The Alt-Oscars*

Kanye West** as Crucified Oscar image is courtesy of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Let’s do this.

ALT BEST PICTURE: I’ve only seen one “Best Picture” nomination — “Arrival” and I thought it was mostly Zzz… — so out of all the 2016 movies I have seen, not just those nominated, which still are only a handful… or, would it be an “eyeful?”…my Alt-Oscar for Best Picture of 2016 — and which is one of the best flicks I’ve seen in a loooong time — goes to:

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Amtrak Picked These 24 Writers to Get Free Roundtrip Rides

Something to aspire to…

TIME

Amtrak announced the 24 writers chosen for its residency program on Wednesday, which offers the winners free roundtrip rides on Amtrak. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car that includes a desk, a bed and a window with a view of America’s countryside for inspiration.

Here are the chosen recipients:

Ksenia Anske, a Seattle-based fantasy writer

Scott Berkun, writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist

Jennifer Boylan, author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, the first bestselling work by a transgender American

Craig Calcaterra, writer at NBCSports.com

Jen Carlson, deputy editor of Gothamist

Farai Chideya, award-winning journalist and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the NYU journalism institute

Anna Davies, young adult novel ghostwriter and writer for The New York Times and Salon.com

Korey Garibaldi, doctoral…

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