ICA Reads Chooses Kindred Adaptation for 2017 Pick

first_img Image ProvidedIf you’re a fan of graphic novels, comics, or science fiction, ICA Reads, the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “artful book club,” is right up your alley this year. For its 2017 pick, ICA Reads has chosen New York Times bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, a fresh take on Octavia Butler’s classic science fiction novel Kindred, first published in 1979.Reinterpreted into graphic novel form by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, Kindred tells the story of a modern woman’s time-travel between California in 1976 and a plantation in antebellum Maryland where she encounters her ancestors. The novel deals with the intersection of race and gender, as well as the legacy of slavery in 20th century America as Dana, the protagonist, a young black woman, negotiates with both her family history and race issues in the present day.The ICA’s book club endeavors to be a program that “presents a book of critical and societal importance and an opportunity to gather and meet the author.” While Butler died in 2006, the authors of the graphic novel will be coming to the ICA to speak about their graphic novel.In her lifetime, Octavia Butler made her mark on the science fiction world with Kindred, a best-seller that merged race, slavery, and gender with the unlikely genre of science fiction. Butler received the MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN Lifetime Achievement, the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and others.The two authors of the graphic novel come from some pretty prestigious backgrounds, as well. Duffy received his PhD in 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences. His graphic novel, The Hole: Consumer Culture, was published in 2008, while Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo, and a designer, curator, cartoonist, and illustrator. Jennings has written award-winning graphic novels and recently curated an exhibition surrounding Afrofuturism and the Black Comic Book Festival.Visitors have the opportunity to meet Duffy and Jennings on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. and witness a conversation about Kindred and race in America. Admission is free. More information about the event can be found here. By Claire Selvin· Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. ICA Reads Chooses Kindred Adaptation for 2017 Pick The Institute of Contemporary Art picked the graphic novel for their book club. center_img 000 3/20/2017, 5:04 p.m. Printlast_img read more

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes

first_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* By Jamie Ducharme· 8/17/2017, 10:41 a.m. Photo via istock.com/clintspencerIt’s been nearly a century since Americans from coast to coast got a glimpse of a solar eclipse—which is why the one happening August 21 is getting so much hype. While Massachusetts isn’t within the “band of totality”—the thin strip of land between Oregon and South Carolina that will see the moon completely block the sun—we’ll still get a partial view of the eclipse, peaking at 63 percent coverage at 2:46 p.m.If you want to glimpse this rare phenomenon, it’s important to do so safely. We got solar eclipse safety tips from Jason Comander, the associate director of Mass Eye and Ear’s inherited retinal disorders service and an expert on “eclipse burns.”Don’t: Look directly at the sun.This is sage advice whether there’s an eclipse happening or not. “There isn’t a special kind of radiation that’s coming out of the sun during the eclipse,” Comander says. “It’s dangerous to stare directly at the sun, whether it’s on a regular day or partially eclipsed.”Looking at the sun can “kill the light-sensing cells in the back of the eye, in the retina, and create blurry or blind spots that can be permanent,” Comander continues. And yes, even a quick peek may be enough to cause problems.Don’t: Assume you’re fine if you don’t feel anything.You’d know if your eyes were in danger, right? Wrong, Comander says. “It doesn’t hurt when you stare at the sun too long. In fact, the vision doesn’t get blurry right away, either,” he says. “The damage starts to show up half a day or a day afterward.” Play it safe and avoid any amount of direct exposure.Do: Find a safe way to watch the eclipse.Glasses made specifically for looking at the sun can protect your eyes during the eclipse, Comander says. Just make sure yours are from a reputable supplier, preferably one endorsed by the American Astronomical Society, and have an ISO 12312-2 marking on the side, which means they meet the standards for safe sun exposure. Sunglasses, as you may have guessed, don’t cut it.Do: Get crafty.Not looking to invest in eclipse glasses? “One thing that I think is more fun and a more interactive way to experience the eclipse is to use an indirect viewing method,” Comander says, adding that these are completely free and easy to make. You can create a “pinhole projector” simply by poking holes in a piece of paper, and placing another sheet of paper on the ground. If you hold the perforated piece such that light can filter through, you’ll see a crescent shape projected on the ground when the moon covers the sun. (You can find detailed instructions on Mass Eye and Ear’s blog.)Don’t: Miss the eclipse.Nobody should miss out on the eclipse because of fear of eye damage, Comander says. Just do your homework first. “Everybody can enjoy the eclipse safely, just taking some very simple precautions,” he says. Health News How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes We got solar eclipse safety tips from Mass Eye and Ear’s Jason Comander. center_img 000 Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Printlast_img read more

Trump Has Thoughts on the Patriots and Curt Schilling

first_img DAY 90 – President Donald Trump, flanked by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and owner Robert Kraft during a ceremony for the Super Bowl Champion Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory | Photo via AP/Andrew HarnikThe president has some thoughts on Boston sports right now, and he’s sharing them to his 58 million followers on Twitter.First, Trump congratulated the Patriots on their win over the Kansas City Chiefs at the AFC Championship, which will send the team to the Super Bowl. In a tweet, he singled out owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady, all of whom have links to Trump that are well known. Trump notably did not have anything to say about the Los Angeles Rams, the other team that earned a ticket to the Super Bowl yesterday.Congratulations to Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team on a great game and season. Will be a fantastic Super Bowl!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019Later, Trump had another name in the sports world he wanted to boost with the presidential brand: Curt Schilling.The legendary Red Sox pitcher and World Series hero has so far not been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame—a fact many have attributed to his erratic and confrontational conservative persona. Schilling was fired by ESPN in 2017 after mocking transgender people with a crude meme, and a tweet about lynching journalists in 2017 prompted the Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy, who has a say in picking Hall of Famers, to announce he could no longer stomach voting for him (voters are supposed to weigh a players’ “character” as well as their stats)Schilling has chalked his exclusion up to anti-Trump bias, and said he believes if he had shared a tweet reading “Lynch Trump” instead of the one about killing journalists, he would be in the Hall of Fame already.Schilling was a guest on the Fox News show Life, Liberty & Levin on Sunday night, which appears to be what caught the president’s attention.“Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most.” Trump wrote on Twitter, in a message that tagged the Fox show’s account on the site. “Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right!”Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right! @marklevinshow— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019Hall of Fame ballots were due three weeks ago, on December 31. Schilling will need to show up on 75 percent of them to be inducted; last year his total was 51.2 percent. By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 14015 Trump Has Thoughts on the Patriots and Curt Schilling He’s got Boston sports on the brain.center_img 1/21/2019, 11:46 a.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Printlast_img read more