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John E. Branch Jr.
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As if you didn't already have enough to deal with, I've given a quick look at two notable films that you can stream from Netflix for only a few more days: https://ifitbenotnow.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/if-you-have-nothing-better-to-do-or-even-if-you-do-stream-these-two-films-while-you-can/
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Misremembered quote: The course of technology never did run smooth.
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Discovered this morning, in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: the 2nd-century Quintilians sect, which made the Eucharist of bread and cheese and allowed women to become priests and bishops. It probably goes without saying that they were deemed heretical.
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An NYT website glitch from last night showed headlines from the future—note the dates on this screencap: 
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“It’s that darn concept of art that has made it so hard to understand art.”—philosopher K. L. Walton
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Hadestown, a musical retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice, opened last night at New York Theater Workshop, and reviews are coming out. I found it lacking: the music is good, but a musical needs more than good music. My comments: https://t.co/j7L2NXhtDp
Hadestown is a new musical tracing some very old stories—namely those of Orpheus and Eurydice along with Persephone and Hades—and I know just who might like it. A friend of mine lived in New Orlean…
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Augmented reality will very likely allow you to choose even more distractions that you have now (see the short film at http://singularityhub.com/2016/05/27/hyper-reality-is-a-psychedelic-glimpse-of-our-future-on-digital-overload/#.V0i7aRjkniA.twitter). Will you?
If you could choose between a countless number of realities — would you choose this one? The visceral experience of hopping between and mixing digital and physical worlds is beautifully... read more
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#Hadestown at New York Theater Workshop: New Orleans flavor? Check. Coherent drama? Not so much. My review is now on @HuffPostArts: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-branch/what-the-devil-hadestown-_b_10128372.html 
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Does anyone want to grow up to be the “presumptive” anything? The word sounds monitory or dismissive. It echoes “consumptive.” It has a chunky mouthfeel. It’s just not very aesthetical.

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Here's a freewheeling, not-wholly-dismissive look at some of the other political parties out there, from @lucystag: https://www.playboy.com/articles/third-party-guide

A conceptual quibble: They can’t all be third parties, can they? More like (2+n)th parties, I think.

This reminds of a few people who aren’t presidential candidates this year: Harold Stassen, Pat Paulsen. Also Kang & Kodos—or are they?

Third parties. Weve actually got em in America. Theyre disrespected. They get little to no media attention most election years. They have to fight for ballot access. And they...
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AM counts (3 line from Atlantic Ave to Park Place): 5 books, 1 e-reader, 0 tablets.
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AM counts (3 line from Atlantic Ave to Park Place): 1 book, 0 e-readers, 1 tablet. If this is summer, it's off to a languid start.
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    1972 - 1977
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
    engineering, English, theater, broadcast-film
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Sixth-generation Texan into tech & culture, now living in the great state of New York City.
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Mostly right-handed but sometimes modestly ambidextrous. Once had breakfast with Charlton Heston (not alone, though). Would like to have Anderson Cooper's hair but not to be him. Learned my favorite drink (tequila slammer) in a kitchen from playwright Beth Henley.

You weren't expecting anything serious here, were you?
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  • Vanity Fair
    copy editor, 1999 - present
  • Lee Hunt Associates
  • Personal Computer Support Group, aka Lucid
    technical writer
  • Stage #1
    co–general manager
  • Dallas Observer
    senior editor
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Dallas, Texas - Irving, Texas - Houston, Texas
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The Physics of Fouettés
pointemagazine.com

Let science guide your fouettés

Anna Ziegler on the Blinding Power of Love, Gender Reassignment, Parenti...
www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org

On March 10 of this week, the world premiere of Anna Ziegler's new play, BOY, opens as a co-production betwween Keen Company and The Ensembl

The aliens are silent because they're dead
phys.org

Life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists from The Australian National University (AN

Onwards and upwards
www.economist.com

Why George Ingle Finch, an Australian climber from the 1920s, deserves to be far better known than he is

Williwaw : a sudden violent wind
www.merriam-webster.com

November 05, 2015 | noun | \WILL-ih-waw\ | Learn more...

James Dean, death-cult idol
www.economist.com

IN SPRING 1955 a 26-year-old photographer named Dennis Stock went to a party at the Los Angeles bungalow of Nicholas Ray, a film director, a

Super Mario turns 30
www.economist.com

IF BEETHOVEN's Fifth begins, as has been said, with the sound of Fate knocking, the opening notes of the “Super Mario Bros” theme—“Da-da-dum

Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?
thebulletin.org

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is an astonishing book with an alarming thesis: Intelligent machines are “quite possibly the m

New Scientist Presents
sci-fi-london.com

NEW SCIENTIST in association with SCI-FI-LONDON hosts a series of short films and discussions about why stories, games and falsehoods may be

Obama’s Drone War
www.newyorker.com

Steve Coll reports from Pakistan on what “surgical strikes” leave behind.

When the Cold War Made Georgetown Hot
www.newyorker.com

Louis Menand on Gregg Herken’s “The Georgetown Set,” which tells the stories of Joseph Alsop, Frank Wisner, and other postwar liberal hawks.

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max...
www.deutschegrammophon.com

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Shadow 5

Feminist games critic cancels talk after terror threat
www.theguardian.com

Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled a talk at Utah State University over threats of ‘the deadliest school shooting’ in US history

Overkill
www.economist.com

NEARLY every night, Felicia Pope’s house fills with smoke and tear gas. Her four-month-old granddaughter has no idea why the air stings her

The Scourge of "Relatability" - The New Yorker
www.newyorker.com

Relatability has become widely and unthinkingly accepted as a criterion of value. Where did this start?

Smoke in Space Station Russian Module Clears Quickly | On Space
aviationweek.com

Smoke flowed briefly from the ventilation system of the International Space Station's Russian service module on Tuesday, but the apparent so

USC Will Offer A Google Glass Journalism Class This Fall
www.fastcompany.com

Students will be asked to think about the future of news gathering, as well as develop new apps to aid their storytelling.

Stalin's Boots by Lisa Lieberman
www.nowandthenreader.com

Stalin’s death in 1953 and Khrushchev’s denunciation of the Soviet Union's repressive policies opened the door to unrest in Eastern Europe.

La Maison Blanche
www.economist.com

THE citizens of the world’s most powerful country have recently been distracted by a piece of meaningless tittle-tattle. The current issue o

One of my friends doesn’t believe in talking to waiters and other service people—“the help,” he calls them. I do, and there have been plenty of days when I’ve learned things from the barbers here. I’ve learned about driving for Uber. I’ve learned some of the ins and outs of the Apple Watch. I seem to remember chatting about Ukraine, but perhaps I’m wrong, and yesterday I learned about Russia, or at least the views of one man who used to live there. “It was bad then, and it’s still bad now” was the gist of it, although he granted that President Putin had helped the economy early on. Along the way, I’ve been reminded—though this often happens in New York—of the role that immigrants play in America’s economy; I don’t think everyone who works here came from another country, but many of them did. And now and then, when I haven’t felt much like talking, I haven’t learned much. These are, after all, the kind of barbers whose people skills match their trimmer and scissors skills—they talk if you want to, and don’t if you don’t. Oh yes—I also receive excellent haircuts here. There’s a poster on the wall showing 15 or 20 pictures of various lengths and styles, so you can order by number—probably the smartest innovation I’ve ever seen in a barbershop. (Somebody else made the poster, so this feature must be available elsewhere, but George’s 2 is where I discovered it.) I love the heated foam they use for razoring the back of my neck. I love the care these barbers take and the way they check their work with me as they proceed—more off the top, or okay? And I love the low cost—$16 yesterday for a basic cut. I’ve paid twice that and more for the same results elsewhere. The price and the convenience (this shop is right around the corner from where I live) are major factors, but it’s the friendliness and the attention to detail that keep me going back.
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