Summary of “Penn Jillette, In Conversation”

The long and successful career of Penn Jillette, the bigger half of the magic duo Penn & Teller, itself constitutes a kind of trick.
“I don’t know if magic has changed much since I’ve been doing this,” says Jillette, 63, sitting in his dressing room before a show at the Rio Hotel’s Penn & Teller theater in Vegas.
Has the popular image of magic changed in any profound way since you started?It’s hard to say because, look, you can name about 10,000 musicians off the top of your head. And you, a guy who has been researching magic and wasting your fucking time preparing for this interview, can probably only name about 15 magicians.
From a 1987 piece in the Times: “Some of the most celebrated young magicians – exemplars of ‘the new magic” or ‘avant-magic,” as it is being billed – have rejected significant elements of the magical tradition. Some are even saying they feel uncomfortable about being associated with the word magic. ‘We think of it as the M word,’ said Mr. Jillette.'” Illusionist and multiple-island-owner David Copperfield is the world’s most well-paid magician.
The Magic Castle is a Los Angeles venue, restaurant, and private club for magic where visitors must say a password to a sculpture of an owl to get in.
“When we went to commercial,” Penn has recalled, “Dave swore at us and pushed us away from him. He wouldn’t even look at us. He didn’t say goodnight to us.” Raymond Joseph Teller met Jillette in 1974, and they began their trademark show in 1981.
Teller normally does not speak in shows or in public, citing early magic shows at frat parties where bros paid closer attention when he was silent.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us presents young magicians performing in front of the pair – if Penn and Teller cannot determine the trick’s mechanics, the magician wins a trip to Vegas to open for the duo.

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Summary of “Reading Horror Can Arm Us Against A Horrifying World”

Reading Horror Can Arm Us Against A Horrifying World Why read horror stories when the real world is scary enough on its own? Because horror does more than scare us – it teaches us how to live with being scared, and how to fight back against evil.
To quote another favorite entertainer, Neil Gaiman, “Fairy tales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Horror, descended from those tales, tells us about more monsters – and more strategies for beating them.
The banal evils of the world – children shot, neighbors exiled, selves reframed in an instant as inhuman threats – these are horrible, but they aren’t horror.
Horror spins everyday evil to show its fantastical face, literalizing its corroded heart into something more dramatic, something easier to imagine facing down.
Horror helps us name the original sins out of which horrible things are born.
All of which gives horror the opportunity to be radically empowering, and to condemn these evils in the starkest of terms.
How much modern horror still draws frissons of fear from disabled villains, or the threat of “Madness,” or whatever Other happens to be convenient? How many can only imagine threats as violations of white-picket-fence comfort, overcome when the monster’s defeat allows a return to that comfort for those who had it in the first place?
Horror as a genre is built around one truth: that the world is full of fearful things.

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Summary of “Job interview questions you should avoid and what to ask instead”

Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on.
You can do this by saying something like: “Yes, I do have a few questions for you – but before I get into those, I am wondering if I’ve sufficiently answered all of your questions. Would you like me to explain anything further or give any examples?”.
Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing, said Bill York, an executive recruiter with over 30 years of experience and the founder of the executive search firm Tudor Lewis.
If they say, “No, you answered all of my questions very well,” then this may tell you you’re in good shape.
If they respond with, “Actually, could you tell me more about X?” or “Would you be able to clarify what you meant when you said Y?” this is your chance for a redo.

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Summary of “Cover Story: The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar”

Kendrick Lamar understands and employs blues, jazz, and soul in his music, which makes it startling.
Culturally, Kendrick Lamar is that compass-in fact, a GPS-in this current Hour of Chaos.
There is a wide-ranging conversation about the music Kendrick grew up listening to in Compton, California: the Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and gangsta rap-and I answer queries about my interviews of yesteryear.
In addition to winning this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music, Kendrick Lamar has sold more than 17.8 million albums, been nominated for 29 Grammys, and won 12.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton 31 years ago to Paula Oliver and Kenny Duckworth and is the oldest of four siblings.
Kendrick tells me that most of the kids he knew from elementary school are either dead or in jail.
At 10:15 P.M., with a backdrop that says, “Pulitzer Kenny,” Kendrick Lamar takes the stage at the Garden for a raging 75-minute performance.
Kendrick Lamar’s work represents some of the most important music being produced today, period.

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Summary of “A True Love”

I dived into casual sex, learned for the first time in my life what casual racism feels like, what a not-quite-consensual sexual experience feels like.
It’s an unusual feeling for me to be the new person in this equation.
“Respect Erica’s agency. If she wants you to know something, she’ll either find a way to tell you or she will talk to Cory. You’re not responsible for Erica, Cory is.”
Making the feelings more potent, it’s my first real love.
How does it feel like to be in love with someone who at that any given moment might be with his girlfriend at the veterinarian’s, caring for the sick kittens they’ve adopted? Might be spending time doing anything with this woman he also loves, whom he met and loved way before he met me.
To ensure no one feels left out, we plan everything.
How does it feel to be in love with this beautiful, beautiful boy who makes me feel so beautiful and safe and loved and cared for, like no boy ever has before? Who makes me feel like he’s gently cracked me open and laid me out in the sun?
It’s a personal milestone when I realise that my affection for him doesn’t take away anything from what I feel for Cory.

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Summary of “Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits”

You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation.
A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action.
Your audience won’t understand your story without at least some background information.
Even small doses of narrative evidence can go a long way to backing up the point you want your story to make.
If your story is too drawn out, you risk losing your audience’s attention.
You need dialogue to bring a story to life, and one line can make for a great climax.
You’re telling a story to make your presentation engaging, which means that how you tell it matters just as much as what the narrative entails.
Avoid these traps, and you won’t just tell better stories, you’ll maximize the impact of your overall message, and maybe even leave your audience wanting more.

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Summary of “THE LaMELO SHOW”

Everybody wants in on the show: Vytautas is cashing in on the sales of Melo and Gelo jerseys, and its Instagram account is gaining thousands of followers.
Melo is just as icy, beginning 1-of-4 against Sakiai Vytis, a pro team in the NKL, a second-tier league below the LKL. His frustration bubbles, finally erupting in the second quarter as the player he’s guarding skirts past him.
Little Melo ran downcourt in his first-ever basketball game, playing against much older kids, sixth-graders.
“Don’t be no baby about it!” LaVar yelled as little Melo crumpled to the floor.
Melo rebelled, the only Ball to get thrown out of a game for fighting twice.
“YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO HIM! PUT MELO IN!”- LaVar Ball”I tried to make him understand there are different ways to get back at ’em,” LaVar tells me.
Croissant? An orange? An egg? I remember the smile on LaVar’s face when I ask him about Melo and he pluralizes his answer to “All my boys.” He reminds me, repeatedly, to not forget about Gelo: “He’s the key. He’s a cold piece of work.”
How can Melo carve a slice for himself when LaVar is so baldly trying to hand it to him?

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Summary of “Hooray for Fiona the Hippo, Our Bundle of Social-Media Joy”

Every day, between January and May 15, when Fiona finally was able to promenade around the hippo tank for the public, seemed to bring a new health crisis.
Overnight, Fiona became a symbol of resilience and positivity.
“We don’t need to be in the bad-news business. People love a story where everything looks dark and then heroes save the day. Fiona came here in the year 2017, a year when we need a lot more good news. And there she is, our good-news emissary.”
Mr. Maynard says that other zoo directors have begun to approach him about how he turned Fiona into the sensation she has become.
“We tell people, you have to find your Fiona, whatever that may be, and just tell the story.”
“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” said Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events.
“We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”
Where the vintage Disney version of hippos in tutus now feels more like a cruel, shaming joke, the experience of watching Fiona pirouetting felt joyful and buoyant.

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Summary of “Why Michigan State’s Miles Bridges decided to return to college”

I want to talk to Bridges about how great he is, what wonderful things are ahead for him, but it is not long before he’s telling me about last November’s game against Kentucky at Madison Square Garden, the second game of his college career.
Want to know why Miles Bridges declined the NBA, you have to sit in a room with Tum, Josh and Xavier and ask them to tell you stories.
They have just come from a long practice, but I ask each to share a story that to them is the quintessential Miles Bridges story.
“One day, me, Tum and Miles – nobody in the gym. Coaches were gone and we’re just going to play one-on-one. It was our first time ever playing against each other. Summer. Wasn’t nobody there. And I knew Miles was good, but he won like four games straight. I’m like, ‘I got to step it up.'”.
Just like Miles used to do with his sister when he was a little kid, he keeps pushing them.
Miles is not a big trash-talker, they tell me, but that day he was on fire.
“The last thing I’ll say about Miles,” Tum adds: “Miles tells me he loves me every day. Every day. I’m not exaggerating. Every day.”
“Miles tells me he loves me every day. Every day. I’m not exaggerating.”

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Summary of “How To Predict Your Future”

“I don’t want to be that guy who can’t climb two flights of stairs.” “I want to have a close family.” “I want to help and inspire people.” “I want to buy a house for my parents.” There’s nothing wrong with that.
No matter what you want to achieve in life, your actions must back up your words.
Are you creating things that people need? Are you improving your skills? Are adding value to other people’s lives? Are you saving at least 10% of your income? Are you investing your money? Are you exercising enough? Are you reading enough books? Are you investing in yourself? I can go on for a while.
It’s not about what you want – it’s about what you do.
Still, I keep adding new things to my daily habits.
There are a lot of other things that I can do better.
What useful and helpful things are you doing today?
The point is that all those little useful things like reading books, taking courses, making tough calls, sending emails, looking at real estate, going for a walk, spending quality time with people you love, ALL ADD UP. But when you do useless things, they add up to nothing.

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