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Philip Roth (1933–2018)

May 23, 2018 at 9:44am<p>Philip Roth, a league of American writer for whom John Updike and Saul Bellow were contemporaries, has died from congestive …

Literature

In 'Facts And Fears,' Ex-Spy Boss Clapper Comes In From The Cold, Badly Chilled

<b>Updated at 11:22 a.m.</b><p>No wonder James Clapper always seemed so grouchy.<p>The longtime spy baron became well-known during his stint as director of national intelligence for his profound scowl and sometimes-Zen-like terseness. Now, in his new memoir, Clapper tells why: It is the tale of how the world — …

Donald Trump

Bill Gates Shares the 5 Books You Should Read This Summer

Bill Gates wants you to do some serious thinking this summer. For his annual list of the best books to read this season, Gates has selected five …

Books

'Deadpool 2' Post-Credits Scene: Fan Reactions Could Change Marvel's Formula

It was long, but great.<p>Even though it’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, <i>Deadpool 2</i> easily competes with any of the Marvel movies when it …

Deadpool

How to Write an Excellent Sex Scene

I don't sit in my office and go, "I'm going to write a really cool sex scene." I hope we leave behind forever the idea of the sex scene on page 49, …

‘Fahrenheit 451’ Review: Are You Ready to ‘Burn for America Again’?

HBO’s <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella, should not ben envied by other content creators. It is an …

Literature

12 Modern Books That Will Become Classics, According To People On Reddit

There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic." <i>To Kill A Mockingbird. Catcher in the Rye. Moby</i> freaking <i>Dick.</i> But do you ever wonder …

Books

The Crypto Crime Wave Is Here

From stickups and drug deals to white-collar scams, cryptocurrency-related crime is soaring—and law enforcement is scrambling to keep up<p>By<p>Corinne Ramey<p>Corinne Ramey<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@coryramey<p>corinne.ramey@wsj.com<p>On a Saturday afternoon in November, Louis Meza made plans to meet a …

Corruption

Shaq and Charles Barkley fling insults during a shouting match over Raptors coaching

In one corner, you have Charles Barkley, who believes Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey “needs to repair his relationship” with star guard DeMar DeRozan after the Raps got swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>In the other, you have Shaquille O’Neal disagreeing: “Me and Pat Riley never …

Basketball

2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious

People have complained forever about the complexity of German wine labels. Aside from the unfamiliarity of the language, the terminology is used almost nowhere else and does not always make intuitive sense.<p>Paradoxically, the traditional labels have a precision to them that, if you take the time to …

Flavors

The Real-Life Diet of Reggie Watts, Who Is Very Funny and Very Ripped

The comedian, musician, and beatboxer discusses how he lost 60 pounds in two years—and how his physical transformation still isn't complete.<p>Reggie Watts is never not busy. The longtime <i>Comedy Bang! Bang!</i> host has spent years performing as a comedian, musician, and beatboxer, often all at the same …

Comedy

Watching This Guy Build a Giant Lego Star Destroyer Is Hypnotic

The massive, ruined Star Destroyer in the Jakku desert might be the strongest image <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has. It’s a perfect encapsulation of …

Lego

Justice League: No Justice creators explain how DC is about to change forever

It’s a good time to be a superhero fan. After all, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> just notched the biggest opening weekend of all time while building up …

Comic Books

Why you might want to own a 'burner phone'

Despite all the buzz surrounding the new iPhone, many are considering something on the other end of the spectrum: a cheap, disposable, and prepaid mobile phone.<p>OK, so these “burner phones,” as they’re often referred to, may be an addendum to your pricey smartphone rather than a replacement for it, …

Mobile

Everything You Need to Know for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

It's being billed as "the biggest crossover event of all time" – and even if that phrase ends up being little more than the inspiration behind some …

Marvel Universe

Refresher For ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — 18 Marvel Films in 5 Mins

<b>Camera person:</b> Abhay Sharma<b><br>Video editor:</b> Kunal Mehra<p>If you haven’t been following Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies since ‘Iron Man’came out in …

Marvel Universe

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer Shares How He Wrote an Award-Winning Novel

The author of Less reveals his secret: "The nervous breakdown happened before I wrote the book, which made the writing much easier."<p>With his tremendous fifth novel, Andrew Sean Greer has landed the big fish. Last week, Greer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for <i>Less</i>, an unforgettable comic …

Creative Writing

Britney Spears Works Her Glutes and Core in New Instagram Workout Video

Here's how the pop star is preparing for her upcoming "Piece of Me" tour<p>Looking for some celebrity inspiration to up the intensity in the gym? Look no further: It's Britney, bitch.<p>In a recent Instagram video, Britney Spears gave fans a peek at the new workout routine she's using to prepare for her …

Workouts

Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border …

General Motors

Jamie Foxx Was an ‘Embarrassment’ During ‘Ray’ Oscar Season, Until Oprah and Sidney Poitier Intervened — Tribeca

Foxx won the Oscar for best actor in 2005, but he needed some help from some very famous admirers to survive awards season.<p>Jamie Foxx got brutally …

Jeff Bezos Just Confirmed the "Question Mark Method" That Scares the Heck Out of Everyone at Amazon

How do you respond to a one-character email from your boss's boss's boss's boss?<p>Imagine you're working at Amazon, and you get an email from your boss.<p>The subject line has a couple of those little "FWD:" notations, and you realize to your horror that the email originated with a customer, who sent a …

Cloud Computing

An American Airlines Passenger Was Stuck Next to a 'Screaming and Kicking' Toddler. His Stunning Reaction Went Viral

You have three choices in a situation like this one. Two of them can wind up making you 'internet famous.'<p>Imagine your happy place. Now, imagine that in order to get to your happy place, you first have to sit next to a screaming toddler in economy class on American Airlines for a few hours.<p>Related:</i> …

American Airlines

What's Going Wrong With Sci-Fi?

A string of terrible releases suggest a genre in trouble<p>"One of the problems with science fiction," said Ridley Scott back in 2012 ahead of the release of <i>Prometheus,</i> "is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar. The corridors are …

Blade Runner

In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos' annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years Amazon has soared from revenues fo $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

Jeff Bezos

Watch a Republican Congressman Say He's Never Heard Trump Lie

Rep. Jim Jordan is, presumably, an adult human possessed of all his sensory capabilities.<p>Some say Congress is a co-equal branch of government which the Founders designed to be a check on the president's power. The Republican Party disagrees. Despite its control of both houses of Congress, the Party …

Donald Trump

The 25 worst superhero movies of all time, ranked from bad to unwatchable

Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" is on the horizon and the anticipation for the most ambitious crossover event in history is sky-high.<p>But not all superhero movies are preceded by so much excitement and many are followed by extreme disappointment.<p>Business Insider compiled a list of the most …

Nikki Haley Just Learned That Trump Sees Everyone Around Him as Disposable Assets

They can't fit through the loopholes with him.<p>We here at the shebeen would like to welcome U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to our Frequent Suckers Club. Membership is reserved for those people who put their names and reputations in the hands of the current president*, only to have him sell them out, …

Nikki Haley

Face-Swapping Porn: How a Creepy Internet Trend Could Threaten Democracy

There's a popular porno on XVideos that begins with a woman standing naked in heels with her back to the camera, swishing her long, bleach blonde …

Internet

Here's What You Need To Know About Infinity Stones Before The New Avengers Movie

Call them the Mighty Marvel Movie MacGuffins. They're the glittery objects that drove the plots of several individual Marvel movies and that collectively shaped the direction the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe has been heading (almost) since its inception.<p>They are the Infinity Stones — immensely …

Marvel Universe