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The Business Model of Literary Journals (or Lack Thereof) | Jane Friedman
Rachel Ford James / Flickr When I began my publishing career, it was easily the one ethical guideline that reputable journals, magazines, publishers, and agents…
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What does a literary agent do? | litseeker
When I’m asked “what I do”, I find it difficult to explain. My husband often helpfully chimes in, literary agents are like Jerry Maguire, but for books.…
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Where to Download All the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain
Starting at midnight on January 1, tens of thousands of books (as well as movies, songs, and cartoons) entered the public domain, meaning that people can…
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This is the year – Iain Broome
It’s been more than six years since my debut novel was published. That’s a long time. So many things have happened to me since then and though there have been…
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Announcing The 2018 Pilot Launch Winners! - ScreenCraft
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2018 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script Competition . Culled from roughly 2,500 submissions, Children of Free by…
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The Irony of Tracy’s Unflattering Bachelor Edit
Tracy Shapoff in The Bachelor. Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC As The Bachelor ebbs and flows through a season filled with contestants in pursuit of shower enthusiast…
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Why Didn’t the Oscars Nominate Any Female Directors This Year?
Greta Gerwig on the set of Lady Bird . Photo: A24 Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations provided plenty of surprises , but one development proved depressingly…
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Chris Cohen: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview : Aquarium Drunkard
“People want a lot,” Chris Cohen sings on “ Edit Out ,” the second song from his forthcoming self-titled album. It’s a small phrase, economical in its…
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How Voting-Machine Lobbyists Undermine the Democratic Process
Voting-system venders, in partnership with elected officials, can influence municipalities to buy proprietary, inscrutable voting devices that are infinitely…
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“Even If He Did Do It, It Wouldn’t Be a Crime”: Rudy Giuliani on President Trump
In a telephone interview, Rudy Giuliani, pictured at the White House, said of serving President Trump, “I’m a criminal lawyer. I am not an ethicist. And I…
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Screenwriting 101: Robert Towne – Go Into The Story
Screenwriting 101: Robert Towne Scott Myers Jan 22 “If you have a good ear for dialogue, you just can’t help thinking about the way people talk. You’re drawn to…
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TV Show Ingredients – Go Into The Story
TV Show Ingredients Scott Myers Jan 22 A guest post from screenwriter Tom Benedek on the TV series ‘Killing Eve’ Eve (Sandra Oh), Villanelle (Jodie Comer) from…
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Yuval Noah Harari: Why We Dominate the Earth
Why did Homo sapiens diverge from the rest of the animal kingdom and go on to dominate the earth? Communication? Cooperation? According to best-selling author…
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Ego Tripping Through the NBA
Elias Stein /Getty Images Steve Kerr wants a new job title. It’s not that he doesn’t like his gig. He does. He just thinks the label is off by a factor. Coach…
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‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Pirates, Antiques, and Feats of Strength
ABC It’s already hard enough to keep up with The Bachelor . To get the full backstory of this season, you had to have watched the previous season of The…
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30 One-Sentence Stories From People Who Have Built Better Habits | James Clear
I pride myself on writing about ideas that are highly actionable. After all, that's what I want as a reader. Sure, I love reading about mind-bending big ideas…
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How Going Offline for 10 Days Healed My Anxiety - Tiny Buddha
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a while, including you.” ~Anne Lamott I wake up anxious a little past 4am. My heart is beating faster…
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2 days ago
Star Trek: Discovery and the problem of charting a new future for a franchise with so much past
Michael Burnham meets Captain Christopher Pike, and they actually kind of get along. It’s fun! CBS All Access Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It…
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Zo, No: With Lonzo Ball Out, Are the Lakers’ Playoff Hopes Kaput?
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports If the Los Angeles Lakers were walking the line between crisis and complete collapse before, Sunday’s announcement that Lonzo…
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Jason Reitman’s New Ghostbusters Movie Does Not Make Leslie Jones Feel Good
Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images After Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, revealed he has his own sequel in the works , one…
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Rachel Brosnahan makes the most of a not-quite-marvelous Saturday Night Live
Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Rachel Brosnahan, Kenan Thompson Screenshot: Saturday Night Live/NBC “Maybe you can tweet about it, that willsolve everything.” “I’m…
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Review: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch)
Describing The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is no simple task. It's Edmund McMillen's follow-up to his first hit (which he co-developed), Super Meat Boy ,…
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Interview: Aaron Sorkin – Go Into The Story
Interview: Aaron Sorkin Scott Myers Jan 20 Conversation with the screenwriter of The Social Network. A recent podcast conversation between Bill Simmons and…
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Is standup comedy dead? Exploring the future of funny post-Kevin Hart, Louis CK and Nanette
C omedy is in a period of extraordinary flux. The past two years have witnessed the reputations of revered comics, such as Louis CK and Aziz Ansari , implode in…
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Andy Samberg’s SNL Hiring Came on the Condition He Would Get a Haircut, and Fast
Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage Before we were embraced with the warm hug of digital shorts, laser cats, and about one thousand other digital shorts on SNL ,…
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It’s Going Down For Real: The 10 Best Oral Sex Scenes on Netflix
Down, down, down... Photo: Netflix; Illustration: Dillen Phelps Blue Is the Warmest Color French film Blue Is the Warmest Color goes way beyond oral sex to give…
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Why the BuzzFeed Story on Trump Tower Moscow Is Different
A new BuzzFeed story claiming that Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress seems potentially devastating, both legally and politically, to the…
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Announcing the 2018 ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition Finalists - ScreenCraft
Listed below are the finalists of the inaugural ScreenCraft Stage Play competition . These impressive projects written for the stage were selected from nearly…
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SMILF Season Two Is an Intimate Portrait of Womanhood, With an Asterisk
Ally (Connie Britton) and Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) out on the town in SMILF . Photo: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME If you’ve heard about the Showtime series SMILF in…
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Opinion | BuzzFeed’s Cohen Story Suggests Trump Never Wanted to Be President
BuzzFeed’s Cohen Story Suggests Trump Never Wanted to Be President His campaign was a marketing venture. Why else refuse to put business on hold? Opinion…
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The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Is a Memorable Feature Directing Debut
Photo: Cinestate Militia I’m overselling it wildly, but The Standoff at Sparrow Creek feels like what might happen if David Fincher shot a variation on…
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How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere
Not all hour-long podcasts are worthwhile, but I found this one by The Atlantic’s Matt Thompson and Alexis Madrigal to be pretty compelling. The subject: how to…
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5 Screenwriting Lessons From Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black - ScreenCraft
Academy Originals’ Creative Spark Series features Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black as he takes viewers inside his screenwriting process. Black…
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The PEN15 Trailer Will Dredge Up All Your Crusty Teenage Hormones
TRL countdowns, a dial-up connection to AOL, crushes on prepubescent boys, and if you’re lucky, a telephone in your bedroom — these are just some of the…
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Will UFC score a knockout on ESPN?
Getty Images/Ringer illustration The UFC’s first fight card on ESPN this Saturday night—emanating from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn—is part doozy, part WTF,…
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An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas (Part 5): Times have changed and so have expectations for a…
An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas (Part 5): Times have changed and so have expectations for a screenplay Scott Myers Jan 18 “Almost all of the most…
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The Warriors Are Ready to Boogie, and the Five Most Interesting Teams of the Week
Getty Images/Ringer illustration After handing out awards to the NBA’s best and most notable performers during the season’s second quarter , we now turn our…
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Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? Album Review | Pitchfork
By 2015, Bradford Cox had grown weary of the nostalgia that suffused Deerhunter’s early records. “When I was young, foggy nostalgia was such a part of my…
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Draft Notes: The Easy Case For Brandon Clarke - The Stepien
1) I was writing a piece about offense + defense players and the fact that, while this class outside of Zion and possibly Tre may lack the on-ball offensive…
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Will the Bryce Harper–Manny Machado Sweepstakes Ever End?
Getty Images/Ringer illustration We stumble through the offseason desert in search of news. We scour the sacred texts: the Books of Passan, Rosenthal, Heyman,…
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Boogie Back: Four Questions About DeMarcus Cousins’s Return
Elias Stein /Getty Images Golden State is good at making history. They’re e fficient , one might say. They lead the league in leading the league. The Warriors…
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5 days ago
The Feats of Zion
Getty Images/ Elias Stein It’s not supposed to work this way. The most explosive athlete isn’t supposed to be the most well-rounded player on the floor. The guy…
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Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow Album Review | Pitchfork
Sharon Van Etten returns at the time of year meant for streamlining: Kondo-ing your frazzled mind , dysfunctional relationships, and sloppy habits into one…
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Hands-On With Apple's New Smart Battery Cases
Apple on Tuesday released new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, offering a convenient but expensive way for iPhone users to get additional…
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The Single Most Important Factor in Leading a Happy, Fulfilling Life—According to Science
Note: This is a guest post from Jay Harrington of Life and Whim . Working out at the gym got a lot easier the day I realized the sweat served a higher purpose.…
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Manton Reece - Basecamp leaves Medium
Basecamp has moved their blog Signal v Noise off Medium.com and back to their control. DHH’s post is so well aligned with what we believe in for Micro.blog that…
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GoodNotes 5
There is a pile of applications that claim to turn your iPad into a virtual notebook but none of them, in my opinion, do that as good as GoodNotes, which just…
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Independent Online Radio Is the Algorithm Alternative You Need | Pitchfork
Recently, a math-minded friend and I were discussing the concept of infinity and how it exists to varying degrees. Attempting to grasp the concept, I compared…
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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Allies Supplanted the Obama Generation
“People get excited by this idea of ‘Let’s come together and defeat this huge enemy through innovation, by solving this crisis,’ ” Saikat Chakrabarti,…
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Kyrie Irving Apologized, but Will It Help the Celtics?
Getty Images/Ringer illustration One of the hardest things about growing up, I think, is figuring out that you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s not the…
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Impeach Donald Trump
Benjamin Lowy / Getty / The Atlantic O n January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to…
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5 Screenwriting Lessons From Veteran TV Writer Nell Scovell - ScreenCraft
Nell Scovell has her keystrokes on dozens of jokes, plot twists, and characters, thanks to more than thirty years of TV writing. “I love absurdity, but I like…
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How to Live Like Susan Sontag
Free self-improvement idea for 2019: become Susan Sontag. Listen, it’s not as hard as it sounds. If you watch all of her favorite films, indulge in all of her…
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Highland 2: More, but not sure it’s better – Christian Durso – Medium
Christian Durso Jul 3, 2018 Highland 2 I found Highland and the Fountain markup syntax about four years ago. In that time I’ve used it to write a lot of paid,…
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Highland 2 review: So much more than just a scriptwriter
iMore Score 5 It's not often that I'm tickled by a new piece of software. I see a ton of really thoughtfully designed applications that are great at what they…
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Frankie Shaw Responds to Allegations of Misconduct on SMILF Set
In an interview promoting the second season of Showtime’s SMILF on The Today Show , the show’s creator, Frankie Shaw, responded to the allegations that she had…
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Can Oklahoma Turn Jalen Hurts Into a Heisman Candidate?
Getty Images/Ringer illustration Jalen Hurts is heading to the Heisman factory. The Alabama quarterback who won SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman,…
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The One Question to Ask Before You Start to Write
Yesterday, I was talking with a colleague about a project I’m considering writing. It would be an adaptation of a very successful series I’ve long admired, and…
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William Barr and Why Democrats Shouldn’t Expect This Era to Be Anything Like Watergate
The Senate confirmation hearing for William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, began with traditional Washington ritual. Photograph by Tom…
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‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is.
Aidan Gillen as the astronomer J. Allen Hynek in “Project Blue Book” on History. The series dramatizes, with some flagrant embellishment, an actual Air Force…
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7 days ago
Sharon Van Etten : The AD Interview : Aquarium Drunkard
In the four years since her last record , Sharon Van Etten has been busy. In that time she’s gone back to school, scored a film, and become a mother. It’s that…
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Luka Doncic Is Already a Killer in Crunch Time
Elias Stein /Getty Images With his Mavericks tied with the Warriors in Dallas on Sunday and 1:05 remaining, Luka Doncic sized up Draymond Green from the top of…
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The Biggest Winners (and Loser) of the NBA’s Second Quarter
Getty Images/Ringer illustration The Miami Heat’s Saturday win over the Memphis Grizzlies improved them to 21-20. That meant that every NBA team had played at…
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Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?
Among the glut of lists on the internet toward the end of last year, Spotify’s Wrapped 2018 broke through, perhaps landing on more social media feeds than any…
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Becoming a Being: Susan Sontag on Transcending the Bounds and Biases of History
“Time and reason are functions of each other,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her philosophical novel exploring why honoring the continuity of past and future is…
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7 days ago
How To Pay Attention – re:form – Medium
20 Ways To Win The War Against Seeing Rob Walker Dec 18, 2014 As part of a short class for the School of Visual Arts’ newish Products of Design MFA program, I…
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We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites
As a freshman in high school, in the year of our lord 2002, I made a website called “Jason’s Site.” While a website named after myself and devoted to updates…
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7 days ago
The Art of Decision-Making
Your life choices are shadowed by ignorance: you choose to be a parent without knowing what being a parent will be like. Illustration by Anna Parini In July of…
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8 days ago
The Saudi Government’s Global Campaign to Silence Its Critics
Illustration by Justin Renteria On the morning of August 18, 2017, Rana deboarded her Saudia Airlines flight in Munich, Germany, bleary-eyed and clutching a…
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8 days ago
The Ancient Greek rebel leader who saw Socrates solo-dancing – Eve Browning | Aeon Essays
The band of mercenary soldiers had been on the move through hostile territory for several months when they were told they had enlisted under a lie. They weren’t…
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass Congeals on the Screen
Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Universal Pictures In his 2004 supernatural melodrama The Lady in the Water , M. Night Shyamalan cast himself as an author who…
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8 days ago
The 6 Best GTD® Apps For Getting Things Done - Asian Efficiency
My very first purchase on Amazon.com was a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen on September 3, 2005. I was going through a particularly tough time at…
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The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Why and How to Track Your Habits | James Clear
This article includes an excerpt from Atomic Habits , my New York Times bestselling book. If you want to stick with a habit for good, one simple and effective…
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Meditate On These Mantras And Watch What Happens To You
Published by on August 12, 2018 August 12, 2018 Have you ever tried mantra meditation? Mantra meditation is one of the top 31 types of meditation . In mantra…
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Baseball Is Broken. Can Anything Short of a Strike Fix It?
Getty Images/Ringer illustration Last week, the top catcher on the free-agent market, Yasmani Grandal, signed with the Brewers for just one year and $18.25…
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9 days ago
‘The Passage’ and the Limitations of Network Television
Fox/Ringer illustrations It’s probably for the best if some paths never cross. A blood-borne South American virus and the humans it turns into super-strong,…
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What the New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Tells Us About Season 8’s Key Themes
HBO/Ringer illustration Season 8 is coming—and at last, we know when. HBO unveiled a teaser trailer Sunday night ahead of the True Detective premiere that…
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The Millions Will Live on, But the Indie Book Blog Is Dead
Photo: Getty Images When the Millions launched in 2003, it was in every way an artifact of its moment: a labor of love with a blogspot.com URL, dedicated to one…
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9 days ago
Final season premieres are surprisingly important. You’re the Worst has a great one.
Jimmy and Gretchen — or is that Jake and Gemma? — embrace one last time. FXX Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad.…
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9 days ago
Quality Over Quantity: An Interview With GTD's David Allen
Author and consultant David Allen first published his hallmark book Getting Things Done in 2001, and it's still relevant today. It's part manifesto and part…
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