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manners-painting, adj.
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: manners-painting, adj. Of a writer, a work of literature, etc.: concerned with or skilled in the depiction of contemporary manners, habits, etc.

chop-chop, n.2
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: chop-chop, n.2 Bribery and corruption in public life; misappropriation or embezzlement of funds.

simi-dimi, n.
Mon, 29 Jun 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: simi-dimi, n. Caribbean (chiefly Trinidad). Elaborate or meaningless ritual; superstition; mumbo-jumbo. Also: fuss, rigmarole.

lifemanship, n.
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: lifemanship, n. Stephen Potter's term for: skill in acquiring an advantage or‘edge’ over another person, esp. one who professes expert knowledge.

delectus, n.
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: delectus, n. A selection of texts or extracts from a larger work or collection; spec. a selection of Latin or Greek passages from various authors, intended for translation.

coxcombery, n.
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: coxcombery, n. Conceitedness, vanity, pretentious affectation; foppery.

jibbons, n.
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: jibbons, n. Spring onions.

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Like a Bolt from the blue, Huawei's fledgling AppGallery signs a ride-sharing platform
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
€1.7bn Estonian company is first on store to have a global presenceHuawei has signed its first major ride-sharing platform to its AppGallery app store– and no, it's not the one you're thinking of. Unless, of course, you were thinking of Bolt.…

Capita Consulting ditches more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
100 people have lost their jobs, COVID-19 blamedExclusiveIt has been a bad week for theUK jobs marketand Capita has just added to the unemployment stats by ditching more than a quarter of its Consulting division, sources close to the company have toldThe Register.…

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
Brave browser's policy officer questions efficacy of personalised adsJohnny Ryan, chief policy officer at privacy-focused browser biz Brave, has reported on how ad revenue increased when Dutch national broadcaster NPO stopped running third-party trackers on its online video website.…

Erudite, insightful, self-aware and almost human: Give your local database admin a hug– it's DBA Appreciation Day
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
We said, we hope you get some downtime. Oh never mind. Come on, it's just once a yearHang the bunting, ice the cupcakes, and wrap the presents: it comes but once a year but today, as you beautiful people well know, is international DBA Appreciation Day.…

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
Thinking in binary, dreaming in hexadecimal, and this is what they'll remember you forOn CallIt is Friday so may we suggest taking a moment out of your preparations for a weekend charge to the pub to enjoy another tale from those tasked with helping the confused in today'sOn Call.…

Don't beat yourself up for overeating in lockdown. This black hole scoffs equivalent of our Sun every day
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
No wonder J2157 clocks in at 34 billion solar massesThe greediest supermassive black hole spotted by us Earthlings is an eye-popping 34 billion times more massive than our Sun, and gobbles nearly a solar mass of nearby gas and dust every day.…

Languishing lodash library loophole finally fitted for a fix: It's only taken since October to address security bug
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
It's only downloaded 26.5m times a week, NBDA lingering vulnerability in lodash, a popular JavaScript helper library distributed through package manager npm, has prompted developers to kvetch about the fragile state of security.…

F5 emits fixes for critical flaws in BIG-IP gear: Hopefully yours aren't internet-facing while you ready a patch
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 GMT
Not to worry, there are only *searches* several thousand devices apparently exposed onlineNetwork administrators are urged to patch their F5 BIG-IP application delivery controllers following the disclosure of a pair of critical remote takeover bugs.…

'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Is that listed phone number going direct to a professional or a call center?Special reportAddicts seeking substance abuse treatment are being deceived by phony medical clinics advertising on Google's business directory system– and the web giant seems unwilling or unable to fix the issue.…

Holy Guacamole! Researchers find Apache remote desktop software was silently pwnable for snooping on sessions
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Best get updating pronto, folksThe Apache Project's popular Guacamole open-source remote desktop software contained vulns allowing remote attackers to steal login creds and hijack targeted machines, researchers have said.…

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz– and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Continental capers lead to 750 UK arrestsFrench and Dutch police have boasted of infiltrating and killing off encrypted chat service EncroChat, alleging it was used by organised crime gangs to plot murders, sell drugs, launder criminal profits and more.…

Hold off that rush into the July 4 weekend– you may need this: Microsoft patches pwn-by-picture pitfalls in Win 10
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Redmond also praised for blocking malware control systems on its cloudsMicrosoft has emitted a pair of security patches to address flaws in Windows 10 that can be potentially exploited by miscreants to hijack PCs. A victim simply needs to be tricked into opening a file containing a specially crafted image on a vulnerable system.…

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Hunting for the right file is the 'bane to anyone's productivity' allegedlyMicrosoft is rolling out a swathe ofupdatesto OneDrive, increasing the upload file limit for the cloudy bit barn from 15GB to 100GB.…

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Surprise! The UK has been shut out of an EU-led projectFrom the department of "chickens coming home to roost" is news that the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded prime contracts for the next six Copernicus missions, and the UK has missed out.…

Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Privacy-focused Librem 14 laptop available for pre-orderPurism, a San Francisco social purpose company that emphasises privacy and free software, today flung out its latest notebook: the Librem 14.…

Last chance to grab a Pixel 3A off Google's UK store with 4A successor around the corner
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Plus: Apple declares first-gen Retina MacBook Pro 'obsolete'Google has discontinued its hugely popular Pixel 3A and 3A XL mid-range smartphones. While the device will continue to receive updates for the foreseeable, the Chocolate Factory has no plans to produce more units.…

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Record 53.6 million tonnes produced last year - that's 7.3kg per person on the planetThe United Nations is sounding the alarm on increasing levels of e-waste, with 2019 producing a record 53.6 million tonnes of the stuff: an increase of 21 per cent in just the past five years.…

Not such a DRaaS-tic action, buying into cloud-based disaster recovery in times like these: VMware to swallow Datrium
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Undisclosed amount of money to change handsVMware is buying Datrium, a business that started out in thecut-throat world of HCIand then switched to disaster recovery in the cloud.…

Cisco SMB kit harbors cross-site scripting bug: One wrong link click... and that's your router pwned remotely
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
VPN gear vulnerable to remote hijackingsCisco has patched a cross-site scripting vulnerability in two VPN routers it sells to small businesses and branch offices.…

Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
It's like the Chocolate Factory isn't dominant enough alreadyUpdatedTwenty consumer and citizen rights groups havepublished an open letter [PDF]urging regulators to pay closer attention to Google parent Alphabet's planned acquisition of Fitbit.…

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Icon backgrounds banished, but some Insiders may have to wait for new toysMicrosofthas unveileda long-teased update to the Windows 10 Start Menu for its loyal fans... or at least some of them.…

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Amendment aimed to push back introduction to 2023/24, but it'll go ahead as planned next yearMPs have voted against an amendment to the Finance Bill which set out to delay changes to IR35 legislation for off-payroll working, a subject close to the heart of many IT contractors.…

No one can compete with Google... unless it opens its click-and-query data to rivals, says UK markets watchdog
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Sharing's caringThe UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has proposed that Google should open its click-and-query data up to rival search engines to help them improve search algorithms and properly compete with the web giant.…

Scala contributor: Open source and diversity key to tackling dev skills shortage
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
'If diversity is not important to you, then at least you might care about the bottom line'Open Source SummitDiversity and open source can help fix the software developer skills gap, argued Scala contributor and Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor Heather Miller in a keynote talk at the virtual Open Source Summit North America.…

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Southampton Central: 'Old fashioned', 'tired', and now... borkedBork!Bork!Bork!Today's addition to the encyclopaedia of borkage comes courtesy of some digital signage sat next to ticket machines in the fair city of Southampton, UK.…

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
This year is just one disappointment after another, eh?The black hole thought to be nearest to Earth– a mere 1,000 or so light years away – may not exist at all, more than a dozen scientists have warned.…

It's a tough time for digital transformation in the financial services world– but fret not, there’s help at hand
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
Find out how to weather the storm– tune in online here this monthWebcastThe financial services world has had a tough decade. From a global financial crisis to an uptick in regulation to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and possibly yet another financial crisis off the back of that, it’s no wonder the sector is often seen as traditionally slow to digitally transform. With everything else going on, it often feels like there’s simply no time.…

The Moon certainly ain't made of cheese but it may be made of more metal than previously thought, sensor shows
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 GMT
There's iron in them hills, maybeThe latest measurements from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) suggest the Moon contains more metal than previously thought.…

Happy privacy action day in California: If you don't have 'Do not sell my information' in your website footer, you need to read this story right now
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Golden State AG prepares crackdownToday is the first day that California will start enforcing itsnew data privacy law, so if your website doesn’t have a “Do not sell my personal information” link in, say, the footer, you may soon regret it.…

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Senior techie sues, says he was snubbed due to Dalit ancestry, HR ignored complaintsA senior engineer working at Cisco headquarters in Silicon Valley claims he was mistreated by coworkers and managers because of his Indian caste status– and that HR ignored his complaints about the matter.…

'90s retro resurrection PowerToys hits 0.19, bringing raft of fixes and a final flash from the desktop
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Stability gains for Windows-fiddling throwbackMicrosoft has freshened up its PowerToys preview with a0.19 releaseaimed at making things a bit more stable.…

Hats off to the brave 7%ers who dived into the Windows 10 May 2020 Update within a month of release
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Still outstanding issues but gaining ground faster than previous effortsThe Windows 10 2004 rollout is moving a little quicker than the last major update to Microsoft's OS.…

Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
New Regular Expression evaluator borrowed from Chromium V8– a sign of more collaboration to come?Mozilla has released Firefox 78 with a new Protections Dashboard and a bunch of updates for web developers. This is also the last supported version of Firefox for macOS El Capitan (10.11) and earlier.…

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
244 workers TUPE'd to new employerUK retailer John Lewis Partnership isbuddying up with services giant Wiproand ejecting 244 tech staff into the arms of the outsourcer as it does so.…

UK lawmakers welcome Microsoft's sack of training pressies for hard-pressed Brits as jobs searches spike
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
New skills aplenty and Teams tweaks from Uncles Brad and SatyaKind old Microsoft is discounting certifications in its technology and making access to training via LinkedIn free as businesses swing the axe in the post-lockdown world.…

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Privately owned vehicles still illegal on public highways, howeverElectric scooters are finally coming to the UK after the Department for Transport confirmed it would allow limited trials of rented two-wheelers from this weekend.…

Capgemini bags£40m to provide IT and dev support for the UK's Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Outsourcer charged with bolstering PPI chaser's business transformationGlobal consultancy-cum-IT services outfit Capgemini has won a£40m contract from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) to provide IT and developer support to its new business strategy.…

Born slippy: NASA Mars rover Perseverance to persevere on Earth a little longer as launch date pushed back again
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
A delay until 2022 looms as sensor problems on Atlas V add a few more days to scheduleIt is squeaky bum time at NASA after the launch date for the agency'sPerseveranceMars rover was pushed back yet again, raising the spectre of a multi-year delay.…

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Legislation to root out subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces following year of civil unrestChina's mainland government has enforced a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, increasing its hold on the territory in what HK's chief exec, Carrie Lam, has described as the "most important development" in the former British colony's history since its handover.…

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Deutschland, uber alle alliesGermany is helping the UK develop its new decentralised contact-tracing app, the country's ambassador Andreas Michaelis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.…

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Top uni takes action afterEl Reghighlights concerns by academicsSpecial reportMIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people using racist, misogynistic, and other problematic terms.…

One map to rule them all: UK's Ordnance Survey rolls out its Data Hub and the juicy API goodness that lies therein
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
It's free too– until you've burned through £1,000 worth of data, that isUK map boffins at the Ordnance Survey (OS) have opened up its shiny newData Hub, replete with APIs and access to MasterMap data.…

Chinese mobe flinger OPPO aims£219 A72 handset at penny-pinching Brit youth
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Please, sir. I want some more TikTokOPPO yesterday pushed out its latest smartphone for the UK market: the bargain-basement A72, which packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 platform and retails at£219.…

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Oh Snap: Based on Ubuntu but without package manager. Warpinator anyone?The Linux Mint team has released Mint 20 Cinnamon, a long-term support (LTS) release. It is based on Ubuntu 20.04, will be supported until 2025, and new Mint versions will use the same package base until 2022.…

Reviewing and profiling your code is boring? Well, Amazon will now sell you an AI editor to do it for you
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
CodeGuru guesstimates how much AWS will charge you to run that source on its cloudAmazon has made its machine-learning-tools that automatically review and profile code, so you can find out where bottlenecks are and how it's going to cost you in the AWS cloud, generally available.…

Tune in and watch live right here this week– it's your email encryption wake-up call
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Make a secure digital transformation possibleWebcastMost businesses tell us that they think email encryption is a priority that's part of their digital transformation and cloud migration. But not many of them use the security mechanism consistently.…

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes– either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Or was target practice for a Death Star?Astronomers are on the hunt for a rare gigantic star located 75 million light years away that seems to have disappeared after nearly 20 years of observations.…

Things that happen every four years: Olympic Games, Presidential elections, and now new Mac ransomware
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
EvilQuest targets Mac pirates, poses as legit network security and music toolsSecurity bods are sounding the alarm following the discovery of a rare brand-new strain of Mac ransomware.…

After six months of stonewalling by Apple, app dev goes public with macOS privacy protection bypass
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
So much for preventing malicious software from peeking at sensitive filesSix months after software developer Jeff Johnson told Apple about a privacy bypass vulnerability opening up protected files in macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur, the bug remains unfixed– so he's going public.…

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 GMT
Man claims life savings lost in theft aided by telco staffAT&T has been sued for a second time over allegations its staff gave thieves control of a specific individual’s cellphone number to steal a large chunk of cryptocurrency.…

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‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History Is Alive and Kicking
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Nancy Baker Cahill uses augmented reality to explore the meaning of historical sites from the Rockaways in New York to Selma, Ala. Is public art embellishing our heritage, or defacing it?

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Defies and Exceeds Expectations
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
With a fresh voice and a winning cast, this Netflix update of the popular book series is the throwback that 2020 needs.

Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 +0000
Our chief classical critic took on the daunting Opus 110 in college, and now relishes risky recordings.

Seeing Paradise From Behind a Dashboard
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Drive-ins are a rarity these days, but they were a formative moviegoing experience for many Americans, including an impressionable young boy who went on to become a director.

Netflix’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’: Here’s What You May Have Missed
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
The new film starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams lovingly references many of the competition’s most memorable moments, and features many Eurovision stars.

Can a New Arts Center Revitalize Provincetown?
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
In saving the Mary Heaton Vorse home, Ken Fulk hopes to help rescue an arts colony under siege from gentrification. But artists still need cheap studio space.

Queer Kids, Nerds and Sword Fights: It’s the Hot School Play
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
“She Kills Monsters” is hugely popular in high schools and colleges. Even in lockdown, performers have found novel ways to make the battles come alive.

Review: Apple-Picking Time Again, in‘And So We Come Forth’
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Richard Nelson’s fictional family returns, but for the first time this drama of connection in the age of American bewilderment feels smaller than life.

Coldcut + Tony Allen and African Artists = Studio Electricity
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Keleketla! is a studio assemblage of musicians from four continents, creating thoroughly hybridized music with African voices up front.

Don’t Call Him Machine Gun Kelly
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 +0000
The rapper and actor has a real name: Colson Baker. And he’s finding his voice during the lockdown.

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Young Ahmed’ and ‘Hamilton’
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 +0000
The latest movie from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne is on Criterion Channel. And a film of the Broadway musical“Hamilton” debuts on Disney+.

Guggenheim Opens Investigation Into Basquiat Show After Racism Complaints
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
After nearly a quarter of all employees signed onto a letter accusing executives of racism and mismanagement, the museum has hired a lawyer to start an independent investigation.

‘Jurassic Park’: Where the Wild Things Are
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Our critics and readers make a return trip to the movie that kicked off a franchise. Does the blockbuster hold up in a summer without one?

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Check out a trippy, philosophical new cartoon, or take a fresh look at an old classic.

How Do We See Each Other in a‘Market Society’?
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A graphic review of Karl Polanyi’s seminal work “The Great Transformation,” which charted the social effects of capitalism.

New in Paperback:‘The Yellow House’ and ‘Night Boat to Tangier’
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

What Keeps America Divided?
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
“Let Them Eat Tweets,” by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, examines the ways in which the wealthy control the Republican Party.

10 New Books We Recommend This Week
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Freddy Cole, Performer Who Emerged From Nat’s Shadow, Dies at 88
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Like his famous older sibling, he played the piano and sang. But he used his music to insist,“I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me.”

How‘365 Days’ Became One of Netflix’s Worst-Reviewed Big Hits
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Critically panned, the steamy Polish flick is a streaming success thanks to TikTok teenagers and curious fans. But there’s also a growing backlash from those who say it glorifies rape culture.

TikTok Stars Tati and Devin Will Meet
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Two rising stars on the app have amassed a huge audience by playing along with their followers’ fantasy of romance.

Berkshires Museums Announce Reopening Plans Under Phase 3
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Mass MoCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Clark Art Institute will reopen this month, with programming changes and social-distancing measures.

Hugh Downs, Perennial Small-Screen Fixture, Is Dead at 99
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A longtime host of both“Today” and “20/20,” for many years he held the Guinness-certified record for most total hours on commercial network television.

‘The Truth’ Review: Being Catherine Deneuve
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Following his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda visits some of the glories of France.

8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Our culture writers offer suggestions for celebrating Independence Day, and what to watch or listen to without leaving your home.

The Gallery Where Stevie Wonder Was a Regular
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Linda Goode Bryant discusses her career— from art dealer to urban farmer — with the artist Senga Nengudi.

Smithsonian’s Leader Says ‘Museums Have a Social Justice Role to Play’
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Lonnie Bunch, who oversees a host of museums and libraries, says the role of cultural institutions is to make people“feel comfortable with nuance and complexity.”

‘The Outpost’ Review: At War, in a Worst-Case Scenario
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
U. S. soldiers in Afghanistan fight to defend themselves against the Taliban in this fact-based war drama from Rod Lurie.

‘Bungalow’ Review: Young, Restless, Drifting
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Ulrich Köhler’s first film, newly available in the U.S., is a secretive and beautifully observant study of teenage disaffection.

‘Family Romance, LLC’ Review: Werner Herzog’s Comfort for Hire
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
This hybrid work of fiction and documentary begins with a creepy feeling that is eventually replaced by an empathetic fascination.

‘Spark’ and ‘The Observer’ Review: A Filmmaker’s Past, and China’s
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A pair of documentaries serve as an introduction to Hu Jie, a documentarian whose films memorialize the horrors of the Mao era.

‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ Review: Past Progress, and More to Come
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A profile of the civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman has an urgent message.

Masks On in a Near-Empty Hall: Germany’s Theaters Return
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 +0000
Playhouses are finding ways to keep drama going, despite coronavirus restrictions.

Turner Prize Was Canceled, but Organizers Still Gave Out the Cash
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
The organizers of the British art award are giving out 10 grants to support artists.

Can Political Satire Outpace Reality? 3 Books Toss Their Hats in the Ring
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Christopher Buckley’s “Make Russia Great Again,” Jessica Anthony’s “Enter the Aardvark” and the anthology “The Faking of the President” all have fun with American politics.

Steve Inskeep Is Drawn to Books With Nuanced Female Characters
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
“Years ago I read everything by Hemingway and Raymond Carver. It’s a different experience to read Elif Shafak and Lauren Groff.”

Meet Vashti Harrison, Belle of the Best-Seller Lists
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
This author and illustrator is a mainstay across multiple categories. She hopes her work broadens the horizons of young readers.

The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in July
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Our picks for July, including‘Unsolved Mysteries,’ ‘The Old Guard’ and ‘Vivarium’

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ and ‘The Whistlers’
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A reboot of the docu-series“Unsolved Mysteries” is on Netflix. And the latest movie from the Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu hits Hulu.

‘Denise Ho: Becoming the Song’ Review: Pop With a Message
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
This moving documentary profiles a singer who has become an influential activist in Hong Kong.

A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
With“Amends,” the artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust have created a multipronged platform for self-scrutiny and, they hope, lasting change.

The Music Industry Is Wrestling With Race. Here’s What It Has Promised.
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
The business owes much of its wealth to the work of Black artists but has just a handful of Black executives in its most senior jobs. Companies large and small say they’re devoted to change.

New York City Cuts Arts Spending by 11 Percent to Close Budget Gap
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Facing a $9 billion loss in tax revenues, city leaders cut agency spending across the board, including the Department of Cultural Affairs.

3 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Galleries and museums are getting creative about presenting work online during the coronavirus crisis. Here are three shows worth viewing virtually.

Comedy via Zoom: It’s the Golden Age of Mugging
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
After four months of livestream stand-up sets, the format remains awkward. But comics are getting better at playing to the camera, and crowds are learning how to show their appreciation.

‘Scheme Birds’ Review: Soft Gaze for a Hard Life
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
This documentary turns a tender eye toward a bright teenager who hopes to never leave her decaying Scottish hometown.

Revisiting a New York That Doesn’t Currently Exist
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Seeking escape, diversion and a way of feeling about the world that doesn’t hinge on the latest news conference.

‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Revived at Comedy Central
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
The headbanging cartoon characters, staples of 1990s-era MTV, are coming back with new episodes written and voiced by Mike Judge.

Deepfake Technology Enters the Documentary World
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A film about persecuted gay and lesbian Chechens uses digital manipulation to guard their identities without losing their humanity. The step raises familiar questions about nonfiction movies.

The Fast&Furious Art of the Car Chase
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Hot pursuits are a staple of summer blockbusters— remember them? — so we asked the director Justin Lin to break down five of our favorites.

A Summer Without Superheroes
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A real-world catastrophe has forced us to hit pause on enjoying the spectacle of our own domination. Maybe that’s a good thing.

‘Jaws’ Is Still Devouring Us. SOS!
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
In 1975, this thriller freaked out the world, scaring us out of the water and creating the summer-blockbuster template. It was also a warning.

15 Songs That Shook New York’s Queer Dance Floors in the 1970s and ’80s
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
During this fertile period the way revelers received dance music— and what was considered dance music — shifted as new kinds of spaces geared toward L.G.B.T.Q. participants multiplied.

Justin Lin on 5 Great Chase Scenes
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
The director of“F9” and other “Fast&Furious” films narrates a look at some of cinema’s coolest chases sequences.

Duchess Goldblatt Is a Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside a Twitter Account
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
“Becoming Duchess Goldblatt” is a memoir by the writer behind a beloved fictional character whose fans include Lyle Lovett and Celeste Ng.

New York City’s Gift of Motion: A 1970s Tale
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
“I was a dancer, or I wanted to be.” A Dance Boom foot soldier describes her transformation in the Lindsay-era city.

‘Wayne’s World’&Me
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
As a kid, I identified with Garth Algar, the shy sidekick of the 1992 movie, who taught me about how to be a real person in a branded world.

Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse.
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
For weeks, Britain’s star artists have begged the government to rescue the arts sector. Will it listen?

NY Times Obituaries:




Hugh Downs, Perennial Small-Screen Fixture, Is Dead at 99
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
A longtime host of both“Today” and “20/20,” for many years he held the Guinness-certified record for most total hours on commercial network television.

Gay Culverhouse,Who Helped Injured Football Players, Dies at 73
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
She navigated the league’s male-dominated world as a team president, then devoted her energy to fighting on behalf of players with brain disorders.

Freddy Cole, Performer Who Emerged From Nat’s Shadow, Dies at 88
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
Like his famous older sibling, he played the piano and sang. But he used his music to insist,“I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me.”

Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization.

Those We’ve Lost
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll. This series is designed to put names and faces to the numbers.

Carl Reiner, Multifaceted Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 98
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
Mr. Reiner was a gifted comic actor, but he spent most of his career slightly out of the spotlight— writing, directing and letting others get the laughs.

Rev. Georg Ratzinger, Choirmaster and a Pope’s Brother, Dies at 96
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Father Ratzinger, a trained musician, pursued a career far away from the world of the Vatican and the future Pope Benedict XVI.

Anders Ericsson, Psychologist and‘Expert on Experts,’ Dies at 72
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
His research helped inspire“Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book on the keys to excelling.

Angela Madsen, Paralympian Rower, Dies on Solo Pacific Voyage at 60
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
With her legs paralyzed, she found freedom rowing across oceans.“It’s hopeless, it’s majestic, it’s exhilarating,” she said.

Descendants of Suffragists Reflect on the Fight for Women's Right to Vote
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 +0000
One hundred years after the 19th Amendment, suffragists’ descendants consider how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Jack Whittaker, Ill-Fated Powerball Winner, Is Dead at 72
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
He became an instant celebrity when he won a record $315 million jackpot in 2002. But he later said he wished he had torn up the ticket.

Tito Vértiz, Prison Therapist, Novelist and Painter, Dies at 80
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Mr. Vértiz, a citizen of three countries, left Peru as a flight attendant in the 1960s and built friendships around the world. He died of Covid-19.

Lewis John Carlino, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 88
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Remembered for his adaptations of“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” and “The Great Santini,” he prided himself on knowing his characters inside and out.

Carl Reiner Knew TV Like the Back of His Head
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
With his creation“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” the comedy legend created a self-referential masterpiece and wrote himself a memorable supporting role.

Where to Stream Carl Reiner's Best TV Shows and Movies
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
Reiner, the creator of“The Dick Van Dyke Show” and director of acclaimed comedies with Steve Martin and others, excelled at spotlighting the unique comic gifts of his collaborators.

Johnny Mandel, 94, Writer of Memorable Movie Scores, Is Dead
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
After composing and arranging for big bands, he gave the world melodies like“The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Emily” and “Suicide Is Painless.”

Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
The musician, 34, was known for political songs that provided support for the ethnic Oromo group’s fight against repression and a soundtrack for antigovernment protests.

Madeline McWhinney Dale, Trailblazing Banker, Is Dead at 98
Mon, 29 Jun 2020 +0000
She was the first female officer of the Federal Reserve Bank. Later, in another first, she ran a commercial bank largely owned and operated by women.

Ruth Buchanan, Philanthropist and Hostess Extraordinaire, Is Dead at 101
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
She and her husband, an ambassador who later served as White House chief of protocol, presided over grand gatherings in Washington and Newport, R.I.

Yvonne Sherwell, Actress, Author and Coat Checker, Is Dead at 92
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Ms. Sherwell led an artistic existence in bohemian New York, appearing in plays, movies and cabaret. She died of the coronavirus.

Sérgio Sant’Anna, Brazilian Master of the Short Story, Dies at 78
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 +0000
Mr. Sant’Anna wrote novels and poetry, but was most famous for stories that used a sardonic humor to skewer the fractures within Brazilian society. He died of the coronavirus.

Mike East, Who Lowered U.S. Flag in Havana in 1961, Dies at 81
Mon, 29 Jun 2020 +0000
Along with two fellow Marines, he was back in Cuba when a flag was hoisted again at the American Embassy in 2015.

Linda Cristal, Who Starred in‘High Chaparral,’ Dies at 89
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 +0000
To win the role of the fiery Victoria Cannon, she said, she threw away the script and“made up stories showing love, hate, passion, envy, jealousy, etc.”

Charles Webb, Elusive Author of‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 81
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 +0000
His novel was turned into an era-defining movie, but he was never comfortable with its success, and he chose to live in poverty.

Dr. William Dement, Leader in Sleep Disorder Research, Dies at 91
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 +0000
At Stanford, he created the world’s first successful sleep clinic and taught a popular class on sleep and dreams. (If he caught students dozing, he’d wake them with a water gun.)

Elly Stone, 93, Distinctive Singer in‘Jacques Brel’ Revue, Dies
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 +0000
She performed some of the most powerful songs in that show, which ran for more than four years in Greenwich Village and became a theater staple.

Milton Glaser, Master Designer of‘I ♥ NY’ Logo, Is Dead at 91
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 +0000
He was also a founder of New York magazine, created a memorable Bob Dylan poster and produced designs for everything from supermarkets to restaurants to“Mad Men.”

Thomas Blanton, Who Bombed a Birmingham Church, Dies at 82
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 +0000
He was the last survivor of three Klansmen who were convicted, years later, in the killing four black girls in 1963, a case that was a turning point in the civil rights struggle.

Kenneth Lewes, Who Challenged Views of Homosexuality, Dies at 76
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 +0000
In an influential book, he defied the idea that being gay, as he was, is an illness, and took on psychiatry’s “history of homophobia.” He died of the coronavirus.

Sister Angela Marie Rooney, 103, Dies; Oldest Member of Her Order in New York
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 +0000
Sister Angela was a teacher, secretary and, in her late decades, a whiz on the computer. She died of the coronavirus.

Lester Crystal, Guiding Force Behind‘NewsHour,’ Dies at 85
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 +0000
As executive producer, he expanded the PBS newscast to an hour and helped make it a distinctive voice in broadcast journalism.