THAT the playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, mainstays of the fast-emerging company the Debate Society , create such meticulously realized and unified worlds is even more remarkable when you consider their history — something that, for a moment recently, they seemed reluctant to do. “You shouldn’t tell that story,” Ms. Bos, 33, instructed Mr. Thureen, 34, when the conversation turned to the eight months they dated, at Vassar College in the late 1990s. “I won’t tell that story,” he responded. Their director, Oliver Butler, 34 — sitting across from Ms. Bos at a table on the roof of the Bushwick Starr , where their new “Blood Play” begins previews on Wednesday — looked curious, adding quietly that he didn’t know the story. Then came a dramatic pause. “We had a terrible breakup, like horrific,” Ms. Bos blurted out. “Awful,” Mr. Thureen added with alacrity, as if finishing her sentence. The exchange was like a scene from one of their plays: oddly funny, unexpected and … [Read more...] about Old Friends Whose Past Is Always Present
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Given the sheer tonnage of books already devoted to the Nazis and Hitler, you might assume that everything interesting, terrible and bizarre is already known about one of history’s most notorious regimes and its genocidal leader. Then along comes Norman Ohler, a soft-spoken 46-year-old novelist from Berlin, who rummages through military archives and emerges with this startling fact: The Third Reich was on drugs. All sorts of drugs, actually, and in stupefying quantities, as Mr. Ohler documents in “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany,” a best seller in Germany and Britain that will be published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April. He was in New York City last week and sat for an interview before giving a lecture to a salon in a loft in the East Village, near Cooper Union. “This is actually my old neighborhood,” he said, sipping grape juice on a sofa. “I lived around here when I wrote my first novel, a detective story.” Mr. Ohler fell back on his interest in … [Read more...] about High on Hitler and Meth: Book Says Nazis Were Fueled by Drugs
2 Community Corner Nick Smith, 17, is one of 250 newly announced Evans Scholars who will receive full tuition, room and board for being a golf caddie. Eileen O'Gorman , Patch Staff Posted Replies OAK FOREST, IL — An Oak Forest high schooler's summer job caddying at Midlothian Country Club turned into a full ride to college under an Evans Scholarship, the prestigious foundation announced last week. Nick Smith, 17, has been golf caddying for almost six years. While the senior in high school said he hadn't considered caddying at first, a family friend convinced him to apply after their son became an Evans Scholar through the position. In golf, caddies are people tasked not only with carrying a player's bag and clubs but also giving advice and moral support throughout the game. Oftentimes, caddies are assigned to one golfer or course in order to develop a rapport and familiarity with the players' games. A Chick Evans … [Read more...] about Midlothian Golf Caddie Turns Summer Job Into Full Ride To College
For sisters in the public eye, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have managed to resist the siren call to overshare the minutiae of their personal lives. But there is one topic they are happy to gush about: their mother, Tina Knowles Lawson. In the January issue of Interview magazine, Solange is interviewed by Beyoncé and waxes lyrical about how their mother “always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work.” Last June, when accepting the fashion icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Beyoncé dedicated it to her “fabulous and beautiful” mother. And in November, when Solange appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” a backstage video posted on Instagram, showing the singer carried by Mom and Big Sis, caused the internet to let out a collective “aww.” Ms. Lawson, 63, now finds herself in a newfound role as an artistic bridge between two of 2016’s most critically lauded albums: “Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s fiery visual album that is up for … [Read more...] about The Matriarch Behind Beyoncé and Solange
When a 16-year-old girl was shot and killed while working at a Burger King drive-thru in Milwaukee earlier this month, the horrific news reverberated around the nation. Tens of thousands of dollars in donations poured in and Niesha Harris-Brazell’s devastated family wondered how she could be taken “in the blink of an eye.” But after spending two weeks piecing together events, investigators have made the bombshell allegation in court documents that Harris-Brazell was killed in a botched robbery that she had staged with her best friend and her best friend’s father. Harris-Brazell, a dedicated student at Pulaski High School, was working a shift as a cashier on Jan. 2 with her best friend, who identified herself in media interviews as Mariah Edwards . That evening, a black Chevy Impala pulled up to the drive-thru window, according to surveillance footage cited by authorities in a criminal complaint. Harris-Brazell turned to serve the supposed customer, when the driver pulled a … [Read more...] about Investigators Drop a Bombshell Twist After Teen’s Burger King Drive-Thru Slaying
The omicron COVID-19 wave has overwhelmed San Franciscans of all ages. But positive cases among teenagers are outpacing the city’s overall case rate, a Chronicle analysis found. While case rates have surged dramatically for all age groups since late December, infections among children ages 5 to 17 have soared disproportionately, according to data published by the city’s health department . From Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, the daily case rate for 12- to 17-year-olds was 35 per every 10,000 people — the highest for all age groups the city tracked over that period. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in San Francisco reached a pandemic high of 1,661 on Thursday — about 19 new cases per 10,000 residents, according to the city’s health department. The highly infectious omicron variant, which is now the dominant strain in the region, is causing enormous spikes everywhere — more than 100,000 new cases are being reported every day in the state, and more than 15,000 daily in the Bay … [Read more...] about COVID cases are rising quickly among S.F. teenagers. What’s going on?
LOS ANGELES — If you’ve felt a lingering disturbance in the internet’s social order — a vague and unsettling sense that there is a raging party happening just out of view, that all the people cooler, richer and better looking than you are blowing off steam together in some V.I.P. hideaway while you waste your life on Twitter and Instagram — I have some bad news. This place exists. It’s called Raya. Maybe you are one of the more than 100,000 people on the waiting Raya first appeared several years ago as a dating app aimed at people in creative industries. It has expanded into an invitation-only social network populated by movie stars, fashion designers, pro athletes, tech executives and too many Instagram models to count. “It’s the Soho House of dating apps,” said Hayley Greenberg, 27, a social media manager in Los Angeles who joined Raya in 2016 and used it for several months. “They have the really good-looking guys, the athletes, the actors, the guys that have like 500 followers … [Read more...] about Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?