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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Mystic river is a great film. The book it’s based on by Dennis Lehane is also great. Gone baby gone, based on another Lehane book, is also a very good film. If you haven’t seen that then it’s definitely worth a watch. I saw Hereditary at the cinema and thought it was shit but then couldn’t stop thinking about it for a couple of weeks afterwards so it must have got under my skin a little.
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    The GF book thread

    Pretty good. If you like Nordic noir he is probably the best.
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    The GF book thread

    When Connelly is on top of his game he’s definitely a top tier writer, but whenever I try to read the Bosch books from scratch they sort of all blend into one halfway through and I grow a bit bored of them. That doesn’t happen with, say, James Lee Burke or Crais. The best Michael Connelly book I’ve read is actually one that doesn’t feature Bosch called The Poet about a serial killer. Very good book.
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    The GF book thread

    That’s fair comment, I think they are a bit cheesy when viewed next to a lot of other comparable series which is why it can be hard to recommend them. A sports agent and a Wall Street financier don’t grab the imagination the same way a private eye and an ex-marine do. They’re probably a level below the Crais and Lehane series but I still think they’re a very good read. From the third novel onwards the plots become more complex and you learn more of the backstory of the characters. They’re definitely worth sticking with. For me, top tier crime series are: John Connolly - Parker series Robert Crais - Cole/Pike series James Lee Burke - Robicheaux series Dennis Lehane - Kenzie/Gennaro series Robert B.Parker - Spenser series Level below but still very good: Harlan Coban - Bolitar series Michael Connelly - Bosch series Jack Kerley - Carson Ryder series Richard Montanari - Byrne/Balzano series I’m just about to start the Max Mingus trilogy by Nick stone again starting with Mr Clarinet. Ex cop and PI is hired to find a billionaires kid who has gone missing on Haiti. Bit different from your standard crime novels with a lot of voodoo stuff thrown in. Recommended.
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    Dream Strike Partnerships At Their Peak

    Gullit and Van Basten. Had absolutely everything. Won the Euros in ‘88 playing up front together for Holland then the European cup two years running for Milan in ‘89 and ‘90.
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    Pogues thread

    Just read Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues by James Fearnley (the bands accordionist) which is excellent. One for @Bjornebye definitely. Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0571253970/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_aXSvDbBNC811T
  7. It’s easily an 8/10 if not more after the first season. Not sure what Deadwood has to do with it? I mean The Sopranos is light years ahead of Deadwood for me but none of that takes anything away from Justified. I do think season five flags a little bit but season six was excellent and went out on a high. They also got the ending right which is no mean thing after so many shows fuck it up such at GOT and Dexter.
  8. Yes, it’s superb. The first season is by far the worst though (even though there are still lots of good bits) so just try and power through it if you can. First season is pretty much ‘villain of the week’ but from season two the plots become richer and you get ongoing storylines. Plus Walton Goggins is in it a lot more.
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    The N word

    White professor investigated for quoting James Baldwin's use of N-word The Pulitzer-nominated poet Laurie Sheck, a professor at the New School in New York City, is being investigated by the university for using the N-word during a discussion about James Baldwin’s use of the racial slur. The investigation has been condemned by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Fire), which is calling on the New School to drop the “misguided” case because it “warns faculty and students that good-faith engagement with difficult political, social, and academic questions will result in investigation and possible discipline”. Sheck, who is white, was teaching a graduate course this spring on “radical questioning” in writing. She assigned students Baldwin’s 1962 essay The Creative Process, in which the black American writer and civil rights activist argued that Americans have “modified or suppressed and lied about all the darker forces in our history” and must commit to “a long look backward whence we came and an unflinching assessment of the record”. During the class, Sheck pointed to the 2016 documentary about Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, and asked her students to discuss why the title altered Baldwin’s original statement, in which he used the N-word instead of negro during an appearance on a talk show. Sheck told Inside Higher Education that a white student had objected to her language. According to Sheck, she questioned the student about her objection, who said she had been told by a previous professor that white people should never use the term. At the end of term, the student gave a presentation about racism at the New School. Sheck told IHE that she used the word because Baldwin – a New School alumnus – did, and “as writers, words are all we have. And we have to give [Baldwin] credit that he used the word he did on purpose”. In June, months after the class, Sheck says she was called to a meeting where she was questioned about her choice of reading assignments, and how she had prepared students for discussing Baldwin’s essay. She told the university that graduate students on a literature course “should reasonably be expected to be able to discuss painful or offensive language and the various implications of altering the words of an iconic writer”. As the meeting ended, she was given the university’s guidelines for dealing with issues of discrimination and told to familiarise herself with them. But Sheck told the Guardian that the university is proceeding with an investigation despite its regulations stating that complaints of discrimination must be lodged within 60 days of the incident, which had passed by the time the complaint was made against her. “I have been left completely in the dark with the accusations against me still actively in place, and classes starting in two weeks,” she said. “Having taught at the New School with an impeccable record and consistently stellar student evaluations of my classes for nearly 20 years, this drawn-out approach appears to many as an unnecessarily callous and insensitive treatment of a devoted and long time faculty member.” The New School’s response to Fire’s letter said only that it is “proud to be a place that embraces rigorous academic inquiry, diverse perspectives and respectful debate”, and that it “maintains confidentiality regarding personnel issues”. When asked by the Guardian if the investigation was proceeding, it said that open discussion of often difficult issues was central to its mission to provide an effective “learning environment”. “In the context of the current political and cultural climate, we are bringing together faculty and students to use these principles to guide a pedagogical approach that respects academic freedom as well as an inclusive and respectful learning space,” it added. PEN America has now joined Fire in calling for the investigation to be dropped. “Some words are so heinous that one can never expect to say them without some risk of offence,” said Jonathan Friedman, PEN’s project director for campus free speech. “But this is a case where intent matters. There is a distinction to be made between a racial slur wielded against someone and a quote used for pedagogical purposes in a class on James Baldwin. The New School cannot and must not discipline a professor for speech that is protected by the principle of academic freedom.” Sheck said that she is prepared to teach her classes when term starts in two weeks, despite not hearing from the university. “PEN has warned them that to act against me would be to violate academic freedom. If a university can censure a teacher for quoting James Baldwin and raising with graduate students – students who are aspiring writers – the issues involved in changing the words of an iconic American writer, then surely much is threatened and much is at stake, for thousands of people teaching throughout this country,” she said.