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Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This isn't the normal sort of book for me, but I love Almost Famous and based on the blurb I read, it felt like it might be in the same space. The book is about a group of people, Daisy Jones, and the band, The Six. It's set in the 70s predominately and it takes you through the journeys of all the people, on a journey to stardom. The book is surprisingly touching and even brought me to tears. Overall I loved it and highly recommend it for folks.
Here are a handful of my favorite lines, none of which spoil anything for future readers.
I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it's not faith, right?
I guess I'm saying… if you redeem yourself, then believe in your own redemption.
I'll tell you: If a friend lied to me the way I lie to myself, I'd say, "You're a shitty friend."
You can't love someone back to health and you can't hate someone back to health and no matter how right you are about something, it doesn't mean they will change their mind.
What investors and others are debating now is whether Beyond Meat's struggles are specific to the company or a harbinger of deeper issues in the plant-based meat industry.
"At the category level, we're seeing volumes for plant-based meats down 22 consecutive months now," said John Baumgartner, a consumer food analyst at the financial institution Mizuho Americas.
A few years ago, investors expected the category to explode with growth year after year, Mr. Baumgartner said. Now, he said, those expectations are being reconsidered.
I have done exactly zero research on this, but I would bet it all is because of the cost difference and real meat still being the cheaper option.
Muddled audio is the top reason why more people are watching video with on-screen text, according to a May survey commissioned by language-teaching app Preply. As more video-production studios embrace advanced audio formats for at-home content, not every device can keep up. Plenty of viewers can't keep up, either.
"If you have people talking or shouting during the adventure scenes, the explode-y sounds are way higher than the dialogue," said Melanie Brooks, a 43-year-old professional musician in Boston. Catching some of the lines in her favorite fantasy and adventure TV series is hard without captions, she added.
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