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This Animation Of Philip Seymour Hoffman Might Give You Chills. Then The Feels Will Rain Down.

"There is no pleasure that I haven't made myself sick on." — Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dec. 17, 2012 If you're feeling blue, this might be the right thing to listen to.


Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant Academy-Award-winning actor.

The movie that some critics claim jump-started the actor's Hollywood career was "Capote," where Hoffman played the famous American writer Truman Capote. Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor for the part.

He died on Feb. 2, 2014.

For years, Hoffman had suffered from drug addictions. In 2013, he checked himself into rehab for drug abuse, including heroin, alcohol, and prescription drugs.


Unfortunately, despite the treatment, he overdosed on a mixture of drugs. His death sent shock waves across the Internet and media.

A few months later, PBS turned one of Hoffman's old interviews into a cartoon.

The original conversation with English philosopher Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City was recorded live on Dec. 17, 2012. The topic? Quite simply, happiness.

It is a little hard not to feel a bit haunted by how eerie this animation is.

Seriously. He talks about happiness, life, and dying — and then, over a year later, his death was marked by the tragedy and sadness of drug abuse.

In the end, it's moving. Really, it is. It gets a little dark at times, but it's beautiful. Especially when he talks about his kids at 1:08.

OK, now I'm tearing up a little. Without much ado, take a look at PBS's animated version of Hoffman's words on happiness.

And if you're a really, really huge fan of Hoffman (or Critchley!), you can see the original, full conversation below.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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Three people engaged in conversation at a party.

There are some people who live under the illusion that everything they say is deeply interesting and have no problem wasting your time by rambling on and on without a sign of stopping. They’re the relative, neighbor or co-worker who can’t take a hint that the conversation is over.

Of all these people, the co-worker who can’t stop talking may be the most challenging because you see them every day in a professional setting that requires politeness.

There are many reasons that some people talk excessively. Therapist F. Diane Barth writes in Psychology Today that some people talk excessively because they don’t have the ability to process complex auditory signals, so they ramble on without recognizing the subtle cues others are sending.

It may also be a case of someone who thinks they’re the most interesting person in the conversation.

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