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Joker’s Oscar nominations are a joke: This movie is stupid!

This, in the end, is what I find stupidest of all about Joker: how convinced the movie seems that it’s daring, that it’s showing us something we’ve never seen before. There’s a scene in Joker when Arthur Fleck sneaks into a fancy benefit screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Todd Phillips trains the camera on the movie screen as the Little Tramp roller-skates closer and closer to a steep drop. Get it?!Phillips is asking, nudging us in the ribs. We, too, are unafraid to skate close to the edge.

— Read on slate.com/culture/2020/01/oscar-nominations-2020-joker-best-picture-no.html

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E-books at local libraries: Inside the fight between publishers and librarians over buying and lending policy.

“Public libraries are engaged in one of the most valuable series of community services for all ages, for all audiences,” said Steve Potash, the CEO and founder of OverDrive, a company that supplies libraries with e-books. “The public library is just something that is underappreciated. It certainly is so by Macmillan.”

— Read on slate.com/business/2019/09/e-book-library-publisher-buying-controversy-petition.amp