I once picked up the first novel in Elena Ferrante’s bestselling series, after the very impressive Argentine mother of a dear friend described the books as erotic masterpieces that can never be appreciated in America so long as they have such hideously Victorian book covers. When I abandoned this first attempt to scale the Neopolitan novels, I had more than a thousand pages to go. Thanks to the prologue to My Brilliant Friend, I knew the story ended with two women who have observed each other’s lives with enough attention to recount their own experiences through the story of the other. The rest of what I suspected was confirmed by my many friends who loved the series: despite this mutual, all-consuming obsession, these two ladies never fuck. Reader, I am not proud, but the facts are the facts. I bailed. I was both relieved and wary when HBO announced the miniseries adaptation of Ferrante’s series. Could my humble, homosexual spirit spelunk safely into the Dantean … [Read more...] about Are You Going to Fuck Your Brilliant Friend, or What?
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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about. The actor: Joe Morton has been a working actor since the ’60s, starting his career in the theater and scoring a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musical Raisin, adapted from the acclaimed 1973 play Raisin In The Sun (itself adapted from a Langston Hughes poem). It didn’t take long for him to step in front of the camera, however, and he’s been a staple on television and in film ever since, including big-screen blockbusters like Terminator 2 and Speed, long-running series such as Eureka and Scandal, and appearances on more dramas and sitcoms than you can shake a stick at. Currently, Morton can be seen playing a man of the cloth in CBS’s God Friended Me. God Friended Me (2018)—“Arthur Finer” Joe Morton: I found my way into the role through the usual path: … [Read more...] about Joe Morton on keeping Shonda Rhimes’ secrets and working with directors “who don’t know how to write for black people”
For many lifters, the bench press is the “gold standard” for developing upper body strength, but its reputation invites a lot of ego-driven cluelessness around how to do it with good and safe technique. Its deceptive simplicity is where many new (and even veteran) lifters run into trouble, so let’s talk about how you can bench better and more safely. For clarity’s sake, we’re talking about the barbell bench press (sans the balloons from the GIF above). When you watch someone bench, it looks like the exercise is all arms, chest, and the occasional loud, obnoxious grunts, but it’s actually a compound movement that also includes shoulders, traps, triceps, upper back, core, hips, and even legs to a certain degree. Why the Bench Press Is Awesome (But Also Dangerous) Without a doubt, the bench press is a great exercise for improving your “pressing” power for throwing and pushing a heavy shopping cart or lawn mower around, for example. It … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know to Master the Bench Press Safely
Once upon a time, a white lady social studies teacher decided she wanted to teach her students a lesson on how it felt to be slaves. To illustrate her lesson on the Middle Passage to her Bronx middle school students, she selected some black students, had them come to the front of the classroom and lie down on the floor in front of their classmates. She asked the students “You see how it was to be a slave?” When one of the students joked and said she felt fine, Patricia Cummings stepped on her back and asked “How does it feel? See how it feels to be a slave?” Cummings taught the lesson multiple times at Middle School 118—a Bronx school with a student body that is 81 percent black and Latinx and just 3 percent white. She was subsequently removed from her classroom teaching duties and sent to the New York Department of Education’s infamous “rubber room” and is currently facing termination. In response to that, Cummings claims she is the … [Read more...] about White Social Studies Teacher Fired For Teaching a Racist Slavery Lesson Wants to Sue for Reverse Racism
Machine learning is enabling computers to tackle tasks that have, until now, only been carried out by people. special feature How to Implement AI and Machine Learning The next wave of IT innovation will be powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. We look at the ways companies can take advantage of it and how to get started. Read More From driving cars to translating speech, machine learning is driving an explosion in the capabilities of artificial intelligence -- helping software make sense of the messy and unpredictable real world. But what exactly is machine learning and what is making the current boom in machine learning possible?What is machine learning? At a very high level, machine learning is the process of teaching a computer system how to make accurate predictions when fed data. Those predictions could be answering whether a piece of fruit in a photo is a banana or an apple, spotting people crossing the … [Read more...] about What is machine learning? Everything you need to know