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Episode 862 Scott Adams: Goodnight Vibes. Forget Your Cares


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How to Forget a Duke – Vivienne Lorret

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How to Forget a Duke

Vivienne Lorret

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 2.99

Publish Date: June 12, 2018

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Forget Me Not – John Hemmings

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Forget Me Not

John Hemmings

Genre: Literary

Publish Date: January 26, 2019

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A devoted husband has planted a carpet of Forget-Me-Nots in memory of his wife who has recently died from complications following the rapid progression of Alzheimer's disease…Or has she? Greg Philips' wife, Gloria, has recently died after suffering from chronic dementia, leaving her long-lost illegitimate daughter, Susan, a large slice of her estate. But is Susan who she claims to be? And was Gloria mentally competent when she made her will or was she manipulated in some way? Boston Investigator Mark Kane is hired to discover the truth, but as the investigation proceeds he soon finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, and as the suspects mount up he needs all his wits about him to find out the truth and prevent Greg's adult sons from financial ruin or worse. As usual, Kane's longtime companion Lucy is there to lend him a helping hand, but will she be able to help him solve the mystery?

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Forget Me Not – John Hemmings

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Forget Me Not

John Hemmings

Genre: Literary

Publish Date: January 26, 2019

Publisher: John Hemmings

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


A devoted husband has planted a carpet of Forget-Me-Nots in memory of his wife who has recently died from complications following the rapid progression of Alzheimer's disease…Or has she? Greg Philips' wife, Gloria, has recently died after suffering from chronic dementia, leaving her long-lost illegitimate daughter, Susan, a large slice of her estate. But is Susan who she claims to be? And was Gloria mentally competent when she made her will or was she manipulated in some way? Boston Investigator Mark Kane is hired to discover the truth, but as the investigation proceeds he soon finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, and as the suspects mount up he needs all his wits about him to find out the truth and prevent Greg's adult sons from financial ruin or worse. As usual, Kane's longtime companion Lucy is there to lend him a helping hand, but will she be able to help him solve the mystery?

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Make Me Forget – Anna Brooks

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Make Me Forget

Anna Brooks

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: November 2, 2014

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Travis: It only took one summer with her to know she was it for me. But just when I thought I finally had something real, she shattered everything I believed and left without looking back. Charlotte: I knew I’d see him when I went home. I was planning on it. But years ago, I told a lie, and I’m afraid some mistakes can’t be forgiven. Now I’m back, but I’m not the same girl he used to know.   *** This second chance romance is the first in a series of standalones and contains sensitive topics and adult situations. Series reading order: Make Me Forget Show Me How Prove Me Right Tell Me When Remember Me Now Give Me This

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Tory Lanez “B.I.D.,” Kygo & Miguel “Remind Me To Forget You” & More | Daily Visuals 5.8.18

Remember when going to the carwash was a big deal? Two Hip-Hop culture movies and a classic song were based around going to one wasn’t made for nothing. Well, Tory Lanez seems to still appreciate the wash and uses it for the basis of his latest visual.

“B.I.D.” finds Lanez and his crew taking their automobiles to get hand washed by some scantily clad young women before heading off to referee a game of beach volleyball by some bikini clad young women. Lanez is livin’ the life.

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Rowan Blanchard: ‘White Feminists Forget That Feminism Means Equality’

Teenagers everywhere: listen up. Actually, humans of all ages: listen up.

Disney star Rowan Blanchard made a name for herself this year (and earned a spot on Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 list) for her thoughtful comments about feminism and equality. In June, the 14-year-old spoke at the UN Women’s annual summit about her personal connection to feminism: “When I was in preschool, I played catch with the other kids and I was told I threw like a girl. I’ve identified as a feminist ever since.”

In August, she published an essay about the importance of intersectional feminism in a three-part Instagram post (see parts two and three here):

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The posts went viral, garnering more than 97,000 likes on Instagram — and the platform took note. This week, Blanchard joined Instagram in Los Angeles to co-host the launch of Instagram’s new initiative, #MyStory, which aims to highlight powerful female voices on the platform. Twenty-eight women and their photos were selected for the exhibit.

HuffPost asked the young but seasoned feminist about the most problematic misconceptions the movement faces today. She said, ”to treat it all the same or say all women are treated equally is not fair. The way that I experience sexist comments is different than the way a black woman experiences sexist comments.”

The actress continued: “Race is such a difficult conversation to have in America because everybody is so afraid of talking about it. We don’t have to say we are colorblind. People have different experiences. To say you don’t see color erases the experiences of so many.”

In addition to opening up about how young girls are taught to evaluate their own beauty, Blanchard also talked to HuffPost about race in America and what it was like to grow up with yogis for parents. Read highlights from our conversation below.

Both of your parents are yoga instructors. Did their work influence your relationship with body image growing up?

Yoga is knowing that you can try again and again. Yoga is so universal — the feeling that it gives you. I didn’t really realize until I was much older that I could have a mind, body, spirit connection. I feel like I was definitely much more in tune with my body and in tune with not always succeeding partly because of them. I grew up with my parents teaching me yoga. My mom would donate classes to my school and teach everyone. But it was more embarrassing when my dad would do it because he likes to sing and embarrass me. Now I look back on that and that makes my dad my dad [laughs].

What is the importance of a platform like Instagram when it comes to conversations about body image and young women?

When I was younger, there were only white European princess dolls to play with. I would play with them and I loved them. The girls I would hang out with loved those princesses too. Now I look back, and there were no African American princesses. They were just European. It was a very specific type of beauty standard. When you’re little girl that loves princesses, you go to the store and you can be Sleeping Beauty, Ariel or Cinderella. That was the diversity. It makes you question, ‘Am I not pretty enough to be a princess?’ Looking back, I think that it must have had an impact on girls who didn’t look like that.

Do you think there are more ways to define beauty now because of technology and social media?

I do, especially with Instagram because it’s photo-based. You can take pictures of yourself and other people. I feel like you don’t have to be one type of beauty and you don’t have to fit somebody else’s standards of beauty. One of my favorite things about tonight’s event is that the [photos] are so diverse. I love that.

Do you think that as women, we are naturally drawn to want to look at things that are pretty? Do we care most about beauty?

I think society has taught us that our beauty is the only thing that is valued. That’s how we are measured. Women tend to gravitate towards questions of ‘Am I beautiful?’ and ‘Am I enough?’ because that is what we have been taught — to evaluate our own beauty.

Do you think that needs to be changed? And how?

I think it needs to be changed, absolutely. I don’t think it’s fair that you have to base your self-worth on whether or not the cute guy likes you back. I feel like we can change that by initiatives like #MyStory that says you can be from this place or that place, or look like this or look like that. What matters is the message that you’re putting out there. The event is called My Story; it’s not called My Beauty.

Sometimes conversations about feminism can be polarizing. How do we make it more inclusive?

Unfortunately, a lot of white feminists forget that feminism means equality. It means equality for trans women and equality for black women. Even when people make comments like ‘Boys don’t have to worry about the way they dress’ — actually, Trayvon Martin was killed because he had a hoodie on. I think it’s about acknowledging your privilege and looking at how you can help other people. Feminism can seem like this thing that polarizes people because the version of feminism that we most often see does polarize people.

I think it all comes down to recognizing your privilege and recognizing how to help others. So obviously a white man is more privileged than I am, but I am still more privileged than somebody else.

 

What is your hope for the future of feminism?

I think it all comes down to recognizing your privilege and recognizing how to help others. So obviously a white man is more privileged than I am, but I am still more privileged than somebody else.

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Meet Bridget Everett: The Raunchy Cabaret Comedian You’ll Never Forget

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It’s perhaps not surprising that Bridget Everett—a six-foot-tall, classically trained singer, who uses her breasts as props, and routinely sits on the faces of her audience members—would feel at home in the amorphous, anything-goes community of New York City’s downtown performance scene. Her act is neither a comedy show nor cabaret—it’s vaudeville meets raunchy storytelling, set to filthy, hilarious, and really pretty vocals. But ineffable as her act may be, when it started getting attention from more mainstream venues, Everett found herself with a foot in both worlds.

“I’ll walk into a room and I’ll be on a lineup with a bunch of guys or just comics and I’ll have to work twice as hard because they’re not used to seeing a six-foot-tall woman without a bra,” Everett told us by phone. “And, in the world of cabaret, people are also not used to seeing a six-foot-tall woman not wearing a bra. So there’s challenges wherever I go because I don’t feel like I fit a particular mold.”

Despite this balancing act, Everett has been embraced by almost everyone. In 2013, she performed at Carnegie Hall with Broadway mainstay Patti LuPone. She closed out two season finales of Inside Amy Schumer. In 2014, Everett began performing her uproarious, expletive-laden, boob-brandishing show Rock Bottom at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Now, Everett is breaking yet another boundary and taking her act to television with her first Comedy Central special, Gynecological Wonder. We chatted with the “alt-Cabaret provocateur” about her new special, becoming friends with Amy Schumer—and their shared devotion to chardonnay.

How many shows did you film to make the special?
We did two shows in one night but it’s almost all taken from the second show. I was a little bit more warmed-up, and I had a little more chardonnay. I was in the zone.

Have you always brown-bagged chardonnay for your performances?
That was actually a gift from friends and they gave it to me on Christmas, it’s actually an insolated wine bag. It helps keep the wine cold throughout the show, which is nice because if I really get talking it can be like two hours.
 
I feel like you and Amy Schumer need to start a chardonnay company.
You know, you are 100 percent right about that. And we both love the same chardonnay: Rombauer. And we’re like, “Why won’t Rombauer sponsor us?” I don’t know if they want to keep their distance from us or they just don’t know how deeply in love we are. When Amy and I text each other, it’s not even, like, “Hey, do you want to get a drink?” It’s, like, “Rombauer?”

Was your friendship with Amy born out of your shared love of chardonnay?
That’s what’s kept us together. No, we met at a comedy festival up in Montreal and I sort of, like, hang back in my room during those sorts of situations because there are so many comics and so many people and it can be a little overwhelming. And Amy was like, “Get out of your room, come down, let’s have some chardonnay, walk around, and say hello to people.” I wasn’t always like that but it seems like the wilder and more outrageous my stage persona becomes, the more withdrawn and reserved I become in real life. I just think just takes so much out of me on stage, so when I’m not on stage, I like to sit at home with some Rombauer and my dog Poppy.

 

Has your stage presence gotten more outrageous over the years?
Yeah. When I’m stage, I just feel like the beast is out of the cage and I’ve got to go fucking crazy. And the more fun the audience is having, the further I’ll go. I want it to be memorable for them and most importantly, I want it to be memorable for me. That’s what makes me think I have the best job in the world. I get to drink all night and sit on people’s faces. It’s not a bad way to make a living.

Has your audience involvement ever backfired?
Oh, it’s backfired before, sure. And I’ve definitely had my fair share of walkouts. But that for me is a good sign that I’m doing something right. I want people to have a very clear and distinct reaction. I don’t want to participate in something that’s, like, take it or leave it. I really want to have an impact.

Do you feel like the comedy scene has changed a lot since you began performing?
It’s funny because I really consider myself more of a singer and a cabaret performer . . . I would have to say the comedy world has evolved at least to the place where it’s allowing and embracing something like what I do. I can’t recall a time in recent years you’d see someone doing cabaret on Comedy Central. I think people are more willing and open to see not just the guy standing there in the hoodie telling dick jokes but like a woman with a plunging neckline with her titty hanging out and thinking that’s funny, too.

Gynecological Wonder airs on Comedy Central on Saturday, July 11

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As David Letterman Says Goodbye, Let’s Not Forget “The Hal Gurnee Years”

So much as been written about David Letterman’s Swan Song. I loved the New York Times piece, “David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television,” and NYMAG.com’s “The Lost Laughs of Letterman,” where 23 (out of 90) former writers reflected on some of the “greatest jokes he never told.” Of course, there’s the greatest late-night bandleader of all time, Paul Shaffer: “Paul Shaffer Ready to Disband the CBS Orchestra As ‘Letterman’ Wraps Up” by the AP.

Let’s talk about Hal Gurnee, who directed David Letterman’s NBC daytime show (1980) and both late night shows (“Late Night with David Letterman” on NBC and “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS) for 13 years (1982 – 1995). That’s where I come in. It was 1989 — the year Taylor Swift was born and the year this cub reporter was assigned to do a behind-the-scenes feature story on Dave’s director for Us Weekly magazine. I got to spend a day with Dave, Hal, and the eclectic group of staff writers and crew who showed up that day.

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Just before the feature was to be published, Hal’s wife, Joan, died suddenly so Us Weekly decided to put off running it. To make a long story short, time passed, staff editors at Us Weekly slowly left, replaced with a newer crop, time marched on and the story never ran. So, in the name of nostalgia — and to pay tribute to one of the best directors David Letterman ever had the pleasure of working with — here is that piece in it’s entirety (which will give you an idea of just how a late-night comedy talk show gets off the ground each day).

Fade In: It’s 9:30 AM on a cold, blustery day in New York City (1989). “Late Night” director Hal Gurnee, dressed in tan chinos, a blue oxford shirt and brown loafers, sits alone in his toy-box size, 14th floor office, eating some dry cereal laced with skim milk, waiting for staff members to show up to discuss various details of that vertiginous late-night show he directs: “Late Night With David Letterman.”

A visitor entering Gurnee’s office would immediately become mesmerized by his decorative walls. They’re covered with over 50 framed pictures of celebrities who have been photographed holding a “picture” close to their face of his beloved dog, Bert. The office looks like a correctional facility for tiny tots who tease small puppies. One could sit in the small office for hours gazing at the many huge stars who show kindness to animals by posing for these unique 8x10s (Burt Reynolds and Bert; Pee Wee Herman and Bert; Mickey Mangle and Bert… and the list goes on and on.)

When this reporter enters his domain, Gurnee begins to talk about his past — directing the likes of Jack Paar, Joey Bishop, David Frost and Jimmy Dean’s puppet, Rolf). His friend of 27 years — associate director, Pete Fatovich — pokes his head in the door. “Hal’s a great director, and a great human being,” Fatovich announces.

Gurnee turns the tape recorder toward Fatovich, saying playfully, “Pete, when you do the positive things, speak up. And if you’re gonna trash me, keep your voice down.”

A moment later, producer Robert Morton peeks in to offer a rehearsed statement about Hal: “Hal…is…the…kindest…sweetest…man…I’ve…ever…met.”

“See,” jokes Gurnee, “he’s been brainwashed too. I’ll be in later to reprogram you, Bob.”

The staff and crew love this jocose, mild-mannered director. Show business reeks of horror stories about directors who are temperamental, unreasonable hotheads. But after spending many hours on the set of “Late Night,” it became obvious that Hal Gurnee is, indeed, the kind, witty, generous soul the “Late Night” staffers brag about. And his contributions to the show are priceless. He invented the sky cam and the thrill cam — which is one of his favorite inventions. “I thought it would be great to create a camera that seemed to zoom through space out of control,” laughs Gurnee.

So let’s jump on that thrill cam and take a Gurnee’s Journey. Or, the theme paper might be titled: “A Day In The Life Of A Big-Time Network Director Plus Some Harmless ‘Late Night’ Trivia.”

Throughout the day, Gurnee makes contact with many of the 85 staff and crew members who come together each day to put a fresh new show on the air for the purpose of entertaining the moles and insomniacs who stay up until the wee hours of the morning. Writers stagger into his office to solicit his opinion on and off during the day. This minute, Gurnee has to make a decision which Goodyear Blimp slide to use for this evening’s taping. (It’s the “Goodyear ‘Bite Me’ Blimp Night.”) The special-effects guy needs to discuss the electronic sparkles they’ll be using to introduce the new set.

Take One: 2:30 PM. Time to rehearse. Inside NBC Studio 6A, where the temperature is so low you could store a side of beef, Gurnee strolls past two lighting guys who grab him. They have to decide how to fix the glare that bounces onto the studio floor. It detracts Dave. After that mess is cleared up. Gurnee sympathizes with Kevin, the cue-card-guy, who claims to have had pneumonia three times since he’s worked there; then he wanders into his professional cubby hole, the “Late Night” control room filled with monitors and hundreds of buttons that control only God-knows-what. It’s located just outside the double doors, down the hall to the right of the studio (where Dave has taken inquisitive viewers many a night to watch Hal do his shtick). Hal cooked chili in the control room one night, flavoring it with a rusty old headset, then serving it up to hungry crew members.

Take Two: Gurnee poses for a photographer (assigned to take photos for this piece) inside the dark control room. He tells the crew that “Boy’s Life” is doing an article on him. “They’ve been trying to get me for years,” he jokes. As the avuncular, soft-spoken director leans back in his blue cushioned sway-back chair, hands clasped behind his head, he announces: “This is my Ted Koppel look.” Another pose: “This is my ironic look.”

Gurnee’s slick, buoyant humor serves him well. “Late Night” is, after all, a comedy show which means the creative team has to deliver the goods or the studio audience goes home unamused. (And if the audience stops laughing, Letterman and his staff will wake up one day in a GE warehouse threading tungsten wire into light bulbs.) Gurnee’s contribution to the humor of the show is essential. Letterman says it’s immeasurable. “Hal contributes in ways that I could never have imagined or dreamed of, both with his directing and also with his suggestions about almost every aspect of the show… I think that if somebody else were directing this show, the finished product by comparison would be greatly diminished,” Letterman boasts.

Take Three: Control room etiquette. Head writer Steve O’Donnell walks in like he’s checking crew members for lice. He paces back and forth behind Gurnee, who now has his mind on camera shots. O’Donnell is dressed in a brown outfit that suggests maybe he has little, or no sense of fashion. This wise reporter asks him to recite in 25 words or less how Hal Gurnee contributes to this program. “Most of us are really afraid of him,” O’Donnell says with a straight face.

(Then comes the truth and O’Donnell’s version of the infamous show business pie theory.) “There are three funny slices to the show pie,” O’Donnell volunteers. “Dave would be a big funny slice,the writers contribute another slice, but Hal’s selection of what he decides to cut away to and the way he zooms in on things — whether it’s the stoney-faced audience member or a stagehand just smoking a cigarette behind the production doors — it just always makes things very, very funny.”

“The real job,” Gurnee offers, “is to see things and seize the opportunities to make things look good and to surprise people. That’s where your value as a director is.”

Gurnee likes to take random camera shots that surprises even Letterman. Sometimes he’ll take a spontaneous shot of bandleader Paul Shaffer, catching Shaffer off guard. The audience laughs because Shaffer is usually in his Goober-like trance. “It gives a wrap-around view of what’s going on in the studio,” Gurnee points out. “On another show, the host might say, ‘What the hell is that? People have come to see me, not Paul Shaffer,’ but Dave is not that way. Dave understands and likes the fact that other people are included.”

Ready, action: Letterman walks by the control room sticking his head in to say, “Hal, I’m here.” Dave, who is rehearsal ready wearing sweat pants and a heavy-duty college sweatshirt, walks through the double doors to the studio, sits down at his desk on the set, then hollers: “Hal, you’ve got to fix that shower in my office! Every time I get in, I get soaked!”

Hal responds, dry humor in tact: “Sure, Dave, I’ll have somebody look at it.”

A great comeback.

Of course, Gurnee is used to great comebacks. Letterman has been introducing him as Hal Gertner for years. And the late-night viewing audiences have been listening to his retorts: “It’s Gurnee, Dave.” It’s a running joke that Gurnee laughs about. “We did a little remote with some actors, and after it was over, one of the actors wrote me a little note saying, ‘Thank you for hiring me, I think you’re a terrific director, Hal Gertner.’ I showed it to Dave, and Dave got a big kick out if it so about a week later, sure enough, he used it.”

Remote visit: During a lull in the festivities in the control room, it’s back upstairs to the office complex where Gurnee reflects back on his seven years with “Late Night” and talks about Dave’s personal life. Most viewers would probably never guess, for instance, that Dave dates a woman named Betina who has a huge black mole in the middle of her back. (Not sure how Hal knows this… but he kids.) In the meantime, two more unnamed writers run into the office to give more testimony about their director: “Hal is the Dean of Directors,” says one writer whose clothes are on the verge of dry rotting.

Take four: Dave takes a moment to share a deep dark secret about his close personal friend, Hal Gertner: “I know for a time when Hal got out of the service, he worked in some clubs here in New York City as a female impersonator.”

Cue Top 10 List: If Dave were pressed to do a Top Ten list of television directors that anybody had ever heard of since about 1947, the list would be redundant. All 10 would be: Hal Gurnee. Short TV quiz; Who directed “Pete and Gladys” in 1960? Who directed “The Merv Griffin Show?” Who directs “Rosanne?” Answer: Who cares? The point: Hal Gurnee is possibly the only living television director who is so intimately involved in a television extravaganza both behind and in front of the camera. Real people actually know his name.

Flashback: Summer of ’88. During that unfortunate writer’s strike, Gurnee helped Dave by offering up “Hal Gurnee’s Network Time Killers,” his idea to have circus performers come in and tumble some time away during the slow parts of the show.

The bit, though, that seemed to generate the most excitement was Dave’s rendition of “What is Hal Wearing?” Every night for what seemed like weeks, Dave would check in the control room asking, “Hal, what are you wearing tonight?” Each night Hal would stand up to show off those preppie threads: tan Chinos, a blue oxford shirt and brown loafers. The truth is, he really does wear this same ensemble every day. “I have five oxford shirts, three pair of Chinos that will last a week… and the shoes,” Hal admits.

A group of high school students from East St. Louis High School went into a state of fabric shock after watching this bit every night. They dressed themselves up in the Gurnee outfit and declared a “Hal Gurnee Day.” “I got a big kick out of that because it was one of those silly ideas Dave had and look what happened to it,” Gurnee laughs. (He has a picture of this senior class wearing the Gurnee threads hanging on office wall.)

Cut to: 5:30 PM. Show time. Control room crew in place, Gurnee cues the theme music. Bill Wendell gives the introduction. Dave enters stage left. The show is under way. Just before bit player Chris Elliott makes an appearance on stage, he moseys over to his pal Hal, plants a big fat wet one on his lips and hands him a little payola. (Close-ups seem to be important to Chris.) Hal, who is watching Dave closely on several monitors, raises his thick eyebrows and accepts the cash.

After the show, the crew disburses. Gurnee holds a cold compress on Dave’s forehead while other staffers hand him some old clothes to change into. Then it’s back upstairs to the office complex for a meeting to discuss the next day’s show. After all is said and done, Gurnee vacuums Dave’s office, walks four blocks to his apartment and reads silently.

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