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Gloria Steinem Biopic Will Bring the Icon’s Memoir to Life

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Julianne Moore is set to star as Steinem, with director Julie Taymor at the helm. As acclaimed masters in their fields, both women bring as much to the table as the feminist icon herself. Moore had an Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, the film of Lisa Genova’s novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s. Likewise, Taylor is the brains behind a Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King—though biopics are also familiar territory. In 2002 she directed Frida, in which Salma Hayek played the artist Frida Kahlo. “When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film,” Taymor said of Steinem’s memoir. “It’s so vividly cinematic.” My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road is Steinem’s coming-of-age…

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Review: From Wall-E to the Terminator, Should We Be Worried About AI?

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When you think of artificial intelligence, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Wall-E? The Terminator? Should we be worried about machines that think? Some of the most influential scientists and technological pioneers of this era are worried about the prospect of artificial intelligence (AI). Stephen Hawking says the advent of AI could “spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk calls it an “existential threat.” Bill Gates is “concerned.” Popular culture certainly hasn’t helped quell any fears about evil killer robots taking over the planet and enslaving humanity. From spooky classics like The Terminator to modern hits like Ex Machina, we’ve been conditioned to respond to the notion of AI with hostility and fear. However,…

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Finding words for the opposite of loneliness

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Like too many writers and artistic voices before her, Marina Keegan left too soon. Five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, Keegan—who had a play to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker—died in a car accident at age 22. Her last essay, and the title of her posthumous collection, “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral, receiving more 1.4 million hits after being published in The Yale Daily News. Despite her age, Keegan left behind a treasure trove of prose that captures her generation’s hopes, uncertainties, and possibilities. The Opposite of Loneliness (Scribner, April 8), a book in which Publishers Weekly declares that Keegan “brings self-awareness to…

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