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John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”

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It’s been nearly twenty years since the reclusive, mysterious, almost mythical comedy writer John Swartzwelder left “The Simpsons,” and yet, to this day, one of the biggest compliments a “Simpsons” writer (or any comedy writer) can receive is to have a joke referred to as “Swartzweldian.” Meaning: A joke that comes out of nowhere. A joke that no one else could have written. A joke that sounds almost as if it were never written as if it’s always existed.

Take the following joke, a favorite among “Simpsons” writers and fans, which appears in Season 8’s “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment,” when Homer stands atop a stack of barrels, outside a pawn shop, and delivers a toast to a gathered crowd: “To alcohol. The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

Swartzwelder has been deemed “one of the greatest comedy minds of all time.” He is famously private and never grants interviews. Few photos of him exist, although he did make some animated cameos as background “Simpsons” characters—once as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. His voice can be heard on only one “Simpsons” DVD writers’ commentary, for “The Cartridge Family” (Season 9, Episode 5). Ambushed by phone, while at home cooking a steak, he sounds pleasant and courteous but eager to finish up the encounter, which lasts all of a minute and twenty-four seconds.

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https://media.newyorker.com/photos/607efbd6806e302d38923649/master/w_1920,c_limit/TNYI-Sacks-Swartzwelder.jpgIllustration by Vanessa Saba; Source images from Getty (top); “The Simpsons” (bottom)

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First Mrs. Maisel, Now Joan Rivers. Why Hollywood’s Jewish Women Are Rarely Played by Jewish Actors

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When we learned this week that Kathryn Hahn would play Joan Rivers in a series on Showtime called The Comeback Girl, the choice seemed like a no-brainer. Hahn, who recently stole the show as the nosy-neighbor-slash-powerful-witch Agatha in Marvel’s WandaVision, truly has the chops to channel the iconic, sharp-tongued comedy legend.

But something about the casting also landed funny. That’s because of a troubling trend: by playing Rivers, Hahn will swell the ranks of non-Jewish actresses who have portrayed Jewish women, fictional and real, recently. It’s happened with big-budget films like On the Basis of Sex, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic in which the notably Jewish justice was played by (the lovely but not Jewish at all) Felicity Jones, as well as indie breakouts like Shiva Baby, featuring the talented rising star Rachel Sennott (not Jewish either) navigating the most awkward mourning gathering ever. Jones’ casting drew some outcry, while Sennott inhabited her character so successfully that most Jewish fans assumed she was the real deal.

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‘Civil War’ documentary airing on MSNBC examines Americans’ differing narratives on pivotal conflict

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Filmed from the final year of President Obama’s presidency to the present, the new documentary ‘Civil War,’ airing Sunday at 10 pm ET on MSNBC, examines how differing narratives about this pivotal, historic event shape our beliefs to this day. Joy Reid speaks with the filmmakers, Erika Dilday and Rachel Boynton.

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What is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO)?

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DAOs, or decentralized autonomous organizations, are essentially businesses, charities, and other operations that operate decentrally via a blockchain.

A DAO is an internet-native organization that uses rules embedded in blockchain code to govern the behavior of the organization and its members.

Many DAOs leverage existing decentralized networks like Bitcoin or others in the DeFi space.

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Meet the New Owners of the Wu-Tang Clan’s One-of-a-Kind Album

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Seven years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” was created as a protest against the devaluation of music in the digital era. Before long it got caught up in a tale of capitalist villainy when it was purchased by Martin Shkreli, the price-gouging young pharmaceutical speculator who was later convicted of securities fraud.

Now the album has found yet another life on the frontier of digital art and cryptocurrency, having been sold for $4 million to PleasrDAO, a collective that has existed for less than a year but has already built a reputation for acquiring high-profile digital works.

In a complex deal with multiple parties, one of whom remains unidentified, PleasrDAO acquired “Once Upon a Time” after its sale in July by the federal government, which had seized the album to satisfy the balance of a $7.4 million forfeiture money judgment against Mr. Shkreli that was part of his sentencing in 2018. (Mr. Shkreli is still serving out a seven-year prison sentence.)

When the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, announced the sale of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” this summer, no details about the buyer, or price, were disclosed; prosecutors said that information was confidential.

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Want better TV? Change these 9 TV picture settings today (you’ll thank us later)

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Your TV’s picture settings menu can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a few small changes to make watching your favorite shows, enjoying 4K HDR movies and playing video games even better. With a couple easy tweaks to your TV picture settings, colors can look more accurate, motion can look more natural and brightness can be adjusted for comfortable day and nighttime viewing. It only takes a few seconds to change your picture mode. You can even give TV calibration a try, if you want more options for optimal TV watching. 

A word of warning before we begin: Picture setting names are all over the place. A setting one TV-maker calls “brightness” could control something totally different on another set, for example. We tackle a lot of the variations below, but we can’t account for every TV-maker, especially on older models, so your mileage may vary.

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The default color on many TVs is too blue, but a quick tweak can improve accuracy. David Katzmaier/CNET

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Before the new version, let’s revisit 1984’s Dune—the greatest movie ever made

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Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel Dune gets a new film adaptation—this one helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049)—later this month. But before Ars Technica reviews the movie, there’s the matter of its predecessor: 1984’s Dune, made by a then up-and-coming filmmaker named David Lynch.

Detractors call Lynch’s saga—a tale of two noble space families 8,000 years in the future, fighting over the most valuable resource in the universe amidst sandworms the size of aircraft carriers—incomprehensible, stilted, and ridiculous. It lost piles of money. Yet fans, especially in recent years, have reclaimed Lynch’s film as a magnificent folly, a work of holy, glorious madness.

So which group am I in? Both. Am I about to describe Dune as “so bad it’s good”? No, that’s a loser take for cowards.

I once half-heard a radio interview with someone speculating that the then-current artistic moment was not “so bad it’s good,” and it wasn’t “ironic” either—it was actually “awesome.” (I didn’t catch who he was, so if any of this sounds familiar, hit me up in the comments.) Art can speak to you while at the same time being absurd. The relatable can sometimes be reached only by going through the ridiculous. The two can be inseparable, like the gravitational pull between a gas giant and its moon—or Riggs and Murtaugh.

The example the radio interviewee gave was of Evel Knievel, the ’70s daredevil who wore a cape and jumped dirt bikes over rows of buses. Absurd? Heavens, yes. A feat of motorcycling and physicality? Absolutely. But beyond that, we can relate to Knievel’s need to achieve transcendence at such a, shall we say, niche skill. We might also marvel at our own ability to be impressed by something that should be objectively useless but is instead actually awesome.

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Jose Ferrer is more subdued than the moniker “Emperor of the Known Universe” might lead you to believe. His son Miguel was on Twin Peaks. Siân Phillips plays his personal space nun.

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NBA preview 2021-22: Power Rankings, projections, breakout stars and storylines for all 30 teams

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Less than three months ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning Game 6 of the NBA Finals over the Phoenix Suns. After somehow squeezing in the NBA draft, free agency, summer league, and preseason into another truncated offseason, the league is ready to roll for 2021-22.

Are the Bucks on the road to a repeat, or will the star-studded Brooklyn Nets exact revenge? How will the Ben Simmons saga end for the Philadelphia 76ers? Are the reloaded Miami Heat Finals contenders again?

Can the Atlanta Hawks make another magical run? Was the Chicago Bulls’ flurry of offseason moves worth it?

Speaking of moves, the Los Angeles Lakers made a few.

This summer, LeBron James and Anthony Davis welcomed in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony and welcomed back Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard. After a disappointing seventh-place finish and first-round postseason exit, are the Lakers destined to return to glory this season? The rest of the West — the conference is as stacked as ever — sure hopes not.

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The 2021-22 NBA season is here!

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