Joan is at her best when she’s at war—but when the Dauphin gets crowned king, he becomes cautious, and his advisers stress the need to be practical. He pulls back his funding and gives Joan a pitiful number of men to continue her campaign. “Not all wars need to be won,” he sings. To continue the modern metaphor, the Dauphin is basically the DNC and not capable of getting his shit together for the next showdown with the enemy, even though Joan and her Bernie Bros are wildly waving their arms and predicting doom. … [Read more...] about Why a Real Hero Stands Alone: Reviews of ‘Joan of Arc: Into The Fire’ and ‘Enemy of the People’
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Perez Hilton, for example, has posted speculation about Charli's love life on his celebrity gossip website and commented on her videos, "Anyone else think it's inappropriate for a 15-year-old to dance to this?" Her fans and fellow creators rushed to her side, creating a Change.org petition, signed by more than 188,000 people, urging TikTok to ban him. … [Read more...] about Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s biggest star, and she has no idea why
Ruby Rose, a late addition to the squad, fittingly took her time entering the melee. She defended Moretz’s honor, tweeting, “Yo Khloe I thought you were rad when I met you but this is awful and this is a 19 year old girl.” Rose, who we used to think was too cool for Taylor Swift but apparently isn’t, also Instagrammed a Notes soliloquy in which she mused that the Internet is “sadly more often used to bring people down.” Rose gets a point for including a time stamp in her screenshot—yeah, that’s a thing now—but loses a million points for betraying her generally woke brand with all this Taytay nonsense. We’re not mad, Ruby, we’re just disappointed. … [Read more...] about After Kim Kardashian’s Exposé, Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad Can’t Stop Making Everything Worse
In "Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle" (Naxos, 9 1/2 hours), Dervla Murphy describes the journey that brought her 3,000 miles from Dublin through France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally to India six months later. Setting off in January 1963, she traveled on her bicycle with some relief from other conveyances - even if one resulted in three broken ribs. Her few belongings included a .25 automatic pistol, useful in an encounter with Serbian wolves, an attempted rapist and bicycle thieves. Despite those and a few other unpleasant events, Murphy was met with hospitality and kindness. She writes of the landscape, the people and her experiences in lovely, direct prose spiced with gentle humor - though her fond descriptions of Afghanistan as it was before the Soviet Union, the Taliban and the United States performed their dirty work, makes for melancholy listening. Emma Lowe, an Irish woman herself, narrates this enchanting travelogue in a … [Read more...] about This summer: Audiobooks that make you feel like you’re on a vacation
“It’s a tricky situation where can you ever truly replicate the exact stadium environment? There is the whole pre-game thing when you’re walking to the stadium and, depending on the age, you have a couple of drinks. You go, you have the stadium experience in the stadium and go through all of these motions. Can you actually have the same thing,” asked Konstantin Dieterle, head of business development for Beyond Sports. “Or is it something where you don’t try to just copy it, or can you give them a story where it is, ‘hey this is something additional.’ That’s something that we’re trying to do. It’s not just, ‘hey here is the substitute, put on the VR headset and it’s like it is in the stadium’ because, in the end, it’s not really going to be the same.” … [Read more...] about Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?