New NG Book- BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

Praise for Michael Farquhar: Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist Advance praise for BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: The facts of this passing parade of perfidious knaves, nasty poltroons, incompetent liars and just some unlucky folk who slipped on bygone banana Read more [...]

Social Security Q&A: Is It True That I Can Completely Avoid the Earnings Test at 65 and Two Days?

Today’s question asks if what the questioner has heard is true, that it’s possible to earn unlimited income two days after turning 65 and avoid the earnings test. The answer reviews how full retirement age is related to birthdate and notes how application of the earnings test by Social Security is affected by attainment of full retirement age. Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

New NG Book- DAILY GRATITUDE: 365 DAYS OF REFLECTION, Photos and Wisdom to Enrich Your Spirit

WASHINGTON (Oct. 6, 2014)—The third installment in National Geographic’s “365 Days” series, DAILY GRATITUDE: 365 DAYS OF REFLECTION (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1379-3; on sale Oct. 28, 2014; $ 19.95 hardcover) inspires readers to reflect daily on what’s important in their lives. It highlights the elements — large and small — that make life precious. With edifying quotations and powerful nature photographs, the book is divided into monthly chapters that focus on a different Read more [...]

Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven. 1978. USA. Written and directed by Terrence Malick These notes accompany screenings of Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven on August 6, 7, and 8 in Theater 3. Terrence Malick, now 70, was still in his twenties when his first feature, Badlands, debuted at the 1973 New York Film Festival. Days of Heaven, released five years later, was not followed by another film for two decades. It is hard to think of another significant filmmaker with that kind of gap in his output. Although many (but Read more [...]

Candice Swanepoel & Hermann Nicoli: Dog Days of Summer

Enjoying some much needed time off, Candice Swanepoel stepped out with her boyfriend Hermann Nicoli in New York City earlier this week. The couple walked their adorable doggies down the Manhattan streets, taking advantage of the summer sun. In related news, Candice is the new face of Free People’s latest ad campaign. The 25-year-old posed in a series of gorgeous ads to help the fashion brand launch its fall collection, which is inspired by western apparel and features leather, heavy fabrics, Read more [...]

Marion Cotillard Plugs “Two Days, One Night” at Cannes Film Festival

She’s always up to something awesome, and Marion Cotillard showed up at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (May 20) for her “Two Days, One Night” photocall. Joined by costar Fabrizio Rongione, the “Dark Knight Rises” starlet looked gorgeous as she worked her magic for the camera. “Two Days, One Night” is one of the most-talked-about selections at Cannes this season, though it hasn’t been given a Stateside release date just yet. Per the synopsis, “The film follows Read more [...]

Chris Brown Sentenced to 131 Days in Jail

Chris Brown was ordered to spend 131 days in Los Angeles County Jail by a Superior Court judge in California on Friday, after the singer admitted to violating the terms of his probation. Judge James R. Brandlin formally sentenced Brown to a full year in jail, but gave him credit for time already served (including rehab), which reduced the maximum time he will spend behind bars for the violation to 131 days. Brown was charged with a misdemeanor last fall when he and his bodyguard got into a brawl Read more [...]