Even The Freaking Squirrels Have Six-Packs Now So I Guess I Should Just Give Up

Isn?t nature great? A peaceful escape, where you can totally forget about living up to all the superficial demands of socie ? oh, never mind. Even the squirrels have six-packs.

OK, so the ripped-looking squirrel pictured doesn?t actually have a ?six-pack.? (Or is it an eight-pack? Really depends on how you?re looking at the photo.) It?s just conveniently colored fur that gives off that illusion. (Please do not attempt this optical illusion yourself at home with a contouring kit.)

But in any case, the image was striking enough that Flo McEwan snapped a pic of the dashing furball near a church in Baldock, England.

Black squirrels are actually regular old grey squirrels with a genetic mutation that causes them to have darker fur.

McEwan told Caters News she had heard this mutation can make the squirrels more aggressive, but said that didn?t seem to be the case with her new muscled friend.

?This little chap was very friendly and not at all worried to be so close to me,? she said.

H/T The Metro

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Here Is A Genius Way To Piss Off Men When They Hit On You

Feminista Jones, an author, activist, and social worker based in Philadelphia, decided to jokingly post a ?challenge? to women on Friday to Twitter.

?Piss a man off today: Tell him you agree with his compliment of you,? she said in the tweet.

Jones told Buzzfeed that her approach was supposed to be tongue-and-cheek but the idea stemmed from personal experiences she?s had and various articles she?s read about the subject.

?It?s not a new idea, but in my own experience when [a man] complimented me and I say, ?I agree,? they get upset,? Jones told the site. ?It?s the idea that they bestow the compliment on you, and you?re not supposed to be aware of it.?

Jones went on to elaborate a little more in the thread of her original tweet.

Jones? posts struck a chord, because many women began to chime in with their own opinions and experiences.

And some men had their opinions as well ?

But it?s not like society doesn?t perpetuate this social expectation ?

? We have no idea what she?s talking about.

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Selena Gomez Raises Eyebrows After Posting Photo Of Bandaged Wrist

Selena Gomez?s new single hasn?t even come out yet, but she?s already inviting controversy with some provocative promotional art. 

The pop star has been teasing her song ?Bad Liar? on Instagram all week ahead of its release on Thursday, with photos of lyrics written in lipstick on mirrors and video snippets of the single

She took things one step further on Tuesday with a sepia-toned image of herself looking sullen while lying in bed with a yellow wristband that reads ?RISK? and a bandaged forearm. Gomez also made the photo her new Twitter profile image. 

Without any context surrounding when or why the photo was taken, some fans jumped to the conclusion that the image was touching upon issues of self-harm and suicide, shocking some and offending others. 

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Given Gomez?s latest project, ?13 Reasons Why,? it?s not too far a stretch to imagine that she might incorporate this kind of imagery into her new music. The hit Netflix show, executive produced by the singer, focuses on a group of high school students left reeling after their classmate takes her own life. Gomez herself has drawn parallels between the characters in the series and her own personal struggles as of late.

Many critics, as well as experts in mental health fields, have accused the ?13 Reasons Why? creators of trivializing and romanticizing these issues for the sake of a compelling story. Netflix even responded the the backlash by adding new trigger warnings before particularly graphic episodes.

The optics of Gomez?s image are certainly up for debate, but her fans and photographer Petra Collins were quick to shut down speculation that the photo had anything to do with self-harm.

In an Instagram comment that is no longer visible ? Collins has since disabled comments ? the photographer responded to a fan?s criticism by explaining that the photo was actually taken ?straight from the hospital? after Gomez was treated for lupus. 

The 24-year-old has struggled with the chronic and painful disorder in recent years, taking a career break in late August 2016 due to mental health issues stemming for her diagnosis. She only returned to the spotlight in late 2016, extolling the virtues of self-care and opening up about dealing with anxiety, panic attacks and depression in speeches and at press events. 

Gomez has yet to address the controversy surrounding the photo, but she did respond to critics of ?13 Reasons Why? back in April and stood behind how the series handled these difficult issues. 

?I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was,? she said. ?I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused ? in a way that they would talk about it because it?s something that?s happening all the time. So, I?m overwhelmed that it?s doing as well as it?s doing.?

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Donald Trump’s Week Of Chaos Met With Talk Of His Removal

A bombshell report detailing President Donald Trump?s request to FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, who had resigned from his post as national security adviser one day prior, has renewed speculation that his presidency is in peril.

Although talk of the president?s potential removal has revved up in the last few days ? following a week in which he fired Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into allegations of the administration?s ties to Russia, and revealed classified information to Russian officials ? pundits have been predicting Trump?s political demise since he declared he was running for office in 2015.

There was the moment last year when his campaign manager was charged with battery after grabbing a reporter (the charge was later dropped). Months later, the name of Trump?s new campaign manager, Paul Manafort, appeared in a secret ledger belonging to a pro-Russia party in Ukraine (Manafort resigned shortly after). And most notably, weeks before election day, a tape emerged in which Trump could be heard bragging about being able to grab women ?by the pussy,? a comment that many Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said they couldn?t defend.

So far, Trump has survived all his scandals. But now there?s a noticeable change in tone.

Republicans didn?t even bother going on television to defend the president after the revelation that he reportedly asked Comey to drop an investigation into Flynn. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and no longer bound by the pressures of re-election, has said he?s prepared to subpoena memos Comey is said to have written following meetings with Trump. Even Trump, usually quick to respond to negative stories on Twitter, has been unusually quiet following this latest report.

David Remnick noted in The New Yorker that a charge of obstruction of justice will be complex and difficult to prove, but said Trump?s removal from office now seemed a reality.

?Discussion of Trump?s Presidency ending before his four-year term is up is no longer an oppositional fantasy,? he wrote. ?The events of these recent days­­?the Comey firing; the opera-buffa intel giveaway with the Russian delegation to the Oval Office; and now the news of the Comey memos?just may be the point of no return for a Presidency that has been a kind of emergency of chaos, incompetence, injustice, and deception from its first days.?

Ultimately I do not believe that our president sufficiently understands the nature of the office that he holds.
Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist

Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist at The New York Times, commented on the ?childishness? of Trump?s behavior over the last week. He also called for using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, which could happen if the majority of Trump?s Cabinet said he couldn?t exercise the duties of his office and two-thirds of Congress affirmed that recommendation. 

?It is a child who blurts out classified information in order to impress distinguished visitors,? Douthat wrote. ?It is a child who asks the head of the F.B.I. why the rules cannot be suspended for his friend and ally. It is a child who does not understand the obvious consequences of his more vindictive actions ? like firing the very same man whom you had asked to potentially obstruct justice on your say-so.?

?But a child also cannot really commit ?high crimes and misdemeanors? in any usual meaning of the term,? he added. ?There will be more talk of impeachment now, more talk of a special prosecutor for the Russia business; well and good. But ultimately I do not believe that our president sufficiently understands the nature of the office that he holds.?

Writing in The Washington Post, David Ignatius compared watching the White House to watching a horror movie.

?The threat to Trump?s presidency is deepening,? he said.

The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board on Tuesday wrote a scathing editorial about the president, saying he had undermined the credibility of his office.

?The portrait of an inexperienced, impulsive chief who might spill secrets to an overseas foe is one to which Mr. Trump has too often contributed,? the Journal editorial said. ?Millions of Americans recognized Mr. Trump?s flaws but decided he was a risk worth taking. They assumed, or at least hoped, that he?d rise to the occasion and the demands of the job. If he cannot, he?ll betray their hopes as his Presidency sinks before his eyes.?

But as Remnick noted, little is likely to happen until congressional Republicans sign on.

?Trump will survive until he loses the Republican Party,? he wrote. ?Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are not likely to act out of an attack of moral conscience. But at some point, and it may come soon, they will begin to feel political pressure?pressure from Republican constituents in swing states and districts; pressure on their own reputations?and their patience with Trump will run out.?

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How ‘Master Of None’ Captures The Loneliness Of Constant Connectivity

Lately, there?s been much ado about clutter. There?s too much of it; it?s everywhere! Our closets are cluttered, our newsfeeds our cluttered, our schedules are cluttered. Our dating lives are cluttered, too. How?s a young, single person supposed to navigate the cutie overload of Tinder et al, to slow down long enough to form a genuine connection?

And, if this is what life is like now ? go, go, go ? how are today?s stories to capture what it means to be a person in the world? If a story is meant to be realistic ? to mirror life as it is, rather than canting it to illuminate impurities ? can it even be entertaining anymore, or can it be nothing more than a portrait of app-fueled malaise?

Season 2 of ?Master of None? manages to answer all of these questions artfully. In its 10 30-minute episodes, creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang bring us to Modena, Italy, then back to New York. We?re taken on a barrage of awkward first dates, and to one family?s Thanksgiving dinner table, which evolves as decades pass. The resulting collage is a plush image of modern life, its whirlwind moments and its moments of listlessness and isolation.

The show concedes that being a young person today does mean living amid clutter. Conversations between characters stray far from their own firsthand experiences, delving instead into the cultural references that busy their lives. There?s an entire episode that is structured around disparate groups of people coming together to see a Nic Cage blockbuster, a bad-good movie with a shockingly offensive twist. The cultural touchstone is everywhere, infiltrating cab ads and moments shared between friends.

In their short book What Was the Hipster? the editors of n 1 identified pastiche as one of the hallmarks of the hipster lifestyle. Whether or not Ansari has read their take, his choice to fill his realistic show with scenes centered on TV-making, TV-watching, video game-playing and ?Friends? references makes the character?s stories feel true.

There are smaller, subtler ways in which ?Master of None? generates the stifling sensation that input is everywhere ? Dev?s mildly grating text message ringer, for example, is always going off. But the show smartly includes long, painful stretches of technological silence, too. When Dev?s phone is stolen during Season 2?s first episode, just after he?s nabbed the number of a girl he met over lunch, he suddenly notices how engrossed everyone else is in their own phone-bound lives. In one of the show?s rare moments of absurdity, there?s even a close-up of an Italian man intimately smooching his device while Dev looks on in envy.

These moments of aimlessness and longing amid a dizzying haze of information are some of the most potent of the season. After an online date turns from promising to awkward, Dev sits alone in a cab, and everything?s silent but street sounds. During a trip north of New York City to Storm King, a permanent art installation, Dev and Francesca stare out at the leaves and quietly take in the scene. (And then, Dev quips about the spot?s WiFi password.) The show makes a conscious effort to punctuate periods of technological clutter with stretches of quiet, and in that way, it recreates the ebbs and flows of modern life.

Ansari isn?t the first storyteller to try to strike this balance of quick, clever banter and real, human feeling. In 2000, the literary critic James Wood wrote a controversial essay centered on Zadie Smith?s White Teeth. ?A genre is hardening,? Wood wrote, and he continued to describe a group of authors ? including Smith, Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace ? who write what he describes as ?hysterical realism,? or realistic stories that reflect the noise of modern life without the feeling of human connections and individual struggles.  

Since Wood?s essay was written, there?ve been several commendable novels published that do manage to encompass both the quick clip of modernity and the listless lives of those caught in its grasp; Tony Tulathimutte?s Private Citizens and Tao Lin?s Taipei exemplify this type of storytelling. (It?s probably not a coincidence that both authors directly engage with life on the Internet.) But ?Master of None? might be the only show to take on these topics in a manner that doesn?t make Tinder the butt of a joke. Instead, it?s just another part of the world that Dev moves through, publicly and privately. 

In one of this season?s strongest scenes (aside from the couple of near-perfect ?bottle episodes? that have already been lovingly described elsewhere), Dev and his goofy bud Arnold are eating dinner at a world-famous restaurant, but each of them is unable to enjoy the meal, because, although they?re the only two people present, they?re separately engrossed in their own personal dramas. We as viewers know that each of them is bummed about his romantic prospects, but they each think the other is better off than themselves. That?s dramatic irony, and it?s often what engages us with a character?s struggles.

These dramas that fuel great stories may seem scarcer in a world of instant gratification; Romeo and Juliet could?ve shacked up for life, if only they had cell phones. But these little rifts between how we feel and what we say, what we hear and what we understand, are still everywhere. They?re in your perfectly lit Instagram of your runny, eggy brunch, they?re in the chipper string of emojis you send to an OK date, and they?re in the quiet Lyft trip, when you?re the only rider left.

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China Installs Rocket Launchers On Disputed South China Sea Island

BEIJING, May 17 (Reuters) – China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China?s ongoing military build-up.

China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

The United States has criticized what it has called China?s militarization of its maritime outposts and stressed the need for freedom of navigation by conducting periodic air and naval patrols near them that have angered Beijing.

The state-run Defence Times newspaper, in a Tuesday report on its WeChat account, said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.

Fiery Cross Reef is administered by China but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

The report did not say when the defense system was installed, but said it was part of a response that began in May 2014, when Vietnamese divers installed large numbers of fishing nets in the Paracel Islands.

China has conducted extensive land reclamation work at Fiery Cross Reef, including building an airport, one of several Chinese-controlled features in the South China Sea where China has carried out such work.

More than $5 trillion of world trade is shipped through the South China Sea every year. Besides China?s territorial claims in the area, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.

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A Very Considerate Person ‘Fixed’ Ivanka Trump’s Book Display

Almost immediately after Ivanka Trump released her new book Women Who Work: Revisiting the Rules For Success, the delightfully savage reviews arrived to greet it. The self-help tome has been described by critics as both ?witless? and ?insufferable,? ?vapid and ?very vapid,? ?a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes? and ?a grab-bag of generic work-life advice for upper-middle-class white women.?

Apparently, a guidebook of rules for success it is not.

So it?s no surprise that a vigilante bookstore patron took it upon her- or himself to ?fix? a recent display of Women Who Work. Instead of several copies of Trump?s latest title, the new arrangement showcases a few other suggested reads underneath the banner ?Revisiting the Rules for Success.? They include Children of The Self-Absorbed, Disarming the Narcissist and Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life. 

While some online sleuths have guessed the new book display is the work of a rogue librarian, judging by the 20-percent-off sticker peeking out from beneath the carefully chosen books, all we can say is that the display appears to be located at an undisclosed Barnes & Noble. 

B&N vigilante, whoever you are: Your work has not gone unnoticed. 

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Haunting Sculpture Offers A Surreal Glimpse At The Future Of Climate Change

Those visiting the Venice this year may have noticed something unusual while passing the Ca? Sagredo Hotel: two giant hands reaching out from the murky, aquamarine waters below.

The disorienting vision is a sculpture called ?Support? by artist Lorenzo Quinn, meant to provide a daunting premonition of the potential damage caused by climate change.

?Venice is a floating art city that has inspired cultures for centuries,? the artist said, in a statement released by Halcyon Gallery. ?But to continue to do so it needs the support of our generation and future ones, because it is threatened by climate change and time decay.?

The piece takes the shape of two childlike hands, magnified to the extreme, outstretched to buttress the towering hotel ? a Venice landmark. In part, Quinn was intrigued by the idea of creating hands because they are ?considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body,? also possessing ?the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.?

Quinn constructed the massive hands in a studio off-site, then transported them via canal to the hotel. You can see parts of the lengthy construction process on Instagram. 

Two human hands forge a lasting imprint in the viewer?s mind, perfectly mimicking the potential the body parts possess in real life ? to support, to defend, to create change. The visceral image is intended to draw focus on the fragility of the environments we too often take for granted, emphasizing the power of humans to either salvage or seal their fates. 

The artist, as he explained on Instagram, ?wants to speak to the people in a clear, simple and direct way through the innocent hands of a child and it evokes a powerful message which is that united we can make a stand to curb the climate change that affects us all. We must all collectively think of how we can protect our planet and by doing that we can protect our national heritage sites.?

Almost there…

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Quinn?s ?Support? will be on view until Nov. 26.  

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Tom Hanks Thinks ‘Toy Story’ Theory About Andy’s Mom Is ‘Fantastic’

?Toy Story? conspiracists, you?ve got a friend in Tom Hanks.

The Oscar-winning actor has now heard that ?Toy Story? theory, claiming Andy?s mom was secretly Jessie?s first owner, and he thinks it?s fantastic.

The theory, which went viral after appearing on Pixar theorist Jon Negroni?s blog, all comes down to Andy?s hat.

If you look at the hat, it?s clear it?s not modeled after Woody?s, but it does look an awful lot like Jessie?s. The hat just seems to be missing the white lace that goes around it, says Negroni, but there is ?a faded mark where the white lace should be.?

The theory points out that in a ?Toy Story 2? flashback, Jessie?s previous owner, Emily, also appeared to have a Jessie-style hat, except hers had the white lace.

Other scenes in the flashback sequence make it seem like this took place well in the past. From that, fans speculate that Jessie?s previous owner grew up to be Andy?s mom. She passed down her Jessie hat to Andy, and it lost the white lace along the way. 

Mind blown? Ours, too.

HuffPost asked Hanks, who voices Woody in the ?Toy Story? movies, about the theory while chatting with him at an ACLU event in March. And, he?s into the idea.

?Sounds like a fantastic off-story, a little bit of fan knowledge to me,? said Hanks. ?And I?m sure the folks at Pixar have paid attention to it. I?m not saying such a flashback might happen in the fourth movie, but check it out.?

He added, ?Good idea.?

Hanks isn?t ?saying? a flashback will happen, but the possibility of one is looking more and more likely.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, ?Toy Story? writer Pete Docter seemed to frown upon the notion that Jessie?s first owner was Andy?s mom, but you can?t rule out that he just wants to keep ?Toy Story? secrets, you know, secret. He said:

?The interesting thing is that we?re now on ?Toy Story 4,? and still stuff that we discussed in [the original] ?Toy Story,? 20-something years ago, those ideas are still being used. So it just seems to be a very evergreen kind of story and a lot of stuff just keeps bubbling up, so it?s very interesting.? 

?Translation: We might get the answer in a later ?Toy Story? movie,? wrote ET.

Whether or not we ever find out real answers, it?s good knowing the theory is at least Hanks approved. All we gotta say is, ?Thanks, T. Hanks.?

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Twitter Explodes Over Donald Trump’s Russian #Blabbergate

Twitter went nuts after The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump discussed classified information about terrorism threats from ISIS with Russian officials in the Oval Office last week ? while he barred American journalists from the meeting.

Aghast and angry responses at #Blabbergate#TrumpLeaks and #Russia ranged from snipes about the president?s cluelessness to the very negative effect this could have on his presidency (some tweets featured images of the Titanic going down). 

Other tweeters gleefully made fun of Trump?s outrage at … leakers and at Hillary Clinton?s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, an issue that Trump made much ado about during his campaign.

Several comments were darker, with suspicions that any leaks could be a sign of deliberate collusion between Trump and the Kremlin and not merely the loose lips of someone inexperienced in politics and national security.

Tweets also blasted the Republican Party for failing to rein in its leader.

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Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump Cannot Be ‘Casually Loose-Lipped’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday it?s a ?very serious matter? that President Donald Trump may have revealed classified information during a meeting with Russian officials.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump revealed ?code-word information? during a meeting Friday with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador at the White House. Pelosi initially responded to the report by saying Trump had ?jeopardized the security of the American people.?

During a CNN town hall Monday evening, Pelosi said Trump should not be ?casually loose-lipped? while discussing sensitive information. She argued that revealing any information to an adversary ? even things that are ?already publicly known,? as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster described what Trump told the Russians ? could ?undermine an operation that could be saving lives.?

This story is developing, check back for more updates.

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As A Queer Kid In Rural France, This Writer Was Subjected To Extreme Violence

In Hallencourt, where writer Édouard Louis grew up, the word ?violence? is seldom used. Which isn?t to say it?s a peaceful, idyllic place. There may be the ostensible benefits of the countryside; the surrounding area may be lively and green. But the town ? which, in France?s recent presidential race, favored the Trump-esque Marine Le Pen ? is marked by its gendered social values.

Louis ? born Eddy Bellegueule ? writes in his novel The End of Eddy that he was chastised and bullied for his ?affected? voice from a young age. His father and eldest brother were both drinkers and fighters. Like most men in Hallencourt, his father dropped out of high school to work at a factory, but was unable to continue his work due to an injured back. The author flatly recounts memories of his father, who would murder litters of kittens and brawl for sport. Louis, meanwhile, took pleasure in trying on women?s clothes, and devised excuses for skipping out on soccer practice.

Louis?s parents, and others in town, eventually came to accept his queerness just as they conceded the personhood of the only black person they knew in town. But acceptance came with a stipulation, a rationalization: we like you because you?re not like the others. Being not like the others meant being tough. In Hallencourt, toughness was the highest virtue. It meant doing backbreaking work. It meant, in Louis? case, not flinching when a classmate hocked a phlegmy wad of spit onto his face.

Louis is gifted at limning visceral descriptions of squalor. His want to not allow doctors to cede control of his body, and his resulting choice to spray a tetanus-blackened foot with perfume; his dust-covered and smoke-filled home, made worse by having asthma; his dad?s proclivity for fixing up old TV?s, and demanding that the family watch together in silence over dinner. The psychological insights he culls from these experiences are poignant. His mother?s tendency to declare that she?s ?not a lady,? the habit both kids and adults in town had of laughing at the pain of others, as though laughter conveyed strength of character.

Of being bullied at school, Louis writes, ?They laughed when my face began to turn purple from lack of oxygen (a natural response from working-class people, the simplicity of those who possess little and enjoy laughing, who know how to have a good time).? On the town?s rampant racism, Louis? takeaways run the risk of being facile. ?There is a will that exists, a desperate, constantly renewed effort to place some people on a level below you,? he explains plainly.

Still, the writer?s emotional tenor and clear-sightedness make this a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about class in the West, and how it weighs on the state of politics.

The bottom line

A touching story that?s artfully told, The End of Eddy will both make you want to turn away ? the descriptions of violence are that rich, and sensate ? and continue on with its frank and generous author.

Who wrote it

Édouard Louis, aka Eddy Bellegueule, is the author of two novels. Michael Lucey, the book?s translator, is a professor of French literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Who will read it

Anyone interested in the burgeoning subgenre of autofiction, or in stories about class, masculinity, and growing up queer.

What other reviewers think

Slate: ?Coming to terms with his childhood has resulted in this stark and honest image of French working class society, rendered in an authentic voice.?

Washington Post: ?What is most impressive about The End of Eddy is that its author turned himself into a man capable of creating such a vivid and honest self-portrait.?

Opening lines

?From my childhood I have no happy memories. I don?t mean to say that I never, in all those years, felt any happiness or joy. But suffering is all-consuming: it somehow gets rid of anything that doesn?t fit into its system.?

Notable passage

?The truth was that the display of all these bits of flesh was driving me crazy. I was using words like fags, fairies, queers to keep my distance from them. I used these words against the others in the hope that they would stop invading every inch of my body.?

The End of Eddy
Édouard Louis
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23.00
May 2

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Nicole Kidman Was The Taylor Swift Of The ACM Awards, But In A Really Good Way

While the rest of the world was waiting in anticipation to find out who kicked the bucket on HBO?s ?Big Little Lies,? the show?s star Nicole Kidman was way too busy living her best life at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

On Sunday, Kidman was on hand to support husband Keith Urban, who was up for an impressive seven nominations in five categories. It might have been the country star?s night, but we?d be lying if we said Kidman didn?t walk away with the big win. 

Not only did the actress learn how to clap, but she also officially unseated Taylor Swift as the guest to beat at award shows. She stole the damn show every time the camera cut to her in the audience. 

Behold some of Kidman?s best moments below. 


She clapped like a normal human being.

(You know, compared to this Oscars clap.)



She clapped some more.

She blessed us with this GIF.

She rolled deep. 

She showed Urban some love. 

She danced the house down.

And sang like it was 2001 and ?Moulin Rouge? just hit theaters. 


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Bill Maher Tears Into Donald Trump’s White House Enablers

Bill Maher has no time for President Donald Trump?s enablers.

On Friday, the ?Real Time? host skewered members of the Trump administration who ?go on TV and pretend Trump didn?t say what everybody just heard him say.?

Maher took aim in particular at White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump?s adviser Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence

?Without these professional liars and deniers, there is no Trump,? Maher said. ?It takes a village to help a man-child stay in power.?

Check out the full segment above.

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Rep. Adam Schiff Sees Nothing In Nunes’ Secret Documents That Can’t Be Shared

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says he has now seen the same intelligence that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was given last week on the grounds of the White House ? which Nunes then presented to the White House ? and Schiff called for the information to be turned over to the congressional intelligence committees.

Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, declined to reveal any details of the information. But it wasn?t so overwhelming or sensitive that it should change the rules of procedure, he indicated. Schiff called for it to be given to the House and Senate intelligence committees to evaluate. He said he doesn?t understand why the information was provided only to Nunes, the chairman of the House committee.

The information ?should have been shared with the full committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities,? Schiff said in a statement posted Friday on Twitter.

?Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees. The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee ? only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House.?

The secretive information was at the heart of a dramatic, clandestine operation that involved Nunes ducking out of an Uber ride last week at midnight to slip onto the grounds of the White House, where he was shown documents on a secure server, according to the Republican congressman. He in turn shared the information with the White House. The New York Times reported this week that Nunes initially gained access to the information with the help of White House staffers.

Nunes claimed the documents showed that Donald Trump and others may have been incidentally named in surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies that were engaged in other investigations. The information appeared to confirm a link to intelligence monitoring but apparently fell short of confirming Trump?s claim that his phones at Trump Tower in Manhattan were ?wiretapped? by President Barack Obama toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

After Nunes presented the information back to the White House, Trump said that he felt ?somewhat vindicated? over his wiretap tweets and that he was ?very grateful? for the information.

FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month that he had absolutely no information that Trump had been wiretapped. ?I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,? Comey said. Nunes also said then: ?We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower.?

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding hearings on Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. The investigation by the House committee is stalled amid the controversy over Nunes? actions.

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Watch Live: #StandForRights To Support The ACLU

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Tracy Morgan, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Poehler and more of your favorite celebrities are teaming up to entertain you during #StandForRights, a Facebook Live telethon to support the American Civil Liberties Union. The event starts at 7p Eastern on Friday, March 31.

Expect incredible performances, hilarious skits and plenty of hijinks. Best of all, it?s for a great cause. 

?[It is] the collective will and tireless actions of ?we the people? that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders,? ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement. ?By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.?

Stand for Rights is produced by Friend of a Friend Productions, in partnership with The Huffington Post, Funny Or Die and Maggie Vision.

Ready to give? Text POWER to 20222 to donate $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call to explain other actions you can take to help. (Terms here.You can also support ?Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU? by heading to the ACLU website

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Asian ‘Iron Fist’ Actor Who Lost Lead To White Guy Gets Major Internet Love

One particular actor in Marvel?s newly released series about a man and his mystical martial arts powers is being touted as the most kick-ass of the cast ? and he?s not the lead.

Lewis Tan, who plays Zhou Cheng in Netflix?s ?Iron Fist,? only appears in one episode. But Tan ? who lost the main role of Danny Rand to white actor Finn Jones ? has drawn a ton of praise from the interwebs for his performance. 

And though being passed over for the lead is not the most pleasant experience, Tan says the positive feedback he?s received for his role has been pretty sweet.

?There is definitely a level of vindication, but mostly I just feel inspired to keep pushing boundaries and grateful for all the love,? the actor told The Huffington Post in an email. ?Asian-American actors rarely get that type of praise and theres so much talent out there, we want to show that to the world.?

?Iron Fist? follows Danny Rand, whose plane crashes and goes missing in Asia before he eventually returns to New York City with superhuman martial arts powers.

Though the original comic storyline featured Rand as white, some critics have accused the show of whitewashing, since it still chose to cast a white actor as a martial arts expert.

It?s also been called out for perpetuating white savior narratives, with NPR?s Eric Deggans calling it a ?troubling translation in part because of how it minimizes Asian people and Asian culture? while putting a white hero on a pedestal. 

Jones defended the show?s casting in a Twitter debate with Asyiqin Haron, creative director for online community Geeks of Color, saying the series ?incorporates and celebrates actors from all different backgrounds.?

In the midst of backlash, Jones temporarily deleted his account, telling Deadline that he needed to focus on filming ?The Defenders.?

Considering the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood, many Asian viewers and actors alike found the show?s issues especially frustrating. 

Tan explained to HuffPost that the series opted for a white lead to stay true to the source material, however he admitted he felt casting an Asian actor for the part would?ve paid off. 

?Personally, I thought it would have been a risk with a huge reward ? a totally dynamic and new narrative that we haven?t seen,? Tan, who?s currently focused on creating his own series featuring a diverse cast, told HuffPost. ?There is a large group of people that want to see themselves represented as the heroes of the story and they are making their voices heard.? 

With many groups still fighting for representation on-screen, the actor stressed to HuffPost that there?s far more work to be done in terms of diversity in Hollywood. But with people are making their concerns heard on social media, and successes from movies with diverse casts like ?Get Out,? Tan is hopeful. For now, he urges fellow Asian talent to master their craft from every angle and show viewers ?why they should be paying attention.?

Most importantly, Tan says, it?s important for Asian members of the industry to show love for one another. 

?Supporting each other and keeping this discussion alive is what we need to be doing,? he said.

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Anthem sues Cigna to block termination of merger

(Reuters) – Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit to block smaller rival Cigna Corp from officially terminating their proposed $54 billion merger, a transaction already rejected by U.S. antitrust regulators.

Reuters) – Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit to block smaller rival Cigna Corp from officially terminating their proposed $54 billion merger, a transaction already rejected by U.S. antitrust regulators.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Tunisia's Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa speak to each other in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 4, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Larry Downing).

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