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ambidexterity, n.
Sun, 20 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: ambidexterity, n. Skill or talent, esp. in two or more fields. Also: ability to alter oneself, one's opinions, etc., to serve different purposes; adaptability.

rooked, adj.
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: rooked, adj. Originally: deprived of money through fraudulent or underhand means; swindled, fleeced…

headwark, n.
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: headwark, n. Pain in the head; a headache

pupil-monger, n.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: pupil-monger, n. A person whose business it is to teach pupils or students; esp. a tutor at Cambridge University

kibitz, v.
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: kibitz, v. To watch someone doing something and offer (unwelcome) advice or commentary

nutual, adj.
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: nutual, adj. Expressed merely by a gesture

Titanolatry, n.
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 -0400
OED Word of the Day: Titanolatry, n. Worship of, or excessive respect for, power

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Alphabet promises to no longer bung tens of millions of dollars to alleged sex pest execs who quit mid-probe
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 GMT
New rules brought in after search biz settles shareholder lawsuitGoogle will no longer pay top execs fat severance packages not only if they are fired for sexual harassment but also if they leave mid-investigation into their behavior, it announced on Friday.…

Error-bnb: Techies scramble to fix Airbnb website bug that let strangers read each others' account messages
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 GMT
One thing to let people rent your home, quite another to let them access your private commsAirbnb says it has fixed a baffling bug in its website that briefly caused some of its users to be shown messages belonging to others when viewing their account inboxes.…

IT guy whose job was to stop ex-staff running amok on the network is jailed for running amok on the network
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
After he was demoted and fired, idiot logged into office PC from home and wiped storage systemsAn IT guy, who was tasked with locking out ex-employees from the company network, has been jailed after he logged in after being fired and wiped an office's computer storage drives.…

Not Particularly Mortifying: IEEE eggheads probe npm registry, say JavaScript libs not as insecure as feared
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Oh sure, there are plenty of flaws in those packages though not even one in ten are anything to worry aboutFor the past few years, the security of JavaScript software packages available through the Node Package Manager, or npm, has been the subject of skepticism as a result of blunders, brouhahas, and tepid countermeasures.…

Microsoft claims to love open source– this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Software giant is 'investigating', infosec gurus reckon it looks legitThe source code for Windows XP and other elderly Microsoft operating systems appears to haveleaked onlineas the mega-corp's Ignite developer shindig came to an end.…

Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Local reports suggest individuals can't be identified... yetSpain's highways agency is using bulk mobile phone data for monitoring speeding hotspots, according to local reports.…

SharePoint Syntex: Microsoft rolls out AI that automatically categorises documents
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Starts trying to make fetch happen... build your own models to parse corporate contentIgniteMicrosoft's SharePoint Syntex is a new feature of SharePoint online that promises to extract metadata from documents automatically, making it easier to find and categorise information.…

First-world problems: The pumpkin spice latte is here, but the Starbucks loyalty card app has wiped my balance
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Coffee giant brews UK customers a double shot of cock-upStarbucks' UK rewards card app went down for a prolonged period earlier this week, and a bunch of caffeine fiends are still reporting problems.…

Sweetheart tax deal appeal: European Commission takes€13bn Apple state aid claim to the EU's highest court
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Contesting decision of General Court that Irish set-up was kosherEuropean Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager is set to fight to have Apple's tax benefit in Ireland ruled as state aid.…

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Beta means fully operational? Haha! Good one!A UK government system to avoid miles of road traffic congestion in the county of Kent as the Brexit transition period comes to an end will rely on software which is not yet in its beta version.…

Looking for a new tech job? Just browsing? This week's list includes roles for devs, engineers, and Perl maestros
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
And if you're keen to place an ad, get in touch– it's freeJob AlertLooks like the summer's over and everyone is growing their tech team, judging by the bundle of openings we have this week.…

Big US election coming up, security is vital and, oh look... a federal agency just got completely pwned for real
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Hacker had set up shop on network using stolen Office 365 accountsAn unspecified US government agency was hacked by a miscreant who appears to have made off with archives of information.…

Bennu Jerry's, anyone? OSIRIS-REx probe to attempt 3 scoops of asteroid next month before bringing samples home
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Dress rehearsals done, nice shingly crater chosen– it's go timeVideoNASA intends to scoop up material from the surface of the Bennu asteroid on 20 October, and has planned up to three retrieval attempts before returning any samples back to Earth.…

Can The Register run<i>Crysis Remastered</i>? Yes, but we don't see why you would want to
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
It's the 'gaming funk' edition, also starringWasteland 3,Crusader Kings 3, andAmong UsThe RPGGreetings, traveller, and welcome back toThe RegisterPlays Games, our monthly gaming column– the "funk" edition. Maybe you've experienced the sensation, maybe you haven't, but after finishing our last subject,Death Stranding(which was great by the way), we found ourselves in a quandary. WTF do we play next? And can we bring ourselves to write about it?*…

Key API management platform for UK public sector scrapped: DWP ends£5m MuleSoft project
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Legacy app 'asset reuse' left hanging for nowUpdatedThe UK's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has ended a MuleSoft-based integration project and is considering its options in terms of knitting together its many legacy applications.…

HubSpot must prove core sales features to be taken seriously in enterprise CRM market
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
To compete against Salesforce, Oracle and co, software slinger needs to do more, says analystHubSpot, a company best known for marketing technology, is having another stab at enterprise sales management by claiming its new CRM is flexible enough to fit customer processes.…

Scre-EE-m if you wanna go faster: BT's mobile network reigns supreme in UK-wide speed and latency tests
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
But Vodafone's not far behindEE is the UK's fastest mobile network, according toa new report[PDF] from Tutela Technologies which examines more than 180 million speed and latency tests performed between 1 March and 31 August.…

'Robbery, economic plunder, victim of larcenous cronyism and a heist'
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
That’s China’s view of the Oracle/Walmart TikTok takeover. Now to see if that translates into a ban on the saleChinese State media have let their readers know what the regime thinks of the Oracle/Walmart TikTok takeover and it appears that the gloves have come off.…

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
MAYBE IF I PRINT EVERYTHING IN CAPS?On CallWith the impending weekend comes another tale of courageous souls dispensing the balm of technical knowhow to those who know not. Welcome toOn Call.…

Meet the‘DPU’ – accelerated network cards designed to go where CPUs and GPUs can’t be bothered
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
You may know them as SmartNICs and they’re touted as making AI, clouds and 5G scaleAnalysisCrack open a firewall, load-balancer or storage array, and on the motherboard you might find a chip named“Octeon” by Marvell.…

WeWork Won’tWork in China, at least not as majority owner
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Local partner splashes $200m to take controlOffice-as-a-service outfit WeWork has effectively left China, at least as an active player.…

All those‘teleworking is the new normal’ predictions? Not so much, say bosses
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Australian government survey's post-plague adoption prediction finds only tiny future increase in usageRemote work may not be the new normal after all, according to Australia’s Bureau of Statistics.…

Hootsuite melts ICE deal after staff revolt: CEO vows not to divide biz like agents divided families at the US border
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
Contract would have run for up to three years, bagged $500,000, it seemsHootsuite says it has scrapped a contract with the US government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency after the internet upstart's staff read their own bosses the riot act.…

Facebook is the internet's cigarette: Addictive and laced with nasty stuff– 'shocking images, graphic videos, headlines that incite outrage'
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 GMT
So says ex-director of monetization, adding this led to 'unprecedented engagement and profits'Members of the US House of Representatives held a hearing on Thursday about role antisocial networks have played in radicalizing America.…

You know that Microsoft ZeroLogon bug you've been dragging your feet on? It's getting pwned in the wild now
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Scan servers for signs of compromise and patch if you haven't alreadyThe rather concerning design flaw in Microsoft's netlogon protocol is being exploited in the wild by miscreants, the Windows giant's security team has warned.…

Epic, Spotify, ProtonMail and pals rise up as one against Apple's 30% cut, call for end to Cupertino-style markets
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
This revolution will be televised... on the internetThirteen software and media companies - including Epic Games, Spotify, and ProtonMail - have founded an advocacy group to push back against tech platform gatekeepers, primarily Apple.…

Now Nvidia's monster GeForce RTX 3090 cards snaffled up by bots, scalpers– if only there had been a warning
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
If at first you don't succeed, fail againGeeks eager to nab Nvidia’sGeForce RTX 3090graphics cards were left disappointed after all the stock on the tech giant's online store was snatched up almost instantly when the cards went up for sale on Thursday.…

Join us in the cloud, breathes Microsoft as it gifts Azure SQL Managed Instance customers a surprise horsepower boost
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
And if you don't like it, managed instances maybe aren't for youIgniteMicrosofthas unveileda raft of tweaks to its Azure SQL Managed Instance product in an effort to lure more customers from their on-premises happy place.…

We need to talk about criminal hackers using Cobalt Strike, says Cisco Talos
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Pentesting tool showing up in the hands of baddies, warns threat intel bizPenetration testing tool Cobalt Strike is increasingly being used by black hats in non-simulated attacks as traces show up in scenarios from ransomware infections to state-backed APT threats, says Cisco Talos.…

Microsoft sprinkles a little Skype Meet Now integration on Windows 10 for Insiders
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Plus: Annoying chat show host asks 'What the hell happened to Skype?' and users cry out: Let my People go... or at least banish it from StartMicrosoft has sneaked some extra Skype integration into Windows 10, coming hot on the heels of the inevitable fix for the final version of the October 2020 update.…

Wondering how to tell the world you've been hacked? Here's a handy guide from infosec academics
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Pair of England's unis figure out better way of admitting terrible thingInfosec boffins at the University of Kent have developed a "comprehensive playbook" for companies who, having suffered a computer security breach, want to know how to shrug off the public consequences and pretend everything's fine.…

NHS COVID-19 launch: Risk-scoring algorithm criticised, the downloads, plus public told to 'upgrade their phones'
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
So... totally seamless thenBetter late than never. Earlier today, the UK governmentreleaseditslong-awaitedopen-source contact-tracing app to the general populace, called NHS COVID-19.…

Won't duke, duke, duke the URLs: AWS backtracks on plans to block old-style S3 paths
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
As I walk through this world... born-in-the-cloud companies have legacy problems tooAmazon Web Services has changed its mind about ending support for the URLs originally used by S3 (Simple Storage Service), though it is delaying rather than ending its deprecation plans.…

New Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server versions inbound, but only available on subscription
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Dinosaurs get one last roarIgniteMicrosoft revealed plans at itsvirtual Ignite bashto roll out new versions of its venerable Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Project Server, as well as another perpetual release of its cash cow, Office.…

UK ICO fines biz profiteering from COVID-19 crisis by sending unsolicited marketing texts to Joe Public
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Digital Growth Experts Ltd hit send on 16k+ messages. The fine?£3.70 per textDigital Growth Experts Ltd (DGEL) is nursing a£60,000 smackdown doled out by the UK’s data watchdog after it sent out thousands of nuisance marketing text messages about hand sanitisers during the coronavirus outbreak.…

NASA's hefty Martian rover will use an AI brain on a robot arm to map out signs of ancient life on Red Planet
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
The tiny X-ray bullets are only the size of a grain of sand. Pew! Pew! Pew!Perseverance, NASA's latest Martian rover, will extend its two-metre robotic arm and use an AI-powered control system to carefully aim X-ray beams at ancient rock samples that might contain fossilised microbes.…

BT cutting contractors' rates by a fifth and halving notice period because 'coronavirus'
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Telco tells freelancers it 'isn't immune to the economic volatility and uncertainty' caused by pandemicExclusiveBT is slashing day rates for contractors and reducing their notice period by 50 per cent due to the unpredictable nature of the economy caused by the coronavirus.…

Ethernet failure on Swiss business jet prompted emergency descent, say aviation safety bods
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Solution? A software update, natchAn Ethernet failure aboard popular Swiss-made business jets could prompt the aircraft to move into an emergency descent as flight systems entered a "degraded" mode, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has warned.…

Azure DevOps Services reminds users that, yes, it really is time to pull the plug on Internet Explorer 11
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Sure, it's still wedged in the OS, but maybe you'd prefer something shiny and Chromier?IgniteMicrosoft used the Ignite product singalong to reassure customers that its veteran Internet Explorer 11 browser would remain supported while also urging users to nuke the thing from orbit. It is, after all, the only way to be sure.…

Remember Entatech? UK liquidators are still trying to seize founder Jason Tsai's assets
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
High Court hears of offshore assets, tax fraud, and freezing ordersThe crumbling multinational empire of the distie once known as Entatech has come under scrutiny in the High Court again as liquidators working on behalf of the UK's taxman try to seize the assets of founder Jason Tsai and his family.…

Former BT CEO to lead task force that will advise UK.gov on diversifying the nation's telecoms supply chain
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Experts from industry and academia tapped to help increase competitionThe Ministry of Fun* has assembled a new task force of senior mobile industry bods to help diversify the UK's telecoms supply chain and reduce the exposure to so-called "high-risk vendors" such as Huawei.…

It's powered by a mega-corp AI, it has a Liquid Mode, but it's not a T-1000. It's Adobe's PDF auto-reflow for mobile
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
If you find yourself wrestling with big docs on small screens, Photoshop maker's iOS, Android apps may be able to helpAdobe has introduced Liquid Mode into its PDF reader for Android and iOS, the intent being to make reading PDF documents on mobile a less painful experience.…

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work– including backpedal on how to handle data
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Just in time for the second wave and new movement restrictionsThe National Health Service of England and Wales has finally released its COVID-19 contact-tracing app and while it is late to market compared to other nations' efforts, it appears to have more functionality than many.…

Is your data center straining? The answer isn’t just more processor cores
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Join us next month to feel the Intel® Optane™ EffectWebcastWhatever the computing problem is, the traditional answer has been to throw more servers at it, which today means throw more processor cores at it. AI model building? More cores. Ecommerce? More cores? Pharma development? More, more, more.…

VMware drops hints that ESXi on Arm is about to become a proper product
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Also looks to have security and SaaS news in store for next week’s VMworldStrong hints have emerged that VMware is close to making the Arm version of its ESXi hypervisor a proper product.…

In a world where up is down, it's heartwarming to know Internet Explorer still tops list of web dev pain points
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Incompatibilities and inconsistent standards support among browsers ensure an ongoing source of headachesWeb developers resent having to deal with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari, which they cite among their top three pain points, alongside layout and styling inconsistencies among browsers.…

India shows off new home-grown CPU– but at 100MHz, 32-bit and 180nm, it’s a bit of a clunker
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
RISC-V design can play nice with Arduino and was totally home-spun so that’s somethingIndia has taken another small step towards silicon-self-sufficiency with the unveiling of a new domestically designed system-on-chip. But the microprocessor is a few generations behind best practice and won’t set the world on fire.…

Hong Kong wants to teach kids more STEM– once it's defined what that is
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Territory wants to snip subjects to squeeze in coding, but knows its teachers aren't up to the jobHong Kong has proposed a new school curriculum packed with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content– even though it lacks a working definition of STEM and its staff lack the skills to teach it.…

Braking point: Tesla has had quite enough of Trump's 'unlawful' tariffs on Chinese-made parts, sues Uncle Sam
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Elon Musk wants his money back, Volvo, Ford, Mercedes also pile inTesla has sued the US government, seeking to not only end what it described as President Trump's "unlawful" tariffs on Chinese-made components but also a refund on all duties paid– plus interest.…

TikTok seeks injunction to halt Trump ban, claims it would break America's own First and Fifth Amendments
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 GMT
Video-sharing app appears to have had enough of presidential posturingTikTok has asked the courts for a preliminary injunction that would prevent the the Trump administration from banning the video-sharing app in America this weekend.…

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Delay of Philip Guston Retrospective Divides the Art World
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
“Philip Guston Now” has become Philip Guston in 2024, after four museums postponed an artist’s show that includes Klan imagery.

‘Father of the Bride,’ the Pandemic and Me
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
The director Nancy Meyers explains how a sort-of sequel was born amid worry and a desire to help. George Banks would approve.

Seeking the Humanity in the Story of Kim Wall’s Murder
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
A new TV series,“The Investigation,” fictionalizes the police investigation into the killing of the Swedish journalist, resisting the usual trappings of Nordic noir.

A Painter Who Puts It All on the Line
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
At 81, Virginia Jaramillo is having her first solo museum exhibition, at the Menil Collection. What took so long?

Full-Scale Wagner Returns to Europe With a Refugee-Theme‘Walküre’
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, Stefan Herheim’s “Ring” cycle, rumored for a future Met Opera season, gets underway in Berlin.

From All-Star Flop to Astute Satire in Just 50 Years
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
“The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer” involved major names like John Cleese and Harold Pinter and anticipated U.S. and British politics. Why didn’t it catch on?

‘Utopia’ Review: Gillian Flynn’s Dystopian Thriller on Amazon Prime Video
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 +0000
Gillian Flynn’s dystopian comic-book thriller for Amazon Prime Video takes a band of nerds down a fortuitously timely rabbit hole.

A Painting Depicting the Precarity of a Single Figure, and of Us All
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
In this new work by Marcus Jansen, the subject must contend with two threats: rising walls and rising waters.

Cleveland on‘Family Guy’ to Be Voiced by Arif Zahir
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Zahir will succeed the actor Mike Henry in the part. Henry, who is white, in June said that he would no longer play Cleveland:“Persons of color should play characters of color.”

Sam McBratney Dies at 77; Wrote‘Guess How Much I Love You’
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
His bedtime story of a hare and his son one-upping each other in declaring their love became a children’s classic, translated into 57 languages.

New Initiative Will Grant $156 Million to Arts Groups Run by People of Color
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
The Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and others are aiding national and regional groups at risk of shuttering because of the pandemic.

FX Documentary‘A Wilderness of Error’ Points the Lens Back at Errol Morris
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
In a 2012 book, the influential documentarian reinvestigated the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted of the 1970 murder of his wife and children. A new docu-series gives Morris the Morris treatment.

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s Romantic Duel, and 11 More New Songs
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Hear tracks by Oneohtrix Point Never, Bryson Tiller, La Dame Blanche and others.

Glenn Close to Headline Starry‘Angels in America’ Benefit
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Laura Linney, Patti LuPone and Jeremy O. Harris will also feature in the digital performance of scenes from Tony Kushner’s two-part epic on Oct. 8.

‘Mark Trail’ Jumps Into an Adventure With a New Cartoonist
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
The environmentally minded comic strip, which began in 1946, will be drawn by Jules Rivera, who is known for her slice-of-life webcomic“Love, Joolz.”

Former Russian Rock Star Sergei Shnurov Surprises Fans… With a Desk Job
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
After a farewell tour with his band, Leningrad, Sergei Shnurov switched tracks with a day job running a respectable but dull television station.

The Incredible Influence of James A. Baker III
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s “The Man Who Ran Washington” tells the story of the incredibly influential statesman and insider’s insider.

New in Paperback:‘The Topeka School’ and ‘Brown White Black’
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Late Night Takes On the Peaceful Transition of Power
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Hosts weighed in on President Trump’s refusal to say he would step down if he lost the election. “Well, so much for that Nobel Peace Prize,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Thursday.

A Wordless Way to Write a Novel
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
From“bespectacled” to “rosy-fingered,” a special set of emoji for the literary inclined.

Philip Guston Blockbuster Show Postponed by Four Museums
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
The works that appeared to ignite concern include hooded Ku Klux Klan figures, a motif in Guston’s paintings since the early 1930s.

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Review: They Fought the Law
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Aaron Sorkin and an all-star cast re-enact a real-life’60s courtroom drama with present-day implications.

F.A.A. Says Harrison Ford Can Continue Flying
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
After the actor went through remedial training, the agency said it had closed its investigation into a runway error he was involved in last April.

Bill Murray Faces Legal Threat From Doobie Brothers
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
A lawyer for the band demands that the actor pay for using the song“Listen to the Music” in an ad for his William Murray golf wear.

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
“Bob’s Burgers” is back, but maybe you would rather revisit “Fraggle Rock” or watch a compelling new “30 for 30.”

Dance on Film Is the Only Game in Town. BalletX Takes the Field.
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
This Philadelphia company has released four new works that engage the medium by pairing choreographers with filmmakers.

How Was‘Mein Kampf’ Handled in The Book Review in 1943?
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
In a recent issue dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, The Book Review resurfaced its 1943 critique of Hitler’s political manifesto.

Review: This‘Elephant Room’ Sequel Is a Goofball Epic
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The interstellar adventure deftly mixes the lo-fi aesthetics of budget science fiction with dopey humor and experimental theater’s sensibility.

10 New Books We Recommend This Week
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

‘Fargo’ Season 4 Review: Chris Rock, Gangsters and a Social Conscience
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
FX’s mannered Midwestern noir returns after three years with a new setting, a social conscience and Chris Rock.

Lorne Michaels on'S.N.L.'in the Pandemic and Chris Rock's Return as Host
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
“Saturday Night Live” returns Oct. 3 with Chris Rock as host. In an interview, Michaels, the show’s creator, talks about pandemic preparations and why “a little danger” can be good for comedy.

Busy Philipps’s Week: Coffee, ‘Little Women’ and Keeping It Together
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The actor is also dedicated to her podcast,“Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best,” and her dog, Gina Linetti.

BAFTA Takes Steps on Diversity, After All-White, All-Male Shortlists
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Voters in Britain’s version of the Oscars will have to take unconscious bias training, and there will be a quota for women in the first round of voting for best director.

Prince’s Vault Reveals a Brilliant Trove With ‘Sign O’ the Times’
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The reissue of his 1987 masterpiece unveils dozens of unheard songs.

I Was Bullied for Being Arab. Nine Inch Nails Threw Me a Lifeline.
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
As a teenage girl paralyzed with fear, one of the darkest albums of the 1990s,“The Downward Spiral,” gave me the guts to rebel against my tormentors.

7 Things to Do This Weekend
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.

Review:‘Romantics Anonymous,’ a Challenge to Your Sweet Tooth
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
A musical about two French chocolatiers may satisfy the hunger for live song and dance, but keep the insulin handy.

Don’t Get What Makes Brian De Palma an Auteur? Try These Two Films
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The director, who just turned 80, makes popular films that have long inspired debates. Watch“Blow Out” and “Carlito’s Way” to better understand the arguments.

Review:‘The Comey Rule’ and What a Fool Believes
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Showtime’s political drama is a scattered but searing picture of failed self-righteousness.

Sterling Magee, Bluesman Known as‘Satan,’ Dies at 84
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
As half of the duo Satan and Adam, he played blues on the streets of Harlem and later on stages around the world. He died of complications of Covid-19.

Artist Relief Fund Raises Nearly $20 Million
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Creative professionals can receive $5,000 grants through the end of the year, thanks to additional funding by the Mellon Foundation and others.

Luchita Hurtado: The Elusive Artist Portrays Herself
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
An exhibition of drawings and paintings stretches over several decades of the artist’s long career, but only comes to life in its — and her — final efforts.

Making Art When‘Lockdown’ Means Prison
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The harshness of life behind bars is designed to crush inmates’ individuality. But a stirring exhibition at MoMA PS1 shows the prison-industrial complex can’t stifle the artistic impulse.

And the Emmy Goes to… My Therapist
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
As he accepted the award for outstanding writing, Cord Jefferson thanked his therapist, and he wasn’t kidding.

‘Misbehaviour’ Review: Pretty Women, Some Pretty Angry
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
This British comedy about a feminist protest against the 1970 Miss World contest stars Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

‘Public Trust’ Review: Saving National Lands
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
This documentary follows individuals pushing back against political forces that want to privatize federal lands.

‘Myth of a Colorblind France’ Review: Artistry Abroad
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The documentary focuses on the history of African-American expatriates in France and the writings, paintings and music they made there.

‘Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles’ Review: Pastries of the Gilded Age, Made Modern
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
This documentary follows the star chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he assembles a crack team to make sweets for an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

‘The Last Shift’ Review: Passing the Fast-Food Torch
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Richard Jenkins gets a starring role as a man training his replacement at a job he’s worked at for nearly 40 years.

‘The Artist’s Wife’ Review: Strife on Canvas
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Lena Olin and Bruce Dern play married artists whose lives are abruptly reconfigured when one receives a diagnosis of dementia.

‘Kajillionaire’ Review: California Scheming
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Miranda July’s third feature follows a family of small-scale swindlers in a deceptively sunny Los Angeles.

‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ Review: A Princess With Powers
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Streaming on Disney+, Anna Mastro’s incoherent origin story follows a rebellious princess who learns she’s even more special than she thought.

‘Bird Island’ Review: Avian Therapy
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
This compact, whimsical film about a bird rehabilitation center in Switzerland is perched wryly between fiction and documentary.

Solo Plays for Anxious Times
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The Bridge theater in London has resumed performances after the coronavirus shutdown with a series of monologues by David Hare and Alan Bennett.

Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street. Our critic chats with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden.

17 New Books to Watch For in October
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
New biographies shed light on Malcolm X, Sylvia Plath and the Beatles, plus the latest fiction from Tana French, Martin Amis, Sayaka Murata and more.

NY Times Obituaries:




Pierre Troisgros, Renowned French Restaurateur, Dies at 92
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
He was part of a generation of influential, game-changing chefs at the forefront of nouvelle cuisine.

Robert Gore, Inventor of Gore-Tex, Is Dead at 83
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 +0000
Experiments with a polymer led him to create the breathable, waterproof material used in numerous applications, including ski jackets and medical implants.

Sam McBratney Dies at 77; Wrote‘Guess How Much I Love You’
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
His bedtime story of a hare and his son one-upping each other in declaring their love became a children’s classic, translated into 57 languages.

Those We’ve Lost
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll. This series is designed to put names and faces to the numbers.

Ang Rita, Who Conquered Everest Again and Again, Dies at 72
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Earning the nickname Snow Leopard for his agility, he climbed the world’s highest mountain 10 times without supplemental oxygen between 1983 and 1996.

Sterling Magee, Bluesman Known as‘Satan,’ Dies at 84
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
As half of the duo Satan and Adam, he played blues on the streets of Harlem and later on stages around the world. He died of complications of Covid-19.

Christiane Eda-Pierre, Leading French Soprano, Dies at 88
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
Born in Martinique, Ms. Eda-Pierre was one of France’s first international Black opera stars.

Henry van Ameringen, Friend of L.G.B.T.Q. Causes, Dies at 89
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Heir to a family fortune in the fragrances industry, he was among the first openly gay major donors to fund L.G.B.T.Q. and AIDS-related organizations.

Harold Evans Dies at 92; Crusading Newspaperman With a Second Act
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
In Britain, he helped redefine high-quality newspapers and challenged legal restrictions on the press. In America, he brought new scope and glitz to book publishing as the head of Random House.

Juliette Gréco, Grande Dame of Chanson Française, Dies at 93
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
The muse of bohemian postwar Paris, she became an internationally known actress and singer.

Jackie Stallone, Celebrity Astrologer and Sylvester’s Mother, Dies at 98
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 +0000
After running away with the circus, she promoted women’s wrestling and fitness before seeing signs of the future in a most unusual spot. (Hint: it’s not the palm.)

Ron Cobb, a Pioneer in Science Fiction Design, Dies at 83
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
An artist and movie production designer, he helped shape the aesthetics of science fiction with his work on movies including“Star Wars,” “Alien” and “Back to the Future.”

Gale Sayers Dies; Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back Was 77
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Though his career was cut short by injuries, he was regarded as one of the N.F.L.’s greatest players. The movie “Brian’s Song” spread his name beyond the sports world.

Moussa Traore, Longtime President of Mali, Is Dead at 83
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 +0000
He seized power in a military coup in 1968 and ruled for 22 years, before being overthrown in another coup.

Betty Bushman, an Early Female Baseball Voice, Dies at 89
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 +0000
Hired in 1964 to provide the women’s perspective on radio broadcasts of the Kansas City Athletics’ games, she made history. But her tenure was brief.

Edith Raymond Locke, Mademoiselle Editor in the 1970s, Dies at 99
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 +0000
With her magazine for“Smart Young Women,” she championed designers like Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Betsey Johnson.

Roy Hammond, Soul Singer Who Birthed a Hip-Hop Heartbeat, Dies at 81
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 +0000
He wrote and produced the Honey Drippers’ “Impeach the President,” which has been sampled countless times and changed the sound of New York rap.

Robert S. Graetz, Rare White Minister to Back Bus Boycott, Dies at 92
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 +0000
Targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, he drove Black people to and from work during the Montgomery boycott and remained an unbowed voice for desegregation.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Photos of Her Rise to the Supreme Court
Sun, 20 Sep 2020 +0000
Pictures capture moments in her legal career, from law school professor to associate justice on the high court.

Anne Stevenson, Poet and Plath Biographer, Is Dead at 87
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 +0000
Her poetry was acclaimed, but her take on her more famous contemporary caused controversy.