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Sunflower Bean, Psychedelic Stylists

The New Yorker

"You don't know that rock music exists in this age unless someone shows you," Jacob Faber told Rolling Stone in January. As Sunflower Bean, Faber, Nick Kivlen, and Julia Cumming propose a contemporary take on lo-fi psychedelia, wearing shrewd influences on stylish sleeves. They play their latest album, "Human Ceremony," at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 7, with its classic-rock chops, slick titles ("2013"), and New Wave aesthetics ("Easier Said"), delivered under Cumming's runway-ready voice.


Mathematicians Settle the Erdős Coloring Conjecture

WIRED

In the fall of 1972, Vance Faber was a new professor at the University of Colorado. When two influential mathematicians, Paul Erdős and László Lovász, came for a visit, Faber decided to host a tea party. Erdős in particular had an international reputation as an eccentric and energetic researcher, and Faber's colleagues were eager to meet him. "While we were there, like at so many of these tea parties, Erdős would sit in a corner, surrounded by his fans," said Faber. "He'd be carrying on simultaneous discussions, often in several languages about different things."


Costa Book of the Year: Sebastian Barry celebrates second win

BBC News

Sebastian Barry has become the first novelist to win the prestigious Costa Book of the Year prize twice. Days Without End, a novel set in the 1850s, tells the story of two Irish soldiers who go to fight in the US. The Dublin-born author and playwright was inspired to write about the gay relationship at the heart of the story after his youngest son came out. The 61-year-old, who receives £30,000, won the same accolade in 2008 with The Secret Scripture. Prof Kate Williams, who chaired the judging panel, described the book as "a searing, magnificent and incredibly moving description of how the West was won".


For UFC's Paige VanZant, star power has more meaning than a belt

Los Angeles Times

Any questions about Paige VanZant's competitive nature and toughness were effectively answered by the bloody beating she took at the hands of Rose Namajunas a year ago this month. So when the 22-year-old recent "Dancing With the Stars" runner-up said this week in an interview that "I really haven't thought about" winning a UFC women's straw-weight title, the first reaction is to question her commitment. In light of the UFC's purchase this year by Beverly Hills talent agency WME-IMG and by considering VanZant's popularity noted in her main-event placement on Saturday's UFC Fight Night card on Fox from Sacramento, it quickly becomes apparent VanZant is deeply driven by a more universal definition of success. "I take fights as they come. The ultimate goal is to win and win, but I also have many other things outside fighting that I'm pursuing and I'm passionate about," VanZant told the Los Angeles Times while taking tiny bites from a kale salad in an interview at a hillside restaurant on the Westside.


Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera round-by-round coverage

Los Angeles Times

Urijah Faber is one of the most popular lighter weight fighters in the history of the sport. The former WEC champion has built up that fan base with an entertaining fight style and outgoing personality. However, Faber appears to be reaching the end of his peak as a top fighter and hasn't looked as good in recent fights. Rivera is a fighter on the rise with a 19-1 record and is coming off an impressive win on Fox. This is a crucial crossroads fight, with Faber looking to remain in the top mix of the division and Rivera attempting to break into that group with the biggest win of his career.