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‘ I did very good I could with what I had …’: scribes on the Philip Roth they knew


A daring explorer of self-esteem is remembered by Robert McCrum, David Hare and Hannah Beckerman

Robert McCrum:’ His late prose has the command, lilt and simplicity of greatness’

When I interviewed Philip Roth in 2008, its first year of his 75 th birthday, at his pastoral home in upstate Connecticut, there seemed to be mainly three events on his knowledge: outliving his contemporaries and contenders; the ongoing fuss about the Nobel committee( would they/ wouldn’t they ?) and Portnoy’s Complaint .

As Roth, who died last week, at the age of 85- just a few days after another master of American prose, Tom Wolfe– moves into the literary pantheon, those first two worries have become irrelevant or trivial, but that frustration with the legacy of Portnoy was prescient. This “shocking” fiction is now more than 60 years old, but some readers still haven’t got over his brilliant, comic journey of a young man’s frustrated sex drive, especially as it might relate to an Jewish-American boy’s mother. A novel in the semblance of a acknowledgment, it was taken by many American readers as a admission in the guise of a fiction: Portnoy became an immediate bestseller and a succes fou .

Let us not forget, in honouring Roth’s exit, that to facilitate his solitary passion, Portnoy masteries a much richer arsenal of sex assistants than most horny young men: old-fashioned socks, his sister’s underwear, a baseball glove and- notoriously- a slice of liver for the Portnoy family dinner. This is the” talking remedy” Freud never saw, a psychotic speech, to repeat its scribe, by” a lust-ridden, mother-addicted, young Jewish bachelor-at-arms”, a laughable harangue that would make” the id back in yid “. Perhaps exclusively Harold Pinter, to whom, as a young man, Roth bore some similarity, has been possible to framed such a memorable and shocking line.

Philip Milton Roth was born into a family of second-generation American Jews from Newark, New Jersey,” before pantyhose and frozen foods”, he liked to say, in 1933. His mothers were devoted to their son.” To be at all ,” he writes of his mother and leader in his autobiography,” is to be her Philip[ and] my biography still takes its twirl from beginning as his Roth .”

He came of age in Eisenhower’s America, grown up in the suburbiums, across the Hudson, temporarily separated from the glittering desires of Manhattan, but part of a generation of young Americans, also including William Styron, John Updike and Saul Bellow, who wanted to re-examine and revitalize their society in the aftermath of the second world war, the Holocaust and Hiroshima. Roth’s elderlies- Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal and Kurt Vonnegut- had already shown the channel in their spunky takeover of the American novel. Roth, too, would set about this task through his volumes, exploding on to the amazingly genteel American literary background with Goodbye, Columbus in 1959.

From his precocious beginnings, Roth learned to endure the kind of attention that might have led even “the worlds largest” dedicated headline-hog into distracted solipsism: a persistent grumble of low-grade hostility, the spiteful scrutiny of literary minnows and, after Portnoy’s Complaint was published in 1969, ceaseless jokes about” beating off “. How quaint his literary misdemeanors seem today. From many points of view, Roth’s job epitomised the humorist Peter de Vries’s observation about American characters that” one nightmares of the goddess Fame- and airs up with the bastard Publicity “.

Some reviewers still chide him for his insouciance towards agreement, and his assaults on the American dream. Had he, I wondered, when we satisfied, ever unconsciously courted outrage?” I don’t have any appreciation of gathering ,” he replied,” least of all when I’m writing. The audience I’m writing for is me, and I’m so busy trying to figure the damn stuff out, and having so much trouble, that the last thing I should be considered is:’ What is X, Y, or Z going to be thinking of it ?'” There, in a convict, is the authentic Roth: neurotic, obsessive, contemptuous and self-centred. The only thing that’s missing is the scandalous witticism( impersonation, fantasy, wits and riffs) that attended any communication with the writer when he was in the mood, and on a roll.

Barack Obama awarding the 2011 Medal of Art and Humanities to Philip Roth at the White House, March 2011. Photograph: Patsy Lynch/ Rex/ Shutterstock

The savage indignation mingled with self-hating rage that characterised the young Roth pitched him, as a young man, into a nature of banal public curiosity. He would invest most of his evolve life fleeing its Furies, insisting that his story was not autobiographical. But regardless: so what? The the main theme of his early employment were the constant themes of his effort as a whole: the sex identity of the Jewish-American male and the troubling intricacies of any rapport with the opposite sex.

Those commentators who, on his death, have complained about Roth’s “narcissism” and affiliated contraventions, are missing the extent. Such remorseless self-examination- from Tristram Shandy and Huckleberry Finn to Tender Is the Night and The Naked and the Dead – is the novel’s timeless business. For Roth, Portnoy placed the template for all his employment, the elegant anguish of literary self-contemplation.” No modern scribe ,” Martin Amis once detected,” has taken self-examination so far and so literally .”

After Portnoy , Roth took refuge from personality in his alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, and from the pressures of American literary life in long trances of tripping across Europe and England, culminating in his wedding to the actress Claire Bloom. This centre period of his fiction, dominated by the Zuckerman fictions, and his second union( his first spouse had died in a vehicle disintegrate in 1968) became increasingly troubled by his quest for artistic fulfilment.

The Zuckerman notebooks, for example, The Anatomy Lesson and The Counterlife , gratified and infuriated Roth’s critics and followers.” Lives into narrations, stories into lives ,” detected the literary critic and biographer Hermione Lee,” that’s the name of Roth’s doubled competition .” The novelist himself disliked to be asked about his alter egos.” Am I Roth or Zuckerman ?” he would gripe.” It’s all me. Good-for-nothing is me .” Or, in Deception :” I draft fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography; I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction. So since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, make them decide what it is or isn’t .”

As much as the wildernes humor of a novelist given to memorable comic effusions, this prickliness was usual. His self-assured belief in his profound originality firstly enlivened and then poisoned his relationship with Bloom who, having declared that she wanted” to spend my life with this remarkable man”, divorced him in 1995, after years of provocation. Roth had set his adultery into myths such as Deception ( 1990 ), a ruthlessly exact chronicle of an American husband’s removed from a resentful spouse in his affair with a grown English lady. Bloom went her retribution in 1996 in Leaving a Doll’s House .

After the break with Bloom, Roth retreated into splendid isolation in Connecticut, working day and night, a lonely and preferably tetchy old man with a notoriously short fuse. He celebrated this life in his 1979 fiction The Ghost Writer :” Purity. Serenity. Simplicity. Seclusion. All one’s concentration and verve and clevernes reserved for the gruelling, exalted, transcendent announcing … this is how I will live .” Sequestered with his muse, artistically he was free. As if to perplex F Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated maxim that” there are no second acts in American lives”, he lunged himself into a frenzy of piece.” If I get up at five and I can’t sleep and I want to work ,” he told the New Yorker ,” I used to go and I go to work .”

The romances of Roth’s old age still leave many American novelists half his age in his junk. The turning of the 20 th century ascertained the remarkable late flowering of his imagination in American Pastoral ( 1997 ), I Married a Communist ( 1998 ), The Human Stain ( 2000 ), and a spookily prophetic The Plot Against America ( 2004 ). Now, at long last, he was no longer an enfant terrible, but America’s elder statesman of letters. His late prose has the dictation, pattern and clarity of greatness: paroles written and rewritten in almost monkish seclusion.

In his final years, he lived alone, at least up there. In New York, where he wintered, as a literary lion, it was a different story. On my visit to his rural paradise, once the business of the interrogation was over, he testified off the reserve in which he cherished to swim, his lawns and, eventually, the simple wooden part in which he would copy, standing up, as if on guard at the entrances of the American imagination. Never a era elapsed when he did not stare at those three abominable terms: qwertyuiop, asdfghjkl and zxcvbnm. As he once said, rather grimly:” So I cultivate, I’m on call. I’m like a doctor and it’s an emergency room. And I’m the emergency .”

Roth’s late novels were really novellas, but they are also commanded, and received, respectful attention, at the least from those who were not troubled by the hoary age-old the allegations of ” misogyny” and “narcissism”. Perhaps Roth sensed his demise was near. With surprising modesty, he liked to repeated the valedictory texts of the great boxer, Joe Louis:” I did very good I could with what I had .”

In 2007, he wrote Exit Ghost , his farewell to Zuckerman, and then, in 2010, a goodbye to all volumes, his last-place romance, Nemesis . In 2012, he told the BBC that he would write no more and ease himself” ever deeper daily into the redoubtable Valley of the Shadow “. Recognising his prominence on the American scene, the Observer praised” the sheer gratify of his form- that prolonged, lucid, accurate and subtly cadenced prose who is able to save you inside the dynamic anticipates of one of his attributes for as numerous pages as he misses “. In a channel, that’s beside the point. His subject remained, to the end, in the words of Martin Amis,” himself, himself, himself “.

Robert McCrum is a former Observer literary writer. His most recent work is Every Third Thought( Picador )

Hannah Beckerman:’ He hurled questions back at you, became you crusaded your corner’

Beckerman with Roth outside his writing studio in Connecticut, 2003. Photograph: Courtesy of Hannah Beckerman

It was a Wednesday afternoon when my telephone rang at work.

” Can I be addressed to Hannah Beckerman ?” an American voice asked.” It’s Philip Roth .”

It was 2002, and I was a 27 -year-old BBC television producer. A few weeks previously, I’d transmit a letter to Roth’s agent in New York, pitching the idea for a documentary to commemorate his 70 th birthday. In those epoches I send a lot of speculative letters to authors I admired and rarely got a reply, let alone a personal phone call.

” So, shall we talk about this film you want to obligate ?”

Over the next hour, Roth and I talked about his cultivate: about accusations of misogyny (” I’m not a misogynist. I’ve never understood people saying that “); about parent-child affairs in American Pastoral ; about whether Mickey Sabbath was an unlikable reputation.” He’s angry, but don’t you think he has good reason to be angry ?” Roth did that a lot: shed the question back at you, induced you fight your area, pushed “youre going to” interrogate your own position.

At the end of the bellow, Roth said we should ” speak again “. Over the course of the next year, about once a week my phone would reverberate and a spokesperson was just saying:” Hannah, it’s Philip .” We has spoken about his run, American literature, my Jewish grandfather, politics. Strangely, at the time, those announcements didn’t impress me as astonishing. I retained no periodical of them, as I might do now. Perhaps it was the folly of boy, or perhaps it was because those discussions were, above all else, enjoyable. Even when he was challenging me- and I is known as being hindered on my toes – his incisive humour disintegrate through.

A year later, Roth agreed to take part in the documentary. It was only then that I realised he’d been vetting me: he wanted to know that I understood his drive, that I appreciated it, that I was going to treat him- and his novels- with integrity.

It was a snowy February afternoon when I arrived in Connecticut with two BBC peers. We met Roth for dinner at a restaurant. He was funny and sharp, just as he’d been during our phone calls. We shared a dessert: something with chocolate. A friend of his arrived and connected us for sips. Exclusively later did I discover it was the film director Milos Forman.

The next morning, we arrived at his home: a large, gray-haired clapboard mansion nuzzled in the groves on a superhighway you probably wouldn’t find if you weren’t looking forward to it. Roth reacted the door in tracksuit freighters and an old sweatshirt.” I’m doing my utilizations. Come on in .” The sitting room was light-headed and airy, with large-scale spaces that allow in the low-spirited wintertime sunbathe, and there was music playing. We chit-chat while he activity on a mat laid down by on the shiny wooden floor. The residence was lived in: bookshelves, two sofas facing one another in the middle of the chamber, an ancient Tv. I presented him how to work his misbehaving VHS machine, and he talked me through the pictures stuck to his fridge: vintage photographs, mailing-cards of Jackson Pollock paints( he was a fan of Pollock , not so much Rothko ). He pointed out the pond in the garden-variety where he swam and showed me his writing studio- precisely a few steps from the house and made from the same grey clapboard- complete with the lectern where he now copied standing up to accommodate his bad back.

In the three days I invested filming with him, Roth was easygoing, good fellowship- far removed from the angry, misanthropic attributes in some of his novels, identity characters so many commentators have wrongly be due to Roth himself.

A couple of months later, my mobile phone rang. It was Roth to tell me he’d seen the documentary and loved it.” But who the hell was that actor you got to do the reads from my romances? His voice was all wrong .” Roth was right: the actor had been badly thrown. And that final telephone calls from Roth summing-ups him up perfectly: generous but challenging, promoting a wry smile while highlighting errors, and with an ravenous vigour to question everything around him.

Hannah Beckerman is a novelist, correspondent and producer of the BBC film Philip Roth’s America

David Hare:’ American ardour for newness was the source of his inspiration’

Philip Roth revisiting a childhood recur in Newark, New Jersey, 1968. Photograph: Bob Peterson/ The Life Images Collection/ Getty

I first satisfy Philip Roth through a reciprocal love with his fellow novelist Julian Mitchell. They had been students together in the United Government. But it was when he was living in England in the early 1980 s that we flourished closer.

His first reason for being in London was that he was with Claire Bloom. But the move also suited his intents. Even a writer of his steely resolve was exhausted by all the hysteria attendant on the publication of Portnoy’s Complaint . You could tell how relieved he was to be living in one of the leafier parts of South Kensington and to work together daily in a quiet area in Notting Hill.

Philip was pure scribe through and through, and he was deeply interested in, and extremely generous towards, all persons who he thought took writing as gravely as he did. In particular, he testified a humorous interest in younger peers like me, Christopher Hampton and Ian McEwan. He liked the fact that Christopher and I acted in the theatre, because Philip clearly had an itch for the stage, which he didn’t know how to scratch.( He did eventually change The Cherry Orchard for Claire to play Madame Ranyevskaya in Chichester ).

We took to having lunch together every couple of weeks in a classy eatery called Monsieur Thompson’s. Philip was the wittiest conversationalist you could imagine, and it didn’t take long to notice that all his revelry and frothing glare were directed towards uncovering hypocrisy. He only disliked people posing as better than they were. He revelled in the play-act Pravda , which Howard Brenton and I created about a Murdoch-like newspaper proprietor, and equally in Anthony Hopkins’s demonic execution, because he said it was a sign that I was finally facing up to the fact that I wasn’t, in his terms,” a neat boy “. In life, I could pretend to be nice if I missed, that was my business, but it was a useless position from which to write. Men and women were good and evil, devious and kind, fine and flawed. You was only able to write well if you stopped pretending to be virtuous.

There were experiences when talking to him, say, about his first wife, that I began to wonder whether he was overly in love with a writer’s necessary ruthlessness. Because I once happened to be in New York, he asked me to stand in on his behalf opening the wing of a library in his old college at Bucknell in Pennsylvania. When I returned, he was desperate to hear everything about the opportunity, as though there were more fictional juice for him in things being determined through my borrowed eyes rather through his own. There was a voyeuristic shine when I told him which of his old classmates had was right here, exactly what we they wearing, and how they had reacted to the speech he had given me to read.

In time, Monsieur Thompson’s folded, and he took instead to lunching in Spudulike. Suddenly, there was America’s most famous novelist, unrecognised, daily eating a baked potato and coleslaw, right next to Notting Hill tube. It was in Spudulike that he stopped trying to persuade me to go to the Middle East. He guessed the rabid Jewish pioneers were amusing. When I protested that religious zealotry was his subject matter , not mine, he replied:” I predict you, David, these people are so crazy there’s room enough for all of us .”

By the time he left the UK, there were aspects of his behaviour- in relation to his romantic life with Claire, and to violent severs with one or two of his best friends- that had a new and fearing ferocity. He claimed to be driven away by upper-class antisemitism. But in fact it turned out he needed to get back home for a simpler reason. American rage for newness was the causes of his inspiration.

He followed up his expatriate with the most stunning ranged of any contemporary novelist: Sabbath’s Theater , American Pastoral and The Human Stain . In urban Connecticut he paid the local paper shop 25 cents additional to deliver his New York Times with the culture section ripped out, because it infuriated him so much better. Critics who had once accused him of obscenity now converted the charge to misogyny. But they were missing the place. We were registering a pious age in which, in public, parties were going to claim to be without discoloration, driving as hard on their impeccable ethical castes as they did on their abs and their pecs. But Philip, in our lifetime, was the supreme anatomist of the distinction between who we claim to be and how we react. That is why his occupation, more than anyone else’s, remains still cherished, still resented.

David Hare is an English playwright and screenwriter. His new play, I’m Not Running, opens at the National Theatre in the autumn

Tesla driver says automobile was in autopilot when it disintegrated at 60 mph


Driver of Model S, which failed to stop at a red light and collided with a firetruck in Utah, told researchers she was using the semi-autonomous system

The driver of a Tesla automobile that failed to stop at a red light and crashed with a firetruck told researchers that the vehicle was operating on “autopilot” mode when it gate-crashed, police said.

A Tesla Model S was traveling at 60 mph when it collided with the emergency vehicle in South Jordan, Utah, on Friday, inducing minor injuries to both operators, officials said Monday. The Tesla driver’s claim that the car was using the autopilot technology has raised fresh questions about the electric car company’s semi-autonomous system, which is supposed to assist operators in steering the road.

The exact case of the gate-crash, which left the driver with a smashed ankle, remains unknown, with Tesla saying it did not yet have the car’s data and could not comment on whether autopilot was engaged. South Jordan police also said the 28 -year-old driver” admitted that she was looking at her telephone prior to the collision” and that evidences said the car did not brake or take any action to avoid the crash.

” As a remember for operators of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver’s responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all seasons ,” the police department said in a statement.

The vistum of the gate-crash in Utah. Photograph: Courtesy of the South Jordan police department

While driverless technology is expected to construct the roads greatly safer by reducing human error and crashes, business like Tesla are currently in a transition period that some experts say has created unique gambles. That’s because semi-autonomous aspects, research illustrates how, can lull operators into a incorrect gumption of security rights and make it hard for them to remain alert and happen as needed.

Tesla has faced backlash for its decision to firebrand these new technologies” autopilot“, considering the fact that the drivers are expected not to is dependant on the facet to keep them safe.

After a Tesla autopilot crash in March resulted in the driver’s death, the company issued a series of lengthy statements blaming the main victims for” not give attention “.

On Monday, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk complained about an article on the Utah crash, writing on Twitter:” It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash ensuing in a transgres ankle is front sheet bulletin and the~ 40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage .”

He too wrote that it was ” actually amazing” the collision at 60 mph exclusively resulted in a interrupt ankle:” An impact at that accelerate often outcomes in acute injury or death .”

Musk has on numerous occasions powerfully chastised journalists investigating Tesla crashes, arguing that the unflattering news coverage was dissuading people from employing the technology and thus” killing people” in the process. After Tesla recently labeled an award-winning news outlet an” fanatic company”, some critics compared the company’s hyperbolic denouncements of the press to the anti-media strategy of Donald Trump.

Mark Salling ‘Distanced Himself’ From Loved Ones& Tried To Fight His Demons ‘Ultimately Alone’ Before His Apparent Suicide


Mark Salling maintained his beasts to himself in the time leading up to his apparent suicide.

Sources close to the disturbed actor said today before his death on Tuesday, which came a month away from facing sentencing after pleading guilty to wealth of child pornography, the Glee alum “distanced himself very much from the friends he was closest to.”

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One insider claimed that most of Salling’s friends thought he was “troubled and tormented” but weren’t aware of how bad his beasts were, telling ET 😛 TAGEND

“He had a exceedingly mysterious area. I felt like I didn’t completely know who he was. He experienced visiting kinfolk in Texas and saw his expeditions back home as an escape from L.A. and the Hollywood scene.”

In addition to visiting his family, the source added that “he would often have friends over to his home in Sunland,[ California] ” before he was arrested in December 29, 2015.

But after federal researchers saw more than 25,000 images and 600 videos outlining child pornography on computers and thumb drives is a matter for him, Salling allegedly turned away from his loved ones and merely flourished more distant.

A Salling family source told People:

“In the last few years, we had very little contact. When you’re living against your own morals or what you know to be right, you tend to avoid people who will hold up mirrors.”

Though Salling’s “actual” loved ones were “absolutely shocked” by the discovery of his falsifications, the family source said his fatal mistake was retaining those beasts to himself, persisting 😛 TAGEND

“The problem doesn’t live in the existence of beasts or pain or sex lusts that began to skew as hour gone on. The inherent question is that he did not seek help or have someone close enough to him willing to call it out.”

While he may have stayed withdrawn, Salling did spend time in recent years at a wildlife rehab center creating music, which, the source said, afforded some “comfort” after losing his career 😛 TAGEND

“As he continued to fight his beasts — eventually alone — there was some comfort there … I don’t believe he ever proposed impairment … but I do believe he was really sick and it dangerously gloomed his judgement, which remained him living in an alternate reality.”

It destroys us that rejecting the assistance provided by others was the actor’s eventual demise.

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A sliver of good word in this tragedy, however, has developed for the victims in Salling’s child porn case who have to sue to get the money he agreed to pay them.

According to TMZ, Salling set up a corporation in 2009 to collect his income from the amusement business. As of December 2017, the value of this business was reported to be $ 1.971. His father is listed as the manager.

That’s a huge sigh of aid for the victims who Salling agreed to pay $ 50 k each in reparation. They still have to file suit against the late actor’s estate, but at least there’s enough money to go around.

[ Image via Cousart/ JFXimages/ WENN .]

How Bill Shine( and Donald Trump) killed the White House press instruct


( CNN) Bill Shine is leaving the White House. But not without manufacturing his mark.

As CNN’s White House team noted in its piece detailing Shine’s departure: “Shine was a key force behind shutting down much of the press access to the White House, including the daily press briefing, per the source.”

The develops speak for themselves. There hasn’t been a press briefing by press secretary Sarah Sanders since January 28 — a room of 39 eras. Prior to that January 28 briefing, Sanders hadn’t done a press briefing in 40 days, according to Jim Acosta. Do the math and you get this: The White House has deemed a “daily” press briefing once in the last 79 dates. And, according to The New York Times, Sanders did one press brief a month in September, November and December.

Trump has been contemptuous of the is required for these daily — or even weekly — briefs since nearly the commencement of his presidency. Sean Spicer, the White House’s first press secretary, held the briefings regularly, but within the span of a few months it became like watching a vehicle gate-crash in slow motion — over and over again. When Trump changed Spicer with Sanders, the briefings braked. Then Anthony Scaramucci was referred communications head and, in a impressive first appearance behind the rostrum, he predicted a return to more regular briefings. The Mooch was fired 11 days later.

Since then, there has been a slow but steady choking of the instruct. Shine’s hire in July 2018 was, in retrospect, the death knell for the brief. Shine, like Trump, belief the President was his own best messenger. So he threw a arrangement in place whereby Trump did what Trump required — and that was to talk to the media whenever he felt like it and not annoy too much about old-fashioned habits like the daily press briefing.


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There’s no question that Trump talks more — a lot more — than his immediate precedes in the agency. But that doesn’t replace a daily briefing in which any reporter can obtain a daily press pass, go into the briefing room, and ask the spokeswoman for the President — and the country — a question.

You have to customize this vehicle to drive one


A automobile is often used to catch fire after a disintegrate — no matter the type of vehicle .
Image: Jonathan Newton/ The Washington Post via Getty Images

In a gondola accident, things can get fiery speedily — it doesn’t matter if you’re driving a Tesla Model X electric car or a traditional gas-fueled Honda Civic.

That’s what happened in a fatal accident in Florida over the weekend. A guy accelerating in a Tesla Model S lost restrain and drove into the median and some trees. His car burst into flames, and he died.

In an email statement, a Tesla spokesperson said, “We are deeply grieved by this accident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy. We have reached out to the local authorities to offer our cooperation. We is recognized that rushed is being investigated as a factor in this crash, and know that high speed conflicts can cause a flame in any type of car , not only electric vehicles.”

Car flamings after a disintegrate are all too common: The National Fire Protection Association( NFPA) employs accidents as the reason for 3 percent of vehicle attacks for any type of vehicle. But with an electric vehicle, the car can burst into flames hours after the initial fire. The NFPA sets out training materials for electric and hybrid vehicles for all of these reasons. In the Florida crash, which happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Model S obstructed burning in the police tow yard into early Monday morning.

The same happening was the case with another Tesla Model S in December, in Silicon Valley. The vehicle burst into flames again hours after an initial vehicle fervor was put out. The operator was not harmed.

After the Florida crash, Davie Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Robert Diferdinando told the Sun-Sentinel , “We got a problem where the car continues catching fire because the battery pack itself hasn’t drained yet.” He went on to explain that the battery still has power after the fiery clang and continues activating flames.

Tesla is well aware that this is how electrical vehicle batteries behave after a crash. In its online emergency response guide for 1st and 2nd responders, it clearly states, “battery volleys can take up to 24 hours to extinguish” and alarms about potential “re-ignition.”

The guide volunteers tips and methods to safely extinguish the flares. In the Florida incident, dominions were in touch with Tesla representatives, who relayed helpful information to put out the fire once and for all.

Praying cannabis: is marijuana addictive?


The persistent belief that marijuana is psychologically but not physically addictive is a myth, experts say

As marijuanas departs mainstream, there is a persistent belief that it’s not addictive. That is in part because addictive demeanor develops more slowly than with elements such as opioids– and cannabis withdrawal isn’t the living hell of getting off those drugs.

But the truth of the matter is clear:” There is no debate that marijuana is both physiologically and psychologically addictive ,” says Aaron Weiner, a psychologist and the director of addiction assistances at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, a clinic in Illinois. Cannabis withdrawal, according to a 2004 analyse he quotes, can lead to irritability, feeling, negative mood, loss of appetite and impaired social functioning. Withdrawal symptoms tend to be more severe in heavier useds, and have also been observed in non-human primates.

Drugs differ in their effects, but the evidences of craving are relatively consistent. Cannabis use can begin as a social task and then” it becomes the road you relax and confronted with your problems ,” Weiner said. For difficulty customers, it becomes more central to their lives and takes priority over striving fulfillment in labor and relationships.


In almost all cases, the possible consequences of marijuana addiction aren’t viscerally sickening like an opioid overdose or a tobacco-related illness. And compared with alcohol, by most reports, marijuanas use is less likely to precede a life shattering event like a vehicle gate-crash or physical violence.

Excessive cannabis use is often described in gentler terms, such as” psychologically but not physically addictive” or” attire modelling “. But the drawbacks are real. They’re considered most severe for users under 25, since their psyches are still developing. Studies has been demonstrated heavy teenage cannabis use can depress institution conduct and even lifetime earnings. It’s also during this period of life that the narcotic has been attached most closely to psychotic episodes.

To the marijuana industry’s ascribe, legalization in US districts does not appear to have led to a jump in youth cannabis use. It has however led to significant increases in adult use, a trend all but certain to continue, as more countries allow the narcotic and it becomes more socially acceptable.

Still, cannabis is the second most common addiction Weiner treats, after alcohol. He calculates one in ten adult cannabis users will become problem customers. But compared with alcohol, the effects of excessive adult cannabis use are less understood, especially since the cannabis produces available today are far stronger than a few decades ago.

What’s clear is that a lot more beings will expend a lot more of their season stoned.” We don’t need more stoned beings ,” Weiner said.” When you’re stoned you’re not at your best and anything that additions that behavior is not good .”

That’s the interests of a public health professional. By the same logic, booze shouldn’t be commercially available either, but it is in much of the nations of the world. In one route or the other scores of countries have weighed the drawbacks of legal booze and decided allowing it is better than the alternative. But no one hitherto knows the drawbacks of commercially available cannabis.

To Weiner the scoundrel is the for-profit marijuana industry. Legalization has gained widespread support in the US thanks to a two-pronged PR strategy of promoting cannabis as a “medicine” and wellness produce, even when the evidence of its benefits is anecdotal or non-existent, and trying to demolish the stigma of cannabis as a drug for losers.” Their goal is not public health, their point is addiction ,” Weiner says.” When I speak out against this topic it’s against my financial concern- which I can’t say for the person or persons on the other side .”

As with any landmark new make- smartphones, cars, fossil fuels- the marijuana manufacture has the inherent advantage: formerly their downsides become apparent, it’s impossible to live without them.

Four members of Bristol family die in Florida car crash


Stephensons were returning to rental home after watching Elon Musks SpaceX launch

Four members of a British household have been killed in a vehicle accident in Florida after calling the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.

Titusvillepolice said Adam Stephenson, 30, Maryanne Stephenson, 29, Brian Stephenson, 66, and Sheralyn Stephenson, 56, all from Bristol, died on Monday after turning their rental vehicle into the path of a pickup truck at an intersection.

Police said Adam Stephenson, who was driving, was apparently following the instruction of the GPS system in the Mitsubishi car that was telling him to perform a U-turn at the intersection.

All four of the relatives were declared dead by emergency services at the incident. The operator of the truck was sent to hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police said the family had been heading to their rental home in Davenport, and the GPS U-turn instruction was probably prompted by an earlier accident that had caused a road blockage.

Pictures of the disintegrate stage pictured a black Ford pickup truck that had gate-crashed into the side of a white Mitsubishi. Police said their investigation into the crash was ongoing.

” Our emergency personnel were on the stage within a few minutes. There was nothing they could do, all four were enunciated deceased at the stage ,” said the Titusville police deputy chief, Todd Hutchinson.

Officers advised the friend of the driver, a son of the older duet.

” So he lost his brother, his sister-in-law and his mum and dad ,” Hutchinson said .” Very, very tragic. He was doing the notifications last-place nighttime to other family members over in England. That was a very tough notification, it was tough for all involved .”

Police believed that the family had just left the Kennedy Space Center and were attempting to navigate back to their hired holiday home.

Hutchinson said their satnav pictured they were on their path back to the property and had been re-routed due to an earlier crash.

” The GPS had indicated for them to make a U-turn at that intersection which was an illegal U-turn regrettably and infringed the right of way of the pick-up truck ,” he said.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said:” We are supporting the family of four British people who have died in Florida. Our thinkings are with them at this deeply difficult period .”

Was Tiger Woods’s Masters win the greatest comeback in boast biography? | Andy Bull


Sport is not short of great personal comebacks but Tiger Woodss Masters victory on Sunday may overshadow them all, including Muhammad Ali, Niki Lauda and Monica Seles

In the outpouring of 2014 Tiger Woods was at work on the straddle around the back of his house, performing his short game like always. Dates earlier he had shot a 78 on the last day of the Cadillac Championship, the worst fourth-round score of his life. His back had been spasming but he felt he had to get out and exercise. He stroked a dud shooting over a bunker and the minute “hes had” finished the waver he fell down flat on his back, overcome with a ache so severe that he could hardly breathe, let alone get back on his foot. He was out of hearing distance and he did not have his mobile phone on him, so there was nothing he could do but lie there and wait for someone to come.

It was his seven-year-old daughter, Sam, who found him.

“Daddy,” she said, what are you doing lying on the sand ?”

” Sam, thank goodness you’re here ,” he informed her.” Can you go tell the people inside to try to get the cart out to help me back up ?”

“What’s wrong?”

” My back’s not doing very good .”


” Yes again, Sam, can you please disappear get those people ?”

There are an awful spate of Woods storeys but this one, who come in the excellent biography Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian wrote last year, ever seemed one of the most revealing because it speaks to the pain he has stood, the humiliation he has suffered and the space in which it has all been laid out for the rest of us to see. Here is Lumbers, the great athlete, helpless as an upturned fault; Woods, the proud endorse, alleging with his kid to accompany someone who can get him back on his paw; Lumbers, a guy so intensely private that he used to refuse to tell people where he would be playing the very next month, having that helplessness picked over in instant detail by parties like me in publish and on TV.

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Tiger Woods since acquiring his last-place major

Tiger Woods has acquired his fifth Masters title and first major in 11 years after succes in Augusta on Sunday.

It has been a long road back for the American, who suffers countless traumata and off-course problems.


On November 27, 2009 reports emerged that Timbers had been injured in a car accident near his Florida home after crashing with a fire hydrant and a tree. Over the next days and weeks the reasons behind the gate-crash became clearer, He said he had “let his family down” with “transgressions” and announcing an indefinite break from golf. He lost major patrons including Gatorade and Gillette over his discoveries of multiple infidelities and he and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced.

Phoenix not rising

Woods , now determined to return to the pinnacle of golf obeying his self-imposed times in the wilderness, recorded the worst round of his career in January 2015 as he shot an 11 -over-par 82 in Arizona. His second-round performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open left him 13 over and final in a 132 -man field. Woods told reporters afterwards: “It’s golf, we all have eras like this.”

Don’t call it a comeback

In June 2016 he announced he was unable to compete at the US Open, the second largest major of the year, espousing two back enterprises in the space of six weeks. He resolved a 15 -month absence from video games in November but in January 2017 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event in virtually 18 months, departing the Farmers Insurance Open after finishing his first two rounds on four over par.

The master misses the Masters

The former world-wide number one was unable to contest the 2017 Masters. The chance to compete at Augusta 20 years since he first won the green jacket was denied to Woods who continued to suffer from nerve pain which had required three enterprises in the space of 19 months.

Under the affect ?

In a throwback to his indiscretions of autumn 2009, in May 2017 Groves was arrested on hunch of driving under the influence in the early hours of Memorial Day. He received a year of probation after alleging guilty to reckless driving and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.

Victory again

In September 2018 Lumbers shot a one-over 71 for a two-shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – the 80 th win of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years.

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There are plenty more. One could talk about those first awful moments in 2009 when he disintegrated his SUV into a tree or the weeks after, when he sealed over all the windows of his house with butcher’s newspaper to keep the paparazzi cameras out. Or the private luncheon at a Beverly Hills Country Club in 2016 when he had to walk up a flight of stairs downwards because it was the only way he had been able to make it, or how, when he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2017, he could not even tell the police if he was in Florida or California, whether he was coming home or going from it.

On Monday morning the talk around Augusta and everywhere else they play golf was all about sweeter things, like how high-pitched this victory figured among Woods’s 15 majors and exactly where it ranked among the great sporting comebacks. Now there is no easy answer to that because one has to stack up hundreds of different achievements across dozens of separate ages, which of course was precisely why everyone was chatting about it.

How do you appraise what Woods did here against, say, the channel Niki Lauda finished runner-up in the F1 championship the same season he crashed at the Nurburgring? Lauda was back racing six weeks after he came out of coma. Or Mario Lemieux, who is heading the Pittsburgh Penguins to their firstly President’s Trophy in the very same season he finished his radioactivity treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while he had a back injury so severe he could not put on his own skates and nearly stony-broke Wayne Gretzky’s scoring record while he was at it? How does it compare with Lester Piggott winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile at the age of 54, simply 10 eras after he finished a year in prison for tax fraud? Or Monica Seles’s victory at the Australian Open in 1996, three years after she was stabbed in the back on tribunal in Hamburg?

Injury and personal troubles seemed to leave Tiger Woods a spent force by 2017. Photograph: Warren Little/ Getty Images

And all that is before one gets to the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali, who prevailed back the heavyweight championship seven years after he was stripped of it and had his boxing licence suspended because he refused to be drafted to fight in Vietnam.

Woods was reluctant to claim it was even the best comeback in his own play. He points to Ben Hogan, who won the US Open one and a half years after he practically died in a gondola disintegrate. Hogan was hit by an oncoming bus. He threw himself across his wife’s lap to protect her from potential impacts and, while she was uninjured, he suffered material break-dance pelvis, collarbone, ankle and ribs. They ameliorated again but he suffered with blood clots for the rest of his life and had to have emergency surgery. He was told he would never walk again and then he went on to win another six majors.

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And hitherto, for all that, one can say this much: Woods’s story is unique in one important path, unlike all those others, in that he did not suffer physically or personally but physically and personally. He has been tormented in body and soul, his form transgressed, his back smashed and fused back all going together, his reputation shredded and the bits and pieces strewn out for the rest of us to pick over. And here he was, going off that 18 th light-green, Masters champion, with his family around him, having employ everything is back together again.

” You never dispense with ,” says Lumbers.” That’s a contributed. You always pushed. Merely giving up’s never in the equation .”

Ritz Paris robbery: ornaments worth EUR4. 5m abducted in forearmed robbery


Terrified guests conceal in kitchen as masked men wielding axes and spears make off with valuables from display cases

Five masked men armed with axes and bayonets walked into the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday and left shortly afterwards with an estimated EUR4. 5 million worth of jewels.

French police on patrol outside the five-star hotel caught three of the raiders after tasering them as they absconded on foot. The remaining two escaped through a back entrance and prepared their getaway on a scooter.

Detectives say the men entered the Ritz on rue Cambon, near the Place Vendome, at around 6.30 pm. They reportedly crushed several spectacle windows inside the hotel with the axes and grabbed the gems, stuffing them into containers before leaving.

Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told frightened guests to get down on the storey for their safety as the raiders struck. Other guests sought refuge in the inn kitchen.

” We hear a thunderou racket and lots of racket in wall street ,” one hotel hire told AFP.” Passers-by took refuge in the hotel. We didn’t know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery .”

Witnesses said at the least 10 shots were fired, and hotel guests reported watching one Ritz employee injured.

However, French police said there had been no injuries. A police officer said the exact value of the jewellery steal in the heist was not aware, but was thought to be” several million euros “. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the arrest suspects were well known to police.

French writer Frederic Beigbeder was among clients drinking in the Hemingway bar at the time of the two attacks. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.

Gerard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed robbery at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their talk froitd , their professionalism and their quick reactions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.

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Vol a primary armee au Ritz: 3 des auteurs presumes ont d’ores et deja ete interpelles par les policiers du 2e arrondissement.
Leur sang froid, leur professionnalisme& leur reactivite typeface honneur a notre Police. Ils ont toute ma reconnaissance. #FiersDeNosPoliciers

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The Ritz is owned by billionaire Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed. Diana, Princess of Wales died in a high-speed car crash shortly after leaving the hotel with Al Fayed’s son Dodi in August 1997.

Security was stepped up in and around Place Vendome in 2014 after a series of stealings on luxury browses and jewellers in the square, which is also home to France’s Ministry of Justice.

The French capital’s most high-profile recent jewellery fraud was carried out in October 2016, when jewellery importance 10 million euros was stolen from US actuality television sun Kim Kardashian.

Five soldiers, some dres coats with police insignia, comprised her at gunpoint, becoming off with various portions of golden and diamond jewellery.

Netflix’s ‘Special’ Aims To Smash Barriers For Queer And Disabled Lives On TV


Netflix’s “Special” is so ingeniou, sunny and bingeable that it’s easy to overlook the show’s more groundbreaking and insurgent facets — front and middle as they may be.

The eight-episode series, which premiere on the streaming system last week, accepts Ryan( played by Ryan O’Connell, too the show’s creator ), a 28 -year-old gay man with cerebral palsy. Though Ryan has been living out of the wardrobe for years, he soon detects himself ensnared in the confines of a different one when he persuades colleagues at Eggwoke, the imaginary bulletin website where he works, that his hobble is the result of a gondola disintegrate rather than a disability.( Catch the series trailer above .)

A Los Angeles screenwriter whose credits include MTV’s “Awkward” and NBC’s “Will& Grace” revival, O’Connell based “Special” on his experiences navigating his intersecting identities — many of which he recounted in his 2015 memoir, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.”

O’Connell , now 32, came out as gay at age 17. But he didn’t start hug his true self — that of a queer being with children with disabilities — until he was 28, the same age as the character of Ryan on “Special.” That’s one of numerous plan stages on the succession that mirrors his off-screen life.

“What happens in the prove happened to me, ” he told HuffPost. “When I was 20, I was hit by a gondola … and when I moved to New York to go to school , no one knew me there, and they all reputed my totter was from my collision. I never inconvenienced to correct them because I grew up with a mild event of cerebral palsy, and I felt like I never certainly belonged in the disabled world-wide because … well, because I now know internalized ableism exists. But back then, I rationalized it.”

Netflix’s “Special” stars Ryan O’Connell as a homosexual Los Angeles man with cerebral palsy.

As “Special” progresses, Ryan’s attempt to rewrite his identity appears to work in his advantage, opening his self-esteem a much-needed boost. Against the wishes of his well-meaning but co-dependent mother( Jessica Hecht ), he moves out of his childhood home and into his first suite. He also befriends a brand-new gal pal, Kim( Punam Patel ), loses his virginity and begins a flirting with Carey( Augustus Prew ), who becomes a prospective love interest. Of course, Ryan’s truth threatens to shatter this thinly erected facade at every turn.

As an actor, O’Connell boastings a very warm, natural screen presence, and gives Ryan plenty of self-effacing wit. That note-perfect casting, however, was borne out of necessity. Shortly after it was published, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” caught the attention of “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons and head Craig Johnson( “The Skeleton Twins” ). Working with O’Connell, the men began plans to adapt the memoir for the screen. Pitching the idea to major studios, however, they faced “lots of’ no, ’’ no, ’ and’ fucking no, ’” O’Connell said, ensuing in “four years of hell.”

Eventually, they locked an offer with the digital content label Stage 13, which specializes in short-form content( each episode of “Special” clocks in at a brisk 15 -2 0 minutes ). Before long, financial imprisonments necessitated O’Connell to step in.

“If you ever wanna play yourself, lead someplace that doesn’t have a lot of money and they’ll have no choice but to pick you, ” he quipped.

Throughout the sequence, Ryan experiences solace in the caring, but ferociously co-dependent, the weapons of his mother( Jessica Hecht ).

Several months of acting readings later, nonetheless, O’Connell felt confident his thespian choppers were on par with his more experienced cast copulates. “Maybe I’ve lived in LA too long, but … I immediately knew what I needed to do to bring this character to life, ” he said. “I was never scared.”

As to where the off-screen O’Connell points and the fictionalized Ryan begins, “he’s more stunted emotionally that I ever was, ” O’Connell said. “I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18, I went to college, I lives on my own. I lost my virginity at 18 to my boyfriend at the time.” Still, he added, “We obviously detested ourselves in equal amounts.”

A lot of the early buzz on “Special” has singled out the show’s third chapter, in which Ryan, anxious to date but stalled by his lack of bedroom experience, inspects a fornication proletarian( Brian Jordan Alvarez ). What ensues is, without question, one of the most frank, detailed depictions of homosexual copulation ever shown on a mainstream TV series.

The provoking vistum, O’Connell said, was his way of showing his exasperation with fag cinemas like “Call Me by Your Name, ” which portray same-sex rapports but lack explicit charity stages.

“I was just like,’ Can we really just talk about anal fornication, the positions? ’ Because no one ever has, ” he showed. “I was beyond annoyed. So I was like,’ Fuck, I’ll do it, ’ and then we can start a speech. Better sometime than never, you know? ”

After Ryan tells my honourable colleagues his limp is the result of a car accident, his newfound confidence facilitates him befriend Kim( Punam Patel) and begin a toying with Carey( Augustus Prew ), who becomes a prospective love interest.

“Special” likewise arrives at a time when disability image is sorely lacking in both film and television services and facilities. A 2017 report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, for example, found that only 2.7% of attributes in the 100 highest-grossing movies of 2016 were illustrated with children with disabilities. Similarly, a 2018 GLAAD report found that only 2.1% of all regular references on primetime Tv in the 2018 -2 019 season had disabilities.

The first season’s final chapter, “Gay Gardens, ” ends with a multi-dimensional cliffhanger that could affect all of the principal characters. O’Connell is hopeful he’ll be able to further explore that scheme moment, as well as other narrative strands, in a second season, too extending the running time of each episode to 30 hours.

Regardless of whether “Special” extends beyond its current season, he’ll consider his mission achieved if audiences come away from the succession with a larger empathy for the disabled experience.

“People are so uncomfortable around disabilities, and they’re so scared of insult or treating person the wrong way, they choose to ignore us, ” he said. “We’re strong, independent, emotionally complex parties with our own hankers and wants. To me, the show is successful if parties start including those with disabilities in their discussions about diversity.”