By the standards of TV’s apocalypse stories and corporate civil wars , the stakes in “As We See It” could hardly be lower: Finding a date, getting a job, merely leaving the house. But the stakes also could hardly be higher. For the three young adults with autism who are the charming, complicated leads of this new series, a date is not simply a date, a job is not simply a job, a walk outside is not simply a stroll. Hanging over each of these small struggles is the question of whether the characters can find the independence and self-sufficiency that others take for granted. Or as Violet (Sue Ann Pien), one of the roommates the series follows through its first season, puts it: “How am I supposed to have a normal life?” The word “normal” comes up a lot in “As We See It.” It’s a goal, a dream and, maybe, a myth. The beauty of this comedy-drama is that it neither downplays the characters’ difference nor romanticizes it. Instead, it simply lets them be people — funny, passionate, … [Read more...] about Review: ‘As We See It,’ Where the Quest for ‘Normal’ Is Extraordinary
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Keira D’Amato and Sara Hall are still processing what happened Sunday. On the same course in Houston, both set endurance records for American runners, in one case surpassing a mark that had stood for more than 15 years. And both helped redefine what it means to be an elite runner — and a mother — in her late 30s. Hall, 38, ran the Houston half marathon in 1 hour 7 minutes 15 seconds, besting Molly Huddle’s previous American record of 1:07:25, set in 2018. D’Amato, 37, ran the Houston marathon in 2:19:12, breaking Deena Kastor’s long-standing record of 2:19:36, set in London in 2006. Both knew they were capable of running those times. But neither knew if Jan. 16 would be the day they had both envisioned, years after many of their peers had hung up their competitive racing shoes. “I haven’t been able to process it — it’s so confusing,” D’Amato said. “Part of me feels like it’s just beyond belief, and the other part of me is like, ‘Believe it, you’ve put in the miles in the rain … [Read more...] about Houston marathon sees two record-breaking moms redefine running in your 30s
In 2017, I was two years into my first open and Dom/sub relationship. It was a fraught and frequently stoned time in my life. On the one hand, I’d come into my queerness and was having the kind of sexual and romantic adventures I’d previously only fantasized about. On the other, my primary partnership with a man named Adam was increasingly characterized by gaslighting and jealousy. I’d recently formed an intense text-based friendship with Adam’s long-distance girlfriend, Leah, and was steeling myself for her week-long visit to Los Angeles for Adam’s birthday. I felt a pressure to be a “cool polyam girl”—to be “good” at non-monogamy, and to have just as much of my own shit going on. Which indeed, I made sure I did. Below is a chapter from my forthcoming reported memoir, Open , called “Reverse Pretty Woman.” It tells the story of my time dating a sugar daddy during this period. Like many experiences in the book, it exemplifies the seemingly conflicting ways in which I found … [Read more...] about How I Blew Up My Reverse Pretty Woman Arrangement
Stephen Hunter sure does love to write about guns. That’s the main takeaway from TARGETED (Emily Bestler/Atria, 364 pp., $28.99), the 12th Bob Lee Swagger novel. Earlier volumes painted more three-dimensional portraits of the supporting players surrounding Swagger, the 74-year-old former Marine sniper with a bad hip and an innate ability to kill, but this book dispenses with nuance, except in loving descriptions of specific rifles, cartridges and bullets. The plot, on the thin side, involves Swagger being subpoenaed to testify at a House Judiciary subcommittee meeting in Boise, Idaho (the location is not adequately explained), which quickly transforms from media circus into hostage crisis. Swagger will save the day — he is the series hero, so he must — but not before bewildering and reality-bending levels of violence are inflicted upon him and others. Never mind the technically understandable but still baffling subplot involving an 18th-century marksman, whose exploits are … [Read more...] about At 74, He Still Has an Innate Ability to Kill
close Video Biden’s vaccine mandates don’t ‘make sense’: Ken Paxton Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joins ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ to discuss the growing backlash against the coronavirus vaccine mandates. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! The organizer of a march against coronavirus vaccine mandates taking place in Washington, D.C. , on Sunday says he hopes the event will give people the confidence to speak up against such requirements. A number of major U.S. cities including D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston have implemented citywide rules requiring residents to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at certain establishments, such as restaurants and gyms. "You're going to hear a lot of people talk about on the left say this is a big, anti-vax rally — it's people coming in to deny science," march organizer Will Witt, an author and political commentator for nonprofit PragerU, told Fox News … [Read more...] about ‘Defeat the Mandates’ march coordinator explains why DC event is critical to push back on restrictions
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Kids & Family Saint Paul-based company, IC System, uses it's five core values to reach the community and build unity amongst their employees. Jerry Paulus , Neighbor Posted Reply A company's philosophy is more than just a collection of words that hangs on a plaque in an office building. For the rare organization that truly embodies the values espoused in its philosophy, it can be a collection of ideas that permeate every aspect of the business. When a firm strives towards ideals in this way, it can not only achieve its highest level of productivity and ability to serve customers, but it can also accomplish something more than its commercial goals. It can serve as an institution that brings people together, acts as a role model, and gives back to its community. To see the manner in which a company can embody these lofty ideals, we've taken … [Read more...] about IC System Builds Integrity in Variety of Ways
At various points over the last five years, Girls has been the most exciting new comedy on TV, and it’s been overhyped. It’s been feminist, brave, and groundbreaking. It’s been alienating, racist, and too racy. It’s been the voice of a generation. Now, it finally gets to just be a TV show. Sunday night’s Season 5 premiere of Girls arrives, for the first time, outside the zeitgeist. The award-winning critics’ darling—and conservative whipping boy—is settled and confident, and no longer the shiny new thing. Once the generator of so many think pieces it might single-handedly be responsible for turning online pop culture criticism into self-parody, it now bubbles under the radar. (As much as any show created by Lena Dunham, who has turned her designation as human megaphone for millennials into a gig as one of Hillary Clinton’s most visible and vocal campaigners .) The critical handwringing—and, good lord, the think pieces—have moved on to other lightning rods. Godspeed, … [Read more...] about Is a Controversy-Free ‘Girls’ Still Worth Watching?
Illustration: Philip Burke This article was featured in One Great Story , New York ’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. There’s a story that progressives like to tell about Larry Summers. The doyen of Establishment economics is dining out with a populist politician. The two have made it through the meal with minimal awkwardness — their ideological tensions eased by booze and food — when Summers leans back in his chair and offers his left-wing foil a hard-won insight. There are two kinds of political actors in this world: insiders and outsiders. Outsiders are free to speak their truth, Summers explains. But the price of such freedom is irrelevance in the halls of power. Insiders, by contrast, have a seat at the table where history is made. But to keep those seats, they must take care not to criticize other insiders. So, Summers asks his dining companion, which are you? The anecdote has an apocryphal air. It makes Summers sound like … [Read more...] about Was Larry Summers Right All Along?
Hugh Hefner founded his Playboy empire on a supposed ethos of pro-female sexual freedom and liberation, but Secrets of Playboy paints a far uglier picture of the culture he created, and the behavior he encouraged—and participated in—during his reign. A&E’s 10-part docuseries is a no-holds-barred censure of the pipe-smoking, silk pajama-wearing mogul, casting him as a predator who personally raped, coerced, and dominated Playmates, allowed his friends and celebrities (among them Bill Cosby) to do likewise, and fashioned a cult-like environment to satisfy his incessant appetite for sex and power. Damning evidence and accusations abound in this exposé, made all the more believable by talking heads who say they experienced Hefner’s abuse first-hand, as well as by the show’s own confident willingness to, at times, include pro-Hefner voices that push back against criticisms of his conduct. Secrets of Playboy (Jan. 24) is a sprawling affair driven by commentary from many of … [Read more...] about ‘Secrets of Playboy’ Paints Hugh Hefner as a Rapist Monster Who Was Into Snuff Films and Bestiality
Nelson Peltz’s next target Unilever has faced pressure on multiple fronts for weeks, including pushback from shareholders over its now-abandoned pursuit of GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer business. Now the consumer goods giant must deal with a potentially bigger headache: Trian Partners, the activist investment firm run by Nelson Peltz. Trian has amassed a significant stake in Unilever, DealBook’s Michael de la Merced reports . It isn’t clear how big the firm’s holdings are, though Trian began buying shares before Unilever’s pursuit of the Glaxo business became public, according to a source. Unilever has taken fire over strategic missteps. Investors and analysts scorned the $68 billion Glaxo bid, with Unilever’s shares falling sharply after the company said it still wanted to buy the business, despite being rejected three times. And another big Unilever shareholder accused the company of neglecting business fundamentals while overemphasizing its commitment to climate and social … [Read more...] about Activist Investors Assemble