Most of my day is consumed with meetings. I try to insist that there are a couple of hours reserved to [work on] advancing our agenda—like challenging mandatory sentencing of people with severe disabilities, or changing the way people talk and think about race. We have to protect time to advance those projects. advertisement advertisement We’ve got more than a hundred active death penalty cases, and probably a couple hundred cases involving children sentenced to extreme punishment or life without parole. And we have what we call impact cases, where we’re trying to use a case with a particular narrative that, if we succeed, could help hundreds or thousands of others. We have some class action work where we’re challenging conditions of confinement at a state prison. I think it helps to live and work in Montgomery, Alabama, where you are surrounded by this rich history and the legacy of struggle that has made it possible for us to do what we do. I think … [Read more...] about ‘Just Mercy’ follows a social justice activist. Meet the man behind the movie
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Peter Landesman is used to tackling tough subjects. The former New York Times Magazine journalist has written about everything from Russian arms traffickers to genocide in Rwanda. So perhaps it’s not surprising that he sounds non-plussed when he talks about doling out some harsh blows to the NFL in his new film, Concussion. Based on a true story, the film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who first diagnoses C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head blows, in 2005. Omalu discovered several cases of C.T.E.-amongst former NFL players whom he performed autopsies on, a number of whom had ended their lives in suicide. He, and the film, attack the NFL for initially denying any connection between C.T.E. and football players, and trying to discredit Omalu’s findings. advertisement advertisement “[NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell doesn’t really worry me that much,” say Landesman, who wrote and directed the … [Read more...] about How Writer/Director Peter Landesman Took on the NFL With ‘Concussion’
“How about this, it’s fucking Christmas, and your whole family goes on vacation and they forget their eight-year-old fucking son.” advertisement advertisement Sound familiar? If you said it sounds like a (salty) adult’s retelling of the plot line of Home Alone, you’re getting warm. It’s actually Macaulay Culkin himself who’s doing the retelling, playing the grown-up version of Kevin McCallister in a new digital series :DRYVRS, created, written by, and starring Jack Dishel. In the episode that debuted this week, “Just Me in the House by Myself,” Culkin is just one of the drivers that Dishel meets using ride-sharing apps. In an immediate twist, Culkin confesses he doesn’t actually know how to drive, he’s just taking over for his wife who’s done “too much blow” the night before. Dishel takes the wheel while Culkin rides shotgun. The two strike up an uneasy conversation prompted by Dishel’s … [Read more...] about Inside :DRYVRS, The Digital Series That Brought Macaulay Culkin Back to “Home Alone”
If you’re like a lot of people, night after night you find yourself turning off the lights later than you wanted, and morning after morning you’re frustrated that you’re so tired. advertisement advertisement You already know that sleep deprivation has big downsides like increased likelihood of being overweight, negative impacts on your mood, and difficulty focusing, but you just don’t know how to change. The worst part is what you do at night doesn’t matter much–surfing the Internet, watching YouTube videos, or answering email–but the lost hours of sleep have a huge impact on your health, happiness, and productivity. You say you want to go to bed earlier, but it never happens. Fortunately, there are some simple, practical changes you can make that will help you overcome physical, mental, and emotional sleep barriers so you can finally get to bed on time. Start With The Physical At its core, sleeping is a physiological process, so … [Read more...] about Your Definitive Guide To Beating The 7 Causes Of Sleep Procrastination
Somewhere in the universe, there is a shelf of neatly organized books with titles made of nonsense. One of these books contains 410 pages of uncapitalized English words strung together in no intelligible order. On page 26 of this particular book, about halfway down, bookended between “holons” and “linkman“, is a 26-word couplet that my 4-year-old daughter will attempt to recite in her preschool’s Christmas pageant. Somewhere else, on a different shelf, is another book: this one contains a precise transcription, down to the syllable, of how my daughter will adorably mangle those 26 words onstage when her cue arrives. advertisement advertisement If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the 20th-century Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges imagined it in his mindbending short story “The Library of Babel”: The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal … [Read more...] about How Do You Design A UX For Infinity?