Years ago, I was habitually late. “I can’t help it!” I declared to an expert in time management (I’d turned my effort to reform into a magazine article, as writers do, which gave me the excuse to seek professional help).

“Have you ever missed a plane?” she asked. I had not. “Then you can help it. You just care more about yourself than about the needs of others.”

I may be naturally reserved, and more comfortable alone than I will ever be in a crowd, but I am not at the mercy of my nature. There are many excuses for failing to conduct ourselves with courtesy, for avoiding gatherings and conversations we don’t think we will enjoy, or for just putting on our pajamas and staying home. Too many of them boil down to just that one thing: We care more about ourselves than about the needs of others.

That’s not about introversion. It’s just an ordinary version of selfishness.

—  Am I Introverted, or Just Rude? | KJ Dell'Antonia
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Hillary Clinton for President
Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience and courage.

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, and what they shared resonates deeply with how I feel about her candidacy as well. Clinton is not without her flaws, nor is she a progressive idealist, but she’s a smart, compassionate, and tenacious political force, and the candidate I will support come November.

Mrs. Clinton’s work has been defined more by incremental successes than by moments of transformational change. As a candidate, she has struggled to step back from a pointillist collection of policy proposals to reveal the full pattern of her record. That is a weakness of her campaign, and a perplexing one, for the pattern is clear. It shows a determined leader intent on creating opportunity for struggling Americans at a time of economic upheaval and on ensuring that the United States remains a force for good in an often brutal world.

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Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?
Economics has nothing to do with racist casting policies.
By Keith Chow

“If minorities are box office risks, what accounts for the success of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which presented a broadly diverse team, behind and in front of the camera? Over seven movies it has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide. In fact, a recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that films with diverse leads not only resulted in higher box office numbers but also higher returns of investment for studios and producers.”

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For $10, New York City Students See ‘Hamilton’ and Rap for Lin-Manuel Miranda (NYT)

The 1,300 students who saw “Hamilton” on Wednesday, most of them 11th graders enrolled in classes about American history, are the first of 20,000 who are to see the musical under a program sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The program, which focuses on students in schools with high percentages of low-income families, is intended to make it possible for younger and more diverse audiences to see a show for which tickets have become hugely expensive and difficult to obtain.

“I hope I can be inspired and motivated,” Yeliz Sezgin, a 15-year-old junior at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, said as the daylong events, which included a question-and-answer session with the cast, began. Ms. Sezgin designed a T-shirt for the 159 Fort Hamilton students, with her school’s mascot, a tiger, posed with the upstretched arm of the musical’s logo.Photo 

In preparing to attend the show, Ms. Sezgin and her classmates had read love letters between Alexander and his wife, Eliza, and she compared them to text messages; she said she was also impressed by the realization that Mr. Miranda spent years developing the musical: “He didn’t know what this would be, and yet he kept at it.”

After seeing the show, some students said they were especially struck by the cast, which features Hispanic and black actors playing the founding fathers. “I was thinking about the diversity while I was watching it, with all this controversy in the entertainment industry,” said Amber Montalvo, a 17-year-old student at the High School for Media and Communications in Manhattan. “It’s inspiring.”

Kaye Houlihan, the principal of Fort Hamilton, said her school had an annual unit on Hamilton, because of its name, but had intensified its study in anticipation of seeing the show. She said the exercise of asking students to produce skits — of two minutes or less related to the history — had prompted various takes on the material, including girls exploring neglected women of the era.

Some students said reading the history had made them more curious to understand how the musical was conceived. “I want to know why Burr killed Hamilton,” said Raekwon Edwards, a 17-year-old junior at Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy. His schoolmate Valentin Dinaj, 16, said, “I want to see how they bring history alive.

The students were, not surprisingly, an extraordinarily enthusiastic audience. They shouted “I love you” at Mr. Miranda. They cheered for belted notes, laughed at sexual innuendo, cheered trash talk (“Daddy’s calling!,” a dig at Hamilton’s dependence on President Washington, and “We know who’s really doing the planting,” a jab at the South’s dependence on slavery, drew particularly loud reactions) and gasped at the shooting death of Hamilton’s son Philip.

Two of the cast members who addressed the students, Mr. Miranda and Anthony Ramos, are alumni of the New York public schools. Mr. Ramos said that by participating in school musicals, as well as sports, he was able to “find that part of me that I didn’t even know I had.” And he urged the school officials present to do more for arts education. “The public school system has neglected the arts a little bit,” Mr. Ramos said. “Y’all think you don’t have the money — you better find it.” 

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Jan. 10, 1977: Dorothy Hamil, Olympic gold medalist, rehearsed for the year’s Ice Capades at Madison Square Garden, which received a mixed review from The Times. “Dorothy Hamill’s first number,” wrote Richard Eder, “was ice skating with no adornment other than itself. As she surged around, impaling and corkscrewing on her own movements, it was like one clear voice coming out of a tumult.“ Photo: Tyrone Dukes/The New York Times

An unapologetic feminist, Maslany is frequently hailed as a purveyor of Strong Female Characters. Though appreciative, Maslany finds this a reductive formulation. “That’s so boring!” she said, and went on to condemn the way female strength gets shoehorned into the confines of male-dominated narratives. “What about the strength of this uncharted territory we’ve never explored on camera? We haven’t seen them yet, they’re not archetypes yet, because they’re all related to male expression.” 

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A Word With: Javier Muñoz, the New Hamilton on Broadway [x]:

Mr. Muñoz has some obvious similarities to the man he is replacing — both have parents from Puerto Rico, graduated from New York City public schools and encountered Broadway as children, becoming passionate about theater. And their careers have been entwined for years — Mr. Muñoz was Mr. Miranda’s alternate, and then his successor, on “In the Heights,” and has been his alternate throughout the development of “Hamilton.”

But Mr. Muñoz brings his own life experience to the role. The son of a doorman, he grew up in a housing project — the Linden Houses, in East New York, Brooklyn, which he recalls as scarily violent and dangerous. “I can’t lie — I’m still afraid of it,” he says. “It was so much fear growing up there.”

He is 40, openly gay, H.I.V. positive and a cancer survivor — he had surgery and radiation last fall, missing weeks of performances in “Hamilton,” but has been back in the cast for months. He said he feels strong — the virus is undetectable, the cancer screenings negative — and is raring to go. “I had my first follow-up in March, and all green lights,” he said. “I’m good.”

[…]

Why are you an actor?

I decided in high school — at Edward R. Murrow in Brooklyn. I just fell in love with the idea that theater can be a mirror, theater can be a commentary, theater can be powerful and can start a conversation that needs to happen. I started working for a children’s literacy organization that used theater to teach literacy in after-school programs, and that was another powerful thing — suddenly the kid who really had trouble reading in class, or was embarrassed to speak out loud because of their accent, was inhabiting a character, using their imagination, reading and writing. That blew my mind.

Did you go to Broadway when you were growing up?

I did — school trips. The first thing I saw was “Me and My Girl.” And I loved it so much — I was singing “The Lambeth Walk” for weeks. After that, any time there was a school trip to Lincoln Center, or anything that was arts related, I was so into it.

What happened with your health last fall? How did you know you had cancer?

I have been living with H.I.V. since 2002, and I’m undetectable. I’m healthy, I’m strong and I’m very out about that because of the stigma still attached to it. But I’ve had a healthy fear about my health since I tested positive, and I asked how to test myself for lumps, because both my parents had cancer. And very early on in my learning how to do a self-examination, I found the lump. I wasn’t immediately worried because of where it was — and I do want to keep that private because that’s the only thing that’s mine in this. But I brought it up to my doc, and that’s what led to further testing and discovery.

You didn’t want to tell anyone at “Hamilton”?

I was filling myself with disappointment, as if you can blame yourself for cancer. But that’s a thing, you know. I had to reveal it, and then I had to own that I needed help, and I had to ask for help, and that was the hardest thing in the world.

You express a lot of gratitude on social media.

I have this joke — if it’s funny or not funny, I don’t know — but the joke is that I have died several times already, and that’s how it feels. My life completely and drastically changed in 2002 when I was diagnosed with H.I.V., and then again last year with cancer. And you can’t unknow what you know. Life is not the same after that. But I’m alive, and I’m for all intents and purposes healthy and well. And I’m grateful for that.

You planted a garden on the roof of Richard Rodgers, the theater where “Hamilton” is performed.

There’s so much energy on the stage, there are so many things we’re doing day in and day out, and I needed something there that felt still and calm, and gardening gives me that stillness and that calmness. Also, I’m growing something. And it may sound cheesy or corny, but it’s really not. The fact that life is created in that little garden bed heals me. It just does.

How many shows a week will you do?

Seven. It’s the same structure. [For the eighth performance] someone else gets to be sexy — I’m going to go eat pizza.

Daveed Diggs Jets From ‘Hamilton’ Into the Future (NYT):

A few months ago, when Daveed Diggs was deciding whether to renew his contract and continue performing his roles as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway sensation“Hamilton,” he had a moment of doubt.

His years with “Hamilton,” beginning with the earliest workshops and peaking with his Tony Award win for best performance by an actor in a featured role, had been a phenomenal, unique adventure. But fame of that nature, for a performer who had been plugging away at the margins for years, felt disorienting, and a little ephemeral.

“Guys, is this crazy?” he asked his agents about the possibility of moving on. “What if nobody wants me, and I don’t make any money anymore?”

He remembered this conversation in a disheveled room at the Fontainebleau Hotel here, where he and his girlfriend, the actress Jalene Goodwin, were spending a few quiet, do-not-disturb days thanks to “a little money and a little free time,” he said, laughing about a couple of luxuries “Hamilton” afforded him that, a few years back, were hard to come by.

Even though he had spent years in the theater and music trenches before “Hamilton,” he worried that the show — which has transcended Broadway acclaim to become part of the pop culture vernacular — could end up defining him. “It all seems fleeting,” he said, somewhat sheepishly but with extreme geniality, of his current renown. “It feels that the reason people want me is not built on anything.”

Nevertheless, he chose to leave “Hamilton” in July, and immediately stepped into a whirlwind: a new album with his long-running noise-rap collective, Clipping; a role on the hit ABC sitcom “black-ish”; a workshop for actors and writers looking to bridge hip-hop and theater; and more.

All of these wide-ranging projects demonstrate the commitments that have powered Mr. Diggs’s career thus far, including the dismantling of aesthetic boundaries and a devotion to black cultural politics. For someone with those interests, “Hamilton” — a hip-hop-driven musical that told the story of America’s founding fathers using an almost wholly nonwhite cast — was a natural home. Now Mr. Diggs, 34, is collaborating with old partners and seeking out new ones to keep those priorities front and center.

Greenland is Melting Away

This river is one of a network of thousands at the front line of climate change.

 By NYTimes: Coral Davenport, Josh Haner, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins                                    

On the Greenland Ice Sheet — The midnight sun still gleamed at 1 a.m. across the brilliant expanse of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in hydrology at the University of Wyoming, picked his way across the frozen landscape, clipped his climbing harness to an anchor in the ice and crept toward the edge of a river that rushed downstream toward an enormous sinkhole.

If he fell in, “the death rate is 100 percent,” said Mr. Overstreet’s friend and fellow researcher, Lincoln Pitcher.

But Mr. Overstreet’s task, to collect critical data from the river, is essential to understanding one of the most consequential impacts of global warming. The scientific data he and a team of six other researchers collect here could yield groundbreaking information on the rate at which the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth, will drive up sea levels in the coming decades. The full melting of Greenland’s ice sheet could increase sea levels by about 20 feet. [bold/itals mine]

“We scientists love to sit at our computers and use climate models to make those predictions,” said Laurence C. Smith, head of the geography department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the leader of the team that worked in Greenland this summer. “But to really know what’s happening, that kind of understanding can only come about through empirical measurements in the field.”

For years, scientists have studied the impact of the planet’s warming on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. But while researchers have satellite images to track the icebergs that break off, and have created models to simulate the thawing, they have little on-the-ground information and so have trouble predicting precisely how fast sea levels will rise.

Dire report by three excellent Times journalists covering a team of researchers camped out on the icesheets of Greenland. The conclusion is that glaciers and land ice are melting at rates far higher than scientists anticipated, or that climate models have shown. This means that sea levels are rising faster than projected, and many coastal communities are in grave danger.

The economic impacts are incalculable.