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  1. 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. 

  2. 3 minutes ago, Scooby Dudek said:

    Is Justified worth watching ? 

    Just watched the first episode and still undecided.




    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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  3. 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.

  4. A lot of people stream or download movies and TV shows illegally, watch sport illegally, download and stream music illegally not to mention computer games and software. Why are you so surprised people do the same with books? (they do it with comics too btw). 


    I’ve got hardback or paperback copies of all the Elvis Cole books for example. It’d probably cost me about £100 to buy them for my kindle so I download them from a torrent site. I don’t feel bad about this. I already spent a fortune buying the physical copies. 


    I own about 1200 hardback or paperback books and about 1500 on my kindle. Most of the kindle ones are repeats of the physical copies I’ve bought down the years. 


    The pricing of ebooks is scandalous imo. If you buy the physical copy you should get a download for free like you do with a lot of vinyl when you get a download code for the album. 

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  5. Brightburn 


    Take on the Superman tale but instead of becoming a hero the kid turns into a sociopath. Really enjoyed this and quite creepy throughout. 8/10. 


    Remake of Aladdin. 


    Not as bad as I was expecting. Takes a bit too long to get going but an easy enough watch once it does. Will Smith is also better than I thought he’d be after watching the trailers but not a patch on Robin Williams. 6.5/10. 

  6. 27 minutes ago, viRdjil said:

    I used to, but I had to unfollow during that episode with the 15 year old girl. Was very difficult to witness. 

    Different Jewish woman you’re thinking about. 


    28 minutes ago, Numero Veinticinco said:

    Jewish members should be expelled if they've done something to be expelled. Jews should be treated no different from anybody else. Just as they shouldn't be expelled because they're Jews, they shouldn't be protected because they're Jews. That said, I don't think she was having a go at Jewish people but those setting the photo op? 


    This is Williamson thanking the person who filmed that clip, Melanie Melvin. 



    This is Melanie Melvin. 






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  7. 10 minutes ago, TK421 said:

    It would be useful to know for collectors how "limited" it is.  My guess would be 10,000+ copies but you never know.  There comes a point where supply easily outstrips the amount of hardcore collectors.  If you're buying one my advice would be to leave it sealed.  


    I wouldn't count myself as a hardcore collector but if there is something I really like, such as this, I'll normally buy two and keep one sealed.


    To be honest I buy loads of stuff and then can't bring myself to open it. I got Us and us only by The Charlatans for example which had never been reissued on vinyl since its release in 1999. Limited Edition Transparent Vinyl, limited to 2150 Copies and released on record day 2019. That will probably just sit on my shelf unopened until I die and my daughter flogs it on eBay.

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