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pissed off.” Still, it was a struggle. The goal isn’t to write polemics, but songs that will touch people and not immediately feel dated. Both Hood and Mike Cooley, the band’s other songwriter and musical part- ner for 35 years, had a hard time striking that bal- ance even as they wrote separately. The heart of the new record begins with “Thoughts and Prayers,” Hood’s bitter dismissal of the phrase directed at victims of gun violence. In “21st Century USA,” Hood writes of “men working hard for not enough, at best” and “women working just as hard for less.” “Heroin Again” sadly touches on the drug’s reemergence, and “Babies in Cages” is self-explan- atory. Cooley’s strongest contri- 4 BOOKS, MOVIES AND MUSIC KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Expect more Adam Sandler in your Netflix feed. The streaming giant announced Friday that Sandler and his Happy Madison Produc- tions have reached a new deal with Netflix to make four more films. He’s had five films with the studio along with the stand- up special “Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh.” Netflix leader Ted Sarandos said the company is excited to extend its partnership with Sandler because audiences “love his stories and his humor.” The company said his 2019 comedy “Murder Mystery” starring him and Jennifer Aniston was the most popular film on Net- flix in the U.S. last year and one of the most popular in eight other countries. Sandler’s latest film “Uncut Gems,” which was released in the- aters last year to critical acclaim, will premiere on Netflix in May. Later this year, the actor will star in “Hubie Halloween” with Kevin James, Julie Bowen and Maya Rudolph. Adam Sandler Sandler inks deal with Netflix to make four more films Palahniuk shares what he went through for writing By GINNY GREENE Minneapolis Star Tribune Chuck Palahniuk, the eccen- tric bestselling novelist who brought us “Fight Club” and other dark stories that developed cultlike followings, has set out to dissect effective writing in his latest book, a memoir that recounts his adventures and misadventures in the publishing world. Palahniuk has made a name, in part, by writing on topics few people would dare to tackle (if you’ve read him, you know). So we might assume that a twisted, unbridled creativity is behind his success. Surprise — though that is likely true, Palahniuk also works from a disciplined methodology. In “Consider This,” he pays generous homage to authors, coaches and editors who kept him on his unorthodox path when conventional publishing houses wouldn’t touch him. Palahniuk praises dozens of storytellers in discussing their styles of writing, from Stephen King to Dorothy Parker to Ira Levin, and from Nora Ephron to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. Along with mechanics (writing crisp dialogue, adding texture to narrative, varying the voice), he offers “a couple of surefire strategies for selling Tribune News Service books to Americans,” taking on tired formulas and trite plot lines — something the sometimes shocking Palahniuk can’t be accused of. He also shares his disdain for overpriced writing workshops that tend to be no more than therapy sessions full of disingenuous back-patting. And something you won’t get anywhere else: the author’s personal must-read lists of both fiction and nonfiction titles, writings and teachings that have molded authors through the decades. Southern band takes on Trump Associated Press MEMBERS OF Drive-By Truckers, from left, Brad Morgan, Patterson Hood, Matt Patton, Mike Cool- ey and Jay Gonzalez posing in front of the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Tenn. The band’s new disc, “The Unraveling,” released on Jan. 31. bution, “Grievance Merchants,” is about white supremacists. Yet, his final two words are “awaiting resurrection,” revealing Hood as, ultimately, an optimist. Politics is hardly foreign to the Truckers’ work — and Hood, 56, recalls writing a song about Watergate when he was 8 years old — but never as overt as now, said Eric Danton, a music critic for Paste magazine. “They’ve always been working class champions, a band that roots for the underdog,” Danton said. “Now you see the politics coming to the surface.” NEWYORK (AP) — For the rock band Drive-By Truckers, it’s demoralizing to release angry songs about Donald Trump’s America just as the president’s impeachment trial is winding down toward an acquittal. That’s no reason to back down, and retreat is the furthest thing from songwriter Patterson Hood’s mind as the band unveiled its new disc, “The Unraveling,” on Jan. 31. With the new music, together with 2016’s call to arms “Amer- ican Band,” an outfit that’s been around for more than two decades has come into its own as social commentators. Hood’s song from that year, “What it Means,” where he tried to put Trayvon Martin and the events in Ferguson, Mo., in perspective and came up wanting, was pivotal in that transition. “The last album was so politi- cal, my first instinct was to run in the other direction,” Hood said. “That’s just how we do things. But every time I thought of the record not addressing these issues, it felt cowardly. “Are we backing down?” he said. “All the people that were bad-mouthing us, would it be making them think they did some- thing? They didn’t win. I’m still

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