Newsweek 12/4-12/11/2020

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the archives

THE BEATLES When the Beatles first toured the U.S. in 1964, Newsweek predicted, “The odds are that they will fade away.” But as Peter Brown, the group’s business manager, wrote for Newsweek in 2014, “The Beatles were a once-in-a-lifetime, freakish combination of talent and timing.” When John Lennon, “once the cheeky wit and sardonic soul of the Beatles” was tragically killed 40 years ago on December 8, 1980, Newsweek reflected that the band was the catalyst for “an epoch-making spasm in Western history, the moment when, at least for a time, the center of creative consciousness shifted to young people.”…

monumental perceptions

MONUMENTS ARE ERECTED TO CELEBRATE VICTORIES AND MOURN LOSSES. WE CHISEL NAMES INTO buildings as a way to claim a piece of posterity. But what happens when those same statues and touted heroes are no longer role models for society’s current values? In the wake of the George Floyd protests this summer, statues throughout America of Christopher Columbus, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, John Calhoun and others have been torn down. Princeton University removed President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its School of Public Policy and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City requested that a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt be removed from the front of its building because it depicts Black and indigenous people in an inferior way. What is the value in monuments to the past?…

q&a: keith lowe

Why this book? Why now? Now, more than ever before, we are beginning to question our collective memory of the past. There is a huge amount of anger and passion in play, especially when it comes to our public monuments—not only in the USA, but all around the world. This book is an attempt to pause, take a step back and look at what our monuments really mean. What role do you think monuments should serve? A good monument will remind us not only of our history, but of the values that we hold dear. Some of the most important monuments in my book have been constructed on sites where huge world events took place: I’m thinking of Auschwitz, Hiroshima or Stalingrad. These are important places where we can remember the traumas of…

the right words to nab a raise

THESE DAYS, IT MIGHT SEEM RISKY to ask for a raise or negotiate a salary offer. After all, tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs during the pandemic and entire industries have been decimated. But Ezra Singer, a former Fortune 10 HR executive who now consults on salary negotiations, says that’s actually not the case. Instead, companies are more desperate than ever for top talent, so—with a little preparation and and a dash of chutzpah—you can and should ask to be paid what you’re worth. Singer was a recent guest on Better, the weekly video interview program that I host for Newsweek every Thursday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, that streams on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. During the interview, he noted that there are three primary reasons candidates…

talking points

“You’re still my Aunt Viv.”—WILL SMITH RECONCILING WITH JANET HUBERT ON THE FRESH PRINCE REUNION“I KNEW I HAD TO GET INVOLVED, I KNEW I HAD ENOUGH.”—CINDY MCCAIN ON SUPPORTING JOE BIDEN“At least for now…I enter a second retirement. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”—MICHAEL J. FOX ON HIS DECLINING HEALTH“People have accepted the things that he said that are so vile about so many other people. What difference is it going to make if he said that about me?”—ACTOR HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE ON DONALD TRUMP CALLING HER A RACIAL SLUR“I AM PROUD OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS TO PREVENT ELECTION INTERFERENCE AND SUPPORT OUR DEMOCRACY.”—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the Senate…

the vaccine resistance

FOR ALL THE FLAK THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS taken over the federal government’s response, or lack thereof, to the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s vaccine development project, Operation Warp Speed, looks like a winner. According to Pfizer, its vaccine prevented COVID in 95 percent of participants in its clinical trials, which are now complete. Moderna’s vaccine, which got $1 billion in U.S. government support, prevents 94 percent of cases, the company said. It would be hard to exaggerate the degree to which experts have been surprised, and relieved, by these preliminary results. Early in the pandemic, conventional wisdom held that the best we could hope for was a slightly better hit rate than seasonal influenza vaccines, which in a good year protect 50 to 60 percent of those inoculated; the Food and…