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In the News 27.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 27.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

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More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began. Consider the evidence of October 2014, when an audience member at a Hannibal Buress show in Philadelphia uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit onstage and people think I’m making it up … That shit is upsetting.” The bit went viral swiftly, with irreversible, calamitous consequences for Cosby’s reputation.

Read the rest of this article at New York Magazine

How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health

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My favorite book is War and Peace.

And I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, another writer wanting people to think he’s all intellectual and highbrow.”

But it really is my favorite book, only not because it has 1,500 pages of unforgettable characters or a generational plot that is more compelling than that of any other book I’ve read. It’s because right before I started reading it, my life was in a rut. I had recently been passed over for a promotion at Apple and I had just been rejected by a graduate school I applied to. This double whammy left me doubting myself, my abilities, and my future. So when I came across the massive tome that is War and Peace, I thought, “Why not? I’m not doing anything else.”

Two months later, I finished the book and immediately knew I had a new “favorite.” But it wasn’t my new favorite book just because it was so compelling. It was my new favorite because it changed something in me. It’s almost impossible to explain why, but after reading it I felt more confident in myself, less uncertain about my future. I became more assertive with my bosses. I got back on the horse, so to speak, and applied to three more graduate schools. I attended three interviews and got accepted to all three schools (without mentioning War and Peace at all). As weird as it sounds, reading War and Peace put me back in control of my life—and that’s why it’s my favorite book.

Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

How Does Trump End?

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Donald Trump’s rapid ascendency to the top of the Republican polls—and the blinding media spotlight surrounding him that has rendered all other 2016 contenders seemingly mute—has baffled nearly every observer. Even his longtime friends (and enemies) are fascinated. When I reached him this week on vacation, Las Vegas developer mogul Steve Wynn, who has been on both the enemies and the friends side of that equation with Trump, said simply, “I am as mystified about it as you are.” As he continued, “It certainly is a spectacular and perverse moment in political history. There’s no precedent for this.

Read the rest of this article at Politico

The Brilliant, Bitter History of L.A.’s Fabled Ma Maison, Where Welles and Nicholson Were Regulars

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Wolfgang Puck and Patrick Terrail
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Wolfgang Puck and Patrick Terrail
Exterior of Ma Maison
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In 1975, Wolfgang Puck, then 25 and a nobody in the food world, broke out as the hot new chef at French restaurateur PatrickTerrail‘s scrappy, struggling 2-year-old boite Ma Maison on Melrose Avenue, a scalpel’s toss from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Together Puck and Terrail, a member of a storied French hospitality family that owns the legendary 4-century-old Parisian landmark La Tour d’Argent, made Ma Maison the key industry restaurant of the next 10 years, stuffed with stars all frequently dining on the patio at once (Gabor! Nicholson! Astaire! Brando!) and notorious for its unlisted phone number and the epic line of Rolls-Royces parked out front. On the 40th anniversary of Puck’s debut, the chef and his onetime boss — frenemies who went through what Puck, 66, describes as a “really bad divorce” when he left in 1982 to open Spago — tell their shared story in separate THR sit-downs. They let loose about everything from the infamously ugly decor (Terrail, 72, who left Hollywood in the 1990s and now publishes a regional magazine in Georgia, admits to furnishing the restaurant on the cheap with chain-hotel castoffs) to their most frequent customer (“I always tried stuff out on Orson Welles,” says Puck, who now owns more than 20 fine-dining restaurants worldwide) while fricasseeing the love-hate relationship that spawned a new era in L.A. dining.

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter

Which Tom Cruise Is The Best Tom Cruise

Maverick? Jerry Maguire? Ethan Hunt? That delirious couch-jumper on ‘Oprah’? Vote in our bracket to determine the best Cruise that ever Cruised.

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You have to start somewhere when building one of these brackets. You can do the NCAA-sanctioned 64. The NIT-style 32. The relatively economical but potentially harder-hitting 16. When Grantland’s editors decided that Tom Cruise Week, beginning today, would include this tournament component, the decision was not as hard as you might think: a field of 16. There would be no early-round throwaways of the less-regarded entries from Cruise’s already tightly curated filmography. We wanted every choice to matter, every vote to hurt, every click of the mouse to be preceded by a frankly embarrassing amount of soul-searching.

Our mantra: All Cruise-killer, no Cruise-filler.

And so the early elimination process commenced as we grabbed our IMDb saws and began hacking down to the bone. You have a soft spot for Stef Djordjevic of All the Right Moves? No mercy. You’re a secret admirer of the powder-faced, ruffled-cuff frippery in Interview With the Vampire’s Lestat? Suck it, in the hungry-creature-of-darkness-trying-to-keep-itself-undead sense. How dare we not recognize a character named Cole Trickle? Gentlemen, stop your engines. There simply wasn’t room for everybody, even if Mitch McDeere was the reason you went to law school or John Anderton inspired you to enroll in the precrime academy.

Read the rest of this article at Grantland

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