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Online reading (manybooks dot net)+ [EXTRA]: Smithsonian magazine, English online at

15 February 2020

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[The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, dir. David Fincher, 2009]

Extract

“Well,” gasped Mr Button, “which is mine?”

“There!” said the nurse.

READ BOOKS ONLINE

manybooks dot net

https://manybooks.net/book/141292/read#epubcfi(/6/6[html10]!/4/72/1:0)

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Website ONLINE READING:

https://manybooks.net/categories

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EXTRA: 

extract:

NINE WOMEN WHOSE REMARKABLE LIVES DESERVE THE BIOPIC TREATMENT
From Renaissance artists to aviation pioneers, suffragists and scientists, these women led lives destined for the silver screen

BY LILA THULIN , MEILAN SOLLY
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Feb. 7, 2020
This year’s roster of Academy Award nominees is much like those of previous decades: predominantly male and white. Of the 20 men and women nominated for acting awards, only one—Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo—is a person of color. And despite strong offerings from the likes of Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang and Lorene Scafaria, the list of Best Director contenders is all-male for the second year in a row.

The movies set to be honored at this weekend’s ceremony fare no better in the diversity department. 1917, widely predicted to win Best Picture, has just one female character. Anna Paquin says a single line in the more than three-and-a-half hour The Irishman, while Margot Robbie, who plays actress Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, is seen more often than heard. Because these and similarly biographical films take place in the past, which is assumed to be “overwhelmingly white and male” in and of itself, points out Aisha Harris for the New York Times, filmmakers have a ready excuse for centering their narratives on white men.

Hollywood creatives certainly have the artistic license to continue elevating stories dominated by white men, but as Harris writes, “[L]et’s not pretend that this isn’t also a choice—a choice dictated not by the past, but by an erroneous (and perhaps unconscious) belief that white men have done the most and lived the most interesting lives of us all.”

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nine-women-who-deserve-biopic-treatment-2020s-180974141/

Website Smithsonian magazine: 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com

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extract:

Amazon Celebrates 25th Birthday

“Amazon, the largest internet company in the world , is celebrating its 25th birthday. It was founded by Jeff Bezos on June 5, 1994 in a garage in Seattle . At the beginning Amazon was an online bookstore. In the past 2 years it has become the largest retail company in the world and dominated the world of online commerce.

Amazon has changed the way people shop. It expanded, from selling only books to offering CDs, software and a wide range of household appliances and smart devices. There are few things you can’t buy on Amazon. It has also become a marketplace where other companies can sell their products.

In 2018 Amazon became the largest online sales company in the world, selling over 500 billion dollars’ worth of products worldwide. It has 600,000 employees and is worth almost 1 trillion dollars, second only to Apple. CEO Jeff Bezos is known to be the richest person on earth.”

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EYE!. Every text includes a glossary

Words
account = here : to be part of something
accuse of = to say that someone is guilty of doing something wrong
assistant = someone who helps you do things
automated = when machines and computers do things instead of people
celebrate = here: to show that this is a special day and do something special on it
CEO = chief executive officer = the boss of a company
checkout desk = place where you pay for the things you buy in a store
commerce = trade; the buying and selling of products
complain = to say that you are not happy about something and would like it to be changed
deliver = bring products to a customer
dominate = control, lead, to be the best
drone = object that can fly without a pilot
employee = person who works in a company
enormous = strong
expand = to become bigger
experience = face, deal with, go through
found – founded = to start a company

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https://www.english-online.at/news-articles/business-economy/amazon-celebrates-25th-birthday.htm

Website ENGLISHONLINE at

https://www.english-online.at/index.htm

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