Joe Posnanski never intended to write a book about Harry Houdini. When the acclaimed sportswriter’s publisher asked him to pen a biography of Babe Ruth, he figured he had nothing to add to the slugger’s story. But he did focus in on one aspect of the Bambino’s life: his ability to inspire wonder like nobody else, save for the most famous magician of all time.
Joaquin Phoenix during the open-mic scene in Joker. Photo: Warner Bros. Joker is many things to many people — a misguided commentary on mental illness and sociopolitical rage, a glorification of incels, an antidote to “woke” culture, etc. etc. — but everyone can agree that, feelings aside, it tells the story of an aspiring stand-up comedian.
Last year, Ticketmaster announced it invested in new technology that could allow fans to enter concerts and other events without waiting in line to show their tickets. The only catch? It would mean digitally scanning your face and uploading it to a third-party company, Blink Identity, whose cameras would recognize your unique facial measurements and match them to your tickets as you walked into a venue.