Glenn interviews Jeff Foxworthy


Silly Street

by Jeff Foxworthy

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. You know, it's Monday and I just, you know, I wanted to start with some common sense and some laughs. So we got Jeff Foxworthy on the phone with us. Hello, Jeff, how are you, man?

FOXWORTHY: I'm great, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Where are you? Are you still back at home or wandering, meandering around the country?

FOXWORTHY: No, I'm actually home in Atlanta today.

GLENN: We had you up here in New York, I don't know, a couple of weeks ago and you're writing -- you know, you got another book out. I swear to you, you're a machine. You are an absolute machine.

FOXWORTHY: I'm just trying to keep up with you. You're --

GLENN: Oh, stop it. Please, stop it. So you've got another children's book out, et cetera, et cetera, and we had a conversation on the air that -- actually we had it off the air. It actually airs tonight. I've been waiting to play it for the right moment. It was a conversation about our values, our principles and god and the ten commandments.

FOXWORTHY: Yeah.

GLENN: And when we look at all of the things that are going on, Jeff. I mean, here you are writing children's books, you know, writing the family together. We have disconnected. I think most of our problems are because we have disconnected from family and from the principles that come from God.

FOXWORTHY: Well, and we weren't intended to live that way. You know, I say to people, you know, if you look at a microwave oven, well, somebody created that, and when they created it and planned it and designed it, they had a purpose in mind for it. And the same thing with a coffee mug. Somebody created it and planned it and designed it. Well, we're infinitely more complex than that and so it just seems foolish to me to think that we are just happenstance, you know, and so if we were created, then somebody created us with a purpose and a design in mind, and I think we've so gotten away from what that purpose is. I mean, you are right, we have disconnected from family and we spend every waking moment with a phone to our ear or a computer in front of us and we've lost any of that introspection time or that time to do critical thinking, and it's to our detriment.

GLENN: So in other words, what you're saying is if we're a microwave, we've been putting tinfoil in us?

FOXWORTHY: Absolutely.

GLENN: Okay.

FOXWORTHY: And that wasn't what we were designed to do and that's not how we function best.

GLENN: You know, it's really funny that you would say that. I was just talking to, who was it just the other day and we were talking about there's no time to think anymore.

FOXWORTHY: No.

GLENN: That is one of our biggest problems. Everything is happening at such a rapid pace and we are always distracted. Also no pondering time anymore.

FOXWORTHY: You know, well, it used to be if you got in your car, at least you had quiet time from one place to the other. But now, you know, we use that to catch up on phone calls or text messages, and it's -- you know, and I don't make any apologies for my faith, but I think there's something real big when it said "Be still and know I'm God." I mean, it's like you need to contemplate some things. You know, you can't have critical thinking when you're always occupied, and I just think that's one of the biggest problems in the world now. And you have to make a choice that that's what you're going to do. I mean, you know, I made a choice, I wasn't going to do e-mail because everybody I know that does it, it takes two or three hours of their day. And I'm like, I'm not giving up two or three more hours that I could spend with my family to sit there in front of a computer.

GLENN: You really are a -- I mean, you really are a family guy. How do you do what -- I mean, most people don't know. Jeff Foxworthy is the most successful comedian in the history of American comedy. You have produced and generated more revenue than any -- I mean, really Jerry Seinfeld is embarrassed when you compare the two of you. It's true. How do you, how do you maintain your family life? You know, it's probably easier -- maybe it's not. It's probably easier for you to do it now that you're successful, but how did you do it and hold it all together?

FOXWORTHY: Well, you know, to me life is about priorities, and I was probably influenced because my dad left when I was like 9 years old, I mean, and he was the most loving man I've ever known. He was married six times. He had a lot of love and he spread it around. But I think as a child when you have a parent that leaves, no matter how well adjusted you are, for the rest of your life you have this little thought in the back of your mind that something else was more important than you. Something else was more important than staying and raising you. And so -- and I think when you come from anything, you either end up being like it or you end up going 180 degrees from it. And I just decided, you know, from the moment I found out I was going to be a dad that my kids were never going to have that feeling that something was more important than them. And --

GLENN: So how did you -- wait, wait, wait. To break a cycle is extraordinarily difficult. How did you do it?

FOXWORTHY: You know what? I just made them the priority, and it was -- and I love this thing that I do. I'm so lucky because I've made a great living doing something I love to do. But it's like, you know, I would be offered movies and they would shoot for nine weeks in the summer and I thought, you know, if there's a finite number of summers that I have with these girls and I'm not giving one of them away. And so I would turn stuff like that down. And people thought I was crazy, but looking back I can't think of a single summer that I would say, oh, that one wasn't worth it. I'm glad, you know, I threw that one away. And so it wasn't being totally money-driven because there was something more important than money. Because I've been as broke as you can be. You know, the year my wife and I got married, I made $8300 for the year doing comedy. But we were happy as clams. We had nothing and we were happy as clams and so you realize, well, money's not the thing. Is it nice? You bet it is. But it's not the thing. And so I just, you know, kind of always made them the priority and then everything else fell behind that.

GLENN: Do you happen to -- do you know David Wilkerson?

FOXWORTHY: Yes.

GLENN: You do know him?

FOXWORTHY: I know who he is. We've not met, no.

GLENN: I'm only asking you because you are from the South and I think everybody in the South is Baptist, aren't you? Is he a rational, sane kind of guy? Because he was the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, was he not?

FOXWORTHY: Yes. Well, see, and I'm kind of weird in my faith in that I don't believe -- I don't believe in denominations because the word denominate means to divide. And again I don't think that's what we were created for, you know. I think we were -- we're not supposed to be divided. And, you know, and if you believe in God and you believe he's infinitely created, then we don't all have to look and act and sound the same.

GLENN: That's what -- I mean, our founding fathers were -- our founding fathers believed in nature's god. They believed in God. They believed in his force and the best way to praise him is to serve him. And, you know, it doesn't matter, you know, what your faith was. Do you worship God. But this isn't why I was asking you. What I was asking you is did you see what he said over the weekend?

FOXWORTHY: I did not.

GLENN: Okay, he said over the weekend that Christians should be aware, all people should be aware that this thing is about to melt down. He says, I can't tell you when, he said, but I see a time when the cities in America are on fire and it is chaos in this country. I mean, it's a pretty bleak outlook, but I was struck by it because I thought, gee, why is no one talking about it's -- everybody is saying that, look, for instance, Detroit, it's melting down. You're going to have, you know -- anybody who's saying that there's riots, they are saying this over in England as well that, you know, anywhere there's going to be riots, it's going to be in the cities. And I thought to myself, that's where people are less likely to take responsibility for their own actions. It's where they have -- it's the welfare centers of the country. It's where the people are the weakest. Where people are out, they are doing their own thing, they have to rely on themselves and their neighbors, there's not going to be riots in those towns.

FOXWORTHY: No, there's not. You're talking about the founding fathers. This country was based on everybody having an opportunity to succeed. And not a guarantee but an opportunity that if you worked hard enough, you know, that you had a chance. And somewhere along the line, it's become a sense of entitlement, and it can't sustain itself that way. And if you look historically, I mean, the Roman empire fell, you know, without a war. If you look historically, it can happen. And I think it's kind of a crossroads here in this country that you can't expect the machine, the top small portion of the machine to support the whole machine. It won't work.

GLENN: You know, I've been saying -- because I've been warning about this stuff for several years.

FOXWORTHY: Indeed you have.

GLENN: What does that mean is this is that a sign?

FOXWORTHY: No, I love listening to you and watching you.

GLENN: Okay.

FOXWORTHY: I sit there and go, there's somebody with some common sense!

GLENN: But I have to tell you, Jeff, I am coming to a place here, and I felt it for the last couple of weeks. I keep hearing in my head the paradigm is about to change, the paradigm is about to change. I'm not sure what that means, but at the same time I have been also feeling and hearing in my own head, "Prepare to witness miracles." I think, you know, as the dark grows stronger, it's only because that's a shadow. The light is growing brighter. I have a feeling that while there's great trouble ahead, there are great miracles to be witnessed soon.

FOXWORTHY: Well, light is always stronger than darkness, you know, and I mean it's a weird thing in that, you know, you bring up the fact that, oh, here's a guy that is a family man. And it's like, it's almost embarrassing going, well, should that be so weird that somebody goes, oh, isn't that cool. I mean, it should be the rule and not the exception. But --

GLENN: Do you think that -- because, you know, the media has so changed, the media has so disconnected from, you know, praising the family and getting away from the average person, they don't see it at all. When you are going around the country, has the population changed or is it just the image of what America is through the media's eyes and the big population centers that has changed?

FOXWORTHY: Well, I've always argued that the media is not an accurate representation of what this country really is. And I think I can say that with some confidence because as a comedian, I have been to all 50 states. I have been to all 50 states many, many times. And I've always argued that, you know, most of the media is controlled out of New York and L.A., well, there's 200 million people in between. But their viewpoints aren't often the ones that make the news or the newspapers. And, you know, we've been kind of the quiet majority, but I kind of get a sense now that they're starting to see this little feeling of discontent in that and people are like, no, no, no, you don't speak for us anymore, and I think that's what it's going to take.

GLENN: Can you elaborate on one thing? Because I'd like to see if you feel the same thing. This is not about Barack Obama or the Democrats.

FOXWORTHY: Not at all.

GLENN: This is about -- the discontent started during the Republicans.

FOXWORTHY: Absolutely.

GLENN: And I mean, it's all of them. It is just disconnecting from anything that's real in Washington.

FOXWORTHY: Yeah. And it's -- you know, and it's that sense of entitlement. And if you go out to the farm country of Kansas or Iowa, I don't think people are feeling entitled out there, you know, like somebody owes them something. It's like, "No, I've got to get up and get my kids off to school and go to work and help take care of my mom who's old and not doing well," and they're not looking for somebody to do it for them and --

GLENN: Have you thought, have you thought at all -- because I think of my grandparents all the time. Have you thought at all about your grandparents? And maybe they wouldn't with you, but looking at our lifestyles, looking at our society, how many times -- you know, your grandparents would have just looked at you and slapped you across the face and said, what the hell is wrong with you and your generation?

FOXWORTHY: I think they would have. I think they would have, and I think -- you know, because back when they grew up, you didn't have this mass exodus from the farm. So people lived close to their mothers and their sisters and their moms and their grandparents. And you have the advantage -- you know, and I find as I have gotten older -- because I used to kind of, like, blow old people off and think, oh, you don't know. There's a lot of wisdom in somebody that's been on this planet for 60 or 70 years. And now we're not -- you know, the way we live, we don't take advantage of that. Because they may not know all the technology, but they've learned a lot of life lessons walking down this road a lot longer than we have.

GLENN: Jeff Foxworthy has written a new book for your kids. I read his books to my kids. They absolutely love them. The latest is Silly Street. Spend some quality time as a dad or a mom and pick up a book. Silly Street by Jeff Foxworthy and read it tonight to your kids. Jeff, always great to talk to you.

FOXWORTHY: You, too, buddy. Keep fighting the good fight. See you.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author