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Confirming their suspicions

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External Link King Viserys I cast for HBO prequel. English actor Paddy Considine has been cast as King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon, the first casting announcement made for the Game of Thrones prequel. Considine has a long and accomplished resume, appearing in movies like Hot Fuzz (alongside several Game of Thrones alums), In America, and The Bourne Ultimatum, and received a Tony nomination just last year for his work on Broadway in The Ferryman. You may have recently seen Considine on HBO, as he was one of the leads in the Stephen King's The Outsider miniseries.

What Sansa Stark and Poe Dameron have in common

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Blue Curtains

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Jorah's Tourney

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Be a Poll Worker. I've served as a poll worker for every election, big and small, in the last fifteen years, from the crazy busy presidential contests to the dreadfully dull library board elections. I've been assigned to polling places that I could walk to, and I've been sent to polls that were an hour drive away. I've been crammed into a school gym with dozens of other workers, and I've been in a church loft where there were only three of us to handle an entire day's worth of voters. I've endured equipment breaking down and occasionally voters breaking down, too. I've listened politely as people tell me they vote because otherwise the country would fall apart. I've cheered when someone tells me they're voting for the very first time; it happens way too rarely. I've thanked each and every voter for performing their civic duty, and it's nice when they thank me for performing mine. At the end of the day -- as long and chaotic as it may be -- I'm always convinced it was worth it.

Today is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. We have a critical shortage of poll workers, perhaps more so now than ever. We've been asked to reach out to anyone who might be willing and able: you can help America vote during this upcoming election by signing up as a poll worker in your community. It's important. It's worth it. We've also been asked to tell our friends and family to vote early if possible. Don't wait. Check your voter registration and voting options now. Every early voter is one less person a poll worker like me has contact with on election day. In any case, please remember: every vote counts, every vote matters.


Like father, like son

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is perhaps best known for her Temeraire series, which imagined dragons during the Napoleonic Wars. (We'll talk more about fantasy and dragons in a future book review, trust me.) But Novik later earned lots of recognition for Uprooted, a retelling of the Baba Yaga folklore that she was told as a child. Hers was a curious but carefully crafted world of magic, and one of my better reads of the past decade. So it was of great interest to me when Novik published another twist on fairy tales, and one that was subsequently rewarded with Locus, Hugo, and Nebula award nominations: Spinning Silver.

After Dark, What a Chore. Tower of the Hand "After Dark" invites you to mingle with other members and chat about all things off topic. Suppose you could forever remove one chore from your life, whether it be time-consuming, exhausting, or simply mundane. The chore would still be accomplished as it always has it been, except without any effort from you and without any consequence. What chore would you choose to banish from your life?

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