Beck: Married.

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From "BECK and actress MARISSA RIBISI recently tied the knot in Santa Monica, California. The couple are also expecting their first child this spring."

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 12 April 2004 11:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Guess his next release won't be a whining breakup record like 'Sea Change', then (I loved it, by the way). This is good news to me as I have put a bottle of booze on his next album being a groovish, fun record rather than more folksy stuff. My rockist colleague says (or clings on to the hope of) the opposite.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 12 April 2004 11:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Maybe he'll retire to blissful domesticity and disappear. This is my hope.

Debito (Debito), Monday, 12 April 2004 11:57 (sixteen years ago) link


Mark (MarkR), Monday, 12 April 2004 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Her website makes her seem scary. She's the sister of Giovanni, the actor.

Maria D., Monday, 12 April 2004 12:13 (sixteen years ago) link

scientology is stupid.

wrtrty, Monday, 12 April 2004 12:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Ack, it's like scientology has its own website template - see the favourite links section.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Monday, 12 April 2004 12:19 (sixteen years ago) link

what the fizzuck? is beck marrying HER or is this a joke?

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 12 April 2004 12:24 (sixteen years ago) link

No it is not.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 12 April 2004 12:49 (sixteen years ago) link


yeah yeah yeah yeah...

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 12 April 2004 12:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Scientology puts up fake websites for all of its followers to improve its google rankings.

alan banana (alan_banana), Monday, 12 April 2004 13:10 (sixteen years ago) link

What is a scientology, and can we eat it?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 12 April 2004 13:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood

This seems like a joke, no?
They have their own center?

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 13:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Maria D., Monday, 12 April 2004 13:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Maria D., Monday, 12 April 2004 13:41 (sixteen years ago) link

What kinda actress doesn't have a headshot on "her" site?

Lee G (Lee G), Monday, 12 April 2004 13:56 (sixteen years ago) link

"...all we are is all we are, etc...."

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Maria D., Monday, 12 April 2004 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

she looks a little too much like her brother.

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually it goes "all I know is all we are...".

nickalicious is a pedantic Nirvana fan (nickalicious), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Let me get this straight: Beck marries Marissa Ribisi, who is probably most famous for being in "Dazed and Confused", and Ryan Adams (still?) seeing Parker Posey, who was also in that very fine film.

Am I detecting a trend? Is Conor Oberst going to be soon seen with Joey Lauren Adams? Rivers Cuomo and Michelle Burke?

Doobie Keebler (Charles McCain), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

She was in Dazed and Confused? Who she?


nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Licious, she's the redhead making time with Bongo Boy.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link


God, this is a weird, weird trend.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I would probably enter a loveless marriage in order to get colser to that movie in some way.
Let's not forget that another pop star, Jennifer Lopez, has been linked to an actor named Ben Affleck who appeared in D and C. I think I heard they broke up, though.

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:43 (sixteen years ago) link

What about that 8th (or was it 9th?) grader, the guy, the one whose older sister urged her friends to "take it easy" on him? You know, he couldn't act worth a s***, played baseball, had long hair and wound up making out with an older girl?

Whatever happened to that guy?

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually it goes "all I know is all we are...".

No, actually it's "all in all is all we are..."

But any way...

Do we know the day they got married?

Aja (aja), Monday, 12 April 2004 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm just saying that if your chosen religion was founded on a DARE, then you're probably not right in the haid

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Monday, 12 April 2004 15:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Whatever happened to that guy?
You mean Wiley Wiggins (seriously). He starred in Waking Life, but other than that, I don't think he has been too busy in Hollywood.
There are some amazing names associated with that movie. Wiley Wiggins, Esteban Powell, more I can't remember.
One of the best movies ever made.

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 15:09 (sixteen years ago) link

My favorite Wiley Wiggins scene is when they are are standing in front of the Emporium (is that what it's called?) and he touches his face around 20 times in 3 minutes.

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 15:11 (sixteen years ago) link

In "Dazed and Confused," Marissa Ribisi is the redhead with curly hair who drives around the two "geeks" all night (Adam Goldberg, the guy who "just wants to dance," and the character Tony who finally fights back against the bully at the party).

Marissa and Giovanni Ribisi's mother is Gay Ribisi, who is a very powerful casting agent in Hollywood (and also a powerful person in the Church) -- she is credited a lot of the time with breaking the careers of Jason Lee, Erika Christianson, Juliette Lewis, Marisol Nichols, Danny Masterson, and a bunch of other young Scientologists.

Every month or so, the Celebrity Center (which is totally for real) hosts a free acting workshop where some young hot Scientologist actor gives a lecture about how Scientology helped them break into the industry.

Anyways, it's interesting that Beck sort of refuses to acknowledge that he's a Scientologist in interviews... he always talks his way around the question. But this seals the deal on it, I think (not to mention the numerous pics of him hanging out with Scientologist musicians like Isaac Hayes and Chick Corea).

Franklin Hillhurst (Ben Boyer), Monday, 12 April 2004 16:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, and Lisa Marie Presley.


Kerry (dymaxia), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:00 (sixteen years ago) link

wiley wiggins has a blog!!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:09 (sixteen years ago) link

can you direct me towards that, please.

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Link, dude!

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Renee Zellwegger and Jack White is another pop-star/D&C link.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:12 (sixteen years ago) link

another couple: Matthew McConaughey + his bongos

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:15 (sixteen years ago) link

he's cool! he writes weird sci-fi and stuff!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Milla Jovovich released a couple of albums, didn't she? So there's some music/D&C overlap there too.

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:18 (sixteen years ago) link

zellweger was not in dazed and confused

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:24 (sixteen years ago) link

She was. A non-speaking part (one of the Freshman Bitches), but in it nonetheless.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:25 (sixteen years ago) link

shit. i don't like her.
But Wiley Wiggins designed the packaging for a KK Null album!

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:27 (sixteen years ago) link

zellweger was not in dazed and confused

No, but she was in Love and a .45, which had a cameo from Wiley Wiggins, so she's connected to D&C in a Kevin Bacon sort of way.

I was at U of Texas when D&C came out. I used to see Wiggens hanging out on the Drag across from campus and at shows at Liberty Lunch a lot.

boldbury, Monday, 12 April 2004 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Now he thinks the drag is a "lifeless strip mall"

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:53 (sixteen years ago) link

obv. D&C's ben affleck also dated a pop star.

scott pl. (scott pl.), Monday, 12 April 2004 17:59 (sixteen years ago) link

From her website:

About 4 years after that I had received some Scientology counseling on the subject of study, subjects, words, etc. I didn't realize how much having misunderstood words was stopping me or not allowing me to have interest in certain subjects or to even study my own field more. After that I sat down and wrote an entire script with my best friend in one month. A year and a half later we were shooting the script I wrote. Scientology works! Without it, I don't know where I'd be.

So her friend and her went on a 1 month scientology binge and wrote a script? I'd love to see that movie, I bet it's fucking crazy.

David Allen (David Allen), Monday, 12 April 2004 18:05 (sixteen years ago) link

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 18:14 (sixteen years ago) link

May L. Ron Hubbard bless them with with a brood of Clears.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 12 April 2004 18:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought Willy Wiggins was really believable in D&C.

shookout (shookout), Monday, 12 April 2004 18:56 (sixteen years ago) link

He was the junior version of Jason Lee's cokehead character in Almost Famous

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link

jeff bebe was a cokehead?

Magic City (ano ano), Monday, 12 April 2004 19:08 (sixteen years ago) link

That's what Crowe says in the commentary.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 19:11 (sixteen years ago) link

From the "don't you love how this shit is all tied together file": Jason Lee dated Marissa Ribisi during the shooting of D&C of which he was present for--altough he didn't appear the film, even in a cameo.

Doobie Keebler (Charles McCain), Monday, 12 April 2004 21:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Ha, I forgot about that, she talked about it in Texas Monthly (or Texas Magazine or something) for their 10th anniversary D&C story.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 12 April 2004 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I know they left the band, but it was on such amicable terms,
I'll bet Roger Manning Joey Waronker are up for a round
of good ol' fashioned wifeswappin'.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:08 (sixteen years ago) link

> scientology is stupid.

(mockery mode)

What do people have against scientology, anyway? It's the wave of
the future! Oh sure, they occasionally lock someone in a closet
for a few days. But that's not so bad; and it was the only way
for her to get CLEAR. Can't you see?

You never even read _Dianetics_, did you? DID YOU? Mock not
that which you do not understand, simples.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:12 (sixteen years ago) link

These people are just out to pervert the tech, dude.

Thetan_Free! (Ben Boyer), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:32 (sixteen years ago) link

my jaw hurts in muscle memory of my former life as a clam just thinking about it.

xenu (Brad Laner), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Scientology vs. Kabbalah Center FITE!

Battle for the Souls of Celebrities!

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Newest Kabbalah scholar: Ashton Kutcher

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:56 (sixteen years ago) link

He figures if it's good enough for Britney...

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I seriously bet there is some hand-wringing going on in the upper echelons of the Church of Scientology about the Kabbalah Center movin in on their territory - forget Islam vs. the West, this is gonna be the REAL holy war of the new millenium!

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:58 (sixteen years ago) link

you know what, fuck beck.

i used to like him a lot...but he really is full of it..

reo, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 07:03 (sixteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

Interesting. Not married and not a scientologist

New York Times interview/top 10 piece notes:

8. McNally Jackson Bookstore, New York “I don’t really have a church, but if I had a church it would probably be a bookstore. It’s small, but it’s so well-curated that you want to read everything in there. To me it represents that kind of independent bookstore that I grew up with, that I would just waste away hours in.”


9. Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” “I was really drawn to it at a young age when I first saw it in my early 20s, at the Prado in Madrid, when I was on tour. The technique of it is just incredible. Part of me was marveling at how this thing survived. And how did somebody make something so crazy and get away with it, at a time when there were so much censorship and intolerance? And what about all the works we’ll never know about, that were even crazier than this one?”

10. Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music” “I read about it for years. It was mentioned in books over and over as a big influence on a lot of the ’60s generation; I think Dylan got a hold of it early and learned every song on it. A lot of the themes of his great work are in that collection. I finally got a copy of it in my early 20s, on cassette. Music comes and goes, but it’s sort of this bedrock. It’s a mixture of blues and country that contains the musical DNA of our American identity. And it’s coming at the dawn of recording, so it’s this document of our musical identity before it becomes commercialized and self-conscious. It’s highly original and eccentric. It’s the most American thing.”

3. Federico Fellini’s “Juliet of the Spirits” “As a young child, I was not left with a babysitter; I got taken to the movies. There were a lot of repertory theaters that just played old films, and we’d go a lot. A lot of them were subtitled and fairly adult, but for whatever reason I just adapted to them from a young age. They weren’t necessarily entertainment as I would understand it. This was not ‘Cannonball Run’ or ‘Gremlins.' I remember seeing ‘Juliet of the Spirits’ when I was 14 or 15, and it just represented a world that I wanted to go be a part of. It’s indefinable. I’m glad it exists.”

4. The Philosopher’s Path; Kyoto, Japan “Whenever I’m in Japan, I have to go there and do a walk. It’s near the Silver Temple, at the top of this steep street full of shops, and there’s a stream, or a little river, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. When some of the blossoms are in bloom they’re just raining down like pink confetti, going into the water, floating down the stream. I always get a great surge of happiness when I go there. I got to work with David Bowie once, and he traveled a lot to Kyoto. We had a conversation about that place. However you want to put it, there’s an energy there, a presence.”

5. “Illuminations” by Arthur Rimbaud “That was a big book for me as a kid. I know it’s a big book for Patti Smith — he’s sort of a patron saint for her, and I think for myself, too. It’s a very mysterious book. Sort of a Bible from another universe, and written by a teenager. I feel like a lot of things that I love have some sort of trace or root back to that book. It was never celebrated in his lifetime, and it’s this manual of unfiltered artistic impulse that doesn’t fit in with its time. It’s that sort of creativity where you’re not writing it to seem relevant, but almost as something for the future.”

6. Preservation Hall, New Orleans “It’s this little tiny room with a courtyard behind it, and every night there’s some kind of music going on — traditional Dixieland, local bands, cabaret. It’s got so much history coming out of the walls. You don’t really see that often in America. It’s a miracle that it still exists and that nobody’s tampered with it or tried to update it or commercialize it or something.”

7. “Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema” Boxed Set “I had this one year where I decided to watch all his films. For me it was this incredible education on the process of evolving as an artist. You would go through three or four films that were interesting, but not really definitive. Sometimes there were misfires, curiosities, experiments — and then, an absolute masterpiece would emerge. It’s sort of like Bob Dylan or Picasso, one of those great artists where there are the masterpieces and there’s all this interstitial work, but you go through it and you get a sense of what it takes to be an artist that goes deep into the heart of things. I walked away thinking that he was the Shakespeare of film. Somebody that just really encompasses the whole human experience.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 04:31 (eight months ago) link

1. Silvertone 1448 Guitar “It’s a cheap guitar from the Sears catalog, basically made out of particle board. It’s not considered remotely in the pantheon of great instruments; it’s sort of looked down upon by real musicians. I think I bought it for about $60. Now I have dozens of incredible, classic guitars, but I keep going back to this one that’s supposedly not so good. It barely stays in tune. But it just has this sort of rickety sound — beautifully hellacious, but also a little broken and tender. I’ve recorded so many of my albums with it. I’ve been playing it my entire career.”

2. “Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley” by Peter Guralnick “I tell musicians to read it because it’s such a fascinating, almost forensic account of the early years of Elvis. It does a fantastic job of humanizing him and taking you through a day-to-day view of his life and how an all-American but highly unusual story of an artist comes together and collides with pop culture. It has an almost biblical quality to it. It just feels like American myth.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 04:33 (eight months ago) link

Ok dude 🤙

FODMAP of the reef (morrisp), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 05:37 (eight months ago) link

Interesting. Not married and not a scientologist

his ¢lam-arranged marriage ended a couple of years ago, it was reasonable to assume that he would no longer be a member again p much immediately

obv having spent all his life apart from the years he made interesting records either under or very very adjacent to their auspices, he is still a giant weirdo

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 06:51 (eight months ago) link

pretty amazing, tho, how there has been *no* talk about his new album on ILM. i went looking and found nothing.

it's not bad. not amazing, but not bad.

alpine static, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:22 (eight months ago) link

idk, seems like a relatively small weirdo

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:26 (eight months ago) link

New album is very samey. Beck wallpaper. I had it playing just now and thought Spotify was somehow repeating the same song. Sonically it's uninteresting and safe. Some horrible autotune.

Fried Egg Sandwich, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:31 (eight months ago) link

played the new album once. Was not weird enough.

maffew12, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:32 (eight months ago) link

yeah the record doesnt really offer much to talk about. i remember looking for some beck thing on youtube when the beck poll was running and discovering that beck had released a new single with pharell that week, and thinking 'wow ten years ago this would have been extremely exciting news'

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:56 (eight months ago) link

Not enough greasy biker sex funk.

Fried Egg Sandwich, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:00 (eight months ago) link

midnite vultures 20 years old this week btw

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:05 (eight months ago) link

I dunno, I like it. I love the vintage synth palette and think it's a nice twist on the same lyrical ground as he covered on Sea Change. It's definitely better than either of the two most recent widely-acclaimed records.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:06 (eight months ago) link

Keep seeing this and thinking his new album is called “Married”

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:14 (eight months ago) link

he doesn't do the interesting stuff on his albums anymore, does he? they're all these weird side projects and the albums are all, here are some more tasteful and pleasant songs to listen to

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:38 (eight months ago) link

This week's New Yorker profile felt like liner notes, not in a good way. With Pharrell's involvement (co-producing/co-writing half the songs), I'm listening to this and end up comparing it to Blond, again, not in a good way.

... (Eazy), Friday, 29 November 2019 02:02 (eight months ago) link

New record is b o r i n g as they’ve all been for me since Midnite Vs.
Maybe the life change will bring out some interesting stuff. I’ll always listen to what he does next

calstars, Friday, 29 November 2019 02:26 (eight months ago) link

New one is pleasant but not great

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 November 2019 14:56 (eight months ago) link

Beck in that long Amanda P profile in the New Yorker

There was a point where I was, like, ‘Is this over?’ ” he said. “But I wake up with songs going. Melodies, harmonies, a bass line. It’s like there’s a radio station playing in my head all the time.” Maybe, I said, the only point of art is to make the thing that you most want to exist in the world. He thought about it for a moment. “I don’t know if I’ve done that yet,” he said.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 November 2019 15:25 (eight months ago) link

thought this line in the nyer profile was accurate w/r/t the sound of his last couple LPs: the sorts of hulking anthems that are discernible over the din of the beer tent at giant outdoor festivals

For all the premium that Beck seems to place on keeping up with the sounds of the times, I'm more amazed than ever that he still hasnt released a capital-c Country album - seems like that would be a license to print money.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Friday, 29 November 2019 15:35 (eight months ago) link

there's a story on Pitchfork that he thinks he lost a double album of Hank Williams covers in the UMG fire... among other things, maybe.

maffew12, Friday, 29 November 2019 15:58 (eight months ago) link

Update: In an Instagram post, Beck said that “Since the time of that interview we have found out that my losses in the fire were minimal”

brimstead, Friday, 29 November 2019 16:10 (eight months ago) link

haha lots to look forward to then

maffew12, Friday, 29 November 2019 16:16 (eight months ago) link

Beck's Bootleg Series!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 29 November 2019 17:50 (eight months ago) link

Went driving around in the woods with my family on a camping trip for Thanksgiving. I've been off Beck for a while, but I put on One Foot In The Grave. Man, that's a great album. Force Field is the track that I never gave enough attention to until now. Would love more music from his glory days.

Are the expanded editions of the good albums worth picking up?

Cow_Art, Saturday, 30 November 2019 15:09 (eight months ago) link

Just wanted to echo everybody’s take on the last album: pleasantly generic and inessential. There’s much worse out there but I’d never thought back in 93 we’d describe him that way

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:18 (eight months ago) link

Are the expanded editions of the good albums worth picking up?

― Cow_Art, Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:09 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Absogoddamnlutely. I honestly prefer some of the supplemental songs to the original material on the expanded Odelay.

War Crimes Tribunal of the Network Stars (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:25 (eight months ago) link

Cow_Art, did you listen to the expanded edition of One Foot in the Grave? If not, I'd say that's essential since it includes basically a whole other album's worth of outtakes from those sessions

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:25 (eight months ago) link

I haven't listened to a Beck album in its entirety since Sea Change (and then only once, I think), and nothing that anyone has said about his subsequent material has given me cause to regret that decision. I'm cool with pretending he hung it up at the turn of the century.

War Crimes Tribunal of the Network Stars (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:26 (eight months ago) link

the last thing I enjoyed was his cover of Skip Spence's "Oar", which is funny cuz I have no use for the original

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 December 2019 20:40 (eight months ago) link

I mean afaic his unimpeachable '90s material earned him the right to drift into a career of musical somnambulism if he so chose. It's just been disappointing to see. A waste, if you will.

War Crimes Tribunal of the Network Stars (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:48 (eight months ago) link

xp ha - i remember getting that Oar tribute comp and loving a lot of the tracks, then tracking down Oar and being pretty let down

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:50 (eight months ago) link

I'd heard Oar before but outside of a few clever lines (the weighted down/waited down couplets, for example) I found it actively irritating. Skip seemed like mostly a creep/sad figure as well, which also contributed to my not finding it a pleasant listen.

But Beck's version morphs it into a totally different thing

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 December 2019 21:00 (eight months ago) link

The Oar tribute record brings me back to the halcyon days of HEAR Music.

... (Eazy), Monday, 2 December 2019 22:48 (eight months ago) link

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