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U.S. Authors Snag 4 Spots on Man Booker Prize Longlist

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But Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch didn't make the cut

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker prize was announced Wednesday and in the first year the prestigious British award changed its criteria to consider writers from all over the world, a whopping four novels by American authors made the cut.

Previously awarded to English-language works written by citizens of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe, this year marks the first time the judges of the literary prize were able to consider works from writers across the globe, so long as they’re written in English and published in the UK.

The four American books to make the cut — We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris and Orfeo by Richard Powers — make up nearly a third of the 13-title longlist. Somewhat surprisingly, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch wasn’t selected, though it won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

When the new criteria for the Booker prize were announced last September, it caused a minor controversy as some literary insiders complained that the rule change could lead to an American domination of the prize.

“Although it appears to let in lots more good fiction, it risks diluting the identity of the prize,” John Mullan, a former Booker Prize judge, told the BBC last year. “It’s going to be Toni Morrison versus Hilary Mantel, or Jonathan Franzen against Ian McEwan, and I think that’s really unfortunate.”

American authors didn’t dominate the longlist — the Brits still hold that claim with five titles making the cut — and the final winner will be announced on Sept. 9.

The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (US)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Australia)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (US)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (US)
J, Howard Jacobson (UK)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (UK)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (UK)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (India)
Us, David Nicholls (UK)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Ireland)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (US)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (UK)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Ireland)


Children Suffer as War Continues in Gaza and Israel

The father of 18-month-old Razel Netzlream, who was fatally wounded during an airstrike, carries her body right before her funeral, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, July 18, 2014.
The father of 18-month-old Razel Netzlream, who was fatally wounded during an air strike, carries her body right before her funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, on July 18, 2014 Alessio Romenzi

As Israel and Hamas continue fighting, children on both sides of the border are paying the price

Correction appended, July 23.

As the conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel moves into its third week, the impact of the fighting on Palestinian and Israeli children has become a heart-breaking signature of the conflict. Reports from Gaza relay stories of shells destroying civilian homes, killing children sheltering within; of tank fire killing a 5-month-old baby; of a strike on a beach killing four young boys who had been kicking around a soccer ball. In Israel, parents hear the first wail of air-raid sirens, grab their frightened children and run for bomb shelters.

After two weeks of aerial attacks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the densely populated Gaza Strip — followed by a ground offensive that began last week — the statistics are just as grim as the news reports. UNICEF’s communications chief in Jerusalem, Catherine Weibel, says that according to U.N.’s figures at least 121 Palestinian children under the age of 18 have been killed since the conflict started on July 8, making up a full one-third of Palestinian civilian casualties. Between July 20 to July 21 alone, she says, “there were at least 28 children killed in Gaza.”

The conflict, which was, in part, precipitated by the killing of children — first the murder of three Israeli teens in late June and then one Palestinian teen earlier this month — has so far claimed the lives of a further 479 Palestinians and 27 Israelis, according to the latest U.N. figures. But it’s perhaps the escalating toll on innocent children that has drawn the greatest concern from human rights organizations, world leaders and critics of both Hamas and Israel. In a press conference on July 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a cease-fire, saying that “too many Palestinian and Israeli mothers are burying their children.” The day before, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a press conference that there was an urgent need to “stop the deaths of innocent civilians.”

In response to the outcry over the loss of children’s lives — much of it directed toward Israel — the Israeli military has said that it has gone to extensive lengths to prevent civilian deaths, while psychologists in Israel point out that the conflict has taken a toll on Israeli as well as Palestinian children.

Lieut. Colonel Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF, tells TIME that Israel has made efforts to “encourage people to leave areas that were potential combat zones” by releasing leaflets, sending texts and making phone calls before the IDF launched its ground offensive. Lerner says that civilians are never the targets. “Some of the targets have been civilian homes that have been utilized for command and control positions by terrorists,” he says.

Bill Van Esveld, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch who is based in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, tells TIME that “given the fact that more than 50% of Gaza’s population is under 18 years old,” any attacks on the region’s densely packed residential areas are likely “going to harm civilians [and] chances are, given that population ratio, going to be killing kids.”

Given the large, young population in Gaza, experts say that many children are likely suffering from symptoms of trauma, even if they haven’t been physically injured. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that “at least 72,390 children require direct and specialized psychosocial support (PSS) on the basis of families who have experienced death, injury or loss of home over the past 10 days.” OCHA also expects that number to soar.

Israeli mother and son seen run to a bomb shelter as the siren goes off on July 14, 2014 at the city of Ashkelon.
An Israeli mother and her son run to a bomb shelter as the siren goes off in Ashkelon, Israel, on July 14, 2014. Ilia Yefimovich—Getty Images

So far no Israeli children have been killed in the conflict and there are no reports of injuries. But Israeli activists and researchers report that the conflict has traumatized children on both sides of the walls and fences that separate Gaza from Israel. Hamas has fired 2,000 missiles into Israel, according to the IDF, since the conflict began. Says clinical psychologist Yotam Dagan, the international cooperation director at Natal, an Israeli nongovernmental organization that treats victims of trauma related to war and terror: “It’s not just an Israeli problem and it’s not just a Palestinian problem — children are children are children, everywhere. Whenever hostilities break, you know the fire starts to blow [and] children are the first and the most likely to be affected by the situation.”

“When we talk about psychological trauma it’s like an invisible bullet,” Dagan tells TIME, “nobody sees it, but this experience of being near death or being nearly killed or exposed to explosions and rockets falling — or even the fear — it’s like an invisible bullet that goes through your soul, through your mind.”

Irwin Mansdorf, an Israeli psychologist and fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, says that Israeli children exposed to attacks by Hamas are susceptible to “real clinical symptoms as a result of real, distressing events.” According to both psychologists, the symptoms of trauma in children, much like in adults, can include nightmares, flashbacks, detachment, anxiety, depression or acting out and regression.

Some Israeli children are also dealing with being displaced from their homes. Roni Taronski, 12, is seeking refuge — along with her mother, grandmother and aunt — in a boarding school about 11 miles (18 km) southeast from her home in Kibbutz Mefalsim, which is only a mile from the Gaza border and has become a target of Hamas rocket fire. “It’s not that we don’t want to go, everybody wants to go home,” she tells TIME. “We’re not allowed. Our houses are [like] a military base right now.” When asked how she’s feeling so far away from home, Roni says she’s homesick. She then adds, “I’m really scared.”

In Gaza, Samira Attar, a 13-year-old girl from the Beit Lahia neighborhood, is among the 100,000 Palestinians who are now displaced and seeking refuge in an U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school, where her mother Souad, says the sound of shelling keeps the family awake at night. “I hate this school,” Samira tells TIME. “I want to play with my cousins and sisters and live normally like others.”

Twelve-year-old Shahd Majed lies on a bed in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, her leg injured by shrapnel from a shell or bomb that exploded near her house on July 21. “I hate the war,” she says. “I want it to end please. I want to return to normal life. Please let us live.”

— With reporting by Hazem Balousha / Gaza

Correction: An earlier version of this story drew a premature conclusion about the source of the Israeli attack that killed four boys in Gaza. Israel is still investigating the strike.


Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: Family Bumped From Flight

Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.
Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Pierre Crom—Getty Images

"We were supposed to be on that flight"

While the family and friends of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are searching for answers, another family is counting their blessings.

Barry and Izzy Sim, along with their baby son, had planned on boarding the very flight that later crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. But when they arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the couple were told there were not enough seats on the plane for all of them. Instead the family switched to a later flight with KLM airlines.

“We were supposed to be on that flight,” a visibly emotional Izzy Sim told the BBC, after learning that their original flight had crashed. “There must have been someone watching over us and saying ‘you must not get on that flight.'”

All 298 aboard the flight were killed in the crash. Of those aboard, 154 people were from the Netherlands, 27 from Australia, 43 from Malaysia, 12 from Indonesia, 9 from the United Kingdom and others from Europe, the Philippines and Canada, according to a statement from Malaysia Airlines.

“You get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach,” said Barry, describing his reaction to the news that the plane had crashed. “We started getting butterflies. Your heartbeat starts going.”

But Barry, originally from Scotland, said the family was still planning on flying to Malaysia, despite the tragedy. “In my mind, lightning never strikes twice in the same place so I am still philosophical that you get on the flight and you go about your life,” he said. “I know my wife doesn’t feel like that. Probably the last thing she wants to do now is fly, especially to Kuala Lumpur.”

Clutching her baby son, Izzy explained, “We are very loyal to Malaysia Airlines and we always want to fly with Malaysia Airlines.” But, “at this moment we are so glad to be [booked] on that KLM flight rather than that Malaysia Airlines flight.”


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Reports and Images From the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Crash Scene

Devastation pictured at the crash scene of the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight

It wasn’t long after news broke that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 had crashed in eastern Ukraine that traditional and social media were both flooded with descriptions of the crash scene, along with photos and videos apparently taken at the spot where the plane came down.

Taken together, they paint a grisly picture of the scene on the ground in the Donetsk region. Early reports say that all 295 aboard – reportedly 280 passengers and 15 crew members – were killed. Below are some of the stills and videos members of the public and journalists have posted on social media sites. It is not possible to verify the authenticity of the images:

MORE: Protecting Airliners From Missile Attacks

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The Trailer for Ouija Is Here and It’s Terrifying

The Hasbro game is getting its own horror movie


Are you ready to be terrified? If the answer is a resounding yes, then check out the trailer for the upcoming horror film Ouija.

The film is the latest in a rash of Hasbro-board-game-to-big-screen adaptations, though from the looks of the trailer, Ouija will have a decidedly different tone from Battleship, even the Transformers films. The movie stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith and Bianca A. Santos as a group of friends who use the board to connect with their dead friend. With a team of producers who’ve collectively worked on certifiably chilling films like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Unborn, The Purge, Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the film is almost certain to be horrifying.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Ouija has appeared in a horror movie — the board had key roles in The Exorcist and the Paranormal Activity films. But with the Oct. 24 release of Ouija, the terrifying, seance-conducting game will be getting the starring role it deserves.

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New Captain America Will Be Black

Just a day after Marvel revealed that the new Thor will be a woman


Another day, another announcement that Marvel is diversifying its heroes.

Just one day after announcing that its new Thor would be a woman, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to announce that the new Captain America would be a black man.

Quesada told Colbert on Wednesday night that the character Sam Wilson, who comic book fans might already know as The Falcon, would be taking over the role of Captain America in a new series launching in October.

Wilson first debuted in 1969’s Captain America #117 and was the first African-American super hero and has been a major player in Marvel comics ever since. The character will now take on the role of Captain America in Captain America #25.

The new series will mark Wilson as the seventh character to take up Captain America’s famous shield — though, it should be noted, not the first African-American character. According to Vulture, that honor went to Isaiah Bradley, in 2003’s Truth: Red, White, and Black.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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Hodor From Game of Thrones Launches Thrones-Themed DJ Tour

Opening of the Moscow International Film Festival
Kristian Nairn attends the Moscow International Film Festival at Pushkinsky Cinema on June 19, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Kommersant Photo--Kommersant via Getty Images

Tour has inevitably been dubbed "Rave of Thrones"

Australians looking to show off their love of Game of Thrones on the dancefloor are in luck.

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor on the HBO show, is gearing up for a DJ-tour around Australia, which has been appropriately dubbed “Rave of Thrones.”

The tour — which will see Nairn playing gigs in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Darwin and Adelaide — sounds like it will be exactly what fans of the HBO series are looking for in between seasons.

The Guardian reports that the gig venues will be transformed with Westeros-like decor and, like most GOT festivities, there will be plenty of surprise guests. What’s more, audience members are expected to show up in full GOT regalia.

The audience can also expect a good show from Nairn, as the Northern Irish actor spent more than a decade as a resident DJ in Belfast’s Kremlin club before being cast on the world-famous show. As the tour’s website promises that, “Unlike the Red Wedding, these soirees will be remembered for seasons to come for all the right reasons.”
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F-35 a No-Show (So Far) at Big Air Show

An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in 2012.
An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in 2012. Randy Gon—U.S. Air Force/Reuters

The star attraction at Farnborough International Air Show failed to appear on opening day

Lightning did not strike at the Farnborough International Air Show on Monday.

Farnborough’s star attraction—the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation fighter jet also known as the Joint Strike Fighter—was due to make its international air show debut this month. Unfortunately for both the air show organizers and F-35 developers, the fighter jet failed to make its scheduled appearance at Farnborough, in Hampshire, England, after the entire F-35 fleet was grounded in the U.S. last month after the engine on one of the jet’s caught fire.

Yet Farnborough organizers, Lockheed Martin (which manufactures the jet), and the U.S. military are all hopeful the F-35 will still be able to make an appearance. Farnborough announced the fighter jet would be missing the show’s opening on July 13 in a statement, saying, “The aircraft is still awaiting US [Department of Defense] clearance but we are hopeful that it will fly at the air show by the end of the week.”

“Everyone involved in the project is working towards a positive result for attendance at the air show [later] this week,” the statement added.

The fire took place on June 23, in a single jet’s Pratt & Whitney engine at the Eglin Air Force base in Florida. No one was harmed, but the fire prompted the Pentagon to ground the entire fleet of jets until the matter had been investigated. The fire was caused by excessive rubbing of fan blades in the engine, according to F-35 developers and Lockheed executives, who held a news conference at Farnborough on Monday. The fire is also believed to be an isolated incident.

“There’s a growing body of evidence that this is not a systemic problem,” said the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, while also emphasizing the need to conduct a thorough investigation and put “safety first.”

Yet the failure to make the much-hyped appearance at the opening of the air show—while also missing appearances earlier this month at the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Scotland, and the Royal International Air Tattoo show in Fairford, England—is another blow to the F-35 program, which has come under fire for being both overdue and over-budget. The F-35 is a major project for the American military, with three variants of the jet being developed for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. And with estimated development costs of almost $400 billion, the F-35 is also the most expensive weapon ever built.

As the Farnborough International Air Show marks one of the world’s biggest aviation events of the year—where industry experts, buyers and aviation fans all gather—the F-35’s absence is bound to be noted by potential customers. (Foreign buyers of the aircraft already include Italy, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Israel, Norway, Japan, and the Netherlands.) In particular, the U.K. is a major customer for the fighter jet, but the New York Times reports that the country, which originally said it would buy 138 jets, has only committed to purchasing 48 so far.

And if the F-35 fails to appear at all before the Farnborough Air Show draws to an end on Sunday? “It’s not ideal,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst who works for the Teal Group. “This could delay efforts to ramp up production.”

But Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, insisted Monday that a cancellation wouldn’t be “a setback to the program.”

“It would have been wonderful for the rest of the world to see it’s not just a paper airplane. It’s a technological marvel,” he said, before adding that the jets were ready to fly across the Atlantic to Farnborough as soon as they were given clearance. “We’re not giving up yet.”

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25 Years Later, When Harry Met Sally… Is Still the Perfect Rom-Com

When Harry Met Sally

Back in July, 1989, audiences met Harry Burns and Sally Albright — and it was love at first sight

“I’ll have what she’s having.”

From the moment Rob Reiner’s mother first uttered the line onscreen 25 years ago, it was destined to become the most memorable moment in When Harry Met Sally…. But while the line — not to mention the equally famous “fake orgasm” bit it serves as a punchline to — is hilarious, it’s far from the most special thing about the film. Two and a half decades later, it’s still the quintessential romantic comedy.

Directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, the film resonated with audiences immediately when it was released on July 14, 1989. Famously exploring whether men and women can ever be just friends — or whether sex will get in the way — the movie follows Harry Burns, an easy-going pessimist, and Sally Albright, a finicky optimist, over the course of twelve years. While the pair get off to a rocky start, they eventually become friends and then, something more. Of course, the will-they-won’t-they tension wasn’t a revolution to the rom-com genre, but the wit and charm that infused the dialogue, and the charisma that both Ryan and Crystal brought to the screen, struck a chord with romance lovers everywhere.

The film became a box office hit, raking in more than $90 million in the U.S., and was generally well-received by reviewers. But a few critics seemed disgruntled by the movie’s obvious nods to Woody Allen films like Annie Hall and Manhattan. In its review, the New York Times called the movie a “Woody Allen wannabe,” citing the opening credits with “white letters on a black background,” scenes that are “infatuated with Manhattan” and “dialogue obsessed with love, sex and death.” While it’s true that there are plenty of Woody Allen nods in the film, it’s also true that When Harry Met Sally… is far sunnier and more sentimental — in a good way — than the average Allen pic.

Today it almost seems odd to think of the movie — now iconic in the rom-com genre — as a “Woody Allen wannabe,” especially since so many films made since are clearly When Harry Met Sally… wannabes. Countless romantic comedies made in the ‘90s and 2000s blatantly tried to capture the charm of Harry and Sally, some with great results (like, say, My Best Friend’s Wedding) and others less so (A Lot Like Love, we’re looking at you). Even sitcoms like Seinfeld and The Mindy Project have incorporated nods, both subtle and blatant, to the film. Despite the imitators and the years and the changes in the rom-com genre, When Harry Met Sally still sticks out from the pack.

Part of what makes the movie so great is its simplicity. First of all, the two leads aren’t thrown together due to some ridiculous bet (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, She’s All That), nor are they dealing with any kind of magic or spell (Groundhog Day, 13 Going on 30). Harry and Sally aren’t even grappling with any class or status differences (Pretty Woman, Notting Hill). Both are white and privileged, living in New York with huge apartments and loads of disposable income and time.

Instead, the Harry and Sally are simply dealing with the age-old question of the differences between men and women. The issues that the pair — along with their two best friends, Jess and Marie, excellently played by Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher, respectively — face are pretty universal in the relationships of 20 and 30-somethings everywhere: fights over possessions when moving in with someone; needing a “transitional person,” aka a rebound, after a break-up; dealing with a partner who’s “high maintenance” — a term that the movie just happened to have coined. And, of course, the tension and awkwardness that follows having sex with a good friend. What’s even more remarkable is how relevant the movie still feels today. Watch it again. Aside from some hairstyles and sartorial choices, the film has aged remarkably well, largely thanks to its script.

Of course, it would be a crime to discuss When Harry Met Sally… without mentioning its script, and its script-writer, the late, great Nora Ephron. Throughout her impressive career as a journalist, essayist, screenwriter and director, Ephron’s wit and sharp observations about human nature always shone through — and there’s nowhere that’s more apparent than in When Harry Met Sally…. Though “I’ll have what she’s having” is by far the most quoted line from the film — a Billy Crystal contribution, it should be noted — Ephron’s script is packed with lines that are gems. There are so many great lines that it’s difficult to pick out the best moments; from the funny (“Thin. Pretty. Big tits. Your basic nightmare”) to the poignant (“You know what I miss? I miss the idea of him”) to the absurd (“You made a woman meow?”), each line is sharp and witty and true. It’s no wonder that Ephron was nominated for an Oscar for her script.

But maybe above all else, the movie stands out because it’s romantic. Though their romance is a slow burn, Harry does finally make a grand declaration of love to Sally, saying, “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” It’s enough to make even the most hardened skeptic melt — and thank the rom-com gods for introducing them to When Harry Met Sally….

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Report: Angelina Jolie Taking ‘Legal Action’ Against Daily Mail Over Video

Maleficent Press Conference Photocall
Angelina Jolie attends "Maleficent" press conference for Japan premiere at Grand Hyatt Tokyo on June 24, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Jun Sato--WireImage

The actor is said to be upset over a video the Daily Mail posted, which purports to show her addicted to heroin during the 1990s

This hasn’t been the best week for the Daily Mail and its celebrity relationships. Just days after actor George Clooney published a scathing op-ed in USA Today, railing against the Daily Mail‘s “irresponsibility” in publishing a story about his fiancée’s family opposing their relationship on religious grounds, a new celebrity has taken aim at the British publication.

Angelina Jolie is taking legal action against the Daily Mail, reports the London Times, over a video published online, which the newspaper claims shows the actress when she was a heroin user in the late 1990s. The 16-minute video, which was originally published by the National Enquirer, shows the actress walking around an apartment and talking on the phone. The clip was allegedly shot by Franklin Meyer, who claims to have been the Oscar winner’s drug dealer when she was living in New York, according to the Mail’s article, which was published on July 8.

Jolie has dicussed her past drug use in interviews before, but the Times reports that she views the Daily Mail‘s publication of the video as a “gross violation of her privacy.”

[London Times]


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