“There’s certainly comedy that we’re going for in all directions, but we didn’t want it to be a super angry partisan thing, which I guess was some of the expectation,” Daniels says. “I think it’s a little bit more subtle to do it through the method of a character comedy than to just be hammering away directly at it. We’re trying to present a positive and optimistic vision for how people can come together more to do something audacious that was really a symbol of America at its best when we went to the moon. So I want to make sure that we honored the coolness of that initial idea.” … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Space Force’ is not the show you think it’s going to be
Sweden has largely remained open while most of the countries observed an overall shutdown of business. Opting for the rather controversial approach of keeping restaurants, schools and parks open for public (while banning gatherings of more than 50 people and shutting museums), Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that the country is focusing on long-term sustainability over drastic short-term tactics. In fact, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States said last month that the capital of the Nordic country, Stockholm, could reach Herd Immunity in May. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
As the vehicle and the novel progress, currencies tumble and banks fail. Packer dreams of living “in a chip, on a disk, as data, in whirl, in radiant spin, a consciousness saved from void”. Not so different from the dreams of some techno-futurists today. With typical bravado, he plans to extend the human experience “toward infinity as a medium for corporate growth and investment, for the accumulation of profits and vigorous reinvestment”. … [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