weird dorky tuba player from Iowa whos trying to make himself seem important.

Either way, Leland consistently plots to mess with Evils Scooby gang of heroes, including Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), the psychologist slash mountain climber slash paranormal investigator whos skeptical of all things supernatural. In Thursdays season finale, he even convinces Kristens mother, Sheryl (Christine Lahti), to marry him. Watching Leland, you get the feeling that hed get along with the other sinister TV characters Emerson has played on shows like Lost. As he told Vulture in advance of the Evil finale, hes comfortable playing the types of roles that make people give him the stink eye on the street, though as he discovered in playing Leland, he sometimes does have his limits.

In the episode before the finale, Kristen confronted Leland and revealed that hes just a dork named Jake Perry who grew up in Des Moines and played the tuba in his high-school marching band. You were also in your high-school marching band, right? Yeah, I wonder if the Kings have done some delving into my Iowa background. I didnt go to high school in Des Moines, but I went to undergrad in Des Moines. I went to high school in a little town in Iowa, and I was in the marching band, and I did play embarrassing instruments.

Which instruments? I started on the cymbals and I graduated to the glockenspiel. Imagine! Youre a shrimpy little 14-year-old, all the girls in your class are a head taller than you, and youre carrying around an upright xylophone with horsehair tassels on it.

But you didnt tell the Kings about that? No! I dont know where it all came from. The next time I see them, I should ask them. It cant be an accident that they chose Iowa.

After making us think that Lelands just an ordinary guy, the episode ends with a scene where hes meeting with a goat-headed devil plotting his revenge. Like a lot of the supernatural stuff in Evil, it could be imaginary or it could be totally real. How did you take it? My idea was that it was something he does every day and it no longer has any special shock value or meaning to him. Thats his shrink and hes impatient with his shrink. Hes tired of being pushed and prodded and told to do things. Hes like a kid. Its like, Yeah, okay mom. Except, in this case, it appears to be Satan.

We have the impression that he had great powers and that he was maybe the evil genius behind everything. To find out that hes not even that high on some infernal pecking order, its delicious. Even when you agree to work with the devil, you still dont get any respect.

Your wife, Carrie Preston, has a great recurring role on The Good Wife and The Good Fight playing Elsbeth the scattered lawyer. Did you know the Kings well coming into Evil? I had met them, of course. They had inquired after me for guest spots here and there over the years that I, for one reason or another, wasnt available for partly because I was on a long-running series, Person of Interest, on CBS, which is their network. Evil was easy. They said, We have this script; wed like you to read it. I read it and I liked it and that was it. That was how hard it was to sign me up, because theyre the Kings.

You dont have to read but two or three pages of any script they write to know that it is superior writing, that the language of it is very smart. Nothing trite or predictable about it. Its strong. And the fact that it is shot in New York City, where I live, that was a big plus.

The Kings said they were excited about Evil because they could work with a lot of the theater and TV actors theyd already used on The Good Wife all over again. Whats it like to join that extended company? Its so great because they have the deepest casting pool on the planet here in New York City, so you get astonishingly good and nuanced players coming in to play supporting roles. You get John Glover and you get Darren Pettie and Jayne Houdyshell. Every time you turn around, theres some great stage actor that you revere and theyre there to do a part on the Kings show.

Did you have a favorite guest performer? Well, of course my best scenes are with Christine and with Katja. But for a guest player, I dont know if you remember Noah Robbins, who played the young man that I was luring into being an incel shooter. He was really good. He was really professional and well prepared. Hes quite young, but man, you havent heard the last of him.

In that story arc, Leland radicalizes Noahs character through the language of mens-rights movements, like hes an internet figure in the style of Jordan Peterson. Did you do much research into that world? No, I get enough information about that world from the daily news. To me, that was the most villainous and unforgivable thing that Leland did this season. It was awful. Its the only time I have ever gotten in touch with the Kings to say, Do we really need to go this far? Because if it plays as it is on the page, I will be a hated person on the streets of New York City to those people who blur the lines between actors and characters. We had a good conversation about that and there were some little changes of tone.

What kinds of changes? Just some language.

When you talked, why did they say they wanted to do that story line? They said, Were glad you called because weve been having this discussion in the writers room. Were relieved to have a chance to talk to you and get your perspective on it. It turned out to be a good conversation. If you tackle certain themes that are very topical, youre a little bit playing with fire. You can be misunderstood. You can get a firestorm of social media reaction if you appear to be glib or unfeeling and they are neither of those things.

You didnt want yourself to be hated on the streets of New York, but of course youve played several villains in the past, like Ben Linus on Lost. Do you worry about weird in-person interactions? In my acting career on TV, I have experienced people misunderstanding who I am. Right from the get-go, when I played that serial killer on The Practice, people would scream and run away from me. Because I was a little-known actor at that time, they couldnt just say, Oh, thats just Michael Emerson. To them, Michael Emerson didnt exist. Only the character existed and there he was walking the streets of New York City.

So yes, I do think about those things. The same on Lost. People would cross the street in Honolulu to tell me how much they hated me. Some people would tell me that I had ruined the show, as if I had written it. We liked it when it was like Survivor. We dont want all this meanness and danger!

I imagine if you agreed to play a character like Leland on Evil, then youve had to come to peace with that experience? I dont mind it, unless I was confused with some sinister or horrible point of view. I would be loath to play a character who was a racist agitator. I know Id just be an actor playing a role, but I guess I just draw the line somewhere. I dont want those words to come out of my mouth.

Working on the show, the Kings said they like to keep a balance between their two perspectives on what evil is. Where do you fall on that spectrum? Im not really a believer of supernatural beings or that an incarnate devil walks the earth. I think evil is like a potentiality in the human brain. A thing thats vulnerable to persuasion or misunderstanding or fear that can turn us away from empathy and toward aggression. We can lose track of our better natures and do perhaps unthinkable things.

Although, I do think about ghosts and aliens. I dont know if youve ever had this experience, but Ill be walking down a crowded street in midtown and someone will be walking toward me, and theyre looking right at me and there is a fixed deadness in their stare, and I have this intuition that this person is not human. Maybe its just the wild imaginings of a person who tells stories for a living, but I have had a couple of those experiences.

When I was a kid I used to get sleep paralysis, where you feel the weight on your chest in the middle of the night and you think that theres some demon in the room or something, which always terrified me even if I knew the explanation of it. I have had sleep paralysis a couple of times since weve been shooting Evil. Its like the mere discussion of it in the show has brought it into play in my own mind. Were all impressionable. If we are hearing those kinds of stories, or in the business of telling them, it may be rattling around in your head.

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Entrepreneurs are trial and error people, says Krishna Kumar, co-founder and CEO of Green Pepper, a Kochi-based boutique strategic consulting firm. Less than 1% makes it big in the entrepreneurship game. Some quit, some thrive, some stay, some drag, says Krishna, who has published his first book, Between Genes and Memes Life Beyond Hunts, Harvests and Hashtags.

The book, which is philosophical in treatment, has been largely drawn from Krishnas experience as a consulting entrepreneur and his many interactions with CEOs, leaders, investors, and risk-takers. What I learnt from these people is that essentially, it is the life philosophy that holds them higher than their business acumen.

An avid blogger, Krishna says most of the material for the book has come from his blogs.

Edited excerpts from an interview

Why a book on philosophy?

Philosophy is all about wisdom derived through critical thinking, which drives our decisions, habits, and results. This book is a laboratory of such thought experiments and a DJ mix of philosophical perspectives from deep conversations and experiences with leaders.

Many would say philosophers over centuries were mostly financially unsuccessful and lived miserable lives. That perception makes it an unattractive thing. Philosophy is not for losers, it is for all.

So, the book is for anyone trying to maintain their space in this world?

We are shifting from teamwork to specialist jobs; full-time jobs to the gig economy; company branding to personal branding. Never before in history, as individuals, have we faced so much pressure.

We have now moved from thinking about mere survival to the richer meaning of existence. This book is for everyone who wishes to see life differently entrepreneurship, leadership, education, internet, meditation and more.

Did you follow any particular writing routine?

I write in the form of tweets whenever an idea strikes. Then it becomes a blog. Creating a book out of my blogs was a challenge. It took a lot of time to create a coherent flow.

Writing, to me, is unadulterated self-expression. The emotions are real. My writing routine generally involves a long walk and coming back with an idea to write. Even in the midst of chaos, I write. They are small islands of meditative moments I get during the day.

Who are your influences?

Modern science has changed the way we look at philosophy. We are equipped with better answers and solutions to the existential questions. Thinkers like Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Pinker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Naval Ravikant, Jordan Peterson and James Clear have influenced me heavily.

Ive been reading philosophers like Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Immanuel Kant, Albert Camus, Friedrich Nietzsche and many more. I find Alain de Bottons School of Life videos enriching.

Critical thinkers look at the world to offer better solutions. The proceeds of the book will be used to create free educational content on critical thinking.

What are you working on now?

The next book is coming in 2020. It will be another version of this book, but deeper. If you write 100 words a day, in 7 months, you have material for a 200-page book. The next 3 months are for refining and brutal editing. That is the formula.

Published by Recto and Verso, the book will be launched in Amazon, Flipkart, Storytel by February 10. An audiobook is also on the anvil.

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When Doug Pederson and Pete Carroll meet at midfield on Sunday, itll be a meeting of two outstanding, Super Bowl winning head coaches. And thats about all they have in common. Their resumes contrast each other, Pederson is a comparatively young (Pederson played against Carroll when Carroll coached the Patriots) and offensive coach, Carroll is a hugely experienced defensive coach, one can even take note of their most famous plays in the Super Bowl. But the differences extend beyond the bios.

Doug Pederson treats his team to ice cream and beats other coaches in games of golf. Hes The Dad of the NFL.

Pete Carroll is... well, to put it charitably... a weird guy.

First and foremost, he is a 9/11 truther or at least just a guy asking questions.

In particular, Carroll wanted to know whether the attack on the Pentagon had really happened. Chiarelliwho was the top-ranking Army official inside the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into its western sideexplained that it had. He said he had lost many colleagues. But Carroll didnt stop there. He ran through the whole 9/11 truther litany.

Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about, said Riki Ellison, the former NFL linebacker who now runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and introduced Carroll to Chiarelli.

When they show shots of Pete Carroll on the sideline, he looks like a crazy guy hanging around a bus stop.

Turns out he shares some of the same opinions too.

He once had Jordan Peterson speak to the Seahawks. If you dont know who Jordan Peterson is (youre better off not knowing), all you need to know is that Pete Carroll had to apologize for it.

And then there are his music tastes. To each his own, but he listens to the kind of stuff that a man half his age (or in one case, a girl a quarter his age) does. Such as Macklemore. On loop.

Haggerty, 30, has become friends with Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, 62, who reached out to him last year after falling in love with Macklemores music. Carroll bought an album and spent much of last season playing it on an endless loop in his Seahawks office. Typically, the coach has his sound system cranked so loud his secretary has to turn it down when he steps out of his corner office.

He immediately resonated with the music, Haggerty said. Hes somebody whos 62 years old, but looks like hes 45, and acts like hes 30. Hes just a cool coach and down-to-earth person.

Maybe they also bonded over their theories on 9/11.

Carrolls musical tastes go further down the rabbit hole. He follows Tiesto and One Direction on Twitter. Why does a 68 year old man do this.

Speaking of his Twitter account, he has favorited just five tweets, one of which is his own. He follows Pete Carrolls Gum (which cant even punctuate correctly) and the Bronx Zoo cobra, which is really lame. But worst of all, and I hope youre sitting down for this:

He follows Bill Cosby.

And hes done it for a while, hes pretty far down on his list of follows.

More recently, at the 2019 combine he took his shirt off to meet DK Metcalf.

To be fair to Carroll, Metcalf caught 7 TDs and had a 15.5 yards per catch, and he was drafted seven picks after JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who has 10 catches.

Pete Carroll is a great coach. One who very well might be coaching next weekend while Doug Pederson refines his golf game. But hes also one hell of a weird dude.

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The self-styled intellectual class is growing excitable. Under the onslaught of Trump, Brexit, Europe-wide populism, and Jordan Peterson, can we be certain, they ask, that the open society will continue? The only way on from liberalism, they believe, is backward into the darkness whence we allegedly emerged. Even those who are not enthusiastic about liberalisms tender mercies are required to moderate their hopes for its demise, lest the new nurse turn out to be worse than the serving one. A lot of people, including people who call themselves conservatives, appear to be concerned about the future of liberalism, and this concern is causing the age to be misread.

For the discussion is bogus to begin with. What is called liberalism here is not liberalism at all, but its direct opposite. It is liberalism only in name, and therefore offers no guarantee of an open society at all. By corrupting the meanings of terms like equality, tolerance, and human rights, the liberal ascendancy of the past three decades has overburdened the skeleton of our civilization, leaving it weakened and susceptible to collapse.

We should stop using words like liberalism as though they were not already subsumed in irony, as though the sense of virtue and good intention that they are supposed to connote remained valid. I believe it has become necessary to prefix certain words in our political lexicon to alert bystanders to their hidden corruption. For three decades I have referred to pseudo-liberalism. What we call liberalism is no longer to be thought upright. If it dies, it will be a cause of celebration, not dismay.

This pseudo-liberalism is founded on a lie: the idea that freedom resides in getting whatever you demand and doing whatever you desire. In the words of the diabolical occultist Aleister Crowley: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. A moments thought reveals such ideas as civilization-threatening. By definition, what one person demands must be taken from someplace where it already benefits others, and doing exactly what you want will invariably be a cost to someone else or, ultimatelybecause of the complexity of the human instrumentto yourself. There are libraries of philosophy and theology on these topics, but as far as contemporary conversations are concerned, it is as though not a word of this is relevant.

The Sixties generation, which introduced these incoherencies into the bloodstream of modern societies, has not been honest about its own experience of these much-vaunted freedoms, which have left a trail of devastation behind them. One symptom of this is that there is virtually no lucid witness to the errors of pseudo-liberalism, not just in the intimate areas of human relations, but in relation to economics and the movements of people in the modern world. For half a century, these converging strands of insipid thinking have dominated Western societies, steamrolling everything and everyone with the help of corporate money and devious propaganda, their incoherencies protected from scrutiny by the influence and dollars of Big This and Big That, by corrupted media and the force field of political correctness. Self-styled liberals have hijacked the idealism of the young, enlisting them for a project that has the outward appearance of virtue but is rotten to the core. They have convinced even our own children that globalism is an unequivocal good and that human safety and well-being can be maintained without the assistance of the civilization that made all these qualities possible in the first place.

Thus, pseudo-liberalism seeks to turn upside-down the value system of the civilization that once was Christendom, attacking its core institutions and mocking and censoring its history. It justifies genocide in the form of abortion and is clearly intentsometimes unwittinglyupon engineering the cultural and moral demolition of the West itself, by dint of godless relativism, induced migration, the elimination of distinct nations, and the destruction of the nuclear family.

And although this is quite clearly the most intolerant ideology to have emerged in the West since World War II, signs of the demise of this liberalism are met with handwringing from people who ought to know better. All right-thinking people must agree that populism is a bad thing. We must, while admitting its minor blemishes, still accept that what is called liberalism offers the one best way forward for Western societies.

Liberal-progressivismto give it its most informative nameis actually an advanced form of colonialism, imposing itself not just on territories but also claiming dominion over all future time, brooking no dissent and remorselessly punishing recalcitrant doubters. In this sense it is deeply totalitarian, insisting on one best way that cannot be questioned.

In his 1987 essayStories and Totalitarianism, Vclav Havel defined the mechanism of totalitarianism as the assassination of history to achieve both nihilisation of the past and mastery over the future. The instrument of this process he identified as the removal from history of the possibilities of human choice, mystery, and autonomy: History becomes a fixed sequence of unfolding inevitabilities, and the role of human beings is merely to acquiesce and embrace what is pressed upon them.

To put this another way, under the new colonialism the future is a city already constructed, waiting to be moved into. There is no space for human discussion or disagreement. It is already decidedand not, we are archly informed, by some arbitrary human authority but by the mechanistic mind of time, which ordains the course of history according to immutable and unchallengeable laws.

We are now, it is certain, seeing the early stages of the disintegration of this pseudo-liberalism. This liberalism has promised untrammeled economic growth, itself an example of its incoherence: Increasing growth never delivers increasing happiness. Moreover, in ignoring the inevitability of boom-bust, this promise provides an example of pseudo-liberal dishonesty.There is no final glorious destination.

This pseudo-liberalism also promises free speech, while curtailing it in the name of civilityemploying sophisticated abuses of language to impose censorship so as to protect its own incoherence, and arrogating to itself the right to stifle anything that offers a significant threat to itself.It also promises increasingly purer forms of democracy but in reality is pushing us ever closer to mob rule.

Pseudo-liberalism lays claim to the universalization of human rights, but it requires just a moments reflection to realize that what is meant by this is not universal in the least, but a highly ideological recalibration of the balance of power between establishments and minorities, which provide human shields for the prosecution of an undeclared war on what is.

Moreover, it is precisely the pseudo-liberal insistence on a selective understanding of human rights that lies at the heart of the current threat to Europes future. For if universal rights are to trump rights of culture, history, place, locality, home and hearth, the outcome will be the destruction of all culture, loyalty, and trust, creating an intercontinental incontinence that will sweep all order and coherence before it.

What is called liberalism attacks what is most precious in our tradition of community solidarity, opposing those values we have held dearestlove of God, nation, and familyin favor of an empty and faithless materialism and the pseudo-laws of the new ideologies. The flaws of this pseudo-liberalism amount to an indictment that far outweighs even the sum of the promised benefits, for it amounts, in truth, to the negation of democracy, free speech, and meaningful liberty.

It is true that there are actors waiting in the wings who represent something even more illiberal than the present dispensation. But we should not cling to a nurse for fear of something worse.Perhaps somewhere about the precincts of this paradox lies the explanation of why liberals have so far supported the influx of Muslims into Europe: This is part of the liberal program of disintegrating the culture, traditions, and civilization of the West. Often one is forced to wonder if liberals know anything about the nature of Islam and its ambitions, whether they are aware that the Islamic concept of the infidel disqualifies all such peoples from what they think their entitlements. No sane person could ever have accused these pseudo-liberals of being far-sighted. Still, here they have surely surpassed themselves with their willful myopia and stupidity. If they wish to imagine how it will end, I recommend they have a quiet read of Michel HouellebecqsSubmission, which tells of the capitulation of a future French establishment to the blandishments of Islam.

But the problem does not lie merely with pseudo-liberalism. Paradoxically, a dangerous tendency of thought has arisen in late times among conservatives: the idea that any flaws of liberalismsuch as, one presumes, its blind utopian globalism and politically correct excessespale compared to the barbarism to be observed elsewhere in the world. They take this to mean that we should not raise a fuss about what is happening in the West, but rather express gratitude for the openness we enjoy and the tolerance liberals extend to their opponents. This, too, is bogus. Tolerance here, like equality, means something different than it used to. Once, tolerance meant not interfering with, or attempting to suppress, beliefs that contradicted ones own, but this response has given way to a dictatorship of intolerance wherein everything is tolerated except the views of those who do not subscribe to the tenets of pseudo-liberalism.

Liberals speak of what they call the liberal order as though its virtues were self-evident. This allows them to adopt a tone of moral sanctimony. Those who disagree, therefore, mustipso factosuffer from some kind of pathological perverseness: They oppose the good out of fear, vexatiousness, or worse. But the pseudo-liberal sense of the good is selective and self-serving, and has no good plans for those who dissent from it. We have seen this, again and again, and what we have seenat the hands of social justice warriors, LGBT activists, #MeTooers, and the likeprovides evidence of what the liberal end of history would actually look like.

So let us not be frightened into shoring up that which is finally disintegrating. Pseudo-liberalism is finally disintegrating under belated retaliation from those it treats with contempt, as well as the weight of its own senselessness. The liberal state of affairs is a bit like the current state of rock n roll: Though on its last legs, no one can imagine what, if anything, comes next.This for a time appeared to be the strongest card of the self-proclaimed liberals: that they did indeed represent the end of history.Now, what is (often pejoratively) calledpopulismhas arisen to put paid to that idea.

This populism may represent the future, in one form or another, or simply the precursor to something we are not yet able to imagine.Butwhatever it is, it seems our only hope. The choice we face is not between left and right, orstill lessliberal and far right. Certainly, the choice is not between a continuation of the present pseudo-liberalism or a descent into Islamismthe first willinevitably give way to the second. Rather, the choice is between civilization and its antithesis. It could hardly be more serious.The time has come tolet the delusions of the Sixties finally die in their dilapidated beds.

John Watersis an Irish writer and commentator, the author of ten books, and a playwright.

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George R.R. Martin holding Privilege by first-time novelist Jason Rothery.

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In 2012, after 15 years as a professional theatre artist, I returned to graduate school at York University in Toronto, where unlike my undergrad experience no one was reading No Logo and Adbusters and railing against capitalism. Instead, debates focused on identity and gender, safe spaces and trigger warnings. Halloween costumes provoked protests, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein were revealed as predators and Jordan Peterson was making waves on YouTube.

Then the Steven Galloway scandal hit. Then-chair of UBCs creative-writing program my alma mater Galloway was suspended.

Inspiration struck. I abandoned my dissertation, flew to Belize, found a hammock and pounded out a draft of a novel called Privilege, about a young university professor navigating a charged campus climate.

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After months of rewrites and revisions, I googled Canadian publishers, drew up a list of houses that accepted unsolicited submissions and sent off my manuscript.

Rather than eating my fingernails awaiting responses, I volunteered at an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. I was lodging in a tree house when the first rejection arrived: This is not for us.

The first of many rejections to come.

Eight months later, back in Calgary, I bought a condo. In the midst of moving house, my phone rang. Did I know anyone in Winnipeg?

Hi, the gravelly voice intoned. Did you submit a book to Great Plains Publications?

A year into the publishing process, I finally admitted my social-media allergy to Great Plains lone publicist. My Facebook profile had been dormant since 2012, I abhorred Twitter and didnt even have a data plan. The publicist began coaxing me into the 21st century and as Privileges release date approached, I joined Instagram. (Have I mentioned my handle is @jasonpatrickrothery?)

On Oct. 24, six days before Privilege would launch at a Calgary-area Bavarian-style sausage and beer haus called Wurst, I received a text from my good friend Clayton McKee. Clayton had read an early draft of Privilege, consulted on an especially tricky section and championed the book ever since.

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His message read, Guess whos going to spend Halloween in Santa Fe with George R.R. Martin?

Like most of the planet, Im a huge Game of Thrones fan, and awed by Martins success. Clayton had won an all-expenses paid trip to an event hosted by the beloved fantasy fiction icon.

A few bewildered exchanges later, Clayton wrote: Get me a copy of your book so I can give it to him.

Despite Claytons enthusiasm, I did not think hed meet Martin in person. Rather, I imagined an auditorium full of adoring contest winners, their liege lord seated in an Iron Throne replica, doling out nuggets of wisdom before absconding to his secret lair to put the finishing touches on The Winds of Winter.

Nonetheless, at Claytons insistence, I nervously scribbled out an inscription to one of the most famous authors in the world, and popped Privilege in the post, certain that George Hold the Door Martin would never lay eyes, much less hands, on my book.

Busily preparing for the launch, I forgot about Claytons forthcoming adventure. On Oct. 30, Privilege debuted to a lively crowd of 50-odd family, friends and strangers. Halloween morning, I dragged myself out of bed, got the coffee gurgling, walked my dog around the block and checked my phone for messages. There was the photo: A grinning George R.R. Martin, holding up, and pointing at, Privilege.

The accompanying text read: Boom!!!!!

I called Clayton immediately. My similarly groggy friend recounted spending an hour hanging out with Martin one-on-one, personally handing Martin my book, watching Martin flip through the first few pages and smile as he read the inscription.

Hes a voracious reader, Clayton said, suggesting that Martin might actually read Privilege.

I was shocked and instantly anxious. I suspected I was standing on a PR gold mine, but by what means, and with which tools, was I supposed to tap the vein?

I e-mailed the photo to some friends. The first response Wait, WHAT?! was followed by, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!

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Now what should I do?

Posted the pic front and centre on my website. Now what?

Sent it to the publicist at Great Plains. (Wow!) Now what?

Instagram. Now what?

Messaged a business consultant buddy: Any idea how I can leverage this for, like, publicity?

More hashtags, he told me.

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I added ample hashtags.

Now what?

Now what? has become my new mantra.

After Privilege launched, I thought the heavy lifting was over with. This is like thinking youve finished raising your child the day you give birth. Books can live long lives and travel far and wide. Publicity efforts are not only continuing but shared.

Great Plains has been wonderful to work with, but its publicist is only one person with limited resources. In consulting with various writers, Ive realized the size of the publisher is irrelevant. With such a monumental amount of stuff out there, every writer is locked in a perpetual arms race for eyeballs.

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No natural-born huckster I doubt many artists are Im doing whatever I can to grab attention: spamming 400 e-mail contacts, promotional Instagram posts, pestering people for Goodreads reviews. Ive called in every favour I can think of and sent copies of Privilege to every media outlet that might be interested.

Will Martin read Privilege? Has the photo boosted interest? Affected sales? As Ygritte tells Jon Snow, I know nothing.

What I do know is that the fate of my book is largely in my hands. Im proud of Privilege and want people to read it, but no one can read a book they arent aware exists.

The photo of Martin holding Privilege is a talisman of sorts. It reminds me that success is at least partly luck, that stars align in magical ways and most importantly we must be prepared to capitalize on that luck, and those unlikely alignments.

To which end, care to follow me on Instagram?

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends

A new year means a new opportunity to put down Netflix and get back into reading.

Luckily, there are plenty of new books to look forward to in 2020 - from a new Marian Keyes novel, to Dolly Alderton's fictional debut and a Booker winner Graham Swift's latest page-turner.

Whether you're aiming to read one book per month, smash out a novel a week or simply bump up your summer holiday reading list, below is our pick of what to devour this year.

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

Release date: January 23, 2020

After leaving New York and her job in publishing for a tech start-up in San Francisco, Anna Wiener's rose-tinted glasses soon dull as she discovers a world of casual sexism and technology addiction.

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Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Release date: February 6, 2020

The latest novel from the beloved Irish author, Grown Ups delves into the Casey family whose secrets start to spill after one member gets concussed.

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Release date: February 25, 2020

Required reading for any feminist, Kendall explores why mainstream feminism neglects to see how race, class, sexual orientation and disability intersects with gender with a clear-eyed assessment of how to fix it.

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Here We Are by Graham Swift

Release date: February 27, 2020

Set in Brighton in 1959 this end-of-the-pier story from the Booker winner tells of the off-stage drama between a magician, his assistant and compre.

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The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

Release date: March 5, 2020

The long-awaited conclusion to the Wolf Hall trilogy comes in at a whopping 912 pages, tracing the final years of Thomas Cromwell.

You can buy it here.

Our House is on Fire by Malena and Beata Ernman, Svante and Greta Thunberg

Release date: March 5, 2020

After the Swedish teenage climate change activist captivated the world in 2019, Greta Thunberg along with her sister, opera singer mother and actor father write about the story of a family led to confront a crisis.

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Capital and Ideology by Thomas Picketty

Release date: March 10, 2020

Arguments for participatory socialism from this revolutionary thinker the book is described as 'a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system'.

You can buy it here.

This Lovely City by Louise Hare

Release date: March 12, 2020

A post-war novel that transports readers to Brixtons Windrush community in the 1950s following jazz musician Lawrie Matthews as he tours Sohos music halls and rallies with his local community.

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Release date: March 31, 2020

The protagonist reflects on her relationship with her English teacher 17 years later when he's accused of sexual assault by another former student.

You can buy it here.

The Better Half by Sharon Moalem

Release date: April 7, 2020

Physician explains why women are genetically superior and makes a case that, genetically, females are stronger than males at every stage of life.

You can buy it here.

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Release date: April 23, 2020

A debut novel about four young women struggling to survive in Seoul, where extreme plastic surgery is as commonplace as routine as getting a haircut.

You can buy it here.

Clothes and Other Things That Matter by Alexandra Shulman

Release date: April 23, 2020

The former British Vogue editor on the meaning of clothes and why we wear them, a must-read memoir for even those beyond the fashion set.

You can buy it here.

Death in her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

Release date: April 23, 2020

An elderly widow is caught up in a murder mystery when she finds a note in the woods that says: "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body."

You can buy it here.

The Ratline by Philippe Sands

Release date: April 23, 2020

Love, lies and justice following the trail of Nazi fugitive SS Brigadesfhrer Otto Freiherr von Wchter, who was indicted for mass murder at the end of WWII in 1945 and spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps.

You can buy it here.

Skincare by Caroline Hirons

Release date: April 30, 2020

The internet's authority on skincare, Caroline Hiron's debut non-fiction book is a no nonsense guide to skincare - and getting the nation off face wipes for good.

You can buy it here.

What Have I Done? An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness by Laura Dockrill

Release date: May 7, 2020

Children's author and Adele's best friend recounts her period of post-partum psychosis and the recovery that came with it.

You can buy it here.

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Release date: June 9, 2020

A new novel, again set in Naples, from the best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.

You can buy it here.

Olive by Emma Gannon

Release date: June 11, 2020

Host of the acclaimed Ctrl Alt Delete podcast, Emma Gannon will release her debut novel, Olive, this June which sees the titular character navigate life when her best friends start to branch away into marriage and motherhood.

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Beyond Mere Order by Jordan Peterson

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Release date: June 2020

More lore about how to live life from the controversial Canadian.

Summer by Ali Smith

Release date: July 2, 2020

The finale to her seasonal quartet, written as it happens. Smiths fourth and final instalment is separate to the former three but interconnected, just as the seasons are.

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The Hungover Games by Sophie Heawood

Release date: July 2, 2020

Heawood's wry account of her journey into motherhood when she finds herself pregnant and single with a penchant for partying.

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How Do We Know We're Doing It Right: & Other Essays on Modern Life by Pandora Sykes

Release date: July 16, 2020

A collection of essays from the journalist and podcast host that touch on happiness to wellness; womanhood to consumerism and the anxieties and agendas that consume our lives.

You can buy it here.

Fall: The Last Days of Robert Maxwell by John Preston

Release date: July 16, 2020

True-life investigation of the rise and fall of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell, by the writer of A Very English Scandal.

You can buy it here.

Boris Johnson by Tom Bower


Release date: July 2020

After Corbyn, the biographer nobody wants turns his attention to the PM.

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Arthur Levine, Special to USA TODAY Published 11:22 a.m. ET Jan. 3, 2020 | Updated 4:33 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2020


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With the opening of two heavily hyped Star Wars: Galaxys Edge lands, the Force continues to be strong at Mickeys theme parks on both coasts. The Dec. 5 debut of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneys Hollywood Studios, part of Walt Disney World in Florida, rounded out the initial phase of the revolutionary land in grand style. It just may be the most sophisticated and arguably, the best attraction that Disneys merry band of Imagineers has yet developed. Rise is scheduled to open on Jan. 17 at the Disneyland version of Galaxys Edge in California.

But its not going to beall lightsabers and droids all the time. There are a ton of other new attractions, shows, updates, dining experiences, and more coming to Disneyland and, especially, Walt Disney World in 2020.

We are creating an idealistic Disney bubble so that guests can feel like they are in a magical place, says Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney parks, experiences, and products, about everything that is on the way.

Disney World:Rise of the Resistance puts riders in the middle of an epic 'Star Wars' battle

With Goofy serving as the engineer of a train ride that (in typical theme park fashion) will go horribly wrong, passengers will be transported into Mickeys cartoon realm when they ride Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway.(Photo: Disney)

Who wouldnt want to be in a Mickey short cartoon? asks Kevin Rafferty, show writer and creative directorfor Walt Disney Imagineering. Thats his pitch for Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway, which is scheduled to open March 4 at Disneys Hollywood Studios. Based on the wacky and highly stylized look and feel of the new Mickey Mouse series, the attraction the first ride-through experience to feature the beloved icon will incorporate the shorts offbeat humor and cadence while adhering to cartoon logic and physics, according to Rafferty.

With Goofy serving as the engineer of a train ride that (in typical theme park fashion) will go horribly wrong, passengers will be transported into Mickeys cartoon realm.

We have a winner, Chapek enthuses and predicts that Runaway Railway will be the sleeper hit of the year. A veteran Imagineer who has worked on many of the parks most popular attractions, Rafferty says that the Mickey ride is his favorite.

Youll also be able to catch an original cartoon in the style of the Disney Channel series at the new Mickey Shorts Theater. It will open in March at the Studios park as well.

Remys Ratatouille Adventure is based on Pixars Ratatouille and will take passengers through Gusteaus restaurant where they will experience culinary calamities from the perspective of Remy, a rat who aspires to be a gourmet chef.(Photo: Disney)

Epcot is undergoing a major transformation that will introduce new lands, welcome new additions, and update components of Disney Worlds second theme park. Trackless vehicles will be featured in Remys Ratatouille Adventure, which is scheduled to open at the France pavilion in the summer. Like a similar attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, it will be based on Pixars Ratatouille and will take passengers through Gusteaus restaurant where they will experience culinary calamities from the perspective of Remy, a rat who aspires to be a gourmet chef.

Epcot's new HarmonioUS is the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park.(Photo: Disney)

The longstanding nighttime presentation, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, closed in 2019 and ceded the World Showcase Lagoon spotlight to Epcot Forever, a temporary show now playing that pays homage to the parks history. It will be replaced in 2020 by HarmonioUS, which Chapek touts as the largest-scale evening show that Disney has ever developed. Floating fountains and set pieces, a barrage of lights and lasers, and, of course, booming and blazing pyrotechnics will be choreographed to classic Disney songs as performed by a global array of musicians.

Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts, will coach would-be chanteuses in Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, coming to the France pavilion.(Photo: WALT DISNEY PICTURES)

Curtains will rise on a trio of new Epcot films, all scheduled to debut on Jan. 17. You could put your warbling to the test and be the guest of Mrs. Potts herself, Angela Lansbury, as she coaches would-be chanteuses in Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, coming to the France pavilion.

Comic actors and frequent collaborators (as well as Canucks) Eugene Levy and Catherine OHara will co-host Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360, the new in-the-round movie opening at the Canada pavilion. In-theater effects will punctuate Awesome Planet, a film to be shown at The Land pavilion that will celebrate the awesome place we call home.

Since most of us cant resist the lure of our mobile phones, we may as well use them in pursuit of fun during our Disney World visits. Epcot will introduce the latest version of its high-tech scavenger hunt, Disneys Duck Tales World Showcase Adventure. Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, you and your buddies could join Donald and the gang for an interactive mission throughout the park.

Visitors will board a space elevator that will whisk them 220 miles above the Earth to Space 220 where they will enjoy a meal while gazing at the cosmos through expansive windows.(Photo: Disney)

An out-of-this-world dining experience awaits at Space 220, coming to Epcot this winter. Visitors will board a space elevator that will whisk them 220 miles above the Earth to a space station where they will enjoy a meal while gazing at the cosmos through expansive windows. Heres hoping Tang-infused martinis will be on the menu.

Back on terra firma, the France pavilion will welcome the new restaurant, La Crperie de Paris, featuring both sweet and savory versions of the yummy pancakes. Regal Eagle Smokehouse, opening this winter at Epcots American Adventure, will be serving barbeque and craft beers with the Muppets' Sam the Eagle ashost. Over at Disneys Hollywood Studios, more smoked delicacies will be available at the new Roundup Rodeo BBQ table-service restaurant coming to the parks Toy Story Land.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land in 2020.(Photo: Disney)

Cirque du Soleils tent-like theater at Disney Springs, the shopping, dining, and entertainment district at Disney World, has been dark since the long-running show, La Nouba, closed at the end of 2017. But it will spring to life on April 17 when the avant-garde troupe opens Drawn to Life. Created in collaboration with Disney, the production will feature the studios animated movies and characters.

The Magic Happens parade, debuting Feb. 28, will feature characters from Disney and Pixar films such as Frozen, Sleeping Beauty, Moana, and Coco.(Photo: Disney)

Disney parks love a parade, and beginning Feb. 28, the Magic Happens procession will step off at Disneyland. Mickey Mouse and his buddies will be at the helm, and other floats will feature characters from Disney and Pixar films such as Frozen, Sleeping Beauty, Moana, and Coco.

This parade celebrates the way magic affects both the characters in the stories and the guests who are watching, says Jordan Peterson, show director. Magic Happens is like a love letter to those special transformative moments.

Marvel, a key branch of the Disney empire, will establish more of a presence at the U.S. parks with the opening of the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park, part of Californias Disneyland Resort, in 2020.(Photo: Disney/Marvel)

Marvel, a key branch of the Disney empire, will establish more of a presence at the U.S. parks with the opening of the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park, part of Californias Disneyland Resort, in 2020.

The highlight of the new land will be an interactive attraction featuring Spider-Man. Recruits aboard Web-Slinger vehicles will help Spidey collect Spider-Bots, pesky surveillance devices developed by the nefarious Otto Octavius, otherwise known as Doctor Doc Ock Octopus.

The Web-Slinger technology is extraordinary, Chapek says, because it enables guests to act like Spider-Man. I think it is going to blow everyone away.

Youll also be able to order oversized and miniaturized food items at Pym Test Kitchen, courtesy of the Pym Particles developed by Ant-Man and The Wasp. Other over-muscled comic book heroes from Black Panther, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxyand Doctor Strange will take up residence at the Avengers Campus.

Walt Disney once said, Disneyland will never be completed ... as long as there is imagination left in the world. With everything that is planned for 2020, his ethos would seem to pervade all of the Disney parks. But Walts clarion call for expansion and renewal even applies to his parks original attractions.

Sixty-five years after it debuted, Snow Whites Scary Adventures is getting a makeover. When it reopens this year, the classic dark ride will be spiffed up inside and out and feature new technology such as laser projections and LED black lighting as well as new scenes such as the princess waking from her deep slumber.


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