Summary of “‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Is Still One of the Freshest Shows on TV”

At the time of its premiere in 2015, much was made of the fact that Fresh Off the Boat is the first American sitcom to feature an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s short-lived All American Girl.
Now, as it goes into its fourth season, it’s still alone in the representation that it offers, and it’s a testament to how good the show is that the Huang family’s charm doesn’t smother its take on the immigrant experience; rather, the two are inextricable.
Jessica moved the family into a new house after figuring out that the reason her youngest son, Evan, couldn’t get into private school was not because he isn’t qualified, but because their family rented instead of owning property.
Still, the move was for naught; when middle child Emery discovered that Evan’s new school blazer might have been made by child labor, the resulting complaint to the superintendent got Evan kicked out.
The move, the school system, the restaurant-each facet of the story connects back to the American Dream as it pertains to the non-“Traditional” American family, not to mention discussions of class that are rare to find anywhere on TV or in film.
Despite their differences, they’re still family to each other.
Maybe it’s a little heavy-handed as an approach, but it’s still more discussion than is usually warranted or represented on network primetime, and it’s telling that the show’s focus on an Asian-American family doesn’t mean it can’t offer a voice to others as well.
In that regard, Fresh Off the Boat is still one of the freshest shows on TV, and even four seasons in, it shows no signs of slowing down.

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Summary of “How the Original ‘TRL’ Conquered Teen Culture”

The show’s ratings-which per Nielsen peaked in 1999, with almost 800,000 viewers a day- gradually declined until the show closed up shop in November 2008 with an epic, boldface-name-saturated finale.
In the public imagination, the show is synonymous with teen stars and boy bands, especially the great Backstreet Boys vs. ‘NSync war that raged in the late ’90s and early 2000s, giving America perhaps its closest modern-day equivalent to Beatlemania.
The show premiered at a low point for the channel and youth culture alike.
Multiple TRL vets fondly recall Em’s 2002 appearance on the show, just as 8 Mile premiered and made him a movie star, too.
“Literally, you could see the tears in his eyes. It really hit him, I think-it was chilling to see Times Square like that, and just to see that he wasn’t taking it for granted. That he really, really appreciated that moment.” As a major artist, you could turn your nose up at the show and the teen-pop hegemony it often stood for.
Healy says he knew TRL had become a pop phenomenon when the likes of Tom Cruise or Will Smith showed up, and more traditional NYC publicity-tour stops-from The Today Show to Conan to Letterman-started to see the show as legitimate competition, booking-wise.
Like every major TV show, TRL struggled to adapt its tone to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, but here, too, their target audience’s sensibilities came first.
“Music is so fragmented now, there’s no one central hub to go to be like, ‘Oh, this is cool, this is cool.’ I think that that’s what’s missing from pop culture and music today: There’s not that one place where we can all go to, to gather round and root for your boy bands, or your rock bands, pop stars, things like that.” That’s a tall order for anyone in 2017, but it makes sense to bet on a show that already did it once.

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Summary of “An Appreciation of Tom Petty, Who Died Monday, at Sixty-Six”

“There was the way out. There was the way to do it,” he told the journalist Paul Zollo, for his book “Conversations with Tom Petty.”
The band released an eponymous début, “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” in 1976.
All told, Petty released thirteen records with the Heartbreakers, three as a solo artist, two with the Traveling Wilburys, and two with a reboot of Mudcrutch.
I’m fairly certain Petty knew how it felt to be us.
Petty understood how to address the liminal, not-quite-discernible feelings that a person might experience in her lifetime.
I have, at various points in my life, cited Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Greatest Hits” as my favorite record of all time.
So today seems like as good a time as any to light a candle-light all the candles-and put on “Free Fallin’,” which opens “Full Moon Fever,” Petty’s remarkable solo début, from 1989.
Petty liked outlaws and fuck-ups, but he didn’t romanticize much.

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Summary of “What’s San Francisco Great Jerry Rice Doing Nowadays? Crashing Weddings.”

Those intentions are great and all, but when Jerry Rice crashes a wedding, the story of that wedding becomes, “Uh, Jerry Rice crashed our wedding.”
“Then the guy at the door comes a third time and says, ‘You’ve got to come out again,’ and I’m saying, ‘Really?’ So I walked out with him and Jerry Rice is standing there saying, ‘Hey, I’m Jerry,'” Matt said.
After finishing up 18 holes, Rice saw the wedding taking place.
“It’s so exciting to see their reaction. It’s usually, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I’d run into Jerry Rice on my wedding day,'” Rice said.
Rice doesn’t know the first time he crashed a wedding, but it started sometime after he retired from the NFL in 2006.
Rice says he typically doesn’t want to stay long because he doesn’t want to be the focus of the day-but again, he is Jerry Rice, so sometimes someone from the wedding party grabs him and there’s not much of a chance of escape.
Since Rice is typically crashing weddings in the Bay Area, the part of the country in which he’s most famous, someone quickly picks up on it.
“My friend Rich, who said he’s never been starstruck in his life, was starstruck by Jerry Rice at our wedding. He was screaming,” Matt said.

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Summary of “An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life”

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed.
The rippled cookie appeared again: as a one-off from a bread blog, then in 42burners, the Instagram account of Martha Stewart’s vast test kitchen.
When I spotted a new post that was simply a collage of photos of the cookie, I broke down.
Here’s how it works: After the cookies have risen a bit in the hot oven, she pulls out the cookie sheet and bangs it hard on top of the stove, or on the oven rack.
Just as a half-done cake falls in the center when bumped, the middle of the cookie collapses, pushing barely-baked dough out to the edges.
She returns the pan to the oven and, at intervals, repeats the process, building up the crinkled rim that makes it possible to have both soft and crunchy textures in a single cookie.
As a trained baker, she had the skills to develop a recipe around it that maximizes the ripple effect: making the cookies very large, chilling the dough balls before baking and using chopped chocolate instead of chips.
“I can’t imagine a better chocolate chip cookie,” said Ms. Kieffer, who makes and posts the cookies often, usually generating over 2,000 “Likes” for each image.

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Summary of “The World According to Dan Brown”

Mr. Brown, 53, spent four years writing and researching the book.
Push a button on a library shelf, and it swings around to reveal a secret shelf that contains the first Brown book and an exotic scientific-looking object that turns out to be the antimatter prop used in the film of “Angels and Demons.” Touch the corner of a painting in the living room, and it slides aside to expose a hidden room whose walls are decorated with gold records, awarded to Mr. Brown as a result of vast audiobook sales in Germany.
“That’s a reproduction too, to save you from asking,” Mr. Brown said.
Because of their unequal work relationship, they dated in secret for seven years, Mr. Brown said, at one point even attending the Grammys together, along with fake dates, to conceal the romance.
Among other features of their house: a shirt signed by the members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning soccer team; a cantilevered staircase built right out of the wall, with no supports from above or below; and two pillars that are exact replicas of those in Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, which appeared in “The Da Vinci Code” and was quickly overrun by Brown enthusiasts searching for the Holy Grail.
We were on the way to Exeter, where Mr. Brown was going to a service in honor of his mother, who died several months ago.
Mr. Brown credits his father, now 81, with instilling in him a love of science, math and intellectual puzzles, and his mother, who was religious but became disillusioned with church politics, with instilling in him a wonder for the mysteries of the world.
Though Mr. Brown comes out strongly in favor of science, both in person and in his novels, he cannot give up the possibility that there is something else out there.

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Summary of “Back Where He Belonged”

Niekro got the first two outs with ease on two fly balls.
In the top of the second, Niekro pitched around a two-out single from pitcher Atlee Hammaker.
Niekro got Clark to fly out to medium right field, not deep enough to score Mitchell from third.
On Phil Niekro’s big day escapes seemed to come easy.
Hammaker took his time on the mound to let Niekro soaked it in.
A single from Braves outfielder Albert Hall moved Niekro to third with nobody out.
The thought of Niekro actually scoring the first run on his big day seemed almost too good to be true.
That’s why second baseman Robby Thompson threw Niekro out at home on Oberkfell’s grounder one batter later, rather than opt for a double play that would’ve let Niekro score.

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Summary of “Here Comes the Closer … In the Seventh Inning?”

Still, Jansen resists the idea of pitching in any inning but the ninth, and occasionally for an out or two in the eighth to go with it.
To Jansen, closing is a discrete position on a team’s roster, as different from pitching earlier in the game as third base is from shortstop.
Because closers don’t pitch to anyone twice in a game, by the time a batter has started to adapt to the sudden movement of Jansen’s cut fastball, his signature pitch, that batter is typically headed back to the bench.
With a week left in the season, Jansen had appeared in 62 of his team’s 153 games but had pitched just 65 innings.
He told me that using a closer in what baseball has come to call a high-leverage situation is worth “An extra seven or eight wins a season.” Because of that, and with the lesson of Miller to draw on, you’d expect to see Jansen inserted into a variety of situations in the playoffs, which begin the first week of October.
“Why not? You’re the closer, right? You’re the best, right? Let’s say I come in the seventh and do the job, and in the ninth they blow it. And they’re going be, ‘Oh, I used my closer in the seventh.’ ” Jansen crunched his expressive face into a scowl.
A couple of times during the Dodgers’ losing streak, Roberts called on Jansen when the Dodgers were behind, just so he wouldn’t go too long without pitching in a game.
In late August, I caught a game in Pittsburgh, hoping to see Jansen pitch.

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Summary of “Donald Trump, Athlete Protests, and the Day the NFL Accepted Real Life”

With every piece of news on Sunday-from the Pittsburgh Steelers refusing to come out for the national anthem to LeSean McCoy saying President Donald Trump is “Acting like a jerk” to the dozens of other players and coaches who made pointed comments toward the White House-I kept coming back to a conversation I had with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins over the offseason.
If you are not playing or preparing to play football, you run the risk of being a distraction-a word that has come to signify anything that football coaches do not like.
Distraction culture is what kept many players and coaches from speaking out until Sunday.
On Friday, Trump did the work for them by referring to any NFL player who protested as a “Son of bitch” who should be “Fired”-and then doubling and tripling down on his stance.
After a series of self-inflicted wounds in courtrooms across America with player discipline and health, the NFL league office is finally going into a battle and will come out with a positive image.
This is the change happening in most NFL locker rooms: On Sunday, for perhaps the first time in league history, players weren’t expected to stay quiet.
First, as pointed out by many observers, including ESPN’s Dan Le Batard on Sunday, most players who’ve knelt or raised fists for the anthem are specifically doing so to protest police brutality.
There were reports of boos directed toward players at various games throughout the weekend, but any meaningful fan boycott seems far-fetched: As I’ve said before, the number of people who watched NFL games did not change last season, just the amount of time they watched for.

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Summary of “The California Sunday Magazine”

Liz was 24 and halfway through her first semester at California State University, Long Beach.
Megan, who had dark hair and a regal bearing, had tumbled out of wealth and was dating a man who knew Liz’s dad. After Megan’s boyfriend - a meth user, she said - died, Liz’s dad invited her to share Liz’s small pink room without consulting his daughter.
It’s on a scruffy stretch of Long Beach Boulevard near Oscar’s Nails, a Wing Stop, and a weeded lot next to a building announcing WE BUY CARS. Neighbors refer to Megan as Liz’s mom - ”You know Liz, the girl who sings.”
As Megan’s official caretaker, Liz was paid $500 a month through a state program.
So Liz tried to take charge of another, more vexing, problem.
Liz wanted to use the program but couldn’t - she needed to show she’d accepted all the financial aid offered to her, but her package was on hold while she tried to convince the school that she was homeless.
After Megan pestered the financial aid office, Liz’s case was transferred to an administrator who she felt was more sympathetic because she had worked with foster youth.
Spring warmed to summer, and then Liz’s life returned to a cadence she was more familiar with: The program that paid her first month’s rent, and that she expected to continue to float her for several more months, wouldn’t cut a second check.

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