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Book: SPQR

In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 22 at 12:49 PM
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Movie: Us

A family's serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgangers begin to terrorize them.
posted by doctornecessiter to FanFare on Mar 22 at 6:15 AM
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Book: Inside the Victorian Home

Nineteenth-century Britain was then the world's most prosperous nation, yet Victorians would bury meat in earth and wring sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such drudgery was routine for the parents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been. Following the daily life of a middle-class Victorian house from room to room; from childbirth in the master bedroom through the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and parlor, all the way to the sickroom; Judith Flanders draws on diaries, advice books, and other sources to resurrect an age so close in time yet so alien to our own.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 21 at 1:24 PM
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Special Event: NCAA Basketball tournaments 2019

It begins! Come in here to root on your fave college basketball team, even if you're wrongheaded in your life choices.
posted by LobsterMitten to FanFare on Mar 21 at 9:51 AM
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Book: Rabid

The most fatal virus known to science, rabies-a disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans-kills nearly one hundred percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. In this critically acclaimed exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years of the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh and often wildly entertaining look at one of humankind's oldest and most fearsome foes.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 23 at 1:20 PM
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Star Trek: Discovery: The Red Angel

Further information about both the Red Angel and Burnham's past come to light.
posted by mordax to FanFare on Mar 21 at 10:39 PM
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Book: Ninety Percent of Everything

On ship-tracking Web sites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy, and so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work. Yet freight shipping is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, it revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of "flags of convenience." And then there are the pirates.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 24 at 10:48 AM
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Book: In Vino Duplicitas

Few gain entry to the privileged world of ultrafine wines, where billionaires flock to exclusive auction houses to vie for the scarce surviving bottles from truly legendary years. But Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twenty-something from Indonesia, was blessed with two gifts that opened doors: a virtuoso palate for wine tasting, and access to a seemingly limitless (if mysterious) supply of the world’s most coveted wines. After bursting onto the scene in 2002, Kurniawan quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite. But in April 2008, his lots of Domaine Ponsot Clos Saint-Denis red burgundy—dating as far back as 1945—were abruptly pulled from auction. The problem? The winemaker was certain that this particular burgundy was first produced only in 1982...
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 19 at 12:43 PM
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Movie: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company. Directed and written by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room).
posted by Cash4Lead to FanFare on Mar 21 at 10:27 AM
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Shrill: Shrill, season 1

Annie is a full-figured woman who wants to change her life -- but not her body; she is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.
posted by k8t to FanFare on Mar 15 at 1:19 PM
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Delhi Crime: Full series

Delhi Crime is a seven-part Netflix original series written and directed by Richie Mehta. Starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang, the series is set in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape. While the writer/director interviewed the police involved at length, the final script fictionalizes many of the characters and situations. For example, Shefali Shah's character, DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, is based on the real Deputy Commisioner of Police at the time, Chhaya Sharma, while Rajesh Tailang's detective Bhupendra Singh is an amalgam of several different actual police officers.
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Movie: No Country for Old Men

It’s the early 1980s, and Sheriff Ed Tom Bell has presided over his small south Texas border county for decades. In all that time he has sent only one criminal to death row in and is otherwise secure in his belief that “it takes very little to govern good people.” Unbeknownst to Bell, however, a local welder named Llewellyn Moss has, while out hunting near the Rio Grande, stumbled across the bodies of a half dozen drug runners who have killed each other off during a deal gone bad.
posted by growabrain to FanFare on Mar 19 at 4:53 PM
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Book: The Hanging Tree

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of Police Constable Peter Grant or the Folly—London’s police department for supernatural cases—even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor.
posted by dinty_moore to FanFare on Mar 19 at 4:37 AM
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Therapist

Charles gets Jake involved in a case where a therapist reports one of his patients missing; Holt wants to meet Rosa's new girlfriend; Amy thinks she mistakenly received a package for Terry.
posted by numaner to FanFare on Mar 22 at 12:11 PM
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Book: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change. It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible... Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.
posted by growabrain to FanFare on Mar 25 at 10:30 AM
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Movie: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match. If the villagers win, they will owe no taxes for three years, which would deliver them from poverty in a time of drought. If they lose, they will owe three times their normal taxes, which would mean ruin for all of them. Complication: the villagers do not know how to play cricket.
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Book: Swindled

Bad food has a history. Swindled tells it. Through a fascinating mixture of cultural and scientific history, food politics, and culinary detective work, Bee Wilson uncovers the many ways swindlers have cheapened, falsified, and even poisoned our food throughout history. In the hands of people and corporations who have prized profits above the health of consumers, food and drink have been tampered with in often horrifying ways--padded, diluted, contaminated, substituted, mislabeled, misnamed, or otherwise faked. Swindled gives a panoramic view of this history, from the leaded wine of the ancient Romans to today's food frauds--such as fake organics and the scandal of Chinese babies being fed bogus milk powder.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 18 at 3:38 PM
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Book: The Barbary Plague

The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase’s fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today’s headlines. The Barbary Plague transports us to the Gold Rush boomtown in 1900, at the end of the city’s Gilded Age. With a deep understanding of the effects on public health of politics, race, and geography, Chase shows how one city triumphed over perhaps the most frightening and deadly of all scourges.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Mar 17 at 12:14 PM
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Movie: Chale Chalo: The Lunacy of Film Making

An account of the making of the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated Indian blockbuster Lagaan, from the point of view of Satyajit Bhatkal, who served as a production assistant on the film. (Note: on Netflix, this is listed under the title Madness in the Desert.)
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Mar 20 at 8:07 PM
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The Magicians: The Serpent

Quentin eats a quesadilla. Kady and Zelda share a smoke.
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A friend of mine had a reading of this movie that I really enjoy, although it's only a partial description of the movie's thematic machinery. He interpreted it as, in part, a piece of Menippean satire. Kind of central to this reading is that Chigurh isn't Mexican, since indeed the only evidence as to his provenance is his accent, which is Bardem's,... [more]
posted by invitapriore to FanFare on Mar 19 at 6:55 PM
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Lt Nilsson, Airiam's replacement on the bridge, is played by Sara Mitich. She was Airiam in the first season. She's since popped up in the background a couple of times. [view]
posted by dumbland to FanFare on Mar 22 at 2:34 AM
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IIRC, most of his murdering was done in the presence of no one but his victims. And even carrying around a tank of compressed air, he wasn't very memorable. I found it a deconstruction of all the ways we mythologize crime and murder. Chigurh was so uncharismatic that -- for the audience and only the audience -- he perversely loops back around... [more]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich to FanFare on Mar 20 at 4:13 PM
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Alex Gibney [...] mentioned the thing that didn't come up in the Inventor It really really does come up though, right? It's woven through the fabric of it. No, the documentary doesn't directly say that hey, look, all these powerful old white men she surrounded herself with were kinda horny for her. But it absolutely does... [more]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle to FanFare on Mar 21 at 10:44 PM
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I haven't really been commenting much on this season, but am I the only one who thinks this show has gone completely off the rails? Probably not? Personally, I don't think that's what's going on, or at least not entirely, but I can see why people would feel this way. For my money, every iteration of Star Trek has a particular feel.... [more]
posted by mordax to FanFare on Mar 22 at 1:37 PM
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So yeah, carbon monoxide is dangerous because it just puts you to sleep before killing you. That's why CO detectors are a good idea in homes and little airplanes and other enclosed spaces that might get exposed to engine exhaust. But this isn't just carbon monoxide, it's Space Carbon Monoxide and extra deadly. I can't believe I bothered, but I... [more]
posted by Nelson to FanFare on Mar 23 at 1:36 PM
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Soap Opera: Discovery. I just can't with the OMG Michael is the Red Angel, the Red Angel is a Section 31 Initiative, it's a race with the Klingons for time travel, S31 dude just outright tells Michael he was responsible for her parents death, Michael gets a few good punches in, we're going to all watch Michael die a horrible death, OMG the Red... [more]
posted by crossoverman to FanFare on Mar 22 at 3:19 AM
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I don't see how you can not see this as a sociological text? The opening shot literally has CHUD next to it. The entire thing is about an underclass staging a violent rebellion against yuppies. Fake liberal activism like Hands Across America is an explicit plot point. [view]
posted by codacorolla to FanFare on Mar 23 at 12:12 AM
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Apparently, I can't read. Don’t beat yourself up too much. Your initial comment was more hard science than has passed through any Trek writers’ room this century. [view]
posted by ricochet biscuit to FanFare on Mar 23 at 7:33 PM
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_crystal [view]
posted by IjonTichy to FanFare on Mar 22 at 4:05 AM
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I met a friendly orange cat on the street today who loved snuggles and petting. I asked it if it was a Flerken and it didn't answer. But on the other hand, it didn't barf out tentacles and eat me, so it was all good. [view]
posted by jenfullmoon to FanFare on Mar 19 at 7:41 PM
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(Also, what's with the studded leather outfit this episode? Was a nametag reading "Hello, I'm from the evil mirror universe" too obvious?) I think Georgiou's sloppiness about the Mirror Universe is a deliberate social dominance game. She's supposed to keep it secret, so by not keeping it secret, she is demonstrating... [more]
posted by mordax to FanFare on Mar 22 at 7:17 PM
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My bet on the Angel thing: she ends up with the suit because they captured her mom. Predestination paradox and all that. [view]
posted by mordax to FanFare on Mar 22 at 4:38 PM
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The more and more I think about the final twist, the more I think I see elements of pretty direct social commentary. I mean, you've got an underclass that is locked underground, literally denied a voice, viewed as somehow corrupt or incomplete, and literally discarded and ignored. However, the twist reveals that the protagonist has escaped those... [more]
posted by absalom to FanFare on Mar 25 at 5:49 AM
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This would have been so much better if the stories had been more well-rounded and less male gazey. You can absolutely have nudity and sex without it being as gross as this, sex is supposed to be fun for all involved parties. I feel like Scalzi was the only one having any fun with these stories. And where are all the amazing award-winning female... [more]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia to FanFare on Mar 21 at 12:14 PM
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Yeah, the “evil versions of our characters will fuck anything that moves” thing that Star Trek does really needs to die. But hey, I guess the writers have seen DS9, so that’s something, I guess? [view]
posted by Automocar to FanFare on Mar 23 at 8:28 AM
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You can read this movie a bunch of different ways, which explains my affinity for it. I've always been fond of looking at it like a kind of remake of "The Seventh Seal". Ed Tom Bell is the knight facing death - Anton Chigurh is nearly as iconic and just as unstoppable - but he fails to save the young couple, and when he has the... [more]
posted by rocketman to FanFare on Mar 20 at 10:31 AM
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Spoiler-filled article from Vox about how/why the meaning(s) of Us are so hard to pin down (and how great that is). [view]
posted by doctornecessiter to FanFare on Mar 22 at 11:24 AM
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I've gotten through maybe about half or a little more of the episodes, and agree with the general take on these. See, I really liked Heavy Metal back in the day, but that was because I was thirteen in 1977, and, because newsstand proprietors (remember newsstands?) either didn't understand what Heavy Metal was really all about or... [more]
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Mar 24 at 9:13 AM
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This movie is a huge success at the box office - well deserved for Peele. It's actually the second best live action opening day original film, "One mind-blowing stat is to note that while animated features such as Inside Out ($90.4m), Zootopia ($75m), The Incredibles ($70.46m) and Finding Nemo ($70.25m) opened higher, the $70.25 million... [more]
posted by codacorolla to FanFare on Mar 24 at 5:31 PM
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