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  • Brian Boone 6:00 pm on 2018/02/21 Permalink
    Tags: , dave barry, , great ideas, , , , tom clancy   

    Let’s Rename Major League Baseball Teams After Cities’ Notable Authors 

    Naming a sports team after literature—that’s pretty awesome. (The Baltimore Ravens of the NFL are technically;  they’re named after an intimidating bird, but the team is specifically named after “The Raven,” the classic, super-spooky poem by Baltimore resident Edgar Allen Poe.) With baseball season coming up, we took it upon ourselves to give every Major League Baseball team a new nickname, based on one of its most famous or prominent literary icons.

    Atlanta: Margaret Mitchell
    Mitchell wrote just one book, but it was a big one: Gone With the Wind, the seminal Civil War novel and a contender for “Great American Novel.” Also a perennial contender in the National League East: the Atlanta Scarletts, named for one of the most complex characters in American lit. 

    Miami: Dave Barry
    As a longtime columnist with the Miami Herald turned novelist of books set in Miami, Barry has a love/hate relationship with his city, and is very responsible for Miami’s image as a tropical crazy town—he is “not making this up,” after all. Let’s go Miami Daves! (We think he’d find that hilarious.)

    Philadelphia: Isaac Asimov
    Fun fact about Asimov—he’s predominantly known as a science-fiction writer, but he was so prolific that he’s the only person in history to have a book in every major grouping of the Dewey Decimal System. But still, the brainy sci-fi stuff like I Robot, still influences how we approach technology today, so that’s why we’re going with the Philadelphia Robots.

    New York: J.D. Salinger
    Of all the many New York based authors, we had to go with one who wrote a book with a baseball word in its title. The author of The Catcher in the Rye, the definitive angry young man novel retreated into privacy in the ‘50s, never the case with the mighty former Mets, renamed after a refrain in Catcher as the New York Phonies.

    Washington, D.C.: Tom Clancy
    The late bestselling author of the “dad novel”—taut but deliriously exciting military and spy thrillers—unsurprisingly stayed close to the nation’s capital. The Washington Jack Ryans are ready to play some patriot games. 

    Tampa Bay: Jack Kerouac
    Kerouac was of course a bit of a traveling malcontent who spent a lot of his time On the Road, but he spent his later years in and died in south Florida, specifically in the sweltering Tampa metropolitan area. As it’s a paradise and On the Road’s main character is named Sal Paradise, the Rays are now named the Tampa Bay Paradise.

    Boston: Louisa May Alcott
    An icon of 19th century literature, Alcott helped make American letters a force to be reckoned with. Her most famous works are Little Women and Little Men, either of which would make a fine new name for the Red Sox. Let’s go with the Boston Little Women.

    Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe
    The Baltimore Ravens of the NFL are already named after their native son’s most famous poem, but we can do better—the Baltimore Pits, or the Baltimore Pendulums.

    New York: Edith Wharton
    Nobody stuck it to Gilded Age aristocrats quite like Wharton did in The Age of Innocence, so the most gilded, aristocratic team in baseball, the Yankees, should be named the New York Archers after that novel’s main character, Newland Archer.

    Toronto: Margaret Atwood
    The great Atwood studied, taught, and lived in Hogtown for years. Seeing as how she’s one of, if not the greatest Canadian novelist of all time, as well as the hottest author in literature right now because of the hit TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, it seems right to renamed the Blue Jays the Toronto Margarets.

    Cincinnati: Alice and Phoebe Cary
    The southern Ohio-born sisters were both major American poets in the late 19th century, and the Cincinnati Carys sounds a lot cooler than the Reds.

    Pittsburgh: Michael Chabon
    Who else but Chabon has rehabilitated Pittsburgh’s image from smog-choked industrial metropolis to enchanting college town? Many of his novels are set here, such as Wonder Boys. That would be a silly name for a team, but the Pittsburgh Chabons sounds kind of cool.

    Chicago: Ernest Hemingway
    A manly man so manly he didn’t even use extra words when telling his tales of manly things like war, fishing, and death, he’s the literary pride of Chicagoland. Adding to his list of four rules to be a man: have a son, plant a tree, fight a bull, read a book, get a baseball team named after you: the Chicago Bell-Tollers

    St. Louis: Jonathan Franzen
    Our nation’s greatest chronicler of the modern American family—and its thoroughly dysfunctional nature—grew up in St. Louis, a fine place to raise to a family and home of the venerable St. Louis, or, as they’re now called, the St. Louis Corrections.

    Milwaukee: Jack Finney
    If one of your city’s most favorite authors is sci-fi author Jack Finney, how can you not name your team the Milwaukee Body Snatchers?

    Cleveland: Dav Pilkey
    While the baseball team from Cleveland has announced it will downplay its offensive mascot, maybe it’s time to get rid of the name completely. Name them after the best-known work by Cleveland-born children’s author Dav Pilkey. That would be the Captain Underpants series, so Cleveland Underpants it is. (Or, you know, Captains is fine, too.)

    Minneapolis: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The tragic author of perfectly worded Jazz Age classics like The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night brought such an observant eye thanks in part to a middle-class sensibility, no doubt honed over his years in the Twin Cities. The great Jay Gatsby (nay Gatz) was from there, too, and so that’s why we’ve got the Minnesota Gatsbys. 

    Detroit: Joyce Carol Oates
    Oates lived and taught in Motown for many years, and her 1969 National Book Award-winning them is set there, so she gets to have the Tigers renamed the Detroit Mulvaneys after he widely read We Were the Mulvaneys.

    Kansas City: Robert A. Heinlein
    Born and raised in Kansas City, the “Dean of Science Fiction” writers helped establish the genre as a viable art form with its own tropes and rules in works like Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers. Hey, the Kansas City Starship Troopers sounds amazing!

    Chicago: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    How is there not already a team called the Chicago Tarzans?

    Arizona: Diana Gabaldon
    Phoenix’s Gabaldon elevated the romance novel and historical fiction genres with her extremely compelling Outlander series. While the desert sun of Phoenix doesn’t remind anyone of the Scottish Highlands, calling a baseball team the Arizona Outlanders would.

    Los Angeles: Raymond Chandler
    When you think “hardboiled detective noir” you think of Raymond Chandler, master crafter of L.A.-based stuff like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. The hero of many of those books is the great detective Philip Marlowe, who gives his name to the Los Angeles Marlowes.

    San Francisco: Jack London
    Launching off from San Francisco, the unofficial capital of West Coast wilderness adventure, Jack London wrote gritty, realistic tales of the wilderness and the ocean, like The Call of the Wild and the namesake for the newly renamed San Francisco Sea-Wolves. 

    San Diego: Dr. Seuss
    He was born somewhere else, that much is true, but he lived in La Jolla, der-flibbity-floo. He’s the first author we know, he helped teach us to read, so the San Diego Cat-Hats is something we need.

    Colorado: Bill Finger
    Comics and graphic novels wouldn’t be what they are today without Finger, the Mile High City native who, with Bob Kane of D.C. Comics, helped create Batman and the Batman mythos. Rights issues might be a thing, but the Colorado Dark Knights would be the best-named team in all of sports.

    Oakland: Amy Tan
    How many modern classics has Tan even written anyway? There’s The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Valley of AmazementNobody writes about mothers and daughters with more skill, and she’s probably the best writer Oakland ever gave us, so it makes sense to name the team after her most famous book in full, the Oakland Joy Luck Club.

    Anaheim: Dean Koontz
    After Disneyland and The O.C. the most famous product of Orange County is Koontz, SoCal transplant and author of countless page-turning suspense-filled thrillers of the last 40-odd years. The team gets its name from one of his books: the Los Angeles Sole Survivors of Anaheim.

    Seattle: Tom Robbins
    King of the quirky, dusty comic novel, Robbins’ home town Mariners shall henceforth be called the Seattle Thumbs, after the pronounced characteristic of the protagonist of his 1976 classic Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

    Texas: Patricia Highsmith
    The author of the wicked and intense Tom Ripley thrillers (including The Talented Mr. Ripley) along with other mid-century mysteries like Strangers on a Train was born in Fort Worth, right next to Dallas in the “Metroplex.” The Dallas Ripleys has a nice ring to it.

    Houston: Donald Barthelme
    Barthelme spent most of his life and career in the Houston area, where he taught and worked as a journalist. If you’ve ever taken a short fiction creative writing course, you were probably assigned a clever, humorous Barthelme story or two. But he also wrote all kinds of stuff, even children’s literature, such as his 1972 National Book Award winning The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine. Out with the Astros, and in with the Houston Slightly Irregular Fire Engines.

    What do you think of our new team names?

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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/09 Permalink
    Tags: 11/22/63, abraham lincoln vampire hunter, all american girl, american queen, american wife, , , , , , , dolley, eighteen acres, ellen feldman, eugene burdock, executive orders, failsafe, frost/nixon, , harvey wheeler, , it can’t happen here, jailbird, , jenn marie thorne, joe klein, , , leader of the free world, , lucy, , , mount vernon love story, mrs. President, nicole wallace, peter morgan, , primary colors, , seth grahams-smith, sierra simone, sinclair lewis, stephen carter, , , the impeachment of abraham lincoln, , the plot against america, , the wrong side of right, tom clancy, wide awake   

    25 Fictional Presidents 

    President’s Day is around the corner, so we compiled a list of 25 fictional presidents for you to read about! If watching the news bums you out, but political intrigue does not, these books are for you.

    Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
    This haunting novel centers around the true story of Lincoln’s son, who died during his Presidency. While President Lincoln visits the gravesite of his son, the ghosts who have clung to life narrate a deeply moving, complex thread of tales.

    11/22/63, by Stephen King
    This political sci-fi is about a man who travels back in time with one goal—to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While the President does not “officially” appear in the story, the entire plot centers around Jake Epping managing to stop Lee Harvey Oswald…but will his actions have the opposite impact on American history than he hopes?

    American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
    Loosely based on Laura Bush, this novel stars Alice, a small-town girl who grows up to marry a future President. Follow Alice in her courtship by a dazzling Republican man she finds herself unable to stay away from…but once they enter the White House, she realizes she disagrees with in ways they may be unable to reconcile.

    Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut
    Watergate gets even more insidious in this story, told from the perspective of a fictional co-conspirator in the Nixon Administration cover-up. Wry and humorous, but also dark and revealing of the jagged edges of human nature, Vonnegut’s anti-hero shares the story from his perspective years later, after serving his time for the crime.

    Dolley, by Rita Mae Brown
    Dolley Madison was the fourth first lady in American history, and this novel explores her fictional diary. Being the wife of one of America’s founders was both glamorous, full of fashion and parties…and horrendous, as her husband ushers the country into war.

    Primary Colors, by Joe Klein
    Originally published anonymously, this novel takes readers behind the political curtain of presidential campaigns. Based on Bill Clinton’s rise to the presidency, told from the perspective of a lower-level aide, every moment is rife with drama on the verge of scandal.

    Eighteen Acres, by Nicolle Wallace
    Nicole Wallace is a former Communications Director of the White House (and current political pundit) and wrote a novel imagining the first woman president as she weathers a re-election campaign, an infidelity scandal, and an international blunder.

    American Queen, by Sierra Simone
    Now for a very different kind of novel, this erotic romance imagines a completely fictional scenario in which a girl finds herself in love with two men: they just happen to be the President of the United States…and the Vice President of the United States. Confused? Once you meet Greer, Embry and Maxen in this reimagining of Camelot, you’ll be in love.

    The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
    This book isn’t even available yet, but it’s totally pre-order worthy…because it’s the first novel written by a former President! Bill Clinton teamed up with James Patterson to write a political thriller about what happens when a President vanishes without a trace.

    Failsafe, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
    Published in 1962, when tensions between Russia and the US were at an all-time high, this speculative novel imagines a scenario in which American bombers take control of the nuclear weapons and decide to put an end to the conflict once and for all…and the President must act before Russia engages them in all-out war.

    The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
    Stephen King returns to the list with this bestselling speculative novel about a man who wakes up from a coma with the mysterious ability to see people’s futures. But this becomes a problem when he has a vision of a man running for President…and it’s disastrous. Does he intervene to prevent it from coming true?

    Executive Orders, by Tom Clancy
    The worst has occurred: the President, the cabinet, and most of congress is dead. That leaves the VP, Jack Ryan, in charge. President Ryan must govern without a government all the while trying to figure out who is responsible. Riveting and with twists that will leave you breathless, fans of Designated Survivor will love this novel.

    The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer
    An adventure of presidential proportions begins when an archivist and his one-time crush find a mysterious dictionary that belonged to the first president, George Washington. They must race against the clock to decipher the meaning of the dictionary, and, once a man ends up dead, hope they don’t end up suffering the same fate.

    The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L. Carter
    This fascinating novel imagines a world where Lincoln did not die, and instead lived to face the consequences of the Civil War…namely, an impeachment trial for a breach of executive powers. When one of Lincoln’s lawyers is murdered, a young black woman working for his defense team must unravel the mystery.

    Mount Vernon Love Story, by Mary Higgins Clark
    Mystery master Mary Higgins Clark wrote an historical novel about George Washington! Did you know that many people believe Washington, despite being married to Martha, was in love with someone else? Higgins Clark is not one of them; she writes the love story between America’s FIRST first-couple as one of mutual respect, admiration, and affection.

    Lucy, by Ellen Feldman
    In contrast, this novel is about a president who was in love with someone who wasn’t his wife. Before he was President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt loved Lucy Mercer…Eleanor’s social secretary. Through polio, a world war, and two presidential terms, despite his promises to Eleanor, Franklin and Lucy remain connected. Heartbreaking, romantic, and beautiful.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith
    Presidents go paranormal in this fun novel that reveals the true story behind our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter, hell-bent on vengeance against the creatures responsible for his mother’s death.

    Mr. President, by Katy Evans
    Matt and Charlotte have known one another since they were kids. He was the son of a President, and vowed never to follow in his father’s footsteps…except now he has, bringing Charlotte along for the ride. The problem? Charlotte loves him, but knows she can never love a President. This erotic romance novel sizzles with political steam.

    The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
    An Alternative history where FDR loses the 1940 election to isolationist Charles Lindbergh…who strikes a deal with Hitler to stay out of his way. But tensions rise, along with anti-Semintism, and the consequences are seen through the eyes of one boy.

    It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
    This book was written during the Great Depression, but the subject matter is still relevant today. Featuring another character who unseats Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the Presidency, this novel details the dangers of populist rhetoric with a President who halts progress on all fronts and holds his enemies captive.

    Frost/Nixon, by Peter Morgan
    This play dramatizes the epic showdown between journalist David Frost and President Nixon, in which the former tries to get the latter to confess to his crimes. (You can watch the movie, too!)

    Crooked, by Austin Grossman
    Grossman’s reinvention of Tricky Dick as the inheritor of a presidency imbued with magical powers—a man consistently distrusted and marginalized by the people who could have prepared him for the battles to come—is thoroughly enjoyable. Most importantly, it offers up an idea of a president who has more than a veto up his or her sleeves. Certainly a little black magic would be very welcome in today’s unsettled world.

    All American Girl, by Meg Cabot
    One of my favorite YA novels featuring regular-girl Sam Madison, who saves the president from an assassination attempt. Sam is in love with her older sister’s boyfriend, but as she spends more time with the President’s son—the only person who seems to understand the downsides to her newfound fame—she starts to question both her choice, and whether she could love the kid who lives in the White House.

    The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne
    Kate has never known her father, but when her mother dies, he reveals himself: a powerful politician vying for the White House. Suddenly, Kate is embroiled in the world of politics, a new family, and a dangerous first-love…all the while grieving for her mom, and the life she once loved.

    Wide Awake, by David Levithan
    This speculative novel stars the first gay, Jewish President…whose election is promptly declared invalid by a governor of a crucial state. Jimmy and Duncan, a teen couple, decide to lend their support by joining the protests to support him.

    What novels featuring fictionalized presidents do you love?

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  • Jeff Somers 5:30 pm on 2015/07/07 Permalink
    Tags: day of the jackal, frederick forsyth, , , , one shot, , the firm, the hunt for red october, , tom clancy   

    5 Thrillers that Resist Easy Fixes 

    In the realm of science fiction and fantasy, there’s such a thing as a “handwave,” a problem-solving technology or phenomenon presented without sufficient or believable explanation. The handwave isn’t just for science fiction, though: even ostensibly gritty, realistic thrillers can sometimes resort to a handwave to get themselves out of a jammed-up plot. If you’ve ever read about someone mysteriously “hacking” a computer system in order to access crucial narrative data, or raised an eyebrow at a character’s quick recovery from a grievous injury, you have experienced the handwave. The antidote? These five thrillers, which assiduously avoid such shenanigans.

    One Shot, by Lee Child
    In his ninth Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child offers a pure mystery for his hulking, drifting hero to solve: an expert sniper is accused of murdering several people in a public place, but Reacher uses a combination of his natural detective abilities and a deep knowledge of sniping and weapons to figure out what’s really going on, before it’s too late. Child manages to make pages of detail regarding the science and art of the sniper fascinating, and makes Reacher’s logical leap in solving the mystery 100 percent sound.

    The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
    The rumor is Clancy was so accurate in his depiction of cutting-edge submarine technology and tactics in this 1984 novel, the FBI paid him a visit to inquire how he knew so many classified details. While that may not be true (Clancy always maintained he gleaned all his information from public sources and meticulous research), the fact remains that The Hunt for Red October is one of the least-handwaved military stories in modern times. In this caper about a top-secret (and incredibly powerful) Soviet submarine hijacked by officers intent on defecting to the United States, every event, technological reference, and piece of information is justified with real-world facts and experience.

    The Firm, by John Grisham
    It says something about Grisham’s talent that the conclusion of his 1991 breakthrough novel, about a young lawyer who unwittingly joins a mob-associated firm, centers on the exciting topic of over-billing and mail fraud, and yet remains a nail-biting climax to an exceptional legal thriller. A lawyer writing legal fiction should never have to resort to hand-waving plot twists in the courtroom, but when your whole plot sits on legal maneuvering and minutiae, it’s impressive that not a single aspect of the story is glossed-over or left unclear for the reader.

    Radiant Angel, by Nelson DeMille
    In John Corey, Nelson DeMille has created a thoroughly believable character who happens to be placed at the highest levels of intrigue and adventure. The stories he constructs for Corey aren’t everyday adventures, but they’re crafted with care and an attention to detail that neatly avoid the handwave, giving the reader plenty of reason to believe it could all really happen. DeMille’s newest Corey adventure, Radiant Angel, packs a gritty, old-school Cold War punch, and once again, the author shows his work at every step, ensuring the reader can get on board without having to make any leaps of faith.

    Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth
    The attention to detail and real-life roots of Forsyth’s 1971 novel are legendary. He was working as a journalist in Paris when he wrote the story about an assassin hired to kill the President of France, and drew on actual events he witnessed or heard about through firsthand accounts, setting many of the novel’s scenes in well-researched places. In fact, rumor has it the assassin’s sniping spot can still be located—with the precise view described in the text. When you can physically visit the settings of the story and inspect them for accuracy, it’s safe to say nothing was handwaved.

  • Jeff Somers 5:00 pm on 2015/05/22 Permalink
    Tags: , , , kai bird, martin j. sherwin, , , , , , tom clancy   

    7 Books In Which Technology Goes Horribly Wrong 

    Anyone who has suffered a computer crash that deletes seven years’ worth of emails, photos, and Word docs knows technology doesn’t always work as planned. Sometimes our GPS steers us into a lake, sometimes we butt-dial exes, and sometimes the machines attain sentience and rise up to exterminate us. That’s the risk we take in exchange for being able to order sushi from anywhere.

    Some of the best novels ever written are based on the idea that technology not only can but will go wrong—and they’re not all science fiction, either. Here are seven novels exploring what might happen when technology betrays us.

    Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
    It’s a tale as old as time: Man figures out how to clone dinosaurs, dinosaurs turn around and eat man. The idea that there are things mankind was not meant to investigate is an ancient one, that has served as the basis for horror novels since time immemorial. Jurassic Park updates this concept of forbidden knowledge and the rotten fruits it yields with the slick idea of cloning dinosaurs from residual DNA traces—with predictably horrific results. If only people would stop thinking cloning is merely incredibly creepy and realize it could also knock us all down a notch on the food chain.

    The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    An odd choice, you say? That’s because you’re not paying attention. Sure, for the most part Tolkien’s masterpiece doesn’t have much to do with technology—unless you consider Saruman and his despoliation of Isengard, which is couched in clear technophobic terms. In short, Saruman the Many-Colored leaves behind the wisdom and power of his fellow Istari and begins industrializing, raping Isengard of resources, cutting down trees, and embracing technology. And it’s this embrace that leads to his downfall, as it angers the Ents and in ways large and small causes the series of events leading to Saruman’s death. The moral of this bit of the story? Ensure no immortal tree beings live nearby when you decide to salt the earth in your backyard.

    The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy
    Sure, you could make the point that a nuclear submarine loaded with missiles and designed to be nearly invisible is actually working as intended when it comes very close to sparking World War III. But the genius of The Hunt for Red October is, in many ways, the fact that the technology at its center would not be nearly as “gone wrong” without the fears and desires of its human crew and the Americans trying to claim it. The motto of the book seems to be “nuclear submarines don’t kill people, people (in possession of nuclear submarines) kill people.”

    Reamde, by Neal Stephenson
    Software has given us so much: Angry Birds, cat videos, Britney Spears albums. So it’s easy to forget software isn’t magic, it’s technology, and technology that could so easily go wrong. In Reamde, Stephenson drops a computer virus into a virtual world and lets the ripples extend into the real one, leaving death, property damage, and awesome gunfights in its wake. Considering the story delves deeply into an imaginary massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that helps spread the virus, this is actually a case of two technologies gone wrong.

    Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
    The Entertainment is the ultimate betrayal. As Homer Simpson once said of television (and by implication, all entertainment), it’s our teacher, mother, and secret lover—so the idea of an entertainment so perfectly constructed people would gladly cut off their own fingers (or, if possible, someone else’s fingers) in order to watch it just once more cuts to the core of our streaming, downloading, and always-entertained society. If entertainment itself turns against us, we’re doomed.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
    For a lot of people, the idea of immortality is exciting stuff. Except when it means you’re actually dead, and cancerous cells taken from your body without your consent live on forever as invaluable material for laboratories around the world. The story of the Lacks family’s pursuit of justice after discovering the ongoing use of Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cells is a stark reminder that even the technology we rely on to keep us alive and healthy can be turned against us—even after we’re gone.

    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
    If you want to talk about technology gone wrong, you can’t avoid the atomic bomb, as there are very few ways for technology to go more wrong than the potential end of the world. It’s the worst-case scenario of the fundamental forces of our universe being used not to feed the hungry, or to build incredible things, but to destroy in one tiny sunburst of energy. Again, it took human intention to turn this technology against us, and this incredibly rich and thoughtful biography of the man who led the way and his regrets and reactions to the consequences of his research puts a serious spin on an idea that’s usually exciting and fun in tension-filled thrillers.

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