Although the idea of a show called Space Force from the reunited Office duo may sound like a golden opportunity to rip this administration a new black hole, it’s not an opportunity they were interested in taking. In fact, the show only vaguely alludes to the 45th president every now and again over the course of its 10 episodes, and it doesn’t drop his name even once. … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Space Force’ is not the show you think it’s going to be
When our body contracts an infection, it automatically produces antibodies to fight off that infection. Otherwise, vaccines, which often carry the disease-causing microorganism in a dormant or inactive state, help the body produce those antibodies so as to protect an individual from catching the infection, making him/her immune to it. Besides, if an individual is immune to a disease, he/she cannot pass it on to others. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
There’s little doubt that Cosmopolis comes across as odd. In a New Yorker review, John Updike commented on its lack of empathy, adding that “the trouble with a tale where anything can happen is that somehow nothing happens”. More savagely, Michiko Kakutani wrote in the New York Times that it was hokey and contrived, “a major dud, as lugubrious and heavy-handed as a bad Wim Wenders film, as dated as an old issue of Interview magazine”. (The 2011 film version by David Cronenberg was somewhat better received.) … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
Another tip he offers is to read books that your favourite authors were formed by. “The pursuit of the works that shaped a loved writer’s mind can be fascinating in itself,” he writes. I recall visiting Jenny Offill’s website after reading her sparkling Dept. of Speculation and discovering other titles that, she said, had influenced her writing in one way or another. Some, like Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet, I had come across before; others, such as Joe Brainard’s I Remember, I happily devoured. … [Read more...] about Books not to read before you die