Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of The City’: The Best Soap Opera In Book Form

For anyone who reads Armistead Maupin’s Tales of The City, it doesn’t matter that 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco is a fictional address. When you’re in the city, at least for the first time, you want to find it. You want to be there, and screw-fiction, find its occupants­­­­—landlady Anna Madrigal, and that first book’s golden group of tenants: Mona, Michael (Mouse), Brian, and Mary Ann­­­­­.

DeDe, D’or, Edgar, Beauchamp, Jon, Frannie, Mother Mucca, Thack, Shawna, Ben: sure it would be lovely to see them too. But really you want to see Mrs. Madrigal, sweeping the steps, fixing a stray wisp of her hair, and welcoming you, in her grandly mysterious way, to all the intrigues within.

Yes, Macondray Lane on Russian Hill exists, the nearest-as-heck approximation of where 28 Barbary Lane is. When I visited it it felt thrilling to be in its shadowy, leafy embrace. But 28 Barbary Lane felt even more natural, even more alive and pungent, in my imagination. That is Maupin’s great skill in the Tales series.

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It’s not just “Impossible,” it’s irresistible.

The sixth chapter in the Tom Cruise-controlled spy franchise, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” opening Friday, picks up where the last one, “Rogue Nation,” left off.

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3 Situations to Use a Child Travel Consent Form

School’s out soon and it’s time to think about activities for your children in the coming months. While you are ironing out the final details of your summer plans, consider that if your minor child is traveling alone or with another family member, they might need a Child Travel Consent form.

Making sure your child is carrying the proper consent document helps give authorities the information they need to understand your child’s travel arrangements, enabling a smooth trip.

This post looks at 3 common situations where a Child Travel Consent form should be used.

Children Traveling with One Parent

If your child is traveling with only one parent, that parent will need a Child Travel Consent letter that has the other, non-traveling parent’s name, signature, and a short statement authorizing the travel arrangements.

A common scenario for a child traveling with one parent is when the parents are separated or divorced. Custody arrangements can be complex and modify the rules for travel in different ways, but in general it’s important that the child has a travel consent form signed by the non-traveling parent.

With separated parents, it’s also recommended that the parent traveling with the child carry extra documents that demonstrate proof of guardianship, like custody papers, adoption papers, and the child’s birth certificate,

Similar rules apply for a child traveling with adult relatives, like a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or grandparents, but in this case the travel consent letter must contain the name and signature of both parents instead of just one.

For international travel, some countries may require specific or additional documentation. You can check requirements with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the embassy of the country your child is traveling to for more information.

Children Traveling with a Group

Along with other documents a child would need to travel, like a passport or birth certificate, the CBP recommends that children traveling with a group or organization, like a school group, religious group, sports team, or cultural organization should have a Child Travel Consent form signed by both parents to keep with them.

In addition, the CBP recommends that the group leader, supervisor, or representative have a letter printed using the organization’s letterhead containing the following information:

  • The name, date of birth, primary address, and phone number of each child, as well as contact information for at least one parent or legal guardian for each child
  • The full name of the group as well as the names of the group leaders, representatives, or supervisors that will be present on the trip
  • A written, signed, and notarized statement by the supervising adult(s) that indicates they have legal guardianship consent for each child

Children Traveling Alone

If your child is traveling alone, the requirements for travel documents will be similar to when your child is traveling with a group. They will need a notarized consent letter that is signed by both parents. If the child is traveling internationally, they may need additional documentation.

You can contact the embassy for the country your child is traveling to in order to check entry requirements.

Consent to Travel

When your child is traveling without you, it’s important to make sure they have the correct documentation so that it’s easier for authorities to understand the nature of your child’s trip.

Having a consent form can also help your child avoid unnecessary or stressful delays during their travel time and ensure that they reach their destination with as little turbulence as possible.

 

Do you know of other situations where a Child Travel Consent form could be used? Let us know in the comments!

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“Beneath those white shirts were arms and chests and shoulders full of a workingman’s strength—powerful they had to be, to pull and pull on leather all their lives, to squeeze out of every skin every inch of leather there was.”

Christ, those sentences! Those perfect, meandering sentences. That’s what I loved most about Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at the age of 85: his prose.

Look closely at that long, em-dashed sentence from American Pastoral, probably Roth’s finest work, written when he was 64 years old. (Of course, Portnoy’s Complaint, from 1973, is the one everyone talks about. But for fans, it’s not even in Roth’s top five.) It’s part of a long, long, long passage—almost 10 printed pages—about the Newark Maid glove factory, owned by the father of the book’s tragic hero, Seymour “The Swede” Levov. I remember when I first read it—I couldn’t believe how long Roth and I were spending with the minutiae of sewing, cutting, spitting, stretching.

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Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo join forces to form new supergroup LSD

LABRINTH, SIA and DIPLO have formed a supergroup and will release their first collaboration later this month.

British singer-songwriter Labrinth, Aussie powerhouse Sia, and super-producer Diplo, are going under the moniker LSD after forming an unlikely friendship.

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A source said of Labrinth: “He’d been spending a lot of time in America.

Through his music contacts he has got to know Sia, who lives in New York, and Diplo, who is based in LA. They’ve been writing together for a long time.

“Forming a side-project doesn’t seem strange to any of them. It’s mates having a good time and doing what they do best.

“Plus, with a combined social media following of 16million fans, they are a record label’s dream.”

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SIMON COWELL signed Labrinth in 2010 as his first non-talent show act in six years.

Sia has emerged from the songwriting shadows as a bona fide chart-topper in her own right, while Diplo has created hits for JUSTIN BIEBER, BEYONCE, BRITNEY SPEARS and MADONNA.


In October, Labrinth tweeted Sia a picture of the cover of her Christmas album, with the message: “I wish I could have been a backing singer on this.

“Next one, you know who to call.”

Sia clearly pays close attention to her social media feed.


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How Audiobooks Are Becoming an Art Form Unto Themselves

Hillary Clinton’s publisher just released a victory lap press release about her new book this week. According to Simon and Schuster, What Happened sold an impressive 300,000 copies in its first week of publication.

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FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

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Scientists invent robots that ‘team up’ to form larger robots

Thanks to incredible advancements in artificial intelligence robots have quickly become man’s best friend, but getting them to actually work together is still a tough challenge to overcome. The way that most of even the most intelligent robots are built leads them to want to kind of do their own thing, but a team of…
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Halle Berry, Jimmy Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel To Show How They Roll

Jimmy Fallon and Halle Berry might have a problem taking things a little too literally, but it’s awesome.

Making the rounds to promote her new TV series “Extant,” Berry teamed up with Fallon to show viewers just “how they roll.” For the demonstration, the pair grabbed each other’s ankles to form a human hamster wheel and actually rolled around “The Tonight Show” set.

As if that wasn’t crazy enough, Fallon even created one of the punniest hashtags ever to commemorate the event:

Yeah, the bit was totally random and Jimmy may have unintentionally peeked up Halle’s dress, but sometimes when it comes to crazy antics on “The Tonight Show,” you just have to roll with it.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Magazine Movements: Women’s Culture, Feminisms and Media Form

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